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Thinking about TEFL Courses? Remember ESLinsider. 

This is the TEFL course category page from the blog. Here you will find blog posts about TEFL courses and here is the online TEFL course category page. 

You can find ESLinsider's course here.

First the basics...

What are TEFL/TESOL/CELTA courses?

These are typically short term courses that are targeted at people who want to teach English abroad or people who are already abroad and are looking for training. These courses can range from a few days to a month or more.

TEFL=Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a TESOL course is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In terms of content they are similar and interchangeable, but different in that a TEFL course is focused on teaching overseas and a TESOL course is focused on teaching English to people who are not natives in your home country.

So basically one targets people who go overseas to teach English and the other those who stay home and teach English to non-native speakers.

CELTA is a kind of TEFL course that was created by the University of Cambridge.

Aside from CELTA these sorts of courses are not typically affiliated with universities and they are privately owned businesses and their numbers are many.

A course like CELTA is typically a 4 week course of 8 hours a day for a total of 120 hours.

Many in-class TEFL courses follow that model as well, although there are courses that can be as short as a weekend and/or include hybrid distance learning or online training.

Many online TEFL courses try to emulate courses like CELTA at least superficially. However, all of the online courses that I am familiar with do not actually have class times or "hours" so those are a little misleading.

Are TEFL courses required to teach English abroad?

It depends on the school and location.

Take a look at the articles below to see if you find one that helps answer your questions. And remember that ESLinsider offers an online course geared more towards teaching kids in Asia (this is the larger part of the job market in Eastern Asia).

Articles about TEFL courses

These TEFL course scams exist online big and small
"Internationally Recognized" TEFL Certification Means NOTHING
"Useless" Online TEFL Courses Vs. "Pseudo" Classroom TEFL Courses
10 Uses For Your TEFL Certificate You Probably Never Thought Of
7 Reasons Why You Should Take a TEFL Course Focused on Teaching Kids
8 secrets of the TEFL course industry
A Grammar Heavy TEFL Course Is Usually Pointless
Are online TEFL courses valid?
Best TEFL course for Taiwan?
Can teaching English abroad be a career? (TEFL Long Term)
Can You Teach English Abroad Without TEFL Certification?
CELTA vs. Online TEFL - Which one?
Comprehensive TEFL Course FAQ
DATAFL - What sorts of English teachers do you think schools are looking for? Data from thousands of job ads (in Asia) reveals the facts
Do English schools abroad offer much teacher training?
ESLinsider's Advanced Course (Online TEFL That You Will Actually Remember)
ESLinsider's Online TEFL Course FAQ
Free Online TEFL Course
Free TEFL Is Dead
How does the advanced course compare to the basic course?
How many TEFL course hours do I need? How long do online courses take?
How To Get TEFL Certification
I want to teach English abroad. What do I do?
Is teaching English abroad worth it? Is it fun?
MyTEFL & iTTT TEFL Course Reviews
Online TEFL Training vs. Classroom? Actually There's Another Option
Review on Groupon's TEFL course deals
Should You Take A TEFL Course To Teach Abroad If You Are A Teacher Back Home?
Superficial TEFL Course Standards
Teaching English Is Difficult, But Fortunately You Can Improve Your Situation
TEFL Accreditation: Why It Doesn't Matter
TEFL Course Affiliates - Lies, Bias & Ulterior Motives
TEFL Courses - The Tricks & Lies Used To Get You To BUY
TEFL online pro and "Trusted" TEFL reviews are run by the same fraud
TEFL Shmeefl - Accreditation and Exotic Locations
TEFL: Who's Selling To You? Do you know?
The cheapest TEFL course you can get or a CELTA? Seemingly pragmatic, but flawed and dogmatic
The owner of myTEFL is the troll that wrote that slander and created
Think you're unbiased? Think again. Everyone is biased in TEFL, but some people lie
Turn The Lights ON
Wake The F*ck Up
What is the TEKA course?
What kind of teachers do schools in Asia REALLY want?
When to do a TEFL course?
Where to get TEFL certification?
Where To Take A TEFL/TESOL Course?
Which TEFL Course Should I Take? How To Choose
Why take a TEFL course? "They say" these 5 things matter and here's 1 thing that doesn't (+1 course not to take)
You probably don't want to buy this online TEFL course
Your 3 Best Options For TEFL Courses To Teach In Asia