Frequently Asked Questions


How long does the course take to complete?

The course is 120 hours and has to be completed in 4 weeks. You will receive continues updates throughout the course with clear instructions for when to submit weekly assignments. You will have access to a comprehensive course workbook to aid your learning as well as interactive forums to engage with your instructor and fellow students.

Do I need to complete the TEFL/TESOL course if I have a Bachelor’s degree?

Yes, you will be required to have a TEFL certificate to teach English abroad. In some cases, you will have to have a Bachelors degree as well, but we can assist you with exploring your options for job placement depending on your qualifications.

Is an online course a recognised qualification for getting a job teaching English?

Yes, it is a recognised qualification for teaching English to speakers of foreign languages. Some countries or schools prefer in-class TESOL, so if you already have a specific country or school in mind, make sure to double check.

I’m not great at time management. Will I be able to succeed in this online course?

Time management can be tough with any course. For the CultureRoute TEFL couse, you will receive each module at the start of a new week and you will have clear instructions for when to submit weekly assignments. Concentrate on the week’s work, follow the structure of the course and you should be just fine. Your instructor will answer any questions and queries you have along the way.

Will the CultureRoute online TEFL course guarantee me a job teaching English?

The CultureRoute online TEFL is internationally accredited. When you complete the course, you’ll receive a certificate and a personalised letter of recommendation, signed by your instructor. You will be well positioned to get a job with this qualification, however you will still have to find a job. We can assist you with placement, pre-departure and ongoing support as you start your journey.

How long will the TEFL course be valid for?

A TEFL course is valid for life. You may want to refresh your knowledge at some stage but your TEFL certificate will remain valid.

What is the difference between TEFL, TESOL and CELTA?

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

are different acronyms that refer to very similar courses in ESL (English as Second Language) teaching.

Some courses are better than others and they might be branded differently, but the basics are the same. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a different brand of these courses which is specifically tailored to teaching English to adults. If you know for sure that you want to teach adults, then CELTA might be for you, but bear in mind that this might limit your options if you ever want to teach children.

Which countries accept online TEFL for teaching jobs placement?

We offer assistance for placement in:

Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Myanmar and China. More countries coming soon!

I have a full time job. Will I manage to complete the course?

The course takes 120 hours to complete, over 4 weeks. If you can spend 1 or 2 nights a week and a bit of time on the weekend on your TEFL course, you shouldn’t have problems completing the course alongside your job.

Can anyone apply for the TESOL course?

Yes, anyone can apply. Keep in mind that some countries require English teachers to have a Bachelors degree as well as a TEFL.

Do I need to be an English teacher to do the course?

No, anyone can do the course. Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a different skill to teaching English to home language speakers.

What separates CultureRoute’s course from the others?

CultureRoute courses are not automated. You will always be speaking to knowledgable and experienced instructors. Our video tutorials are taught by an experienced TEFL teacher and we include real-life examples of classroom environments and techniques.  Your assignment will be marked by an experienced instructor who will give personalised feedback to each student and the interactive forums will help you develop and learn. We also provide course materials and resources for your teaching adventure.

How do I find a job after the course?

We can assist you with teaching job placement services, including all pre-departure and in-country support.

Will I need to purchase any additional course material? (e.g. a text book?)

No, all the course material will be provided when you sign up to the course.