Frequently Asked Questions
10 most frequently asked questions
- What's the difference between TEFL and TESOL?
- Can I start the course here and take it abroad to finish it?
- Do I need a degree to do the course?
- Help! I’m stuck on a question, what do I do?
- How is my course assessed?
- How quickly can I start and complete my course?
- I am a non-native English speaker - can I do one of your courses?
- If I book online, will I get a confirmation?
- If I’m not satisfied or change my mind, do I get my money back?
- Is there a maximum time limit for course completion?
What's the difference between TEFL and TESOL?
TEFL means Teaching English as Foreign Language
TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
The terms mean the same thing and are often used interchangeably.
It doesn't matter whether you do a TEFL course or TESOL course, but if choosing an online option, then an accredited TEFL course is important. Ensure your online TEFL certificate/TESOL certificate is awarded by an professional external accrediting TEFL body such as ACTDEC and is not just an in-house certificate. See our accreditation page for more information on why getting the right accreditation is important.
Can I start the course here and take it abroad to finish it?
That's fine with us - just check with the organisation you are planning to serve with that they are happy with that before you set off. Some may want you to complete your course before you travel. However, we will send your certificate to you wherever you are in the world. We have provided many mid-course references on behalf of our students.
The courses also work really well if you are already teaching, as they will give you new ideas and materials to try out with your students.
Do I need a degree to do the course?
No. Although many of our students do have degrees, we welcome applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. ‘A’ levels, a HS diploma or significant life experience in teaching, business or some contact with children is advantageous. Some placement organisations may wish you to have a degree and in certain countries it may be required so that a work visa can be issued. Our advice is to also check with the placement organisation you are planning to travel with.
Help! I’m stuck on a question, what do I do?
Call or chat with your tutor via your student login page.
The depth and quality of the tutor response and marking generates the most positive student comments on our returned course quality questionnaires, which are sent out to students on course completion.
While we won't necessarily give you the exact answer, we will point you in the right direction.
How is my course assessed?
You are marked on your course by continuous assessment.
In this way you always know how you are doing and we know your strengths and can help you with any potentially weak areas.
Your marks are added up as you proceed through the course and there are more marks for the latter modules, so you have the chance to make up any marks you may have missed out on in the earlier ones.
So that you can check the level you are at, you need to get 50% for a Pass, roughly 67% for a B grade (ACTDEC Pass with Merit) and 83% for an A grade (ACTDEC Pass with Distinction). You’ll receive individual comments on all of your completed sections. Not just ticks and crosses but feedback designed to be of real help to you as you progress.
How quickly can I start and complete my course?
If you can devote some time to your studies every day, you can complete the Level 1 course in as little as 2 weeks, and the Level 2 in 3-4 weeks.
Typically, people take longer because they are working and fit their studies around other commitments. But we will go at your pace.
Our marking turnaround in a maximum of 3 working days, so we aim to keep you going and you always have access to your modules in advance.
You can start your course in 3 minutes from now - that is how long it takes to sign up and register with us. Your Module 1 will be waiting for you in your student area.
I am a non-native English speaker - can I do one of your courses?
Yes, of course! We welcome applications from people whose first language is not English. However, non-native speakers should possess a high standard of both written and spoken English. As a general guide, if you have English to one of the following international exam levels then you should be successful on a Christian TEFL course:
- IELTS 6.5 or above
- TOEFL iBT 110 or above
- TOEIC 880 or above
- CEF C1
- pass at Cambridge CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).
While we do not test applicants on their level of English, should submitted work contain a significant number of errors and understanding is impeded, at our discretion, it will be passed back to the student for re-working until it is of an acceptable level. Marks are deducted for poor use of English in responses.
If you do not have an acceptable level of English to succeed on the course then we reserve the right to cancel your course and refund your course fees.
If I book online, will I get a confirmation?
Yes, you will get an automatic confirmation of your course booking once your payment has been processed. You will receive a separate receipt by email and you will be able to commence your course immediately via your own, personalised student area.
If I’m not satisfied or change my mind, do I get my money back?
In this unlikely event, simply email us to inform us that you have decided to withdraw within 14 days and return any materials sent to you to receive a full refund. See our Terms and Conditions for more details.
Is there a maximum time limit for course completion?
It's 12 months for our TEFL Premier course and 6 months for the Quick Start TEFL and our follow-on courses. We have found that time limits help with motivation. Plus it ensures there are not significant gaps of time between the completion of each module - so you can remember what you've learned and recall it more easily when you start teaching.
However, we know that sometimes life gets in the way and so it is possible to extend your course time. You can get 3 types of extension through your student login page:
30 days - £25
90 days - £45
180 days - £65