Umhlanga Language Centre
Internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL courses 

Let's see if we can answer most of your questions:

Why are these courses cheaper than other TEFL courses?

"I am the owner of this company and with my 24+ years of marketing experience, I know how to keep my overheads down. By keeping my overheads down, I am able to provide you with world-class education while saving you money!" Monique Maré

What modules are covered in the 120-hour online TEFL course?

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120-hour online TEFL course
Course Overview
Online TEFL Course Overview.pdf (522.24KB)
120-hour online TEFL course
Course Overview
Online TEFL Course Overview.pdf (522.24KB)

Is there a support platform after the course to find jobs?

Yes. I have taught online and travelled to China to teach there. With my hands-on experience, I can advise you and guide you. I have also sourced a ton of information online and will assist you with finding companies and agents  who are hiring TEFL teachers. This support will be ongoing through a mailing system. As information changes, you will receive current information from us long after completing your course. If you don't wish to receive this information, you can simply unsubscribe to our newsletter.

Can I teach without a bachelor's degree?

Yes and no. Some countries won't issue the correct visa you would need to teach in their country unless you have a bachelor's degree. Be aware of scammers telling you otherwise! Then again, in other countries, you are allowed teach without a bachelor's degree. Research is key. 

What does 'native' English speaker mean?

It means that English is the first language you've heard and spoken from infancy. In South Africa we 'hear' English from a very young age on television, radio and in public, so many South Africans are bilingual. What is the difference? If you are 100% bilingual in your language and English, you can classify yourself as a fully proficient English language speaker and apply for 'native' English speaking jobs.

Can I still teach even though I'm Afrikaans/isiZulu/isiXhosa/Sepedi/Sesotho/Setswana/SiSwati/Tshivenda/Xitsonga/isiNdebele?

Yes, you can, as long as your use of the language is correct. You need to speak it naturally, grammatically correct and put stress in words or sentences where they should be according to British/American English without influence from your mother tongue. I will avoid using examples, as this may get me into trouble. You will have difficulty finding work if your pronunciation is strongly influenced by your mother tongue.

How old do I have to be to take a TEFL course?

There is no legal age for obtaining this qualification, but that being said, we at Umhlanga Language Centre would prefer our candidates to be older than 20 years. We will let it slide if you are 19... 

Do I need a matric certificate to take this course?

Carefully read this answer, please. You don't need a matric to get this qualification, but in doing my research, I could not find a direct answer to this question. When looking at the minimum requirements to teach online/abroad (by hiring companies), I can only conclude that it will be extremely difficult to near impossible finding work in such a competitive industry. I do not intend to sell courses to anyone by making false promises or giving them false hope. This is a reality of the industry and although I would love to have everybody enrolled in my courses, I find it equally important to see my graduates excel in their teaching careers!

How much grammar knowledge should I have to teach English?

It is not expected of any teacher to know all the knowledge in grammar books and dictionaries off by heart! Learning how to conduct a proper language analysis before you teach a language point to a student, is the key, and that is what we teach you to do on this course!

Can I teach in South African schools with this certificate?

No, you cannot. This qualification is for teaching English as a foreign language, or to foreign language learners. It doesn't substitute or compare with a four year university qualification. 

How long does it take to complete the course?

With reference to the online course, you study at your own pace. You have six months to complete the course, but it can be completed full time in a few weeks. The face-to-face course is an intensive one week course with pre-course and post-course assignments. The course is completed in 10 days.