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What is the difference between TESOL and TEFL?Expand
For all intents and purposes the terms mean the same with TESOL being more common in America and with large state sector colleges in Britain (e.g. the Institute of Education in London) while TEFL is more common in U.K. language schools and in the U.K. press. There is a slight technical difference since TESOL refers to all learners whose first language is not English, including ethnic minorities living in English speaking countries whereas TEFL refers only to "foreign" students.
There are so many teacher-training courses advertised. How do I know which to apply for?Expand
There are many good schools out there. Many are professionally managed and have qualified, competent teachers. There are many organizations offering one or two week introductory courses perhaps with the offer of job placements afterwards. These certainly give you a "taster" of TESOL/TEFL and some of these are very professionally conducted courses.
But, if you seriously want to become an TESOL/TEFL teacher and look for different job opportunities, you are going to need a recognized certificate qualification validated by an external examination board.
TEFL International is externally validated and moderated by a Board of Academic Advisors. This board includes several internationally recognized experts in the field of English Teaching as well as dozens of local English School managers around the world. TEFL International also voluntarily complies with the standards of the British Association of TESOL Qualifying Institutions (BATQI).
I've heard that these courses are really tough. Can I really make it through?Expand
There is no way around it; our course contains a great deal of content that needs to be covered in only four weeks. Yet the educational philosophy of those providing the course can make a huge difference. We believe in a mentoring, nurturing environment and we do everything we can to help our trainee teachers pass the course.
TEFL International encourages all native English speakers, as well as fluent non-native speakers of English, to attend our courses.
What is the difference between the TEFL International TESOL Certificate, the Trinity TESOL certificate and the Cambridge/RSA Certificate (CELTA)?Expand
TEFL International began as a Trinity TESOL Certificate course and was one of the largest, most popular Trinity courses until December of 1999. As a result, the course content of the Trinity and TEFL International courses are quite similar.
Most importantly, all three are monitored by external examiners that visit each course at least once during each course. These external moderators set these three certificate courses apart from all others.
However, there are a few areas in which we feel the TEFL International certificate and the Trinity College London certificate course hold an advantage. The CELTA course is specifically designed for teaching adults—hence the ‘A’ in CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). On the other hand, the certificates offered by both TEFL International and Trinity College provide for the teaching of younger learners as well as adults. In summary, the TEFL International course gives you the following benefits: one-to-one meetings with learners of English as well as with a variety of larger class sizes; experience being a learner of an unfamiliar language in order to encourage you to think about the problems facing students of a new language; the opportunity to create your own teaching material as a form of practical project which you can take away and use in your future teaching career; experience with younger learners as well as with adults.
Why should I take a TEFL International course?Expand
There are several reasons why you should take the TEFL International certificate course:
TEFL International trainers make every effort to get you through the TEFL certificate course. The TEFL International certificate is an international certificate, accepted worldwide. TEFL International courses conveniently include course fees and accommodations into one very affordable package. In taking the course in an international location, you will have a great advantage in finding jobs in those same exotic locals! TEFL International is much more involved in your job search than other course providers. Our Alumni Job Page gives you direct access to hundreds of course alumni-teachers currently teaching in schools from Thailand to Turkey! All centers are area experts, with extensive contacts within their respective regions.
What are the requirements for acceptance onto TEFL Internationals courses? Do I need a degree? Is there an age limit? Do I need to be a native English speaker?Expand
As a degree is not required to teach English in the vast majority of countries around the world, TEFL International does not require course participants to hold a degree. As for an age limit, we only require our course participants to be at least 18 years of age. If you are a person of "more mature years" or a senior citizen, do not let this in itself put you off from applying. Providing you are receptive to new ideas, you should have no problems at all.
Finally, we do not require our course participants to be native English speakers; we simply require all trainees to be fluent in English. If you are to be a teacher of English, a high standard of both spoken and written English is required. However, native English speaker or not, an advanced understanding of English grammar is not required, as this will be covered on the course itself.
Do I need knowledge of other languages?Expand
Quite simply: No. TEFL International uses the international standard communicative approach to teaching, where English is the only language used in the classroom.
Is there an age limit?Expand
Whilst there is no official upper age limit, you must be at least 18 years of age for your application to be considered. We have successfully trained (and found employment for) graduates of all ages.
When is the best time to do a course?Expand
There is really no best or worst time. Jobs are available year round with academic terms varying from continent to continent.
What are the chances of finding a job after the course? Does TEFL International help with this?Expand
The chances of finding a job after the course are excellent and in some countries you’re nearly guaranteed to find a job. Some of our trainees have even been known to find multiple job offers before they even finish the course.
TEFL International will assist you in all stages of the job search. Here are just some of the services we provide:
- Lifetime support throughout your TEFL career
- Exclusive leads on unadvertised jobs
- Unique databases of potential employers
- C.V. and résumé review
- Assistance writing cover letters
- Contract consultations
- Assistance planning mock lessons for interviews
- References from course trainers
How do I know if I am suitable? What kind of people will be on the course? What is the success rate and how many people fail?Expand
We find that courses tend to be taken up by a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. For example, we have a lot of trainees in their early twenties who are recent graduates and want to travel overseas but we also have people in their thirties and forties who either want a career change or who simply want to live overseas. In addition, we have trainees either approaching, or in retirement who are looking for something useful to do with their free time.
As the four week course is fairly intensive, you should be prepared to work to the best of your abilities and make as much of your time available for the course as possible. While our pass rate is not 100%, nor should it be for any serious certification course, the vast majority of those who work hard through the entire duration of the course go on to earn their certificate.
How will I be assessed on my online TEFL course?Expand
At the end of each unit you will complete an online test based on the subjects covered in that unit. Once all units have been completed successfully, you will submit a lesson plan based on a given subject. The lesson plan will be assessed by one of our online tutors and on meeting the required standards, you will be awarded your certificate.
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