How long does it take to complete a 120 or 140+ hour TEFL course?
So are you wondering what all these TEFL course hours mean? Great! You should. You’d think you’d be going to college or something because they sound so official!
But the truth is that it is not that “official” most of the time!
Sure there are courses out there that are called 120 hour TEFL courses that actually take a 120 hours like an in-class CELTA. These courses will last a month and be 40 hours a week sitting in a classroom.
There are many more that say they are 100 or 120 or 160 hours, but won’t take anything near that long to complete as you will soon see.
This is especially the case with online courses. Although it’s not only online it can happen in a classroom too.
I have done both.
Neither one took close to as many hours as they said.
But don’t take my word for it.
Look what these folks on Reddit had to say:
“I finished a 150 hour course in about 20ish hours. And I actually read/did most of the stuff. If you just rushed through one it might take you 10 hours, maybe less.” — Zoidburg747
“I believe the course I’m taking is considered a 120 hour course, but I feel like I’m FLYING through it. I’ve been at it for 3 days in my free time, maybe for a maximum of 7 or 8 hours, and I’m supposedly already 60% finished. Note that this course has no in-person classroom component.” — curryo
Read more about TEFL course hours and learn the secrets that they don’t tell you.
A course especially geared towards teaching kids (because that’s who you’ll probably teach) in Asia
Most TEFL courses focus on teaching adults which is good if you teach adults, but if you teach kids then it’s not so good because you won’t be prepared to teach them.
I’d also say that most jobs in Asia are for teaching kids.
Don’t take a boring online course. Take a visually engaging online TEFL course that you will remember.