Thinking of working abroad?…Why not Teach English as a Foreign Language?
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How do I choose the right TEFL course?
Deciding to do a TEFL course and change the rest of your life might seem like a big decision, but what is actually a bigger decision is choosing the right TEFL course. If you take even a quick glimpse online, you will realise how many TEFL courses there are to choose from. On the surface, they might all look very similar but if you do your due diligence you will soon discover which TEFL course is worth your hard-earned money.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding on a TEFL course.
How long is the course?
TEFL courses range in duration from 20-hour weekend courses to 320-hour marathons. The thing is, with TEFL the magic number is 120. Your TEFL course should be at least 120 hours. A course that is a million hours more than that is not necessarily going to give any advantage over a 120-hour course, but a course that is only 50 hours is almost certainly not going to give you what you need in a TEFL course.
The TEFL Academy’s course involves 148 hours of online self-study and 20 hours in the classroom, which is a good blend of online versus practical hours. You can rest assured you will be able to complete the course as you have all the support you need from tutors and six months’ access to the online course. Plus, you can be sure that with this certificate employers will recognise you have put in enough hours to tackle the theoretical aspects of teaching but have also had practical experience in the classroom.
What does the course include?
Even though all TEFL courses result in you having a TEFL certificate, they are not all created equal. A very important consideration to factor into your decision in choosing a TEFL course is what exactly the course is offering. There are the basic aspects of TEFL teaching, such as lesson planning, grammar instruction and teaching methodologies, but you also want to look for a course that offers more than just the basics.
The TEFL Academy course covers everything you will need to know about teaching English as a Foreign Language, as well as useful extras like how to use resources effectively, classroom management strategies and, best of all, teaching English as a Foreign Language to Young Learners (which you usually must pay extra for).
What qualification do I get?
At the end of the day, what you should be worried about is how prepared the course is going to make you for teaching English as a Foreign Language and how employable you are going to be. Making sure the TEFL course includes all the topics you need to know will make sure you know what you need to know, but you will need to look at the quality of the qualification to tell if employers are going to welcome you with open arms.
The TEFL Academy course is a Level 5 certificate and it is regulated by Ofqual (UK government). Essentially, this qualification has been recognised as the same level as the CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL, which no other TEFL course can boast.
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