Free TEFL Courses or Paid TEFL Courses?

TEFL courses are pricey and sometimes beyond the range of our affordability, and it makes the students search for free options. But one thing I can say for sure is that if you are looking for a 100% free TEFL training then you won’t find any.

Even if you do find an absolutely $0 free course, then I can assure you that the course and the certification will be of no value at all in the global market, which is essential to get a job.

There is a reason as to why institutes charge a lot for the TEFL accredited and certified courses. TEFL courses offered by a globally recognized institute like Henry Harvin are of a very high standard, and this course can provide jobs in several countries.  

The TEFL course of Henry Harvin is accredited by the world’s most renowned and esteemed independent body for TEFL training, the American Association of EFL. The 120 hours long TEFL course offered by Henry Harvin has 14 modules which are taught by domain experts with great reviews.

On course completion, a certificate with global validation is provided along with placement opportunities from Henry Harvin.

List of Top Free TEFL Certification Courses

Even after this if you are not convinced that paid TEFL courses are better from a good institute for them, I am providing a list of courses that are almost as cheap as free.

Rank #1: English First

The TEFL course certification offered by English First is a free internationally recognized course that also provides a full-time teaching job in their language schools of China and Indonesia.

There are a few eligibility criteria like the student must be a passport holder from countries South Africa, New Zealand, UK, USA, Ireland, and Canada. The students must also have a Bachelor’s degree and give English First access to a clear background check.

Also, the students have to commit to a minimum one-year contract with the institute. If all these criteria meet then, only a candidate will be chosen for a free TEFL international course training.

Website: https://www.englishfirst.com/free-tefl-certification/

Call information: +86 (21) 6039 5868 (Shanghai, China), +1 (617) 619-1938 (Boston, USA), +44 207 341 8500 (London, UK)


Rank #2: London Teacher Training College


London Teacher Training College offers a self-study free TEFL certification course. This 15-hour long study online package is free; however, it doesn’t provide any trainer or certificate. This course is best for EFL teachers who already are qualified but are seeking a source to refresh their knowledge and polish their skills.

The London Teacher Training College is certified by the IATEFL, The College of Teachers, and they also have a gold certification for being an approved training centre from Training Qualification UK. To know more about the free TEFL training, one can visit the LTTC website for the information available.

Website: https://www.teachenglish.co.uk/tefl-courses/taster-courses/tesol-taster.html

Call information: 0208 133 2027 (Inside UK), +44 208 133 2027 (International)

Email: lttc@teachenglish.co.uk

Address: LTTC, 60 Windsor Avenue, London SW19 2RR


Rank #3: TEFL Professional Development Institute

This course is 120 hours long TEFL Teacher Training, and the curriculum is constructed by the course materials from reputed members of the TEFL community like The British Council, Cambridge University Press, University of Oregon, The New School of New York, Oxford University Press, and many more. The course can be accessed through the website link that we have provided and as they assure it is a genuine and professional course.

TEFL Professional Development Institute provides not much contact information, so that is a drawback because the site lacks genuineness. It is suggested that one should visit the website and go through the TEFL course online free information before enrolling.

Website: http://www.theteflcertificate.com/freeteflcourse


Rank #4: Future Learn


They offer many such free courses, and to avail, all the unlimited course access with digital certification one can subscribe by paying $249.99 which is very useful because several opportunities open up by the access to those short free courses on the site. The following few free TEFL courses are listed under the access through the Future Learn website.

Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/teaching-courses/teaching-english-tefl


Rank #5: Introduction to Applied Linguistic and TESOL –University of Leicester

This course on Future Learn is a course developed by the reputed University of Leicester, which is a free English teaching training course of 6-week duration. The course takes around 3 hours for study per week to complete within the six-week duration.

The only drawback of this course is that the free version doesn’t provide a certification on completion of the course. However, if one decided to opt for the $64 course upgrade which comes with a print and digital certificate.

And if anyone wants to opt for the $249.99 subscription of one year then the student will be granted a one year access to this course and any other course on Future Learn and this unlimited subscription of one year will also grant digital certificates.

Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/introduction-to-applied-linguistics


Rank #6: Teaching English Online – Cambridge Assessment English

This course will act as a TEFL course online free for guidance to be skilled for English teaching to students through online mode. The Teaching English Online course by Cambridge Assessment English is a four-week duration course that one can complete by investing 5 hours of study time weekly. This course will help one gain insights on online teaching methodologies and train about digital tools.

But the free version of the course on Future Learn will not provide any certificate on completion. It is suggested to opt for the upgrade version for $54 or the yearly subscription to get a certification proof of successful course completion.

Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/online-tutoring


Rank #7: Language Assessment in the Classroom – British Council

This course is a British Council developed four weeks long course offered free of cost at the Future Learn site. This course is aimed at language teachers around the world in high schools or secondary schools to understand how language assessment works. This course has a prior requirement of English language proficiency so that one can get the most benefit out of this course.

The free course does not offer a certificate at course completion, but the paid upgraded version at $54 comes with a digital certificate if a student is eligible.  

Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/language-assessment


Rank #8: Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching – Lancaster University

This is a four weeks long course that provides insights on practical tools and theoretical concepts required for teaching foreign languages to dyslexic students of other native languages.

The course requires weekly 4-hour study to become a professional language teacher. This course is highly beneficial because about 10%- 15% of the population is dyslexic and needs professional help for understanding a particular foreign language.

The materials and tasks given in the course are designed by applying for a tool in teaching to students of various age groups.

But the drawback of this free version of the course on Future Learn is that it doesn’t come with a certificate on course completion however one can upgrade the course to the $89 version that will provide a digital certificate.    

Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/dyslexia


Rank #9: TESOL Strategies: Supporting ESL Students in Mainstream Classrooms – University of Glasgow

This free TESOL course will teach about the basic principles, considerations, and strategies for cultivating a productive language-learning environment. This course of 3 weeks duration requires 4 hours of weekly study. The professionals will learn about all the dimensions involved in learning a Language.

The certificate will not be provided after the free version of course completion, but the upgraded version that will give a certificate is of $54. One can get more information about the course if they visit the website through the link provided.

Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/tesol-strategies


Rank #10 Teaching Phonics in Early Childhood – Queensland University of Technology

This two-week long free TEFL certification course is for professionals who want to teach English and need an introduction about phonics and to learn how to teach phonics to young minds.

A weekly one hour study is vital for students to get an idea about the course. It is a free digital course on Future Learn that will improve the teaching skills of phonics to children. This course on Future Learn has many good reviews so one can check it by visiting the website link provided.

Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teaching-phonics


Rank #11: English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development – British Council

This free course on Future Learn is a six-week long course that requires a 2-hour weekly study. This course will provide insights on the psychology of learning by young children that will be helpful for the professionals.

At the end of the course, one will have an idea about how children acquire a new language. The course is developed by the British Council, an esteemed member of the TEFL community.

This course is ranked a 4.8 with several good reviews, but the free version of the course doesn’t provide a certificate. One can also upgrade the course at $54 to a version that will provide a certificate on course completion.

The following are the list of TEFL courses that are offered by institutes at very cheap cost through the Groupon website. Sometimes many such similar courses are offered at the most affordable price rate when you access them through discount providing sites like Groupon.

Website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/english-in-early-childhood


Rank #12: TEFL Full Circle

This is a 160 hour long free TEFL certification course offered by TEFL Full Circle. The professionals with this certificate will be able to earn money while traveling as they get the opportunity to teach the students around the globe.

The promotional value of the TEFL course online expires after the 180 days after purchase. This course offered by TEFL Full Circle is constructed of 26 modules on lesson planning, technology in the classroom, the importance of literature in teaching, and a pdf of the certificate.  

Website: https://www.groupon.com/deals/tefl-fullcircle


Rank #13: Global Language Training


This is a 40 hour long TEFL course offered by Global Language Training at a price of only $19. However the 120 hours long TEFL course online free costs $29 at Groupon. This course will equip trainees with the tools to guide non-English native speakers.

The promotional value of the course expires after 120 days of purchase (the amount doesn’t expire, but only the redemption).

The Global Language Training offers this course online or on-site medium and trainers with more than 18 years of teaching experience deliver this course.

Website: https://www.groupon.com/deals/n-global-language-training-tefl-specialist-courses


Rank #14: Learn TEFL

The 120 hours long online free TEFL training offered by Learn TEFL can be purchased at $29 on Groupon, through the link we have provided. This purchase will grant the students with an access duration of six months to an in-depth TEFL 10-module long course model.

Learn TEFL offers personal tutor assistance and online certificate on course completion and also Learn TEFL will provide job assistance post-course. The promotional value of the course expires 180 days after course purchase on Groupon. The verified reviewers of Groupon have given this course a 4.4 rating.

Website: https://www.groupon.com/deals/international-open-academy-787


Rank #15: International Open Academy

The TESOL course offered by International Open Academy is of 120 hours duration. The curriculum has ten modules and is fully accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards.

IOA offers the course for $19 on the Groupon site. The promotional value on the course expires after 90 days of purchase, but it can be repurchased every 30 days. International Open Academy is a community of over 1000000 students, and they conduct their course with a hands-on learning approach which is very beneficial.

IOA also supports every student post-course completion with guidance on making a career out of teaching in countries all over the world.

Website: https://www.groupon.com/deals/international-open-academy-787


Conclusion:

If one is determined to enrol for a free TEFL certification, then make sure it is certified and accredited, and also check the reviews online before investing your time if not money into learning it, so that you don’t end up being caught in a scam.

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Henry Harvin® is a leading career and competency development organization with focus on value creation. We are into the business of training, skill development, assessment centres, content services and higher education. Our dream is to establish 'Henry Harvin®' in line with the vision of Mr.Henry Dunster 400 years ago which now resonates in the form of a prestigious educational institution respected worldwide.