Frequently Asked Questions

What is TEFL?

Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a popular avenue for many to earn an income teaching English online or in another country.

Is there a difference between TEFL and TESOL?

There used to be more of a difference between TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and TEFL, but these two terms are now used synonymously.

Are there different level qualifications?

It depends on who you ask, but generally, yes.
  • Some countries acknowledge courses on qualification frameworks. These are relevant to that country alone.
  • Independent international accreditation bodies (like ACTDEC) hold course providers to quality standards, within which various levels exist.

Do I need a degree to teach overseas?

The answer depends on where.

Different countries, and even different schools and learning centres require different minimum levels of education. The general answer in terms of online teaching is no. However, if you intend to travel overseas it is best to investigate the country and possible school or learning centre that you want to apply to, to determine their requirements. 

Why should I do a TEFL?

  • Perhaps you want to supplement your income with teaching English classes online.
  • Perhaps you are considering education as a career and want to see what it would be like.
  • Perhaps you want to travel the world and teach English.
  • The why, is up to you.

Are there any entry requirements?


You do not need to be a native English speaker but, you should have a CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) English ability of B2 or better. You can do a General CEFR English test here. Our course’s Introduction Module is offered free of charge, and

  • Includes a CEFR test.
  • A brief written and audio introduction by yourself.
  • Designed to establish whether you meet the language proficiency requirement.

In terms of technical requirements, you will need the following to access the course:

      a. A computer

     b. A modern browser

     c. Access to an internet connection sufficient to access content-rich webpages.

     d. Access to audio equipment to listen to course instructions.

     e. Access to a microphone to engage verbally in course tasks.

What do I do if I am not sure if I meet the course's language requirements?

To test yourself in this regard you can do a General CEFR English test here, which will give you an indication if you meet the requirements. However, our course’s Introduction Module is offered free of charge, includes a CEFR test, a brief written and audio introduction by yourself and is designed to establish whether you meet the language proficiency requirement. If, after doing the free introductory module, you have already paid for the course, but are not accepted into the course, you will be issued a refund.

Where do I begin?

Sing up for a free account.

You can, free of charge, complete our introductory module and Module 1. The introductory module will provide you with guidelines on how to get the most out of the course and assess whether this is the right course for you. 

Can I trial this course?

You are welcome to trial the Introduction Module as well as Module 1 with no financial commitment to gain some insight into our course. This will allow you to establish whether this is the right course for you. You will also be able to speak directly to a trainer to ask questions and engage about any doubts that you have around certification of the industry. 

How do I know this course is right for me?

Browse our course overview and course catalog sections and sign up for a free account to audit the Introduction Module as well as Module 1 with no commitment.

The introductory module's assessments determines whether you have the necessary skills to be admitted into this course; and Module 1 will provide you with a good sense of the content available in the rest of our course, enabling you to make an informed decision.

What if the course is not for me?

If, after completing the Introductory module and/or Module 1, either you or your trainer decides that our course is not the correct course for you, there is no financial obligation on you to purchase the course. If you, at this point, have already paid for the course, you will be issued a full refund. 

Once you have paid for our course and started Module 2, the course becomes non-refundable.

I've never done an online course. Will I be OK?

Professionally qualified trainers who are well versed in guiding you, will not not only provide support in teaching English, but also providing support to learning online.

We recommend that you set goals, a study schedule, and stick to them. The world of online learning requires independence and willpower. Our Introductory Module provides more information how to make the most out of an online course.

Do you help me find a job after I complete this course?

You can apply directly to The Really Great Teacher Company for a possible position with us. Beyond this there are many, MANY job boards and agencies that are well-versed and dense with teaching opportunities.

What are my chances as a non-Native speaker of getting a job?

Many schools and learning centres around the world do not require you to be a native speaker of English. Each organisation will have their own standards around fluency, or accent, but the most important aspect is the ability to teach and teach well.

Do I get teaching practice in this online course?

We learn the most and we get better by doing. Our course is filled with examples, and opportunities to practice planning various skills associated with teaching. Your final assessment will be the presentation of a lesson.

How much does the course cost?

Once you have decided that our course is the correct course for you, the entire 120-Hour TEFL Course is $150 (US Dollars).

How will I be assessed during the course?

Each module contains a number of units with associated tasks to ensure you gain the knowledge and skills necessary in this exciting profession.

The unit assessments are automatically marked and give you an indication of your progress and familiarity with the work. All unit assessments need to be completed. At the end of a module, you will need to complete a module assignment. A passing mark of 50%, as assessed by one of our trainers, is needed to pass a module assignment. If you do not pass a particular module assignment, your trainer will provide you with feedback on where you went wrong (and what you did right!). They will then redirect you to resources or parts of the course that you need to revisit, and invite you to submit the assessment again.

Once you achieve a passing mark for each module you will be able to complete the Final Course Assessment. You will need to achieve 50% for the Final Assessment. If you do not pass this assessment, your trainer will provide you with feedback, redirect you to resources or parts of the course that you need to revisit, and invite you to submit the final assessment again. You have three attempts to attain a minimum of 50% passing grade for the final course assessment. 

Once you pass each module and the final course assessment you will be awarded with your 120-hour TEFL Certificate!

How long will this course take me to complete?

Each module requires a student to engage with the content, reflect on the examples and lessons, complete assignments, and engaging with their trainer. Each module has a set number of hours that it should reasonably take you to complete in engaging in all it has to offer. The course should take approximately 120 hours to complete; however, based on your experience, and level of engagement with the work, it is possible to complete it at a faster or slower pace.

How long do I have to complete the course? 

You will be have 6 months to complete the course from the date of payment. We understand that life gets in the way and should you be unable to complete the course within this time, reach out to your trainer to request an extension.

However, 6 months should be more than enough time to complete the course if you stick to it and engage with the course regularly.

What happens if I take longer?

If you are unable to complete the course within 6 months, contact you trainer who will then provide you with an additional 3 months to complete the course. If you need need time on top of this, you will be charged $25 per additional months spent in completing the course.

What happens if I need to put my course on hold?

We understand that life happens and often gets in the way. If, at any time, you need to put your course progress on hold, contact your trainer. Your course will then be placed on hold for up to 6 months. Once you are ready to retake your course, get in touch with your trainer or send an email to for it to become active once more. The duration that you have to complete your course will be extended by the amount of time that you put your course on hold for.

Do I get a certificate?

Upon completion of the course, having met all of its requirements, you will be issues a digital 120-hour TEFL Certificate. We do not issue physical certificates.

What if my trainer and I do not get along?

All our trainer are professionally qualified and aim to provide you with the best quality service. However, if you have issues that you are unable to address with your trainer, or issues arise with your trainer, for any reason, contact the course moderator at

What should I do if I an unhappy with your service?

Reach out to your trainer regarding any and all complaints. If your trainer is unable to assist you or resolve the problem, you can request to escalate the matter to the moderator, or contact the moderator directly at

What if I have more questions?

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at: