Frequently Asked Questions

The TEFL course and what can the student expect.


1. How do I start the TEFL course and make payment?

It’s easy to enrol and get start the 120-hour online TEFL course.

TEFL SA (Pty) is an approved merchant of SA largest online payment processor, PayFast SA.

– Simply go to the “Online TEFL courses” tab. Found at the top of this website and select your preferred TEFL course package.

– Click on the “Buy Now” button and you will be taken to the secure online payment site, PayFast SA

– Choose your method of payment: Credit or Cheque Visa / Mastercard or Direct EFT by all major SA banks. Also pay with Zapper, Masterpass or Mobicred.

– Once your payment is successful, you will be redirected to this TEFL SA website to register for your online course and receive your login details within a few minutes. You can then start your 120-online TEFL course anytime you are ready.

If you selected the “140-hour Combined TEFL Course” Package, you will book your Practical course weekend from a selection of dates in JHB, DBN or CT or online via Zoom.

Your receipt / proof of purchase from TEFL SA (Pty) Ltd, will immediately be emailed to you immediately after payment by PayFast.

You may opt to pay direct into TEFL SA (Pty) Ltd, ABSA Bank account.  Download the pro-forma invoice with details from the Online TEFL course page.

TEFL course packages can be financed and paid over a 12 months or less through a Mobicred credit account. Mobicred is a registered credit provider specialising in online purchasers through all major online sites and stores. Apply direct  www,mobicred.co.za

Once approved use the same procedure as above and choose the Mobicred option for payment.

TEFL SA does not offer students payment plans.


2. What are the requirements to enrol in the TEFL course?

You should:

Be a native English speaker or proficient / fluent in the English language.

Have a desire to teach the English language to people of other languages and cultures.

Have the ability to produce a good standard of work.

Be ethical, punctual and respectful of others culture and way of life.

Be an adult over 18 years of age. No upper age restriction. We have many retired people of all ages who have done the TEFL course and are teaching.

No tertiary qualifications or University degrees are required to enrol in the TEFL course and to apply for many of the ESL jobs.




3. What are the benefits of gaining a TEFL certification ?

A Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or (TESOL) Teach English as a Second or Other Language, certification is a commonly required qualification for new and experienced teachers who want to teach English to non-English speakers in schools abroad or online.

With a TEFL /TESOL certification, teachers can:

Qualify for teaching jobs.

The minimum requirement to teach abroad or online is a 120-hour TEFL certification. In many cases, employers also require candidates to have some TEFL practical training.

In some countries, a Bachelor’s degree in any field and TEFL certification is required to secure a work visa as an (ESL) English as a second language teacher

Gain the skills required to teach abroad.

A TEFL course gives you the skills and prepares you to teach the English language in a structured way to different levels of English students, plan lessons, refresh your understanding of English grammar concepts, manage classes and more.

Stand out in job applications.

Be prepared when applying for a ESL job. A TEFL certification is a requirement by employers. Set yourself  apart from candidates who are not yet TEFL certified.

4. What will I learn on the TEFL course?

Teach English Language Skills.

Teach the five major elements of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, listening and pronunciation.

Simplify English Grammar.

Simplify complex English grammar concepts for ELLs (English Language Learners).

Plan Lessons

Plan and deliver effective lessons that meet class learning objectives and promote productive learning.

Manage a Classroom

Manage your classroom and student behaviour to create a welcoming and safe learning environment.

Identify Learning Styles. 

Identify different learning styles and adapt lessons to suit students and their needs.

Build Effective Learning Materials

Find, adapt and personalize a wide variety of text-based and digital materials for use in the classroom.

5. How long does it take to complete the TEFL course?

It takes on average 4 weeks to complete the 120-hour online TEFL course. You only really need to study for a few hours a week.

You  can complete the 120-hour course in a much shorter time if you want to. Many have completed it in less than 10 days.

However, there is no need to rush as you have up to 6 months access to complete your online TEFL course.

On completion of the course, your unique digital TEFL certificate will be emailed to you in a PDF. A hard-copy certificate for authentication is available on request.

6. The 2-day Weekend Practical Course?

The 2-day TEFL weekend practical course is a highly recommended teacher training course delivered by Cambridge DELTA Teacher Trainers.

Recommended to all new (ESL) English as a Second Language teachers regardless of other qualifications or teaching experience.

The Combined TEFL course package (120 hours online and 20 hours practical) is the most effective and concise method of learning TEFL methodology and skills for your new career.

There is no need to have completed your online TEFL course before the Practical Course.

After you complete the full 2-day course and a home 2-hour reflective task assignment, you will be awarded the, 20-hour TEFL Practical certificate.

The practical course is available in-class at one of the city venues or online via Zoom.

View the weekend course program, dates and venues here.

7. What if I don’t pass the TEFL course?

The Online

Follow our instructions and take your time with each lesson, you will pass the TEFL course.

Our course tutors will do everything to encourage you and provide as much help as possible.

The pass rate is a 70% average of all lesson tests. You take each lesson /module exam once. If you do not pass the course, we will let you take your failed module lessons again.

The 120-hour TEFL / TESOL certificate is awarded on completing and passing all lesson modules.

The Practical

The practical component is not mandatory. However, we encourage you to take the 2-day weekend practical either as a package (Combined Course) or join later after or during  your online course.

The Certificate of Practical Teaching is awarded on completing the 20-hour program. Learn more here

8. What is Cambridge TKT course?

The Cambridge TKT  is a supplementary course and resource guide. It is also, ultimately, a test of your ESL teacher knowledge.

This is an excellent addition to your TEFL/TESOL certificate course and will greatly enhance your, confidence.

The online Cambridge TKT course, is recommended as a resource and reference, after completion of the 120-hour TEFL course.

The TKT Course is included in Pro Online and Combined TEFL Packages.

The three module tests are optional and can be paid and done separately online at a nominal cost.

9. What are TEFL /TESOL / CELTA accreditations.

Course Accreditation and Moderation.

The 120-hour online TEFL / TESOL course:

The 120- hour online course is a universal English Language Teaching (ELT) course based on British Council curriculum standards. Internationally accepted by all English as a Second Language (ESL) employers.

This course is moderated and accredited by International TEFL, London UK.

TEFL SA is a Gold standard accredited institution since 2017 with International TEFL. View Accreditation Here

The Practical TEFL course:

Delivered and Moderated by TEFL SA Cambridge DELTA teacher trainers.

The Cambridge CELTA  course:

Delivered by Cambridge DELTA teacher trainers and moderated by Cambridge ESOL approved training centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Enrolement in the CELTA is by assessed application.

Ofqual Level 5 Qualification, UK Credit Framework. Premium product endorsement by NEAS in Australia

TEFL SA pledge:

We pledge to deliver affordable ESL teacher training systems from internationally accredited and respected institutions.

When you enrol in an online TEFL course or attend a TEFL or CELTA teacher training course, your training and certification is recognised and accepted by all English as a Second Language (ESL) employers worldwide.

10. Do I need a degree to teach abroad or online?

Teaching Abroad

Some countries , require a TEFL teacher to have a BA degree in any field in addition to the TEFL certification, to obtain a work permit/ visa.

Countries, like China and the Emirates are strict with their work permit laws, so be aware of unscrupulous “teacher recruiters”. Use only registered company recruiters like the ones advertising on our website under ESL jobs.

There are many other countries where a degree is not required or essential.

Take a look at some of the most popular countries the do not require a degree here.

In many countries, you can teach while visiting up to 12 months. Employers can also request to convert your visitors visa to a work visa.

You can also teach privately or for private language schools.

Online teaching

Online schools that will hire you as a TEFL tutor do not require you to have a degree.

They do pay you according to your qualifications when when starting out and eventually start paying you according to your experience.
You can work for more than one online school as an independent contractor. View info on some online schools and what they pay here.
There are also other online teaching platforms where you can promote and work as an independent tutor for more money.
Also, you can simply create your own platform with a Skype connection and advertise your English tutoring services on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and other local advertising.

11. Where can I teach with a TEFL certificate?

Teaching English abroad

A TEFL qualification is your gateway to working anywhere in the world.

With English becoming the “global language”, trained TEFL teachers are in high demand everywhere. From primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and private language schools in over 150 countries.

Some of the most popular countries to teach English include China, Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, The Emirates, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Czech Rep, Chili, Panama, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and many other non-English speaking countries.

From paid teaching work to NGO volunteer work, there is always a need for passionate English teacher the world over.

Teaching English online

Online English lessons over internet video platforms like Zoom, Skype is the new norm with many families and businesses where internet is readily available. And that’s in at least, all of the cities of the world.

Online schools or other freelance platforms, provides the ESL teacher opportunities to teach English to other language students from the comfort of your home or from anywhere in the world. Many TEFL teachers teach online as their “full time” job and make a pretty decent living wage.

Online schools are always recruiting new and experienced teachers.

View more info on online schools and what to expect from this growing industry here.

12. Cancelations & Refunds

Online Course

We will refund you 100% of your course fee:

An email request should be sent within 7 (seven) days of payment.

A TEFL online course that has been accessed via your unique login password, cannot be refunded.

By accessing the TEFL platform, you have used the opportunity to, view and study/use/ download the licensed digital course material you paid for.

You may assign your registered student number to someone else with 14 days, provided you have not taken any of the tests. Other T&C’s may apply.

If you are unable to complete the 120-hour (4-week) TEFL course within the six months (24-weeks) access to the TEFL platform you may request an automatic 8-week extension on payment of an extension fee of: R400 / $20.

Should you not receive an automated “password / welcome email” after registration for some technical reason, you should contact us via email or call our call centre for technical assistance.

We want you to succeed in your TEFL path and we will do everything we can to encourage you to complete your course and gain your TEFL certification.

Practical Course

This course is a limited intake training class and once you have booked your place we cannot resell or refund your course place.

You can reschedule, at no charge, your original booked date one time only. Conditional to, up to ten days before your booked date and provided your booked course date is not shown as “booked out” on this website.

In all other circumstances, if you miss your booked practical course, you may book the course again as a second booking by paying a discounted fee: R1500 venue / R900 Online.

The Practical course must be attended in full over the two consecutive days and a 2-hour home Reflective Task assignment is to be successfully completed, to be eligible for a 20-hour TEFL Practical course certificate.

If you select a Flexi-Time date option, your course attendance is required within 6 (six) months of enrolment.

TEFL SA (Pty) Ltd adheres to all local laws and regulations.

13. Reviews. via Google & Facebook

What do our past student teacher trainees say about our TEFL course training?

Read direct from Google Reviews Here

Read direct from Facebook Reviews: https://www.facebook.com/teflsouthafrica

TEFL SA Student Reviews Here

14. TEFL Certificate and Authentication

After completion and passing the 120-hour TEFL course, you will be awarded your 120-hour TEFL – TESOL certificate in a digital PDF format. It can be downloaded and printed.

Each certificate has a unique number that can be verified by the ESL teacher employer or recruiter via TEFL SA, Here

The TEFL – TESOL certificate is recognised and accepted by English as a Second / Foreign Language (ESL / EFL) employers schools and teacher recruiter agencies worldwide.

If you are traveling overseas for a ESL / EFL job, it is important you authenticate a hard copy certificate in South Africa or the country you reside in.

In South Africa a hard copy certificate with an original signature of the TEFL course manager / principal is required to have it authenticated by the Registrar of the High Court. This is usually carried out by a Notary Public Attorney. Notaries charge a fee for this service.

You may request your hard-copy TEFL – TESOL certificate after you complete your online TEFL course.

The Course Manager’s office can courier a hard-copy certificate with an original signature to you.

In R350 SA or $50 outside SA borders.

Additional Information on Authentication of Documents in South Africa.

By Louro & Tiago Inc. Attorneys and Notaries

In order to authenticate a document which has been signed or originated in South Africa, and which document is required for use outside of South Africa, one has to ask the following question:

Is the country in which the document is to be used a member country of  The Hague Convention?

a)   Yes, then the document must be certified by a notary public who in turn attaches an Apostille to the document and sends the Apostille for signature by the Registrar of the High Court. This takes 24 hours and this firm charges R 850,00 plus VAT. (Excluding courier costs)

b)   No, then after the above process,  you would need to personally (or agent) take the document to the authentication department at DIRCO in Pretoria who in turn attaches another Certificate by DIRCO about the signing power of the Registrar of the High Court and the fact that such Registrar is allowed to sign this document in South Africa for use outside of South Africa.

By Louro & Tiago Attorneys & Notaries T : +27 (0)11 432 4310 E : jlouro@lourotiago.co.za

Google reviews

Our teachers are our best ambassadors…

Brillant course material and I have learnt so much.Great service as well.Highly recommended! Our practical teacher was also absolutely amazing and patient.
The support staff is very helpful and quick to respond to emails. It’s quick and easy to register and the course material is easy to understand
Really enjoyable experience. I feel well equipped to embark on my EFL journey.
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