The duration of a TESOL course varies significantly depending on the specific course you choose. Providers typically offer a variety of course formats to cater to the diverse needs and schedules of trainees, each with its own timeline for completion. For instance, self-paced online TESOL courses typically range from one to three months to complete, depending on how much time a trainee dedicates to studying. Those who can allocate more time to the course on a daily basis may complete it in a shorter time frame.
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The quickest TESOL courses to complete are typically short-format online courses. These courses are designed for quick certification and are best suited for volunteer teachers or individuals seeking an introductory insight into TESOL. However, it is important to note that most global employers in the field of TESOL usually require a certificate reflecting a minimum of 120 hours of training. Therefore, while these short-format courses offer a rapid path to qualification, they may not meet the requirements of all employers.
Longer online TESOL courses, such as a 120-hour course, are generally more beneficial for those aiming for well-paid teaching positions. This duration is a popular choice because it provides comprehensive content that meets the expectations of most employers and thoroughly prepares you for your first day of teaching. While it is possible to complete this course in as little as two weeks if you are in a hurry and dedicated to working hard, the average completion time is about six to eight weeks. The extended duration allows for a deeper understanding of TESOL principles, which can be crucial for effective teaching.
In-class TESOL courses typically have a fixed duration of four weeks, unlike online courses where the trainee sets their own pace. These are full-time, intensive courses that cover all the theoretical aspects found in online courses, complemented by observed teaching practice sessions. This hands-on experience is crucial for skill development, preparing participants to confidently step into their own classroom immediately upon completion. Our in-class TESOL courses are available in multiple locations worldwide, offering a comprehensive and immersive learning experience.
Specialized and advanced TESOL courses vary in duration, depending on the course type and intensity of study. Our specialized online courses, including Teaching English to Young Learners, Teaching Business English, and Teaching English Online are all 50-hour programs. These can be completed swiftly, typically within one week for an intensive study schedule, but on average, they take about a month to complete. Additionally, our online Diploma in TESOL, an advanced level qualification, can be completed in as little as one month with a very dedicated approach. However, the average completion time for this more comprehensive course is around eight months. These specialized and advanced courses are designed to enhance your CV/resume and provide in-depth knowledge in specific areas of TESOL.
As mentioned, the in-class TESOL course has a fixed timetable of four weeks. In contrast, all our online course options can be completed at any speed that you prefer, up to a maximum limit of six months from the day you start. This limit is in place to ensure the information covered early on is still fresh in your mind when you get towards the end of the course.