TEFL / TESOL Teacher

OFO No: 235301



What is a TESOL or TEFL Teacher?

  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

English is currently used as the world’s primary business language and this means there is a great demand from non-English speaking countries (eg Korea, China, Indonesia, Thailand, etc) to employ either TESOL or TEFL Teachers. 


There are more jobs available for TESOL/TEFL teachers than there are actual trained teachers. This means you are almost guaranteed a job – locally or even internationally, if you choose this career path. 

TESOL/TEFL Teachers may find work all over the world.   This can be a very exciting career for people who want to explore the world.  Many young people choose to do TESOL/TEFL teaching as part of a gap year before settling down however, some enjoy it so much they embrace this professional and continue to teach English for the rest of their lives.

Some teachers even study further and specialise in ‘Business English’ etc.  This is branch of English teaching is also in demand and particularly lucrative.

Another option to consider – is to teach English online.  If you have a computer and good internet access you can even teach from the comfort of your own home.

What does a TESOL or TEFL Teacher do?

  • assesses exactly how difficult it will be for a student to learn English
  • researches interesting tried and tested lessons
  • prepares lesson plans
  • designs new teaching materials
  • teaches students one-to-one and in small groups
  • teachies students English language skills using a variety of different methods
  • gives homework, sets exams, marks exams and tests
  • gives positive feedback to students, parents or guardians or companies paying for the students tuition

Are you . . . ?

  • a person who loves English?
  • good at English grammar?
  • passionate about teaching?
  • a good, clear speaker?
  • patient?
  • interested in other cultures?
  • tolerant?
  • understanding?
  • creative – be able to design exciting lesson plans?
  • organised?
  • a good communicate?
  • passionate about travel?
  • willing to work locally or even overseas in a non-English speaking country?

How do I become a TESOL or TEFL Teacher?

Many public and private schools offer the TESOL/TEFL programmes that are usually aimed at people who at least have a matric certificate. 

These programmes usually range from 3 months upwards and include practical exercises/teaching as well as theory.

‘It has come to our attention recently that there are many places offering TEFL/TESOL courses as online and discounted courses. Please be aware that online TEFL/TESOL courses are not generally accepted at EFL institutions. Before deciding to do a course, make sure that there is a physical address, a landline telephone number and a registered business with permanent physical business address. The lecturers and trainers should also clearly list their qualifications on the TEFL/TESOL website. There are more and more fraudulent individuals trying to market their products via the internet.’ – The Cape Town TEFL / TESOL Training Institute


Minimum requirements:

  1.  18 years +
  2. Matriculated
  3. Proficient in English / English First Language
  4. Good language awareness
  5. An interview (face-to-face or telephonically) and pre-course task may be required
  1. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 
  2. Teaching Business English (TBE) 
  3. Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) 
  4. TESOL via Distance Learning

Offers a variety of courses from certificates to diplomas to master programmes. 

  • INLINGUA:  (Cape Town)


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Early Childhood Development Teacher or Special Needs Teacher

Is becoming a TESOL or TEFL Teacher the right career choice for me?



In Demand Qualification Required