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About eTEFL Online

We specialise in training online English teachers. Although getting your TEFL certificate is the cornerstone of your online teaching career, there’s more to teaching online than just a teaching certification. That’s where we specialise and what sets us apart from other training organisations.


Meet the team

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My name is Jody van der Westhuizen and I’m the founder on eTEFL Online and your primary point of contact on your online teacher training journey. I have over 14 years  ESL teaching and 4 years online marketing experience. I’ve gathered together all the trainers, partners and resources you need to be successful into one place and look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Course Manager


My name is Dr. Daniel Portman. I have a doctorate in education and over 20 years experience training teachers. I have designed the TEFL course to give you all the skills you need to be a great teacher and, with the help of my team,  will guide you through the course as your personal tutor.

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Course tutor and coach


My name is Lawn Dixon and I will be helping Daniel as your tutor and will be your practicum coach in the 20-hour an 140-hour teacher training courses. I have a Master’s degree and have been teaching ESL in-class and online for over 20 years.

TEFL Mentor


My name is Zander Botha and I’m here to mentor you through your TEFL journey. Getting your eTEFL Online certificate is a great first step but what do you do after that and how do you earn a living teaching English online? That’s where I will help you in my 3-week mentorship program. I look forward to helping you create a successful career as an online English teacher!

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About US

Our Story

Jody van der Westhuizen, an ESL teacher with over 14 years of experience began eTEFL Online in 2016. At that time, teaching English online was a relatively unknown career but the potential of the industry was obvious. However, there was no one helping new teachers get started and a lot of work to do between getting certified to teach and actually getting your first class as an online teacher.


Jody saw this opportunity and using his teaching and marketing skills, created a consultancy service that included everything that a new online teacher needs to be successful online. In the beginning by just combining the courses and services of 3rd party providers but after seeing the need for quality teacher training courses, he partnered with Dr. Daniel Portman who has a doctorate in education and has been training teachers for over 20 years.


Between the 2 of them, and the other eTEFL Online partners, they created the Online Teacher Bundles you see on the website today. Jody knows how you can set yourself up as a teacher online, helps teachers specialise and market themselves while Daniel provides the education and training teachers need to teach effectively. What they don’t know is handled by their partners Just ESL Tutors and Bowei Strategy.


Everyone needs help to be successful and eTEFL Online is no different. This is why they work with the best organisations and coaches in the business to give you the tools and skills that cover all your bases from practical online teacher training, to document creation, teacher profile writing, to job interview coaching, freelance coaching and business coaching.

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What we bring to the table

eTEFL Online is not just about getting you certified and sending you on your way. We help create independent online teachers that can earn a living no matter what is happening in the market.


Teaching English online is not just about teaching Chinese children for $10 an hour. There’s so much more and that’s what we want to teach you. Our strategy is to get you certified, help you prepare your resume and other documents, get you interviews and then help you start building your freelance online career. We do this by helping you set up your teacher profiles, showing you how to specialise and therefore charge more per hour.




Official eTEFL Online Partners

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Practicum manager

Cristina Lopez

Cristina Lopez will be your point of contact at eTEFL’s online partner school Tu Academia En Casa during your practical online teacher training. She’s a university lecturer with a Master’s degree and online entrepreneur. 

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entrepreneur coach

James Liu

James Liu. will be your entrepreneur coach in the 21-day Teacher Entrepreneur Challenge. He has a PhD and an MBA and has helped over 300 teachers start their own online teaching businesses under his mentorship program.

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path Program managers

Chris and Rachael

Digital Nomads, Chris and Rachael, run Just ESL Tutors who provide the Online Teacher PATH  Program and Resume Course included in our Bundles. They have over a decade of experience in ESL recruitment and document creation.

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Recruitment specialist

Kelly Daigle

Kelly is a full-time online English teacher and a recruiter, coach and interviewer for many online schools. She will be your point of contact for job applications, interview coaching and mentorship when you apply to online schools.

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