So you have finally decided to teach English abroad and have the opportunity to travel the world, that’s great! One of the requirements to get qualified for the job would be taking either a face-to-face or online TEFL Courses.
What it is a TEFL certificate and why Online TEFL Courses are beneficial to your teaching career?
This certificate can be earned after successfully completing a TEFL course either online or onsite. A lot of potential teachers prefer to take the course online because of the flexibility of learning hours as well as the convenience of studying at home, and of course the price.
A TEFL course is not a major requirement to teach English in other countries but is considered a must-have because:
- It helps you learn the ins and outs of teaching English as a foreign language to non-English speaking students.
- TEFL certificate is internationally recognized which means you can teach English in any country.
- It makes your resume stand out which is definitely an advantage because of the growing competition between English teachers.
- Assist you in finding a job after the course. Not all provider offer this but is included to a few TEFL online courses like MYTEFL, Premier TEFL and ITTT TEFL.
Can you do a TEFL course online?
Absolutely YES! As mentioned earlier you have two options on how you will want to take the TEFL course – online or onsite. The subjects vary according to the course you chose but mostly focused on strengthening your grammar, improving your teaching skills, tips in creating a lesson plan, and teaching aids. Enrolling in a TEFL course online allows you to learn using any device: smartphone, laptop, desktop computer or tablet anywhere at any time.
How much do TEFL courses cost?
In case you choose to enroll in an face-to face TEFL course, you can expect to pay from $1,500 – $2,000 USD. However, this may vary from one location to another. Housing, food, transportation, flights and other personal expenses are not possibly covered so you will need to consider them when calculating your allowance.
On the other hand, online TEFL courses cost range from $150 to $2000 USD and will usually depend on how long the course will take. Though you do save as you do all your studying from home and just sit back at home and begin studying.
How long do TEFL courses take?
The standard length of the online course is 120 hours to meet the requirements of employers but you can also find 100, 140 and even 200 hours. On the other hand, onsite course normally takes 4 weeks or 20 classroom days.
It’s easy to start with your online TEFL course. Just register for an account in the course provider website, fill out the form and confirm your account. Log in to choose the course you like, pay and you can begin learning. The steps may be different with other TEFL courses website.
Now that you get all the information you need before taking a TEFL course, you can have ample preparation and the come up with a better decision whether you want to do it online or onsite. Whichever you choose is fine as long as you can successfully get the certificate to start your teaching career abroad. Best of luck!