What to look for when choosing a TEFL/TESOL course.
So you’ve decided that you want to teach English abroad, congratulations! You’ve taken the first step to fulfil your dream of working abroad. It seems a little overwhelming at first to get going. How do you go about choosing a TEFL/TESOL course? Firstly, what is TEFL and TESOL? Secondly, what to consider when choosing a TEFL/TESOL course?
TEFL is the abbreviation for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. TEFL programs are found in countries where English is not the primary language.
TESOL is the abbreviation for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. It is a general name for the field of teaching that includes both teaching second and foreign language speakers.
Anyone looking at gaining a TEFL/TESOL qualification will soon notice that there are dozens of course providers. Most of them offer a wide array of different courses and qualifications. Especially relevant is that there are only a few companies that are truly well established, accredited and internationally recognised. TEFL International Cambodia is proudly one of them.
The worldwide standard most employers expect is a TEFL/TESOL certificate that includes a minimum of 120 hours of training. That the course is subject to external moderation and accreditation. In-class courses should also include at least six hours of observed teaching practice with genuine non-native speaking students. Unfortunately, many course providers only have the facilities to allow trainees to deliver practice lessons to their fellow trainees.
What advantage will you have by choosing a well-respected organisation such as TEFL International Cambodia? Firstly, your potential employers will know that you have completed a rigorous certification course. Secondly, that the course is of the highest possible standard.
It is important to know that many short format courses offered by some course providers do not meet international standards. Having such a Certificate will not qualify you to apply for teaching positions advertised by reputable employers.
TEFL /TESOL Certification Course Checklist
When choosing a TEFL/TESOL course you should always consider the following:
- Do the course meet international standards for the regulation of English language teaching certification?
- Does it include at least 120 hours of training and advice?
- Do input sessions include teaching skills, classroom management, English grammar and phonology?
- Will the trainers evaluate you continuously throughout the course?
- Does an independent teaching professional moderate and inspect the course and is it recognised by independent professional bodies?
- Do the presenters regularly update the course content to show modern developments in language teaching?
- Will you receive a real hard copy of your certificate and is it internationally recognised?
TEFL International is one of the few course providers that can confidently say we meet all the above criteria.