Why complete a TEFL course Teaching English as a foreign language


Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) where 'English is learned as a foreign language by people who may need the language for certain purposes such as business or tourism but who live in countries where English has no official status' [1]

The course is constructed of units which cover all aspects of teaching such as classroom management, lesson planning, teaching methods, multiple tenses etc. Testing on each unit keeps the student and tutor aware of the progress made throughout the course. Everything a teacher needs to know is contained in the course and any further information can be received from the online tutors. Unit worksheets are checked in the minimum amount of time and the following unit is sent to you promptly. Should any remedial work be required the course tutors are on hand to advise.

There are many reasons why people wish to take an English course and these are quite varied. One can envisage the' Turkish youth who wants to be able to flirt with the tourists from northern Europe or the Mexican waiter who wants to get a job in the Acapulco Hilton. A Saudi engineer has to be able to read reports and manuals in English for his job. There is also the Greek secondary school student who has to pass her English exam in order to proceed to the next year and, like most of her classmates, attends a private tutorial college for English lessons' [2]

As from the teachers outlook, completing a TEFL course can lead to traveling to distant places to teach people that have never seen a foreigner, and to teaching in countries that are developing in business and tourism. The opportunities are endless. Just for the teacher to know that they have done the best to help children learn the English language gives them job satisfaction. The TEFL course is a qualification that is recognized throughout the world and not one of the dubious schools 'which do not have any feeling for language, no interest in their pupils and no qualms about ripping them off'.[3]

While progressing through a TEFL course the student gains confidence in their own abilities to develop and to use the new language they are learning.

The course itself is well-prepared and organized. Grammar, vocabulary, tenses and other aspects are taught systematically, with an objective in sight, whereas, in informal teaching, not all areas are covered.

On a personal note I traveled to China and was asked to help some school children with their English. I enjoyed my time with the children so much that I decided to return to England in order to take a course that would enable me to return to China and teach English for the remainder of my working life. TEFL gave me a chance to complete a course without having a university education.

One of the practical advantages of joining a TEFL course is that many training centers have contacts with recruitment agencies or language schools abroad and can advise on, if not arrange, a job for you at the end of the course.

Certificates are received by successful students to prove the course has been completed satisfactorily.

[1] [2] [3]] Teaching English Abroad. Susan Griffith. Published by Vacation Work, 9 Park End Street, Oxford, UK. First published 1991 Second Edition 1994