TEFL Certification Course
always beautiful beaches and big money, but it can be . . .
Is TEFL for
travel, an exciting and interesting life . . .
Significant savings each month
(up to US$1000 a month or more in some countries) . . .
All these things and more are
possible with a teaching career in EFL. And, if desired, it can
be much more than just a one or two year adventure.
considering a residential course - probably the best way to decide is to sit
in on the course for at least half a day. This will give you
the real feel of the course, its content, and its instructor(s).
Respect the openness and honesty of the programs that offer you
should I get a TEFL certification?
You want your first employment
overseas to start on a successful and positive note. You want
to be sought after, confident of doing the job as a skilled
professional, and able to choose among the better jobs in the
location of your choice. The best way to achieve this is to get
some training before you seek employment.
Students who study English in
foreign countries deserve skilled and qualified teachers.
English is seen as a passport to a better future. Families often
spend what is for them a large amount of money for English
education. Give them a fair shake and get qualified. Donít
just pretend to be a teacher in the TEFL classroom. Be one!
Where do I start?
are many things to consider when making a decision about your
Critical factors to be addressed include:
Does it meet international
Will one type of certificate help me get a job more than
long does the course take?
How many hours are involved in
the course? How soon can I start my first job?
much does the course cost?
What do different courses
Are the expensive programs really worth it?
Why do they cost so much more?
Where is training provided?
Can I study in the country Iíd
like to teach in?
Is the program Iím
How do I find out?
Which program is the best
How can I be sure?
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Which Certificate is best for me?
best certificate for you is the one that will get you the job
you want. Enquire about requirements in the country where you
want to teach. No one certificate will do everything for
everyone in every country. In many countries NO
certification is required and an online course is just fine.
Be aware that people who have taken different courses often have
very strong opinions in favor of the program they spent their
time and money on (of course!). Look past the strong opinions -
and try to gather as much objective data as you can.
Job markets vary greatly by
country and sometimes even within each country or even by
employer. TEFL certification is not required in some countries,
but may give you an advantage over other applicants, help you
get the better jobs, and you will know what you are
In many countries certification is required and the
preference for certain ďname brandĒ certificates varies. Often
language schools that also operate TEFL programs will advertise
a strong preference for their "house brand" certificate. It is
good indirect advertising of their brand - but can give a
distorted view of the job market.
speaking, international standards for in-classroom residental
type TEFL programs currently
call for a minimum of 100 to 120 classroom hours of instruction
and at least six to eight hours of supervised teaching
training is better than no training at all, If you donít have
the time or money, volunteer in your home country for a while
and read as much as you can. Literacy Volunteers of America
provides free training in the USA. Other countries will have
The CELTA, (Cambridge
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is often
considered the most well known, but also the most expensive
alternative - and is focused on teaching adults (the "A" in
CELTA). Most new
teachers start out teaching younger students.
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