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TEFL Courses

Cactus offers many different types of TEFL course, including the prestigious Cambridge CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL courses, part-time TEFL courses and online TEFL courses. Use the tabs below to find out more about each TEFL course and to see the options available for becoming a qualified English teacher.

Cambridge CELTA

Still the most popular TEFL course available, the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is perhaps the most globally sought-after EFL qualification amongst prospective employers. Rigorously monitored and maintained by Cambridge English, the CELTA name provides a quality-guarantee, and the programme provides an excellent springboard into the world of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. You can view the full course syllabus online here.

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Trinity CertTESOL

The Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the closest rival to the Cambridge CELTA course, and it is rapidly increasing popularity with trainees and employers is not to be underestimated. Very similar in structure to the CELTA, this programme also provides trainees with 6 hours of teaching practice, alongside input sessions covering language awareness and teaching methodology. The full syllabus for a Trinity CertTESOL can be seen online here.

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In addition to the centres offering Cambridge CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL programmes worldwide, there are many other quality course providers offering excellent TESOL courses for trainee teachers. These courses may not carry the highly sought-after accreditations from Cambridge or Trinity, but they are still high quality courses, also providing 120 hours of input and 6 hours of teaching practice, and are ideally suited to trainees looking to study and teach for a prolonged period in a specific destination. Here is a selection of TESOL programmes from our global partners:

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Part-time courses

Do you want to take an intensive TEFL course, but simply don't have the time or availability to take four weeks away from work? If this sounds like you, then a part-time CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL could be the best option for you. Many providers offer programmes identical to the 4-week intensive programme, but spread over 12, 13 or 16 weeks (depending on location). Most of these courses run for one or two weekday nights per week, plus occasional Saturdays - please check the course descriptions via the links below for timetable information.

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Are you already a Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL graduate, with a few years of teaching experience under your belt? And are you now looking to make the next step in your career, or just generally improve and consolidate your performance as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language? If this is you, then one of our Cambridge DELTA or Diploma in TESOL courses could be the solution that you are looking for. Dates and places are limited, so please contact us to check availability.

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Cactus TEFL's very own online courses provide the perfect introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language! Our ELA (English Language Awareness) programme is an ideal solution for trainees who need to improve their grammar awareness in preparation for a TEFL course or course interview; our ELM (English Language Methodology) programme provides expert information and exercises designed to prepare trainees for managing their classroom, and delivering a lesson; and the COTC (Cactus Online TEFL Course) which combines both the ELA and ELM courses as a comprehensive package.

Online Courses

English Language Awareness Course
Cactus ELA

English Language Awareness Course

This is the original, essential, English Language Awareness Course for TEFL teachers, created to prepare teachers with the grammar they need to teach TEFL.


English Language Methodology Course
Cactus ELM

English Language Methodology Course

This is the Cactus English Language Methodology course for TEFL teachers. This course shows you how to teach English.


Cactus Online TEFL Course
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Cactus Online TEFL Course

This is the combined ELA and ELM course, the complete Cactus Online TEFL course.


English Language Methodology Course
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Online CELTA

This is the famous Cambridge CELTA teacher training course, but in a blended learning format.

Cactus OTC

Want to know more about ELA? Here are some of our frequently asked questions.

What will I learn on the ELM? Read more about the Cactus Online English Language Methodology Course.

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Further Information

Why Cactus TEFL?

Why apply for your teacher training course with Cactus TEFL?

Here at Cactus TEFL, our aim is to help raise the profile of the TEFL industry, with the objective of promoting high quality courses which are professionally delivered, and provide the participant with a solid platform, prior to embarking on a teaching career. Our independent online admissions service is designed to make the process of choosing the right TEFL course, completing an application, and planning for an interview as simple as possible.

The Benefits of using Cactus TEFL:

Free Advisory Service

The service is completely free to use! The course fees listed on our website are identical to the fees charged by the training centres we work with worldwide, so applicants don't pay a penny extra for expert, impartial advice, and an easy-to-use online portal through which applications can be managed.

Pay Nothing In Advance

Applicants through Cactus TEFL also do not have to pay anything until they have been interviewed for a course, and have been offered a place. Only then do we request a deposit in order to hold a place on the course for you.

Innovative Online Preparation Courses

We also provide our very own award-winning (British Council Innovation Award) online courses which provide a perfect way for applicants to prepare for their training course. Significant discounts are available for trainees using the Cactus TEFL admissions service.

Experience & Expertise

Finally, with Cactus, you are in safe hands. Since 1998, we have been a leading language training company and agency, offering expert advice and helping thousands of students each year complete their teacher training or learn a foreign language, at home or abroad

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