TEFL Academy English Teaching Course // Practical info

I already wrote a post all about my journey teaching English online, if you want to check that out. This is more practical information about the TEFL Academy 168-hour course.

Combined or online course

The TEFL Academy offers both combined and online courses. The online course is, as the name suggests, fully online. You don’t have to leave the house, at all.

The combined course includes a 20-hour weekend course (different locations) where you get more practical experience and someone that you can ask questions about teaching (which is definitely a plus).

I chose to do the course that was fully online due to a busy schedule and, let’s be real, having an extreme dislike for anything that involves me sitting in a classroom and learning. (I am very aware of how contradictory that is.)

What you’ll learn

The courses (both combined and online) contain ten units that are exam-assessed. For some of the units, you’ll also have to do an assignment.

Each unit focuses on a different aspect of the English language and on what the best ways to teach are. Some examples are planning a lesson, both understanding and teaching English grammar (you’ll need to be able to explain it to someone that might never have spoken English before), teaching pronunciation, etc. Everything you will need as an English teacher, you will learn from this course.


Not only are all units exam-assessed, but the course also has three assignments that you need to pass in order to receive your certificate. And they’re all very practical assignments, like creating a lesson plan, write out how you would conduct a lesson, come up with games to play with students, etc. Very practical and also a lot of fun to do!

Practical information

  • The course is both Ofqual (UK government) regulated and accredited by Qualifi and DEAC-approved (U.S. Department of Education recognised awarding body)
  • Level 5 qualification (same level as CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL)
  • Internationally recognised
  • Instant access on enrolment
  • 6 months of access to course materials

And that’s it. Everything you need to know about the TEFL academy. So what are you waiting for?



  1. delhifundos2014
    21 March 2020 / 6:21 am

    Thanks for sharing this useful information I know someone who is looking for this course. Due to lock down many people are looking for some online English courses.I am forwarding this article to him

  2. 20 March 2020 / 1:42 am

    I work English online teacher before I teach Korean students and TEFL course is a big help if you want to learn about English online teaching courses!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      20 March 2020 / 7:47 am

      It’s such a great resource and it really gives you all the information you need to start teaching (which is something I’d never done before)

  3. aisasami
    19 March 2020 / 12:21 pm

    A nice course for the introduction to TEFL. Nice for beginners!

  4. Joanna
    19 March 2020 / 11:21 am

    This is very useful, especially that you can do it online. A lot of people have plenty of free time at the moment.

  5. charlenemarie11
    18 March 2020 / 7:43 pm

    Ooh this is such a great opportunity for people right now. Especially those who might be out of work.

  6. jonmaldia
    18 March 2020 / 5:54 pm

    I have some friends who do this. Helpful for people right now.

  7. Monidipa
    18 March 2020 / 5:03 pm

    I guess I can apply for it then, worth a try I guess.

    • maartjevansandwijk
      18 March 2020 / 5:04 pm

      It’s really easy – everyone can do it. And once paid, you can start learning straight away 😊

  8. catherine santiago jose
    18 March 2020 / 4:17 pm

    As the world is taking a break right now of going social, this is very timely and will definitely consider doing this kind of stuff.

  9. Gervin Khan
    18 March 2020 / 1:49 pm

    I will definitely consider this course as a key to become more confident on becoming an online English teacher.

  10. Bindu Thomas
    18 March 2020 / 10:20 am

    This is a good option for the people who are interested in teaching. Thank you for sharing this!

  11. 18 March 2020 / 7:08 am

    I wanted to teach English online YEARS ago, but wasn’t sure how long it would take to get certified

    • maartjevansandwijk
      18 March 2020 / 7:22 am

      You can get certified within weeks! 🙂 I really recommend it – it’s so much fun!!

  12. Chelsea Sauve - Wandure
    17 March 2020 / 4:13 pm

    Really nice option for people looking to teach online! Many thanks!

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