ESL Training At EF English First

The demand for English speakers in both developed and emerging economies has become so great, that English is now the most widely taught language in the world. For international teachers and trainees, this means almost endless employment opportunities in a truly global marketplace. If you are looking to become an ESL teacher and exploit some of these opportunities, then you will need to start your ESL training.


Every year EF English First hires and trains thousands of teachers to teach English as a foreign language in China, Indonesia and Russia. Discover how you can get the training you’re looking for and launch the career you’ve been dreaming about.

ESL Teacher Training

How Long Does it take to become an ESL Teacher?

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and for a good reason! To build something amazing, it takes a little time and attention. Nothing is truer than training to be an ESL teacher. Like building anything, you have to start with the foundations. In the ESL world, your training begins with a TEFL certification. Your TEFL qualification recognises that you have an understanding of how to teach English as well as the theories associated with language learning.
Your ESL training should start once you have your TEFL, or start your new job. Depending on the company or school you work with, full training could last from two weeks to a month, but you should have other opportunities to train and develop throughout your career.

Becoming ESL Certified

It might seem strange to get a qualification before you train, but don’t worry, in the ESL world, this is completely normal. Most training is done on the job, and like we said, you need a foundation first.
TEFL courses can be taken online and can vary in price depending on the length of the course. In general, it’s better to take a 120-hour TEFL course, as this is the minimum requirement to teach overseas in most countries. If you apply for a teaching job at EF English First, we can sponsor your TEFL qualification, and give you full comprehensive training when you start your new job.
To learn more about sponsored TEFL qualifications, click the button below.

ESL Teacher Training at EF

Usually, training starts after you have arrived in your chosen country and settled in. For your first few weeks, we’ll pay for your hotel stay, while you meet the training team and get into the swing of things. In the beginning, you’ll attend a few seminars, practice what you’ve learnt with your fellow trainees, and then we’ll ease you into a classroom. Don’t worry if you have never taught before! We hire hundreds of new teachers every year, so we’ll be with you every step of the way.


After you have completed your ESL training, it doesn’t stop there. At EF we’re passionate about education, and that goes for our teacher’s education as well as students. To help our teachers get the most out of their careers and develop, we offer further qualifications and professional development certifications that will help you take your career to the next level.
Your TEFL certification is the gateway to an ESL career. The next step would be to get a CERT-TESOL and then a DIP-TESOL. These internationally recognized qualifications will help you stand out from the crowd and advance into more senior teaching roles and even management.

ESL Training Requirements


Before you can start your ESL training with EF and launch your career, you will need to make sure that you meet the visa criteria and you’re a good fit for TEFL teaching. To do this, you will need the following:

  1. A passport from either the UK, USA, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or South Africa.
  2. A bachelor’s degree in any subject.
  3. The ability to obtain a clean criminal background check
  4. To be able to live and work abroad for at least one year

Sounds like you? Apply now!

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