Earn an introductory TEFL certificate and learn the theory behind teaching English as a Foreign Language.

The 40-Hour Basic TEFL/TESOL course provides introductory certification in teaching English to speakers of other languages, making it a good choice for prospective teachers seeking either minimal certification or a foundation for more advanced certification.

This affordable course can easily be upgraded to a Professional Certificate at any time to qualify for teaching jobs worldwide.


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Start anytime and work from any device.

Personal tutor
Get feedback and ask questions throughout the course.

Flexible schedule
Work at your own pace- complete in 3 months or less.

Interactive content
Instructional videos, downloadable resources, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.

Certificate of completion
Verifiable by employers.

Job placement assistance
Access our global job network via the Bridge Job Board and get matched with preferred employer partners through Bridge TEFLConnection.

Upgrade anytime
Start with the 40-hour Basic Certificate and upgrade to the 120-hour Master Certificate at any time.

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Learning Objectives

When you graduate the 40-hour Basic Certificate course, you’ll be able to:

  • Categorize historic and current language instructional methodologies such as Communicative Language Teaching, Audio-lingual Method, and the Direct Method.

  • Identify the characteristics of effective classroom instructions, error corrections, and strategies for effectively prompting students and/or eliciting information from them.

  • Categorize and give examples of classroom strategies for teaching English and its language skills: speaking, writing, reading, and listening.

  • Apply student techniques to language learning through metacognitive strategies to promote student autonomy and success.

  • Identify some current placement, achievement, and proficiency tests for English language learners and explain the reasons for testing English language learners.

  • Apply appropriate terminology to discuss culture's impact, such as ethnocentrism, culture shock, country shock, enculturation, and deep surface culture and how it affects the English language classroom and teacher.

Course Curriculum
Module 1 The Role of the Teacher and Learner and Language Learning Methodology
Module 2 Classroom Management
Module 3 Language Systems and Skills, and a Brief History of English
Module 4 Acquiring a New Language
Module 5 Testing for the EFL/ESL Student
Module 6 Culture and the EFL/ESL Classroom

6 Module Quizzes

6 Discussion Boards

2 Graded Assignments

7 Instructional Videos

These resources are designed to make the process of finding TEFL jobs or advancing in the field as clear and easy as possible for our graduates. You’ll learn how to improve your resume, find and apply to TEFL jobs, and ace your interview so that you can get the teaching job of your dreams. If you’re already teaching, you’ll find helpful information on continuing professional development, recommended TESOL organizations you can join, and teaching resources you can use in your own classroom. You’ll also learn how to take advantage of Bridge’s job placement services and connect to our community of TEFL teachers and schools worldwide.

Module 1 Finding a Job, Downloading Your Certificate, and Updating Your Resume
Module 2 Stay Connected with Bridge!
Module 3 TEFL/TESOL Professional Development Opportunities
Take the next step in your academic journey and career.

Continuing Education Unit (CEUs) are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit, continuing education programs. Bridge is accredited by ACCET (the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training), and any ACCET-approved Bridge course, including our online TEFL programs, can be taken for 1 CEU per 10 hours of TEFL course instruction.

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Requirements to take this course:
  • 18 years of age
  • An intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language)

Explore the Course Features

Dynamic Content

Through interactive exercises and practice activities that check comprehension, you’ll actively engage with the course content as you progress through your training.

Teaching Videos

You won’t just read about activities and techniques you can use in your TEFL classroom, you’ll see them demonstrated in videos in every module!

Interactive Platform:
Tutor and Discussion Board

Your personal tutor will provide feedback on assignments and answers your questions throughout the course. You’ll also share ideas and experiences with other trainees around the world on the class discussion board.

Learn from the experts. Meet our TEFL/TESOL tutors!

From the first day of your course, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your training. Your tutor will provide feedback on your written assignments and answer any questions you have along the way.

Why should you take this course?

Earn an affordable TEFL/TESOL certification that can be finished in just a few weeks.

Start with an introductory certificate to learn the theory behind teaching English as a Foreign Language.


You must be at least 18 years and have a high school diploma or the equivalent to take this course. If English is not your first language, you must also have an English proficiency level of at least B1 (according to the Common European Framework), which is a score of approximately 5.0 on the IELTS test.

The average amount of time most students take to complete the 40-hour course is 3 weeks, but you may take more or less time, depending on factors such as your other time obligations, how quickly you work, and how many hours you are able to dedicate to the course per week.

You have three months to complete this course. If you need more time, you may purchase a 3-month extension. This may be done while your course is still active or up to a year after it has expired.

No textbook is required for this course. All the materials you’ll need are available in the online platform.

Yes, it is. You can log in anytime and work on your own schedule when it’s convenient for you. Please note, however, that this course includes two written assignments, and your personal tutor requires one business day to provide feedback and a grade on each one.

There is no final exam in the 40-Hour Basic Certificate course. Each of the 6 modules has required a final, multiple-choice quiz at the end, and your final grade in the course is an average of your grade in all 6 modules and the two written assignment grades.

Yes. There are two written assignments in this course. Each assignment is about 500-800 words. When you submit an assignment, your tutor will provide feedback and a grade on it by end of the following business day.

It is unlikely you will fail the course since your final grade is an average of 6 end-of-module quiz grades and your grade on the two written assignments. However, if you were to fail the course, you could register again.

Bridge online courses require access to the Internet, including the ability to watch online videos using a flash player, such as Adobe. The courses may be completed on any device, including a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

No, it does not, but you can add one by registering for the 20-hour Guided Teaching Practicum. This practicum provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a real ESL classroom and meet the requirements of more teaching jobs.

Yes! The course itself includes a section about professional development, with job tips by region, resume help, and other resources. You’ll also get access to the Bridge Job Board, where pre-approved employers post open teaching positions around the globe to which you can apply.

Yes! Our online TEFL courses are ACCET-accredited and may be taken for CEUs. You earn 1 CEU for every 10 hours of TEFL certification. For example, an online TEFL course of 100 hours would be eligible for 10 CEUs Click here to learn more about CEUs.

Earn a TEFL/TESOL certification you can build on.

240 Certificate

Demonstrate your expertise with a lifetime certificate.

  • Download and print your TEFL/TESOL certificate for free.
  • All Bridge certifications are detailed on your certificate, including Primary and Specialized.
  • Courses are stackable! The total number of hours you completed is indicated, and this number updates each time you add another course.
  • Option to order a hard copy certificate mailed to anywhere in the world!


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  • Share your badges everywhere employers are looking, including LinkedIn, your resume, and your email signature.
  • Employers can click on your badge to see detailed, verifiable information about the course you completed.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning – earn a new digital badge for every Bridge course you take!

We’ll help you find your dream TEFL job. Here’s how.

Job Board

With the Bridge Job Board, you can:

  • Access hundreds of current teaching vacancies posted by our employment partners.
  • Create a Teacher Portfolio to highlight your Bridge certification and other qualifications.
  • Search recommended jobs teaching English online, get answers to FAQs about online teaching, and learn how to get started in the field.
  • Get matched with jobs from our preferred Employer Partners via Bridge TEFLConnection.

Who hires Bridge grads?
Start with the 40-hour Basic course and upgrade to the 120-hour Master Certification to prepare for jobs with top TEFL employers abroad – including competitive opportunities with our Preferred Employer Partners.

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