Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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The Distance TEFL course is currently under reconstruction and is unavailable for registration at this time.

The TEFL distance learning programme is designed for those unable to attend our courses in person and yet are keen to do the TEFL course and acquire the certificate. 

The distance learning programme is more theoretical than the standard course, although skills development is still encouraged. A time frame of three months is given to submit seven Certificate Assessment Tasks concerning different aspects of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. 

Most people who do the distance learning programme find that they are able to complete it in about forty hours.

Cost and convenience are the advantages of distance / online TEFL certificate programmes. These courses can be completed from a computer anywhere in the world and usually cost less than regular training courses. 

We do not recommend these courses unless...

(a) you have a degree, possibly even an Honours or Master’s degree and extensive teaching experience. This course would augment your existing training and give you an insight into the TEFL/TESOL field. 

(b) you are not sure about a career in this field and decide to do the training as an introduction to TEFL/TESOL and are already teaching. 

Given that there is no interaction with your peers in a training situation, no exposure to a practice teaching environment and no experience in a real EFL classroom, this training is not equal to that of interactive class-based training.


You may start the distance education International Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at any time. You will have three months to complete the course from the date you receive your materials. If you have not completed the course in six months your registration will lapse.  Please be aware that our administration office is normally closed from around December 15th until January 10th each year

COSTS:   R 4 500.00 

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Acceptance on our course is not automatic. We do require that all applicants have English first language proficiency and tertiary education or work experience. Accent and use of English is very important if you wish to compete in an international TEFL environment.

At least 18 years of age

Matriculated, preferably with some tertiary education or work experience

An interview (face-to-face or telephonically) and pre-course task may be required


Difference between TEFL & TESOL?

There is no fundamental difference in methodology. Completely foreign contexts (where people learning English are exposed to absolutely no English outside the classroom) are becoming increasingly rare. TESOL is a catch-all term for foreign and second/additional language contexts. 

We use the term TESOL for our comprehensive course because the trend in the field is increasingly tending to the use of TESOL rather than TEFL. Longer courses of 100+ hours are also becoming increasingly common. 


difference between a TESOL certificate and the CELTA?

The TESOL course covers the same content as the CELTA and is constantly updated to keep abreast of international best practice. The only real difference is that the TESOL course is not moderated or accredited by Cambridge University.

This means that we avoid having to pay Cambridge a fee and are thus able to offer the training at a substantially lower cost.

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