120 Hour TEFL Course

Do you want to teach internationally or online while travelling the world?

Do you want to make a difference to 1.5 billion English language learners worldwide?

Start your international or online English teaching career today with this accredited 120 hour TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course! 

What is the
120 hour TEFL course?

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is one of the most popular international or online careers.

Whether you are a fresh graduate looking for an exciting gap year teaching while travelling the world; a student needing a flexible side hustle; a career changer looking to swap office politics for inspiring future generations; or an experienced teacher wanting to take your career international – TEFL is for you!

Meeting the industry standard requirement of 120 hours of online training, the Abridge Academy accredited 120 hour TEFL course is the perfect certification to get you started. 

Online Course

Complete the course at your own pace on any device through our advanced online learning platform!

Guides and resources

Receive six downloadable activity guides, access to example lesson plans, and an in-depth grammar guide!


Our course is fully accredited and externally moderated by the Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Authority


Receive access to individual tutor support, personalised assignment feedback and ongoing job application guidance

What do our graduates say?

Where could I teach?

As a qualified English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher, you could teach:

  • In public, private or international schools across the world
  • In kindergartens, after-school English centres or private language schools
  • Online through tutoring agencies or independently 

This course includes training relevant to teaching all age groups from infants to adults, as well as advice on both classroom and online teaching. 

There are a huge range of TEFL teaching opportunities around the world! Our graduates have taught in popular TEFL destinations across Asia, Europe and South America – where could TEFL take you? 

What will I learn?

Welcome to the course! Discover the opportunities available to TEFL teachers, learn about key skills and responsibilities, and develop your understanding of learners’ motivations.

Understand the global context of English, analyse the structure of the English language and develop your understanding of core areas of English grammar.

Learn about Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), Project-based and task-based learning, and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

Discover key active learning strategies and activities to improve learning, including classroom games, Total Physical Response (TPR), and thinking maps.

Develop your understanding and skills teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, culture and phonics.

Understanding Assessment for Learning (formative assessment), Assessment of Learning (summative assessment) and how to track learners’ progress.

Learn how to differentiate your teaching for different ages and ability levels, teach mixed ability classes, understand childhood development, and support learners with special educational needs.

Develop your understanding of the Engage Study Activate (ESA) lesson structure, produce educational resources, plan well-structured lessons, and link together a longer series of lessons.

Understand how to improve learning and manage behaviour through your classroom layout, teacher presence and rules. Develop skills teaching large classes, working with teaching assistants and communicating with learners.

Learn about the many career opportunities for TEFL teachers, top tips to find and apply for jobs, and how to find the best teaching position for you.

How much does it cost?


120 Hour TEFL Course

Frequently Asked Questions

We do not operate a formal application process not impose strict criteria, anyone is welcome to sign up. However, to make the most of this course, we recommend that you:

  • Have at least an upper intermediate (B2) level of English
  • Have completed high school education
  • Are self-motivated and confident learning online

Please be aware that this course is taught entirely in the English language and requires you to write formal assignments in English in order to pass the course. 

Note that many TEFL employers will impose higher requirements if you wish to apply for jobs with them. Often this is due to local visa requirements, for example they may require a university degree and/ or that you come from a native English speaking country. However, there are still plenty of opportunities available for non-native speakers or those without a degree if you are willing to be flexible. You are still welcome to complete this course, and we are willing to support you finding suitable job positions to apply for. 

Support is provided via:

  • One-on-one email correspondence with the course tutor
  • Individual feedback on your lesson planning assignments
  • Ad-hoc live webinars (optional) on TEFL topics
  • Peer discussion forums, which are also monitored by the course tutors

This course is assessed through a combination of:

  • Automated quizzes containing multiple choice, sorting and gap fill questions
  • Two formal written assignments (a lesson plan and a medium-term plan)
  • Lesson completion and discussion forum contributions

A score of 70% or above is required to pass. 

This course has been fully accredited by the Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Authority (OTTSA) and meets the 120 hour requirement of most TEFL employers. Our TEFL graduates are now teaching online and around the world, including in popular TEFL destinations across Asia, Europe and South America.

However, it is important to be aware that it is ultimately the decision of each employer and visa issuing authority whether or not to recognise your TEFL certificate, as is the case with all qualifications.

You have a full 365 days to complete this course, and have the flexibility to work through each module at your own pace within that one year timeframe. 

This course includes a free e-certificate, recognised by the vast majority of employers. You will receive this immediately after course completion, so no need to wait for postal delays! Your certificate includes a verification code, which employers can use to check your certificate details via our website. 

If you require a hard copy of your certificate, we offer an embossed and hand-signed version for a small additional fee of £20 + postage.