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 started with your TEFL course.

No applications are required.

– Simply go to the “Online TEFL courses” tab 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 Combined or Platinum Package, you would book your Practical course available dates. Online via Zoom or In person.

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

Payflex option. If you wish to pay off your course in 4 payments over 6 weeks (no interest or fees) select the Payflex button option. Only valid for SA residents. You require a Visa / Mastercard / American Express

TEFL SA is an approved merchant of online payment processor, PayFast SA and Payflex SA.


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.

This is an adult education course. Anyone can enrol, complete the course and gain certification.

No tertiary qualification, BA University degree or teaching experience is required to enrol in the TEFL course.

Teaching jobs are available to all qualified TEFL teachers. Applications are direct with recruitment agencies, online teaching companies or education departments. Employer lists, advice & pointers, and job opportunities on various platforms are provided with all our TEFL course packages.




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 ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching jobs.

The minimum requirement to teach abroad or online is a 120-hour TEFL certification.

Employers may also require teacher candidates to have some TEFL practical training. The 20-hour Practical is on offer.

In some countries, a Bachelor’s degree in any field and TEFL certification is required to secure a work visa as an ESL 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 classrooms, and more.

Stand out in job applications.

Be prepared when applying for a ESL job. Online tutoring or a dream destination.

A TEFL certification is a requirement by employers. It means you have been trained to formerly deliver ESL lessons to their paying customers.

Volunteer your time and skills

Many NGO’s and other Non-profit organizations the world over, are always looking for qualified TEFL teachers to work with the less privliged. If wish to volunteer some of your time and teaching skills, they are most welcome.

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 recommended TEFL teacher practice and skills course delivered by Cambridge DELTA Teacher Trainers.

Recommended to all TEFL students. regardless of qualifications or other 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.

No need to complete your online TEFL course to do the Practical Course.

After you complete the full 2-day course and a about 1 to 2-hour home reflective task report, you will have gained the, 20-hour TEFL Practical certificate.

The practical course is available to do online via Zoom (free Zoom) or in-person at our Rosebank, Joburg venue.

View the weekend course program, dates and venues here.

7. What is the Pass rate for the TEFL course?

The Online

TEFL SA has a 99% student pass rate. You will pass the TEFL course.

The course is designed as an interesting and insightful TEFL teacher training course. The student will always be engaged. No boring lectures or scheduled classes.

The student watches each lesson video and studies downloadable lesson content, before taking the multiple choice quiz test for each lesson.

This is done at the students own pace and each test can be done whenever the student is ready at own time discretion.

A pass mark of 70% and above must be achieved for each of the 11 quiz tests.

If a pass mark is not achieved, the student must take the quiz test again till a pass is achieved to move on the the next quiz test.

The final exam is an overview of all the lessons and upon achieving a pass grade, the 120-hou TEFL /TESOL certificate becomes available.

This course process ensures the student is knowledgeable and understands TEFL methodology.

A generous period of 6 months to complete a 2-4 week course, is awarded from enrollment.

The Practical

Practical TEFL training is encouraged as this will greatly enhance insight into the methodology.

Many employers prefer teacher job applicants with practical TEFL training.

A 20-hour / 2-day weekend practical is offered. The Combined TEFL Course, includes this component.

Or the student can book and pay separately, any time during or after the online TEFL course.

A 20-hour Practical TEFL Certificate is awarded on completion of the 20-hour program. Learn more here

8. What is Cambridge TKT course?

The Cambridge TKT  CLIL is a course book and resources manual.

The TKT Course CLIL is included in the Platinum TEFL Package.

This course is an excellent addition to further ESL teacher studies after completion of the 140-hour TEFL course.

From Cambridge University press:

This course is designed for teachers and trainee teachers preparing for the Cambridge ESOL TKT: Content and Language Integrated Learning test (TKT: CLIL). It is ideal for both content and language teachers. Written by a CLIL expert in collaboration with Cambridge ESOL, this course covers the four key areas of the test: knowledge of CLIL and principles of CLIL, lesson preparation, lesson delivery and assessment. It will also be useful for anyone seeking an introduction to CLIL theory and practice. The TKT Course CLIL Module introduces teachers to the concepts and terminology central to CLIL and provides an introduction to its main theories, approaches and activities. Teachers are then encouraged to apply these to their own teaching contexts and analyse their usefulness to their own learners. Materials and activities are available which further develop and explore the topics introduced in the course. More Here

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 monitored and moderated by TEFL SA Cambridge DELTA teacher trainers.

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 centre in Johannesburg. 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 and 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. 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 ID 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.

A hard-copy certificate with an original signature of the TEFL  SA principal is available from TEFL SA, on request.

Payment of R350 or $50 outside SA borders. (The Platinum TEFL package, includes the hard-copy certificate service)

The service includes:

Printed certificate on 150 gm/s certificate paper.

Original ink signature from the principal of the TEFL SA institution.

A letter of confirmation, of completion of the listed course curriculum, signed by the principal.

Delivered to your physical address by private courier.

To order hard-copy certificate, begin the process:  Here

Additional Information on Authentication of Documents in South Africa.

Authentication process, requires the hard-copy be authenticated by the Registrar of the High Court.

This is usually carried out by a Notary Public Attorney or Court appointed official for these matters. Notaries charge a fee for this service

Info 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

14. Reviews – What our customers say about us.

Google Reviews – Facebook Reviews – Trustpilot Reviews

Customer Reviews, are undoubtedly the best best way for a shopper / potential customer, to establish how good or bad the company’s service and/or product really is. A few clicks and you have a great idea what the institution is all about. Even its authenticity.

TEFL SA is listed on various Review platforms and we are very proud of our high student customer satisfaction achievements in this regard.

Read over 450 student reviews, even engage with our past students, direct from the Review platforms:

Google Reviews: 4.8 out of 5.0 View page here: Here

Facebook Reviews: 4.8 out of 5.0 View online Here

Trustpiolt Reviews: 4.7 out of 5.0 View direct online Here

or go to TEFL SA Reviews page on this website Here

“Trust the client who has purchased and took the time to write a Review”  The Good Review.

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.
 More Reviews Here