How can you choose the right TEFL course?

Have you always been dreaming of being a globetrotter? At the same time, do you just love teaching? Did you know that there is a way that you can make both of these dreams of yours come true without compromising with anything?

All you need is to complete a TEFL/TESOL certification course. Teaching English in foreign countries is just a course away now. A certificate in this makes you eligible to be a teacher of English as a second language.

There are many teacher training institutions that offer courses in this relevant field. In fact, you can avail online courses also which you can attend from the comfort of your home. With your knowledge enhanced it will take little or no time for you to be a pro in this field.

Why should you choose TEFL teacher training course?

Well, to start with, there are a number of benefits of having a TEFL certificate. Teaching ESL is not similar to teaching English as a language in a class. A course in TEFL gives you the basic knowledge that you can impart when you step into a class of learners.

For whom is having a degree in TEFL beneficial? Aspirants aiming at teaching in foreign countries where English is a second language or aspirants thriving to know the basics of teaching- both can get advantages from it.

If you are already a teacher and want to develop new skills and sharpen them, you are sure to get benefitted from such course. In case you want to make your repertoire more attractive, you can certainly add “English teaching” to it once you complete a TEFL course.

What skills will you learn from here?

As the learners you come across in an ESL or EFL class are native speakers mostly, you have to approach them with simplified grammar and vocabularies. Here you learn that skill. Moreover, you can acquire the skills of-

  • Teaching English language
  • Lesson planning and development
  • Classroom management
  • Developing learning materials
  • Meeting learners’ demands effectively and efficiently

How will you choose the course right for you?

Whether you choose an online teacher training course or attend offline classes, you need to be well aware of a few things. These will tell you that the course you choose is the right one. What are they? Here is a list for you:

  1. Reviews

Before settling for a course, it is not only enough to go through the course details, syllabus, fees etc but you need to know what others think of it. What is the opinion of previous pass outs about the course? Did they enjoy it? Are there loads of complaints and/or grievances?

Learning the true picture from those who have had the first-hand experience, is always the best way to know about something. Go through the course reviews and then choose the one which you feel the best.

  1. Teaching method

When you sign up for a course, even if you are already a licensed teacher, you become a learner. Does the teaching method offered at the TEFL teacher training course match your learning style or need? Does it offer flexibility?

If you are already employed and want the certificate only for sharpening your already existing skills or develop new ones, you need to choose courses that give you the scope of attending the classes as you find it feasible. The course curriculum should be interesting and effective also.

  1. Credentials

The teachers at the institute offering online or offline classes must possess the required amount of qualification. You should check their credentials before signing up. Teaching regular classes and teaching TEFL aspirants call for different levels of expertise.

The academicians should be experienced in this regard also. Moreover, look out for the institute’s credentials also. Is it globally accredited? If yes, then only proceed with what you chose.

  1. Time duration

How many hours of teaching does the course provide? Is it less than 120 hours? If yes, we would recommend you not to choose that very course.

For online teaching, you must have completed 120 hours of learning irrespective of the type of course you choose- certificate, diploma, advance diploma etc.

These are the few things that you must watch out for while you choose to enrol into a course of TEFl. Being in the academic world will be easier while you keep these points in mind.

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