TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is usually used to talk about teaching English to people who do not already speak English. It's more commonly used by American teachers.

For more, see TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

A TEFL Certificate is the basic qualification to teach English to non-native speakers. Good ones are usually 120hrs and cover teaching methodology, classroom management, lesson preparation and so on.

For more, see TEFL Certificates.

Students learning English are often described as Beginners, Intermediate or Advanced. Roughly speaking this is their level, i.e. how much English they know, how well they can speak and understand and so on.

For more, see Learner Levels‏ in TEFL.

EFL is an acronym we use to talk about English as a Foreign Language. EFL students usually live in non English speaking countries and want to learn English mainly to use it on their travels or business trips abroad and to communicate with English speaking visitors to their country, etc.

For more, see EFL‏‎ - English as a Foreign Language.

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.


If you are already working in a school and wish to gain a first qualification in TEFL this course is for you.

Also ideal for any teacher with some TEFL experience who wants to refresh their methodology and improve their techniques.

The course at a glance.

Consolidate your current knowledge and bring new ideas & fresh methodologies into your classroom.
Add to your teaching credentials with this solid 150hr certification course.
Fully online & TESOL equivalent.
Practicum – Teaching Practice assessed through videoed lessons, which can be submitted online.
Useful, practical and insightful feedback from an experienced Personal Tutor.
Your lessons assessed by a professional teacher trainer, who will advise you on how you are doing and what can be improved.
One all inclusive fee, no hidden extras: $395 US | £245 | €295

“I learned so much! Even though I was already teaching your course really made a difference and the comments from my personal tutor made me a much better and more confident teacher. Thank you!” – Sue, an ICAL graduate who took the course when she was teaching in Hong Kong.

TEFL/TESOL Cert. Course
with Teaching Practice

Is this course for me?

This course is ideal for you if:

  •     you are already teaching but do not have a good teaching qualification under your belt yet
  •     you are already working in a school teaching English and need a TEFL Certificate to move up the ladder
  •     you are TEFL qualified but want to improve the way you teach

The ICAL TEFL Course 150hr with Practicum will allow you to refine your teaching methods and receive expert feedback on your techniques and overall classroom approach. At the same time it will make you fully TEFL certified.

Some schools favor certification which includes the assessment of the candidate’s teaching practice (Practicum) through close monitoring of actual lessons carried out in a classroom. This course gives scope to those teachers who wish to have such a component included in their certification.

TEFL/TESOL Cert. Course
with Teaching Practice

What are the requirements?

In order to take this course you will need to be able to video at least 3 of your lessons. Your actual teaching method and performance will be assessed through these videos.

Ideally the lessons should be with the class you are currently teaching in the school where you are working. However, you can also take this course if you teach privately and can put together a small group of students or if you volunteer at an educational organization and can record the lessons.

If you are not currently teaching an EFL class or group of private students, then the ideal course for you is the ICAL TEFL Course 120hr. Please note that you can always add the Practicum (Teaching Practice element) to your ICAL TEFL Course 120hr at a later date, if required.

TEFL/TESOL Cert. Course
with Teaching Practice

What does the course consist of?

The course includes:

  • 5 modules  + 5 written assignments
  • a Teachers’ Diary (ongoing activity)
  • videos of at least 3 of your English lessons (your Personal Tutor will advise you on the most suitable level and content)
TEFL/TESOL Cert. Course
with Teaching Practice

Useful Links

ICAL TEFL Course 150hr with TP – Syllabus – full syllabus for the 150hr TEFL course with Practicum

ICAL TEFL Course 120hr – the ICAL TEFL course without TP

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