220-Hour Advanced TEFL Certification

Worldwide, millions of learners work with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) instructors to learn and better understand the English language. Earn your internationally recognized TEFL certificate in this online course, so you can teach English online, abroad, or wherever the need arises. You will also learn how to teach English to different audiences, including Business English Users and Young Learners. Once you have completed this course, you will be eligible to apply for TEFL teaching posts.

9 Months / 220 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES2101

What you will learn

  • How to prepare and deliver a dynamic and interesting lesson plan
  • Classroom management strategies
  • Language skills and how to teach them
  • How to find and design teaching resources
  • Specialize in niche areas of English language teaching like Business English

How you will benefit

  • Earn a certificate which allows you to teach English all over the world
  • Gives classroom confidence
  • Find better paid teaching work
  • Opportunity to work/travel
  • Specializes you in Teaching English Online, teaching Young Learners and Business English

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 220 course hours
  1. TEFL
    1. Grammar and Language Awareness
      1. Introduction
      2. Nouns
      3. Verbs
      4. Verbs that are not Verbs
      5. Adjectives and adverbs
      6. Other parts of speech
      7. Present, past, and future tenses
      8. Conditionals
    2. TEFL Methodology
      1. Understanding student and teacher roles
      2. Teaching structures, strategies and methods
      3. Activities in the classroom
      4. Classroom management, correcting errors and giving feedback
      5. Teaching vocabulary and functions
      6. Teaching reading and listening
      7. Introduction to phonology
      8. Teaching young learners
      9. Teaching business English
      10. Teaching one-to-one
      11. A PPP Lesson
    3. Video Observation
      1. A PPP Lesson
      2. Functional language
      3. Foreign Language
      4. Skills
      5. Dealing with difficult students
    4. Telephone Teaching
      1. Introduction to telephone teaching
      2. Lesson types and needs analysis
      3. Structures and strategies
    5. Teaching Large Classes
      1. Introduction to teaching large classes
      2. Classroom organization
      3. Activities and discipline
  2. Advanced TEFL Courses
    1. Teaching Young Learners
      1. Introduction to teaching young learners
      2. Child development and teaching young learners
      3. Practical activities to use with young learners
      4. Using the internet with young learners
      5. Teaching very young learners
    2. Teaching Business English
      1. The theory of Business English
      2. Preparing Business English lessons
      3. Delivering Business English
      4. Business communication skills
    3. How to Teach English Online
      1. Introduction to the course
      2. Using technology to teach
      3. Lesson Planning
    4. Set up and Promote your Online Lessons
      1. Building your own website
      2. Marketing your online services


Alex has 22 years' experience in TEFL. After gaining my CELTA in Madrid after university (BA Business and Law), he taught in Barcelona for 6 years before returning to the UK. He has worked in various TEFL specialisms over the years, from general English in traditional language schools, to exam preparation, private lessons, online teaching, Business English, young learners, and TEFL publishing, in positions ranging from EFL teacher to DOS. He has been involved in EFL teacher training for the last 10 years, involving face to face and online tutoring as well as writing course materials, and most recently completed a course to become a Linguaskill speaking examiner.

Alex has worked for Tefl.org since very shortly after it began in 2008. He started as a classroom tutor doing the face-to-face 20 and 30-hour courses and has been an online tutor too for around 8 years now. He has also been directly involved in writing online course materials for an accredited TEFL training organization.


Thomas is currently the Online & Academic Manager at TEFL Org, where he has worked since 2008.

He has been teaching English for 32 years, and a teacher trainer for 25 years. He has taught in France & Portugal, but most of his teaching has been in Madrid, Spain, where he has been living now for 30 years.

He has taught from general English in traditional language schools, to exam preparation, private lessons, online teaching, Business English, young learners in positions ranging from EFL teacher to Director of Studies. He was also a Cambridge examiner at the British Council for several years. His experience as an online teacher trainer started in 2000.

Over the years, Thomas has also written teaching materials for online and face to face learning. His qualifications include a TEFL certificate, Trinity Diploma in Teaching English as a second/another language, and a master's degree in Education Leadership & Management.


Denise has been involved in the TEFL world for almost 40 years. She started teaching English locally when she was a young adult to new immigrants. She went to university as a mature student at the ripe old age of 24, where she graduated with a BA (Hons).

In 1992, she completed her CELTA teacher training. In the wake of the Barcelona Olympics, she moved to Spain, where she worked as an English teacher, head of studies, and a school director before opening her language school. Throughout her time in Spain, she was involved in teacher training and professional development courses, as well as communication skills training for high-level business executives in English.

Denise also worked as a coursebook writer and editor for an EFL publishing company. She started writing and working with blended learning courses when they were in their infancy, which led to the advent of 100% online learning in the early 2000s.

She is also an Internal Quality Assessor and has written several TEFL training courses over the last 20 years.


Asif started academic and professional life in the law; however, he often found himself in situations where he was having to decipher, learn, analyze, or teach aspects of language. As this took-up more and more of his time, the decision to make language his full-time occupation did not take long to make, and he became and remains a secondary-school teacher, the classroom being his favorite place.

Knowing what he does needs a firm understanding of language, to which he credits his academic grounding in applied linguistics and many years in the classroom. Academically, his primary research interest lies in language testing, a field in which he has supervised several research candidates, some at the doctoral level. This affords him an in-depth understanding of the thinking behind the syllabuses and exams you will come across in different parts of the world. It allows him to take a step back and fit exams and the like into a fit-for-purpose context.

He has worked for an accredited TEFL training organization for 10 years as a classroom and online tutor. His qualifications include a master's degree in Applied Linguistics and a master's degree in TESOL. He may be preparing executives for a press conference one weekend; He may be teaching basic English to refugees another, delivering teacher-training courses the weekend after, and marking online assessments too.


While there are no prerequisites to take this course, a bachelor's degree or higher is typically required for most TEFL positions. However, you can teach English TEFL with only the certification in some cases.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, upon successful completion of this course you will receive your 220-Hour Advanced TEFL Certificate.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive nine (9) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through. You will also be qualified to receive the 220-Hour Advanced TEFL Certificate.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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