ITA has been very supportive and helpful during my transformation in becoming a TEFL teacher!! My professor was great! She was very accessible via email and was extremely helpful during office hours. She gave helpful and constructive feedback on assignments and shared great information during her live lectures. - ITA Grad Sylvia Ramirez

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Why Take Your TEFL Course Online Full-Time?

Our four-week Intensive Online TEFL Course is designed for you it you wish to get TEFL certified online quickly and begin your TEFL job search in just 4 weeks.

Taking your TEFL course online offers you the flexibility to learn from home or remotely, as long as you have a strong internet connection & the time to commit to a full-time course.

Working with our highly experienced university-level instructors, you will learn how to efficiently teach a classroom of ESL students of all levels. You will also gain skills in areas like classroom management, error correction & understanding of how to bridge cultural differences. 

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 course. 

Finally, all ITA students and graduates access exclusive perks & support:

  • Sought-after TEFL certificate. Your online TEFL Certification from ITA does not expire, is accredited at the highest level, and is recognized by employers worldwide.
  • Pre-enrollment guidance from a personal TEFL advisor who's been in your shoes and taught/lived overseas.
  • One-on-one lifetime job search assistance guaranteed whether you just graduated or are looking for a teaching position a few years down the road.
  • Join the ITA family, a highly engaged community of 40,000 alumni. Interact with fellow students, support each other and learn from everyone's experiences overseas.

170-Hour Online TEFL Course

Full-time, 4-week long intensive course that runs 5 days a week at 40 hours per week. This course covers 40% more content than standard 120-hour online TEFL classes.

10 Hours Hands-On Live Practice Teaching

This course includes a practicum with real teaching experience to prepare you to become a confident English teacher.

Interactive & Dedicated Support

All ITA instructors possess advanced credentials & training in the field of TEFL (MA or PhD). Interact with your instructor & receive personalized feedback. Chat with fellow classmates for tips, ideas & make new friends.

Level 5 Accreditation

This course is externally monitored and approved at a Level 5 Ofqual (British Government) accreditation by TQUK (authorized accreditor of Ofqual).


Who Should Take This Intensive TEFL Course?

You're interested in teaching English abroad and/or online? International TEFL Academy's 4-week intensive full-time online TEFL course is perfect for the following scenarios:

  • Designed to accommodate students who wish to get TEFL certified quickly. Bear in mind that this is an intensive university-level course for which you need to commit to a full-time schedule.
  • Anyone who wishes to take the course from home, or remotely. Take our online course from the comfort of your home or from a beach in Costa Rica. All you need is a laptop/tablet/cellphone and a good internet connection.
  • Anyone who speaks English fluently. You're a non-native English speaker? You will need to complete a phone interview & submit an essay to verify your English skills.
    Read more: Non-native English speakers & TEFL
  • Anyone 18 years old and above. You're 18 and under? You will need to submit a young teacher's essay and speak to an admissions advisor prior to enrolling.

TEFL Job Opportunities for 4-week TESOL Course Students

All TEFL Course students receive lifetime job search assistance for finding a job teaching English abroad and online. These exclusive services and resources include:

  • Personal Support from an experienced Job Search Advisor. We have a full-time Student Affairs department whose sole purpose is to help you find the best TEFL job for you.
  • Access to ITA's exclusive 400-page job search manual
  • Access to regular webinars on the job process
  • Referrals to preferred recruiters, placement agencies, language schools and online teaching companies
  • Job interview & resume assistance

Read more: ITA's Lifetime Job Search Assistance



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Lesson Plan

4-Week Online TEFL Course Syllabus

Here is a brief overview of what you will learn in your 4-week online TEFL 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

Go Further: Detailed chapter-by-chapter overview of the course


Included With The Course

What's included in your online TEFL course?

Your online TEFL certification comes with:

  • Internationally recognized TEFL Certificate delivered by International TEFL Academy
  • Personalized & dedicated lifetime job search support
  • Interactive & constructive feedback from your online course instructor
  • Peer-participation with classmates
  • Hands-on live practice teaching sessions
  • All course reading materials, assignments and quizzes
  • Access to ITA's network and community of 40,000 teachers
Class Requirements

Here are the class prerequisites for the course:

Class Size— The class will be capped at 12 students.

Course 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.

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
  • computer microphone (built-in or an accessory)
  • 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.

Optional Add-Ons

All ITA students & graduates have the option to enhance their skills and credentials by taking additional TEFL Specialty courses in the field of:

  • Grammar Fundamentals
  • Teaching English Online
  • Teaching Business English
  • Teaching English to Young Learners
  • Tutoring English

TEFL Course Dates & Registration

Before enrolling in any International TEFL Academy courses, we recommend that you speak with an advisor who will answer your questions; review your employment prospects for teaching English abroad; and assist you with the enrollment process.

We strongly recommend enrolling in your intensive TEFL course online as far in advance as possible. We also invite you to read our registration procedure and terms & conditions. Note that all students will be charged a small processing fee per course/program purchased.

Become a Confident TEFL Certified Teacher with ITA's Live Practice Teaching

Learn how to teach hands-on thanks to the mandatory live practice teaching (practicum) sessions included in your TEFL course.


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Get your TEFL certification online with the #1 Best Online TEFL Course, as rated by international education leader for the past 4 years.

Instructor Feedback

Your practicum will be supervised & observed by the class professor, who will provide feedback and coaching to make you a stronger, more confident teacher.

Teach All ESL Levels

You will instruct four 60-minute online classes via Zoom & gain experience teaching at all levels: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced.

Collaborate with Peers

Fellow teachers informally provide their reflections from their own recently completed practicum classes as well as provide feedback and support to peers on upcoming lessons.

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Ask a TEFL Online Instructor

Juliana Dukov,  ITA's Intensive Online TEFL Course Instructor.
Juliana has been with ITA since 2015. She has a Master's in English Philology and Theory of Literature, 18 years of teaching experience and 3 continents she's called home.

Who Teaches ITA's 4-Week Online TEFL Course?

All instructors, including myself, possess advanced degrees in TESOL (at least an MA, and usually a PhD) in addition to at least 10 years of professional teaching and training experience. We have also taught English abroad extensively.

Read more: ITA's Academics Department

How Difficult Is This Online TEFL Course?

You are not required to learn complex theories, but we challenge you to understand the methodologies and practical skills needed to become an effective ESL teacher. If you put in the time to cover the course content and complete your assignments, you should be fine, even if you've never taken a college course.

Do I Need to Purchase a Textbook?

Purchasing the ITA online TEFL course textbook is not required to take the class, but most students find it extremely helpful. In addition, many online TEFL course graduates mention that they find the textbook to be an essential resource once they begin teaching abroad and online.

Read more: ITA's TEFL Textbook options

Ask an Intensive TEFL Course Online Grad

Emma Talbot, 4-Week Online TEFL Course Graduate


Why Did You Choose ITA's Intensive TEFL Course Online?

I read lots of blogs and did lots of research and I found that ITA came up as the best company every single time.

What Did You Like The Most From Your TEFL Course?

The support and knowledge I was given and that I will have access to forever. Without this I don’t think I would have as much confidence when looking at my next steps. I am already using my knowledge to start a career. Not just the teaching aspect, they also give so much great advice on where to start with building your student base and all the possible roots you can go down in your career. Additionally, the practicum is definitely scary at start but I get why it is absolutely crucial to my career as a TEFL teacher. I loved having this opportunity and I have definitely put what I learnt into practice in my new career.

How Did You Find Your ESL Job After Your TEFL Course?

I watched lots of webinars and spoke to my advisor and I have managed to get 2 part time jobs teaching. The great thing is that I am now so knowledgeable on how I can take this further to grow this into a successful business.

Any Advice For Future Students of This TEFL Course?

Definitely do this course. Use all the resources to your full advantage and ask as many questions as you need to. The teachers are so helpful and knowledgeable, so use this to your advantage. I didn’t work whilst I did the course and I imagine I would not have found it possible because the workload is pretty intense. You also need to attend classes during the day which would be difficult if you were working full time. Check out ITA's part-time online course if you need more flexibility.

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4-Week Online TEFL Course

What is 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 to gain hands-on teaching experience

11-Week Online TEFL Course

What's included 👇

  • 170-Hour Online Certification | 11 Weeks Part-Time
  • OFQUAL Level 5 Accreditation from TQUK
  • Live Office Hours with Your Instructor & Peer-Participation with Classmates
  • Lifetime Job Search Guidance
  • 20-Hours Live Practice Teaching to gain hands-on teaching experience
  • Payment Plan Options Available