4-WEEK INTENSIVE
ONLINE TEFL COURSE

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Intensive 4-Week
Online TEFL Course Overview

Designed by top academic experts in the first of TEFL, this 4-week intensive online TEFL class is specifically designed for those who are looking to get TEFL certified from the safety and comfort of home in just 4-weeks. All successful graduates will receive an internationally recognized qualification to professionally teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) abroad, domestically or online.

Working with our highly experienced university-level instructors, students will learn how to create activities, lesson plans, and assessments that address the language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. They will also gain skills in areas like classroom management, error correction & understanding how to bridge cultural differences. Subsequently, they will directly apply those skills via our online practice teaching, which will be monitored and supervised by the instructors. Read more about course content here.

While this class is taken entirely online through the platforms of Zoom and Moodle, it incorporates the extensive face-to-face interaction with instructors and classmates that you can expect from an intensive in-person TEFL class. 

The course is accredited at "Level 5" TEFL course by Ofqual, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (United Kingdom's education regulation body), which is the same level of accreditation enjoyed by our ITA operated 4-week classes, including CELTA

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be prepared for the intensive nature of this course. Unlike ITA's award-winning 11-week part-time online TEFL class, this class is a live full-time university-level course. You will be logged into class full-time 5 days a week (6-8 hours a day typically) & there is homework as well. Classes begin daily at 9:30 am (Central Time USA). There are breaks built into the schedule and students will also spend some of their class day working on individual or group projects. In addition, approximately twice a week, students will stay until 8 pm (Central Time - U.S.) to complete practice teaching (other class days wrap up around 5:30 pm Central Time - U.S.). Please check out a sample course calendar here

If you are unable to make a full-time commitment to take this course, please consider our 11-Week Part-time Online TEFL Course, which provides an identical certification and is specifically designed to accommodate people who are working or going to school full-time.

4-Week TEFL Course Overview

LENGTH OF TRAINING:

4 weeks full-time - This is an intensive full-time university-level course.

TEFL COURSE DATES & AVAILABILITY:

We recommend enrolling as far in advance as possible. More information here.

COURSE TEXTBOOK & MATERIALS:

All of your course reading materials, assignments, and quizzes will be available to you online. However, you can purchase a copy of the textbook if you choose. Read more.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:

Reliable/quality internet connection; decent computer microphone with headset; computer webcam (built-in or attached as an accessory); a quiet place to learn & give online classes; a free, basic Zoom account in your name.

CLASS SIZE:

Classes are capped at 12 students.

OPTIONAL SPECIALTY CLASSES:

All ITA students & graduates have the option to enhance their skills and credentials by taking additional TEFL Specialty classes in the fields of Teaching English Online, Teaching Business English, and Teaching English to Young Learners.

4-Week TEFL Course Content

This TEFL certification course has been specially designed to provide all course graduates with the tools to succeed as professional English teachers.

PROFESSORS & LIVE PRACTICUM:

Like all ITA TEFL classes, this TEFL course is taught by highly experienced professors and includes online live practice teaching with ESL students.

ACCREDITATION:

All ITA-operated classes are externally monitored & approved at a Level 5 Ofqual (British Government) accreditation by TQUK (authorized accreditor of Ofqual). Our certificates are recognized worldwide at the highest level for TEFL certification. Read more.

HERE IS A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS COURSE:

  • Grammar Module
  • Chapter 1: Role of The Teacher
  • Chapter 2: Creating a Student-Centered Classroom
  • Chapter 3: Cultural Sensitivity
  • Chapter 4: Methods & Approaches
  • Chapter 5: Lesson Planning
  • Chapter 6: Grammar & Lexis
  • Chapter 7: Listening & Reading
  • Chapter 8: Speaking & Writing
  • Chapter 9: Visual Aids Technology
  • Chapter 10: Course Design
  • Live Practice Teaching

See our 4-week online TEFL course overview page for a detailed chapter-by-chapter overview of the course.

4-Week TEFL Course Framework

This course is full-time & four weeks in length, with classes running Monday through Thursday (with short sessions given on two Fridays). An approximate breakdown of the weekly required meeting schedule is broken down in the Schedule tab.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All times listed are Central Time - U.S.

  • Monday - Thursday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm— students will partake in instructor-led classes and peer-to-peer breakout sessions. Breaks will be provided between classes and sessions, with no session lasting more than 90 minutes. (Note: the first Friday may have morning sessions).
  • Monday - Thursday evenings 6:15 pm to 8:00 pmpracticum ESL teaching and class observation will be held. All practicum classes will be held online via Zoom. While practicum classes run every night, trainees are in rotation for practicum teaching and do not teach nor are required to attend every night.
  • Two Friday Workshops 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm— on the second and third week of class, Student Affairs lead job-guidance workshops for trainees.
  • Weekends— students can expect to have homework such as lesson planning for upcoming practicum teaching over the weekend.

Important Note:

This is a full-time four-week intensive course. Students must be prepared to dedicate the appropriate time to meet strict course deadlines.  Extensions on practicum teaching or theoretical homework will not be given to students for personal reasons such as, but not limited to, time conflicts with work or travel.

Daily Schedule & Intensity

Students should expect to be logged in for class from 9:30 am  - 5:30 pm Central Time U.S. (with breaks), Monday-Friday. Students will also need to stay logged in until 8:00 pm approximately twice a week to complete a practicum. Weekends are primarily free, but some homework is required.

View a sample course calendar here.

HERE'S A TYPICAL - NOT EXACT - DAILY SCHEDULE: 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All times listed are Central Time - U.S.

  • 9:30-11:00  Session 1: Instructor-led Seminar. This teacher-led seminar is based on assigned readings from the course textbook and supplemental TEFL-related topics.  The instructor’s extensive personal experience teaching overseas and online is woven into the fabric of each topic.
  • 11:30-1:00 Session 2: Instructor-led Seminar. Session 2 is similar in nature to Session 1, but increased student-centered activities are utilized in this session to increase engagement and internalize information.
  • 1:30-2:30 Session 3: Peer Breakout Groups. Session 3 offers trainees the opportunity to practice teaching peer-to-peer in short, targeted lessons with their peers. These breakout groups are informally monitored by an instructor.
  • 2:30-6:00  Session 4: One-to-One Lesson Planning and Learner Profile Sessions. In Session 4, trainees are free to use this time as they so choose. Informal peer collaboration is encouraged – but not required – to take place in Zoom Rooms designated to each ESL level. Trainees who teach ESL Practicum the next evening will meet with an instructor one-on-one to review their lesson plan.
  • 6:15-8:00 Session 5: Practicum Teaching/Observation. Session 5 is our practicum teaching practice with ESL students. The first week of the course consists of teacher observation. In weeks two, three, and four, trainees that are scheduled to teach will lead 90-minute online classes via Zoom (see section VII for details on practicum).

Tuition & Costs

Tuition for the 4-Week Intensive Online TEFL Course is $1,899 ($600 Deposit, $1,299 Balance).  

Your balance is due 30 days prior to your course start date. If you enroll within 30 days of your course date, please speak to your advisor to arrange final payment. 

TUITION INCLUDES:

TUITION DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Computers or other equipment or technology required for the course
  • Optional Specialty course(s)

DATES & TUITION:

For more information about tuition & enrollment (including discounts), please visit our dates & tuition page.

When you are ready to enroll your can register for the class here.

Enrollment & Eligibility

IMPORTANT! Before beginning this International TEFL Academy TEFL course, it is imperative that you speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Your advisor will answer your questions and assist you with matters such as your eligibility & enrollment; course costs & logistics; and your options for employment as an English teacher once you complete your TEFL class. Your advisor will also provide you with the application you need to join this intensive online TEFL course.

TO SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR:

TO ENROLL FOR THIS COURSE:

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All students and graduates from the 4-week Intensive Online TEFL Class receive hands-on job placement assistance, and lifetime, worldwide, and online, job search guidance from ITA's expert team of advisors. 

Read our Country Profiles to learn about the worldwide job markets for teaching English abroad, and read more about opportunities to teach English online.

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4-Week Intensive Online TEFL Course FAQs

Live Practice Student Teaching: How many hours is it and when does it take place? Who are the ESL students? What ages and levels are they?

  • Teaching Hours & Levels—Live practice teaching is a critical element of any professional-level TEFL class. All TEFL trainees will need to fulfill the ITA practicum hours and accumulate a minimum of 10 total hours of student teaching and observation.  Practicum will be supervised & observed by the class professor, who will provide feedback and coaching.  Of those hours, 6 will be in small-group or one-to-one 90-minute lessons with ESL students and 4 hours will be through watching recorded classes of in-person teachers and real-time (i.e. live) or recorded observation of peers teaching via Zoom.
  • ESL Class Levels and Sizes—In addition to the one-to-one tutoring completed through the Learner Profile Project, TEFL trainees will instruct four 90-minute online classes via Zoom. Each instructor will gain experience teaching at all levels, with one level being repeated once.
    • Beginner (2 ESL students)
    • Intermediate (3 ESL students)
    • Advanced (3 ESL students)
  • Practicum Schedule—Practicum classes are scheduled to take place on Monday through Thursday with a 15-minute Zoom orientation led by the TEFL trainee starting from at 6:15. ESL classes start promptly after from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
  • Practicum Peer Collaboration— TEFL trainees work with the same sets of ESL students throughout the duration of the course. Thus, informal breakout sessions are regularly scheduled for the purpose of peer collaboration on lesson plans. In those sessions, teachers informally provide their reflections from their own recently completed practicum classes as well as provide feedback and support to peers on upcoming lessons.
  • Zoom Accounts— International TEFL Academy will provide Pro Zoom accounts to be used for practicum teaching during the course. Students will also create/use their own personal Zoom accounts (basic free accounts) to attend lectures. Training on best practices for teaching with Zoom will be provided on the first few days of class.
  • Recording ESL Classes— Trainees will be required to record one or more of their ESL classes. These recordings may be used for peer observation, self-reflection, and/or for self-use in future job applications.
  • Practicum Feedback & Scores— TEFL instructors will observe in real-time and/or via recording all trainee ESL lessons. TEFL instructors will then meet with trainees post-class to provide feedback on their lesson delivery and materials. Scores for all practicum lessons will be given on established rubrics that count towards a cumulative practicum score.

Who Teaches ITA's 4-Week Intensive Online TEFL Class?

At International TEFL Academy, all instructors, including for the 170-Hour Online TEFL Certification Course, possess advanced degrees in TESOL (at least an MA, and usually a Ph.D.) in addition to at least 10 years of professional teaching and training experience. Our professors have also taught English abroad themselves. You can learn more about our instructors here

What are the Course Prerequisites and Tech Requirements?

Age & Educational Prerequisites—TEFL trainees must have reached 18 years of age by the start of class and hold at a minimum of a high school degree or equivalent. 

English Language Proficiency— Non-native speakers of English must complete the 4-Week Intensive Online TEFL course application.

Internet and Technology Requirements—TEFL trainees need to have the following purchased and ready for use before the first day of class:

  • reliable/quality internet connection
  • decent computer microphone with a headset
  • computer webcam (built-in or an accessory)
  • a quiet place to learn and provide classes
  • a free Basic Zoom Account in their name

Zoom Requirements— TEFL trainees will use the online platform Zoom throughout the course. Training on how to use Zoom for the delivery of online language lessons will be provided in the course. To best prepare you for class, we strongly suggest reading through this Zoom Training document and completing a Zoom demo on your own before the first day of class.

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Kellie Kaufmann

I found other TEFL certifications that were much more affordable. But I still chose ITA because of their reputation and resources. One of my favorite things about ITA is that you have an assigned advisor. Changing careers and moving abroad was such a foreign concept for me... I had so many questions, I didn't know where to start. I scheduled multiple conference calls with my advisor at ITA and they answered all my questions - not just about the TEFL certification, but about the entire process of moving abroad. The support was worth spending the extra money, in my opinion.

Lorraine McLeggan

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Lorraine McLeggan

Having met other TEFL graduates - International TEFL Academy graduates are better trained and have so many more resources to pull from.

Many of my fellow teachers had no support resources once they graduate.

 

 

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Andrea Mendez

If you're looking to take a certification in teaching English as a foreign/second language, look no further than ITA! I really appreciated the strong level of professionalism of the ITA staff in how they answered my questions and addressed my concerns prior to signing up for the course. Whether or not you're ready to go abroad immediately, you can have confidence that the ITA team is ready and available to help you review your resume, discuss your country options, prepare for interviews, and inspect your work contract.

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Intensive Online TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • 4 Weeks Full-Time (40+hours a week) -required class time typically 6-8 hours daily
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Accreditation from TQUK
  • Live Office Hours with Your Instructor & Peer-Participation with Classmates
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 10-Hours Live Practice Teaching (Virtual) built into the course

Part-Time Online TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • 11 Weeks Part-Time (approx 10-12 hours a week) - no required live time
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Accreditation from TQUK
  • Live Office Hours with Your Instructor & Peer-Participation with Classmates
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 20-Hours Self-Organized Live Practice Teaching
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