Are you looking for a sample online TEFL course? Or maybe a refresher course? Perhaps a "taster" course? Or maybe you are looking for just a short course.

Either way I think you'll find something in this basic course

What sort of things will you learn about?

Here is a look at the syllabus.

  • "Engrish" entrance exam 
  • Introduction
  • Teaching methods
  • Public speaking
  • Learning styles and are they accurate?
  • Lesson planning
  • Presenting language
  • Teaching writing
  • Teaching reading
  • Teaching listening
  • Teaching speaking
  • Teaching phonics and pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Teaching songs
  • Teaching with games and activities
  • Classroom management 
  • Culture shock
  • Writing your resume & finding jobs
  • Final exam
  • Certificate

Currently the topics classroom management and beyond are not available in the free option.

What does some of the content look like?

The course includes reading text, watching videos, answering questions, true and false, assignments and exams.

An entrance exam question in the basic course

Here is a look an entrance exam question in the basic course. The entrance exam is to see if your English level is up to par to teach abroad. There are currently 15 grammar related questions where you have to choose the correct response.

basic exam question

An entrance exam question in the advanced course

In the advanced course there is also an entrance exam which is slightly more extensive, but also more fun. I called it an "Engrish" exam and used some funny pictures like this.

engrish exam question

Sometimes you will read text and answer questions

Throughout the course content and questions are interlinked together. You can't get to the next topic without answering the questions correctly. You'll need to maintain an 80% or higher to proceed.

basic course question

Sometimes there will be video

Video is a much more engaging than text. ESLinsider's courses include a lot of videos. Many of these videos were shot in the classrooms of Korea. So if you are planning on teaching in Korea or elsewhere in Asia I think you might find these courses to be especially helpful.

A video from the course


The basic course doesn't include feedback. The advanced course does. Feedback can be especially helpful. You can get ideas on how to better prepare your lessons and/or correct any of the mistakes that you may have made.

Are you thinking of teaching English in Asia?

If so you will find a section in the beginning of the course devoted towards doing that.

You can:

  • Get advice from teachers in China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan (video interviews with teachers in Asia)
  • Figure out what kind of school you want to work in
  • Get the details on salaries for teachers in China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan
  • How to choose the best place for you (country and city not necessarily in Asia)

Try it, you might like it

You can log in right now and start the Basic course or the advanced course. Or if you are not sure you can read more articles about online TEFL courses.