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.

There is no set start dates and you can complete the course at your own pace.

– 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 South Africa’s secure online payment site, PayFast.

– Choose your method of payment: Credit or Cheque Visa / Mastercard or Direct EFT by all major SA banks.

– Once your payment is successful, you will be taken back to our website to register for your online course and receive your login details. Start your 120-online TEFL course anytime.

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.

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

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.

Unfortunately, TEFL SA does not offer payment plans or bursaries of any kind.


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 certification and you may book your Weekend Practical Course anytime.

After you complete the full 2-day course and a home 2-hour reflective task assignment, you will gain a “20-hour TEFL Practical certificate”

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 TKT Cambridge and Teacher Knowledge Test, is a supplementary course.

This is an excellent addition to your TEFL/TESOL certificate course and will greatly enhance your, confidence. You can study the course online and take quiz tests.

The online digital Cambridge TKT course, Modules 1,2 and 3 is available after you complete the 120-hour TEFL course. The TKT Course is included in Pro Online Package. The written practical exam is optional and paid separately at Cambridge approved centres. There are over 2,700 centres in 130 countries including South Africa.

9. What are TEFL /TESOL / CELTA accreditations.

Course Accreditation and Moderation.

The 120-hour online TEFL / TESOL course:

Delivered and moderated TEFL SA, Online TEFL course providers based on International TEFL / TESOL highest standards. This course is accredited independently by: OTTSA – Online TEFL TESOL Standards Agency – www.ottsa.org

The Practical TEFL course:

Delivered and Moderated by Cambridge DELTA teacher trainers – TEFL SA.

The CELTA practical 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 accredited and respected institutions.

When you enrol in an online TEFL course or attend a TEFL or CELTA practical class 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 certification 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.

Teaching English online

Online English lessons over Skype or other video platforms is the new norm with many families in countries where internet is readily available.

There are over 300 online specialist schools that cater to providing only ESL (English as a second language) learning. Most of them in Asia.

Online schools or other platforms, you will never be out of a ESL job. Teach from the comfort of your home or from anywhere in the world. Many TEFL teachers do online teaching as their “full time” job and make a pretty decent living wage.

Online schools are always recruiting new and experienced teachers.

View info on some online schools and what they pay here.


12. Cancelations & Refunds

Online Course

We will refund you 100% of your course fee if you have not accessed your course within seven days.

A TEFL online course that has been accessed via your unique login password cannot be refunded as you have had the opportunity to download, view and study/use the licenced digital course material you paid for.

We suggest you make use of the benefits of the TEFL course and gain the certification as you intended. Or if you wish you can assign /donate your course to someone else with 14 days. T&C’s apply.

If you are unable to complete the online TEFL course within 6 months of  enrolment / payment due to illness, we will consider extending your course expiry date on request prior to the expiry date and at TEFL SA management discretion.

We want you to succeed teach English abroad or online and we’ll do everything we can to encourage you to complete your course and gain your TEFL certification. TEFL is a skill set you will earn for life.

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

Practical Course

We will refund you 100% of your course fee if you have not accessed your course within seven days.

As this is a booked and limited intake training class, a no-refund policy applies in all other circumstances.

You can reschedule your booked date one time only, at No Charge, and strictly up to ten days before your booked date.

If you miss the practical course because of illness, a doctors letter is required for a free reschedule.

In all other circumstances, if you miss the booked practical course, you may rebook the course anytime as a new practical course booking by paying a R1800 fee afforded to TEFL SA student customers.

The course must be attended in full over the two consecutive days to be eligible for a Practical course certificate.


13. Reviews by Past Students

Read what our past graduates are saying about our TEFL courses in South Africa. Posted directly by our TEFL grads on Google Reviews Here

View Youtube videos and written reviews from our TEFL grads in the 4-week practical course in Thailand. Here

14. TEFL Certificate and Authentication

On completion of the 120-hour TEFL course you will be awarded your 120-hour TEFL – TESOL certificate in a digital PDF format. It can be download and printed on certificate paper for your own use.

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

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

If you are travelling overseas for a ESL / EFL job, it is important you authenticate your TEFL 120-hour TEFL certificate in South Africa or the country you reside in.

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 in SA. This is usually carried out by a Notary Public Attorney. Notaries charge for this service.

You may request your hardcopy TEFL – TESOL certificate after you complete your online TEFL course.

The Course Manager’s office charges a R300 fee to print your certificate and courier it to you in 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.