Teaching English and TEFL courses : questions and answers
What is a TEFL course?
- TEFL literally means Teaching English as a Foreign Language. In a nutshell, a TEFL course is a training program which gives you the skills and confidence you need to teach English as a foreign language to children and adults.
- The course is given completely in English, and consists of various modules that aim to develop didactical skills and the educational methods of teaching the English language to non-native speakers.
- The TEFL certificate is recognized worldwide so you can show future employers that you possess the necessary skills to teach English.
- The demand for English teachers has been increasing for years and with a TEFL course you improve your chances to find a paid job significantly.
- There are several TEFL courses to choose from: from online courses to courses with a practical weekend. You can also extend your course with short modules if you want to specialize in for example grammar or teaching specific age groups.
Why take a TEFL course?
- Be well prepared when taking on a paid or unpaid TEFL job abroad.
- Increase your chances of finding a job abroad with an internationally recognised TEFL certificate.
- Get the confidence to step into your first classroom as a teacher by doing a comprehensive TEFL course.
- Boost your earning potential by completing an online course or an intensive practical course.
- Take your TEFL course with an internationally recognized and accredited provider.
Where can I teach with a TEFL course?
- The TEFL certificates are internationally recognized, which means that you can teach all over the world.
- There are of course differences between and within regions in the number of possibilities and the basic conditions.
What is the difference between TEFL, TESOL, CELTA and TESL?
- The actual difference between TEFL, TESOL, CELTA and TESL is very small. TEFL stands for 'Teaching English as a Foreign Language', TESOL stands for 'Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages', CELTA stands for 'Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults', and TESL stands for 'Teaching English as a Second Language'.
- In many countries around the world, employers ask for a TEFL certificate when you want to teach English (this can be a TEFL, TESOL, CELTA or TESL certificate).
- In some countries, for example in Southern Europe, a practical course (TESOL/CELTA) is requested. This is an intensive 4-week course, which will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work as an English teacher. The course is specifically for those who would like to pursue a career in TEFL.
How much will I be paid as a TEFL tutor?
- Exactly how much you will be paid largely depends upon where you are working, how much experience you have and the type of institute you are working at.
- Some TEFL tutors choose to volunteer, others seek merely to cover their travel costs and others seek to start a long-term career with high wages and future prospects.
- When looking for a teaching position, it is important that you bear in mind the cost of living in your chosen country. What looks like a very low wage could turn out to be a fortune in comparison to how much you will be spending while you are away.
What are the Teaching Hotspots?
- China is one of the largest and most important economies in the world, which makes English an important language in business. English has also become the second most important language in schools.
- Currently over 300 million Chinese are learning English, so it is not surprising that most teaching jobs can be found in China.
- A TEFL certificate and a bachelor's degree in any subject are required if you want to teach English in China.
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- Cambodia is a country that is developing rapidly, with a growing demand for English teachers.
- There are many job opportunities at private schools and language schools. Teaching English to business people is very popular in Cambodia.
- In addition to a TEFL certificate, schools often ask for a certificate of good conduct when you apply for a TEFL job.
- The level of English is quite low in Spain compared to other European countries. Therefore, there is a big demand for English teachers in Spain.
- Many Spanish job seekers are trying to increase their prospect on the labor market by learning English.
- Spain is a popular destinatiton for TEFL teachers and there is a lot of competition. For this reason, employers often prefer teachers who have completed an intensive practical TEFL course instead of teachers with only an online certificate.
- The demand for English teachers in Latin America has already been high for years due to increased economic growth.
- Countries with a lot of opportunities for teaching English are, among others, Brasil, Ecuador and Chile.
- In Brasil there are opportunities at big companies and thousands of language schools throughout the country; from small villages to big cities. In Ecuador and Chile you can start teaching in one of the many language schools in these countries.
- A TEFL certificate is normally required to be able to teach English in Latin America, as schools would like to see proof that a teacher is actually qualified to teach.