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Fully Accredited Online TEFL Course

40 Hour FREE TEFL course + Full Tutor Support

Build your ESL foundation with this free 40 hour online TEFL certification course. Designed by veteran teachers for anyone looking to kickstart their teaching journey.

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Fully Accredited

Every TEFL Hero course is fully accredited and supported by Accreditat.

24/7 Tutor Support

We don't charge extra for support - if you have a question we will respond within 48 hours!

Instant Certification

Get access to your FREE TEFL certificate as soon as you complete the final assessment.

what our students say

Loved it!

Fantastic and very informative. I’ve been teaching ELL for 3 years but this course was so packed with information it was worth every second. Several coworkers who do not teach ELL but interact routinely with immigrants are planning on taking the course as well.


Fundamental greatness!

Overall, I’d say the course was interesting and eye-opening to some things that I took for granted. I relearning a lot and will definitely be suggesting it to any of my friends who wish to explore the wonders of TEFL.


Excellent, practical material

The practical advice, links to relevant resources, and overall experience combine to make the journey a very rewarding experience. The best part is that all of the material is available for ready access even after successful course completion. 


what will you be able to do?

plan lessons

We understand how intimidating the process of lesson planning can be, so we provide frameworks that you can replicate in your classes.


Learn how to build lessons that allow students to express themselves through reading, writing, and speaking activities.

manage your students and classroom

Steps you can take to guarantee your classes run smoothly.


Fully endorsed by our partner, Accreditat, this course is the perfect first step for building the skills necessary to succeed in the ESL classroom. This free TEFL certification course provides the framework to help new teachers plan, deliver, and reflect on lessons.

Here's what you'll learn


We’ll explore what makes learning the English language unique, give you a working background of the TEFL environment, and break down key teaching methods. 

We go back to the basics with this module, brushing up on our grammar skills. We review main parts of a sentence as well as types of sentences and provide you with the tools and activity ideas for teaching grammar to various age groups.

Here you’ll learn the fundamentals of spoken English and strategies for stimulating learner speaking. We provide you with resources and activities that you can utilize in your classroom using a 5-step framework for speaking lessons. 

Here, you’ll get an overview on how to execute an effective lesson and manage your classroom like a well-oiled machine. You’ll get a grasp on how to set objectives and goals, manage your time, utilize and assess available content/resources, and how to reflect after completed lessons. We put all of these ideas together with an example lesson plan that you can use as a template moving forward. 

how does this free tefl compare to Our other courses?

40 Hour

Our classic (and only real) free TEFL course
$ 0
  • 4 course modules
  • 32 lessons
  • 5 assessments
  • 100% online
  • Lifetime access
  • Basic tutor Support
  • Instant certificate

60 Hour

For teachers looking to teach English online
$ 79
  • 7 course modules
  • 53 lessons
  • 8 assessments
  • 100% online
  • Lifetime access
  • Priority tutor support
  • Instant certificate

120 Hour

Our most popular course - perfect for building your TEFL skills.
$ 119
  • 11 course modules
  • 85 lessons
  • 12 assessments
  • 100% online
  • Lifetime access
  • Priority tutor support
  • Instant certificate

180 Hour

Our advanced TEFL for online and classroom teachers
$ 249
  • 18 course modules
  • 138 lessons
  • 19 assessments
  • 100% online
  • Lifetime access
  • Priority tutor support
  • Instant certificate

Get immediate access to a globally-recognized and fully accredited TEFL certificate as soon as you complete the course.

one certificate to rule them all

meet your instructors & course creators

Kristine has 6+ years of experience teaching English in international schools, training centers, and online.  Currently in China, she’s the Head Tutor for TEFL Hero and will be assisting you throughout the course!

Ryan is a fully licensed teacher currently working in an international school in China.  He previously taught in South Korea and is responsible for a lot of the curriculum within this course.

Quincy is a former teacher with experience in China and South Korea.  He currently oversees support and operations for TEFL Hero and you will also see his face in a few course videos.

Course creators

start your teaching journey today!

This course was designed to provide anyone with the foundation needed to start their English teaching career.  Not only will you learn how to manage a classroom and prepare effective lessons, but you’ll have a valid TEFL certificate that will help you get better jobs and earn more money!


Many countries and online ESL teaching companies require a 120 hour TEFL and will not accept a 40 hour TEFL certificate. A 40 hour online TEFL course is best for those who are new to teaching and looking to build a foundation to teach online or in a country that has no TEFL requirements. 

The main difference between a 40 and 120 hour TEFL is the amount of course content that the TEFL course can cover, which is why most companies and schools require a 120 hour TEFL at the minimum. 

The TEFL Hero 40 hour TEFL course is designed to give a basic foundation for delivering effective classes, but is not a substitute for a comprehensive 120 hour TEFL nor does it meet the requirements for most countries and online teaching companies that require a 120 hour TEFL. 

No. We are a TEFL course provider and do not offer any job assistance or job placement guarantees. 

Everyone learns at their own pace, but most students complete the full course + examinations in a couple of weeks.

Rest assured that there is no time limit to finish the course and you will have lifetime access to this course and any course updates. 

Students retain lifetime access to all TEFL Hero courses – you’re welcome to come back and review a lesson anytime in the future!

The TEFL industry is a growing and changing environment, so you will also have access to any course updates that we make after you completed it. 

In order to gauge progress, students must pass a quiz at the end of each course section to move onto new content.  Each quiz has 5 multiple choice questions and you must earn at least 70% to pass.  You have as many opportunities as needed to pass this quiz. 

At the end of the course, students must pass a 10-question multiple-choice examination with at least 70% in order to earn a certificate.

Once you pass your final examination, you will receive a digital copy of your free TEFL certificate immediately. From there, you may print out your TEFL certificate from anywhere in the world! For a more formal touch, we recommend printing onto a quality cardstock paper. 

This certificate will always be accessible via your account page.

The only requirements are that students (1) are older than 16 years of age and (2) have a reasonable competence in English language reading, writing and speaking skills.

Yes! This is a 100% free TEFL certification course and you will not have to pay for access or certification.

To access your course, use the following instructions to set your password and view your account:
    1. Go to the Login Page (https://teflhero.com/login/)
    2. Click on “Lost your password?”
    3. Enter your email or username
    4. Click “Get New Password”
    5. Follow the instructions in your email to create a password
    6. Use the Login Page (https://teflhero.com/login/) to log in!