To read about working here, see Teaching English in the USA.
To read about working here, see Teaching English in Australia.
To read about working here, see Teaching English in the United Kingdom.
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Simply put, this is usually used to talk about teaching English to people who live in a non-English speaking country and who want to learn English for business or to take an exam, etc.
It is pretty much equivalent to TESOL and TESL.
For more, see TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
ICAL was one of the very first schools offering online teacher training way back in 1998. Making use of powerful new internet technologies and employing only the best to both create and tutor our courses, we soon became the largest online provider with our courses being taken right across the world.
Since then ICAL has become firmly established as a leader in the field, often copied but always one step ahead!
With a new, innovative way of teaching, it soon became clear that the internet as a teaching medium is the way forward and now, with more tutors than any other online provider, over 20,000 graduates and many thousands more current students, you can be certain that when you join ICAL you are joining one of the largest and best online teacher training providers around today.
Our students come from all over the world and often come to us through word of mouth referrals. The reputation we have is second to none and the security of training with a well established school like ours is always worth while.
ICAL was formed in 1998 by a group of teacher trainers who were both disappointed with the quality of new teachers they had met but were also enthusiastic about the idea of utilizing modern technology to deliver quality training.
The original founders were teacher trainers based in Australia, the UK and the USA and had met both socially and professionally in the years before. The very first ICAL course was written as a collaborative effort by the founders.
Just a couple of years later in 2000 ICAL merged with another group of online teacher trainers who were disappointed with and disaffected from the company they were working for at the time. The courses were entirely re-written and new administrative software was purpose built to handle the ever growing number of students taking the course.
At that time we began to develop the ICAL Student Center as well so all our students could easily network and meet each other online. Of course this has also led to them meeting offline as well!
In 2004 we completely reprogrammed the ICAL Student Center and moved it over to a dedicated server to handle the growing number of students. This gave our students far more speed and security when accessing the material and their work.
Over the years we had also begun to accumulate a mass of material which we let our students access in order to help with their studies. In 2008 – the year of our 10th anniversary – we put this material into resources and made it available to the general public as well (you can find them in the sidebar here on through the search box on each page).
Where ICAL Stands Today
ICAL was one of the very first online teacher training organizations. With a reliance on quality and a sincere belief in what we do, we soon emerged as one of the largest online providers on the Net.
Today ICAL is the largest online teacher training provider.*
In early 2012 we began the massive task of moving the resources over to a brand new website – www.icaltefl.com and now this work is complete, along with a new, faster, more streamlined website built in 2015, we hope to be not only the largest and best, but also the most effective, the most advanced and the most user-friendly online TEFL provider!
*Based on the number of tutors we have as well as the estimated number of students compared with other online providers.
ICAL TEFL Courses – the courses we run