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TEFL Jobs Abroad - The 5 Best destinations

August 10, 2019 by george mike  

TEFL Jobs Abroad 

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There are all kinds of unique and interesting careers to be found, but there’s none that can quite match the adventure and excitement of that of a TEFL teacher. TEFL teachers travel abroad to all kinds of wild and interesting countries teaching English to both children and adults. The decision to become a TEFL teacher may be easy for some but even after deciding it’s the right career choice, one can be faced with an even bigger dilemma; what country do I teach in? Many countries offerTEFL jobs abroadand choosing between them all can be daunting. Beach or mountains? Hot or temperate? Asia or South America? The list goes on. Here is a list of some of the best countries one can choose to teach TEFL abroad that will (hopefully) make the choice a little easier.

5) Spain

Ah, Spain, the home of fearless matadors, graceful flamenco dancers, red wine and the siesta. A place where the nights are long and the days go slow. For many TEFL teachers looking for jobs abroad, Spain has an immense appeal and it’s not hard to see why. Known for it’s warm and forgiving climate year-round, beautiful beaches and historic architecture, Spain is a great place to begin your TEFL adventures abroad. Attracting millions of tourists a year, it’s no surprise that people are aching to settle down and live there for a little longer than the average two weeks. Luckily for aspiring TEFL teachers, Spain has the highest demand for TEFL teachers in all of Europe. While it is especially easy for TEFL teachers that already have an EU passport, there are a

few programs in place that will help North American teachers to get the correct visa to teach in Spain as well. While the average salary is not as attractive as many Asian countries, it’s still very livable and one can have a pretty good standard of living as a TEFL teacher there.

4) China

With the world’s largest population and an economy that’s booming out of control, there’s never a dull moment in China. Whether you prefer the city or the country, the mountains or the sea, China has you covered. China is a vast country that varies wildly from region to region which gives a lot of options to TEFL teachers aspiring to land jobs abroad in China. China is also known by TEFL teachers living abroad to be a bit of a “wildcard” country. With Chinese culture and infrastructure changing at an alarming rate, anything can happen at any minute and excitement is always just around the corner. Add their ancient and vibrant history, architecture (almost) as old as time itself and some very interesting government policies and you have the perfect cocktail for an adventure-filled year teaching English abroad. One of the biggest draws China holds for TEFL teachers looking for jobs abroad is their average salary. With high pay scales to a relatively low cost of living (depending on your region of course) and often very attractive perks like bonuses, paid vacations an even reimbursement of airfare, China is the number one destination for any teacher looking for a TEFL job that will pay out some serious coin.

3) Costa Rica

Costa Rica or “the Rich Coast” is a lush paradise full of exotic flora and fauna that is sure to tickle the fancies of any nature lover. Think greenery as far as the eye can see (25% of land in Costa Rica consists of protected parks and reserves) dotted with coastal beaches, lakes, mountains, and even volcanoes. It is also home to 10% of the worlds butterfly population. Costa Ricans are known to be incredibly friendly and open-minded, ready to welcome a new TEFL teacher into their community with a big smile and open arms. The cost of living in Costa Rica is also relatively low and the salaries are very easy to live comfortably off of making it the perfect place for the nature-loving TEFL teachers to start a new job abroad.

2) Japan

From the famously cramped city of Tokyo to the grand old capital of Kyoto, Japan is alive with both cutting edge modern innovation and a deeply ingrained culture of honor and humility and is a great place to secure aTEFL job abroad. With a rich history stretching from the feudal days of the fearsome Samurai to the modern mania of hello kitty and personal robots, Japanese culture is sure to have something for everyone! Japan offers competitive salaries and good perks but there is one catch; you will be expected to work very hard for them. The Japanese value hard work above almost all else and nothing less

than your very best will be acceptable. Hardly surprising for a culture that has a word for “death by overwork.”

1) Thailand

Thailand or the “land of smiles” is very deserving of its name. Thai people are some of the friendliest and kindest people in the world and will always try their absolute best to help you in any way you can. Add this to white sand tropical islands in the south, lush green jungles and mountains in the north and some of the most delicious food on earth and you have a recipe for literal paradise on earth (or as close as it gets anyway)! While Thailand doesn’t have the highest pay on a world-class scale, the cost of living is so ridiculously cheap that it is a very easy place to live a lavish lifestyle while also saving money which comes in handy for all the weekend island excursions one will definitely take during their time as a TEFL teacher there. Due to all these amazing factors, there are also extensive expat communities in Thailand which makes it very easy to make new friends, something that can be very important in a new place where no one speaks your language! Out of all these great places forTEFL jobs abroad, Thailand is definitely the easiest one to start out your adventure in! 

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4 Things you Learn Teaching English Abroad in English Teaching Jobs

August 7, 2019 by george mike  

4 Things you Learn Teaching English Abroad in English Teaching Jobs

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English teaching jobsabroad are exciting. One minute you’re newly graduated from college in the midst of completing your TEFL course, and the next you’re in a new and exotic country jumping off waterfalls, riding scooters, and eating scorpions. Most people who spend time at anEnglish teaching jobin a foreign country consider it a time of intense learning and personal growth. Being a TEFL teacher requires a tremendous amount of courage, resourcefulness, and stepping out of one’s comfort zone in sometimes incredible amounts. You will undoubtedly learn a lot of practical skills during anEnglish teaching jobabroad, like perhaps a bit of a new language, how to dive, ride a motorbike, or cook a strange vegetable. But even more importantly, you will learn deep life lessons that you will carry with you for the rest of your life; something far more valuable than any practical skills you might acquire.

4) Your Teachers Were Watching the Clock Just as Hard as you Were

When you are a child in school, you undoubtedly glanced over at the clock every five agonizing minutes just waiting and willing them to go faster. Math was a drag, and all you could do was count down the minutes until you were free for that glorious lunch hour. Meanwhile, the teacher stood at the front of the class rambling on and on about integers and fractions. It was clearly the only enjoyment he got out of life, and there was nothing he loved more than handing out worksheets and quizzes and drilling you with multiplication tables. Little did you know how wrong you were! As exciting as anEnglish teaching jobis, it’s still a job. You might like it a lot, but for the most part, it mainly pays the bills. Sure you will have a few lesson plans with exciting activities that are an absolute joy to execute, but for the most part, you’ll be watching the clock just as hard (if not harder) than your students. You’ll notice that some classes go by a lot faster than others, intensive classes where you have a lot of material to cover are always a little nerve wracking but for the most part, you’ll be thinking up a lot of games to fill that last 10 minutes! The last class on Friday is always a write off, you’ll just be itching to get out of there to hop on the road for your weekend travels.

3) You’re Tougher than You Think

AnEnglish teaching jobabroad is an adventure. And while adventures are (almost) always fun, they’re not always comfortable. During your TEFL adventures, you will be forced to step out of your comfort zone and do things you previously never would have thought yourself capable of doing. From sleeping in places infested with cockroaches, standing on a jam packed bus for six hours, or having to eat something completely alien to your diet, you will have a lot of trials during yourEnglish teaching job. At first, the idea of doing all the unsavory things might shock you, you’ll be nervous and reluctant and perhaps even wishing that you had stayed back and skipped this adventure. But necessity will force you to grit your teeth and bare it, and then something amazing will happen; you’ll realize that it’s not that bad! Sure, some of the more unpleasant things might be a bit uncomfortable at first, but you’ll soon get used to them and realize that this is just daily life in your new home. From nonchalantly picking ants out of your food in Thailand to sleeping on the floor of a stranger’s homestay during a motorcycle trip in Vietnam, yourEnglish teaching jobwill give you many small trials of endurance that will make you realize just how strong you really are.

2) People are pretty much the same all over the world

One of the common occurrences that happen to people who go abroad for English teaching jobs is that of culture shock. You’re suddenly in a completely new and foreign environment where everything is different, and nothing works the way that you’re used to. People might seem incredibly rude at first, you might get ripped off constantly and feel like a total outsider (which you are!). This is completely natural and will wear off after a few weeks, however. You’ll start to realize that the people aren’t being rude, but that there’s simply a communication barrier and a lot of the locals are simply a bit nervous at having to interact with a foreigner. You’ll definitely be getting ripped off at first, but eventually you’ll both start to learn the average prices of things in the area and be recognized by the local vendors as an expat and not a tourist. Once the locals realize that you’re a valued member of the community (teachers are highly respected almost everywhere in the world withEnglish teaching jobs), they will do their best to make you feel comfortable and welcome. From extra “gifts” at your favorite restaurants, vendors too excited, “Hello teachers!” from your students that spy you out and about, you’ll be feeling right at home in no time at all. And once you’re a comfortable member of local society, you’ll notice something amazing;

people are the same all over the world. You’ll bump into all the same archetypes and personalities you’re used to encountering at home; the grumpy old man, the large bubbly woman, the ragged musician and the “too hot for you” girl. It’ll really make you find the idea of prejudice and hate hilarious considering how alike everyone in the world really is.

1) Always Say Yes

 This one is more a principle one starts to live by after working anEnglish teaching jobabroad than a sage philosophy. Going back to the “being thrust into new and uncomfortable situations” part of being a TEFL teacher, you’re definitely going to be put in some situations that are a little bit out of your comfort zone. Maybe you’ll get invited for a weekend getaway with a huge crowd of people you’ve never met, or to a local family dinner with one of your co-teachers, or on a scuba diving trip. You may be a bit nervous to accept these invitations, but you shouldn’t be. One of the things that is going to make or break your English teaching adventure is your willingness to embrace the unfamiliar, or in short, always say yes. No matter what it is (within basic reason of course), or how uncomfortable the thought of it makes you, you should jump at the chance for the new and unfamiliar. Because in the end, that’s what you’re foreignEnglish teaching jobis really all about, embracing adventure.

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The Five Stages of Teaching English Overseas

July 31, 2019 by george mike  

Teaching English Overseas

 

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Teaching English overseas is an exciting career full of adventure and new experiences. It is however not for the faint of heart. A career in teaching overseas is a bigger commitment than most jobs. To embark on this adventure, one must leave their entire life behind to begin a new one in a strange new land full of cultures and customs often completely different from the ones left behind. It’s not a career for the faint of heart and no matter how brave and determined one is to pursue this career, there will inevitably be ups and downs. While everyone is different, here are the five stages most individuals will go through whileteaching English overseas.

1) Nervousness During the application process of teaching English overseas, you will inevitably be quite nervous. It’s an adventure unlike any you have ever gone on and here’s where all the what-ifs come in. “What if the visa doesn’t come in time?” “What if I can’t teach?” “What if I miss my family?” It’s completely natural and nothing to worry about. As time goes on and stuff starts to fall into place, this nervousness will be quelled. You’ll probably get in touch with future coworkers in your school, your visa paperwork will go through just fine and your friends will start planning their vacations to come to visit you. Looks like teaching English overseas is going to be a blast!

2) Excitement Now that everything is set up for the transition to run smoothly, the excitement starts to kick in. Your life is wrapped up, plane ticket bought, and goodbyes said. Sure you’re going to miss everyone back home, but the road ahead is fraught with adventure and new experiences. This excitement will begin a couple of weeks before you leave and carry into the first couple weeks of arriving at your new home. Everything is new and exciting. You will see things you have never seen before in your entire life, probably meet a few cool like-minded expats also teaching English abroad and maybe even get yourself into an adventure or two that you’re already excited to tell your friends back home about. You will be enchanted by everything; the food, the people, the architecture, and especially your smiley new students; who would have thought they’d be this cute. This is definitely your honeymoon phase of teaching English abroad so enjoy it while it lasts, which unfortunately might not be for very long.

3) Doubt Eventually once the honeymoon phase of teaching English overseaswears off, it will inevitably hit you; doubt. It can sneak up on you suddenly when you least expect it, after a bad day, a huge communication mishap or a fall off your scooter. Suddenly new and exciting can become alien and barbaric. You may realize you suddenly hate spicy food, the locals are constantly trying to rip you off, you miss your friends and family back home and your students are actually absolute terrors behind the mask of cuteness. Don’t worry, you’re simply a victim of culture shock which happens to the best of us. This is temporary and will go away with time as you get more used to your new environment, make a few friends and start getting good at putting the fear of God into your students. As tempting as it may be to quit and hop on the first plane back home, it’s important to hang in there and give yourself enough time to get used to your new lifeteaching English overseas.

4) Acceptance Luckily culture shock doesn’t last long. Within a couple of doubt-filled weeks, things will start to get better. Sure you still miss the people and places back home, but you’re also starting to really like the new people and places you’re finding. You’re more used to the teaching overseas routine and are starting to like that too. Sure your weekdays are hard work, no one ever said teaching English overseaswas easy, but you’re getting the hang of it and starting to really connect with your students and fellow teachers. And the weekends are glorious, you spend days doing things you never would have back home; exploring waterfalls, caves, beautiful beaches and quaint villages with your new crew of fellow teachers while the nights will consist of quirky bars and cheap beer. You’ll find all your favorite restaurants and hangouts and start to make friends with the locals there who will be fascinated by your culture and do their best to make you feel welcome. It’s a really good thing you hung in and didn’t get on that plane home!

5) Joy, It’s shortly after the culture shock wears off and the acceptance sets in that you realize something that didn’t seem possible a couple of weeks ago; you love your new lifeteaching English overseas! Everything in your new home is amazing. You start to understand and appreciate the new culture you are now immersed in, and maybe even start to adopt parts of it as your own. Life is so much better and more fulfilling than it was back home, and you are incredibly glad that you made the decision to embark on a careerteaching English overseas. Along with the joy brought to you by your new experiences and by now countless adventures, you might feel something else too; pride. You did it, you made the decision and stuck with it all the way to the end. You were brave enough to leave your entire life behind and begin a new one in a place a lot of the people back home wouldn’t be able to survive a day in. So enjoy all that pride and joy, you earned it!

 

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When teaching English online, our TEFL courses prepare you

July 26, 2019 by george mike  

Teaching English Online 

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When we think of the word “teacher” the image that probably comes to mind is one of a traditional classroom with rows of students in desks, and a prim and proper instructor at the blackboard with ruler in hand and apple on desk. But times are changing. With technology improving every day, new channels of communication and learning that were one unperceivable are being opened up to us that change the way we teach and learn completely. One such channel is Skype. Once a vision of the future in cheesy sci-fi movies of the 80’s, video calling is now a completely integrated part of our daily life. While most of us use it as a means of keeping in touch with loved ones, enterprising English academies in Asia are capitalizing on the technology to pair young pupils with native English speakers halfway across the globe for after school English lessons. 

This benefits both the students who get a teacher that grew up speaking English correctly and understands the finer nuances of the language, and also the teacher who gets to earn money from the comfort of their own home teaching something that comes naturally to them. Think teaching English online might be for you? Read on. 

1. You enjoy working from the comfort of your own home 

Some people love the 9 to 5 rat race. They love going to bed at a reasonable hour and waking up early morning, jumping in the shower and heading out into the peak bustle of rush hour traffic while wearing their most uncomfortable suit. Teaching English online is probably not for those kinds of people. If the thought of continuing to sleep while your partner rushes about the house trying to leave on time, watching the pouring rain from your living room window or never needing to drive during rush hour appeals to you, teaching English online might be for you. There’s no need to dress up nicely (although you will have to be somewhat presentable during 

the actual lessons), pack a lunch, put mileage on your vehicle or make banal small talk with your boring coworkers. By teaching English online, you can be surrounded by all your favorite foods, entertainment and family members at all times. Just be careful not to get sick of them! 

2. You enjoy keeping odd hours 

While the societal ideal is being early to bed and early to rise, the truth is that many of us don’t feel healthy, wealthy or wise at 6 am. Everyone is different and while some people do great on a 9 to 5 schedule, a lot of us have internal clocks that just don’t work like that. With teaching English online, you will most likely be tutoring a child in a time zone on the opposite end of the world so you will most likely not be keeping within the 9 to 5 confines of most jobs meaning you will work some pretty odd hours. Yes a lot of these odd hours will be early mornings but you have a lot more flexibility to choose the hours you want to work. You will also probably never do 8 hours straight. You might do 2-3 hours in the morning, take all afternoon off for a siesta or running errands and come back to it for a couple hours in the evening. You might prefer to be a total night owl and work during the wee hours of the night tutoring the children on their weekends and holidays (poor kids). Either way whatever your preference, you will have much more flexibility in choosing your working hours with teaching English online than in most other conventional jobs. 

3. You enjoy meeting new people 

New people are great, especially people from a culture completely different from your own. It’s always refreshing and stimulating to personal growth to meet someone with a uniquely different way of viewing the world from your own. Traditionally, one had to take time off work, invest a bunch of money and time and risk being robbed and catching deadly diseases to gain unique insights into life and expand their minds. This is no longer the case, you can now meet new people without ever forgoing your coffee maker or taking off your favorite pair of slippers. Through teaching English online, you will be paired up with 2 to 3 pupils for a long time and although it will start off with you teaching things to them, you will soon start to realize that they are also teaching things to you. You may very well start to become quite close with your students as you speak to them one on one for hours at a time about their culture and daily life (in English of course!), and they will probably be just as interested in yours. It’s really the modern-day equivalent of having a pen pal, except you get paid! 

4. You enjoy seeing your efforts “pay off” 

Many jobs are just a monotonous routine, you may spend hours filling spreadsheets, crunching numbers or waiting tables only to return the next morning to start all over again with no real visible difference made by your efforts. Sure you get the satisfaction of a job well done at the 

end of the day but it usually ends there, there is no physical representation of a positive difference apart from your paycheck. With teaching English online, things are different. You work with the same pupil for months, maybe even years, constantly helping him or her improve their language skills. They are a living and breathing representation of all your efforts and they will carry those efforts with them the rest of their lives. It will always be with feelings of immense pride and fondness when you compare where a pupil is now to where they were when you first started together and knowing that the difference is a result of all your hard work. It works both ways too, as proud of you will be of them for coming so far, they will also attribute a lot of their success to you. Every time they use their English skills, to land a high paying job, read a new book or make a new friend, they will remember you, which is really the best kind of difference you can make in the world. 

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Our Accredited TEFL Courses

May 26, 2019 by george mike  

Accredited TEFL Courses

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 With the recent surge in popularity of teaching English abroad as a viable and sustainable way to travel and see the world, tons of enterprising individuals have jumped on the TEFL bandwagon striving to create a great TEFL course for a great price. While many of them do succeed and there are a lot of great TEFL courses out there, many of them also fall dismally short offering up subpar products that could prove to be a waste of money and time. In a market flooded with TEFL courses all promising the same thing, how does one choose the right course? Accreditation is a good start.

 

 TEFL courses that have been accredited by a reputable accrediting agency must be held up to a certain standard. An accredited TEFL coursehas been vetted for course content, staff, and customer service and is also assurance that the certificate will be internationally recognized by schools all over the world.

 

4. Vetted for Content TEFL

courses are very content specific in that they teach you one thing; how to teach English to nonnative speakers. They cover a wide range of materials like classroom management, testing, grammar, and grading scales to name a few. There is a lot of material to cover, and most employers require a minimum of 100 hours of TEFL course work for candidates to apply. With second rate courses, a lot of the material is hastily cobbled together

with lots of filler thrown in to increase the hours. By doing this, the course creator is able to offer 100 plus hours of coursework, when in reality the important material is a small percentage of the overall course. With accredited TEFL courses, the course content is painstakingly combed over with a fine-tooth comb by the accrediting agency looking for errors and incorrect or irrelevant information. By making sure the TEFL course you pick is accredited, you can be assured that the course content is accurate, pertinent, and of a high quality.

3. Vetted Staff

The internet can be an amazing place full of great information and amazing opportunities, but it can also hold some hidden dangers. With web anonymity, anyone can hide behind a browser pretending to be someone else and the average person has no way of knowing whether or not they’re telling the truth. It is entirely possible for dubious characters to pose as experienced TEFL teachers or qualified educational syllabus designers, while in fact having no such qualifications of experience. Along with vetting course content, accrediting agencies will also vet all the staff of accredited TEFL courses. They will ensure that everyone in every position; the tutors, course designers, accountants etc. are qualified and hold the correct degrees and amount of experience. This is very important as you definitely want to have a qualified team of professionals backing you as you prepare for the huge career change you are about to undertake.

2. Vetted for Customer Service

One of the most important aspects of any business is its customer service. It really doesn’t matter how great a product is if customers are treated poorly or not given the support they need. This is especially important for something like an online course, where there is no physical location for you to go in and get help if you are ignored. Additionally, most TEFL courses offer some form of job placement assistance to their graduates on completion, and this assistance can make or break a TEFL course. Many dubious TEFL courses will make great promises about job placement to potential customers, but then fall short on them when the course is done and paid for. Accredited TEFL coursesare held to a high standard of customer service. The accrediting agency makes sure that the TEFL course provides everything it promises, as well as produces a high level of customer satisfaction. It’s a huge relief to know that you can trust your TEFL academy to come through on their promises and as such, you can rest easy by taking a properly accredited TEFL course.

1. Internationally Recognized Certification

As baffling as choosing the right TEFL course can be as a potential employee, you’ve got to wonder how difficult it is for employers to sort through the scores of applications they get from all kinds of TEFL academies all over the world. As careful as you must be to choose a TEFL course that will give to the proper training you need to undertake the important task of educating the youth of today, the schools and ministries of education must be just as careful in screening out applicants who have taken their courses from a less than adequate TEFL academy.

For these employers, accreditation is a no brainer. A properly accredited TEFL course that has been thoroughly vetted provides them with the peace of mind they need to hire a foreign national that they probably haven’t even met in person. By choosing an accredited TEFL course, you are ensuring that your certification is legitimate and recognized all over the world, an important aspect for anyone looking to improve their employment prospects.

While not all TEFL courses are created equal, accreditation is a pretty good standard of ensuring you are getting the promised product for your hard-earned money. A properly accredited TEFL courseprovides you with the peace of mind you need to take your career to the next level.

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Why an Online TEFL Course is Right for you

May 23, 2019 by george mike  

TEFL Courses Online

Why an Online TEFL Course is Right for you

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Few careers offer as much excitement and adventure as that of the international TEFL teacher and luckily due to the high worldwide demand for qualified English teachers, it’s a career that’s easier to get into now than ever before! One of the requirements for pretty much all ESL teaching jobs is a TEFL certificate. Not all TEFL courses are created equal though and one should be very careful to thoroughly look into all the pros and cons of each offered course to see which one suits them best. One of the big decisions one must make regarding their TEFL course is whether to do one that is onsite or online.


They both have their pros and cons for sure but for most people, an online TEFL courseis the better choice due to factors of cost, time and commitment.

Cost

Most TEFL teachers are recent college graduates with little to no experience with a “real job” and as a result, little to no money. Of course, this will all change with a new TEFL job (sorta) but until then, there are a few overhead costs one must take into consideration. The main one obviously is the cost of the actual course. Online TEFL coursescan range anywhere from about $200 to $400 which is still a pretty hefty sum for most recent college graduates already a few thousand dollars in debt. Onsite courses on the other hand start at around $1,500 minimum and can range high into the thousands depending on where you want to study or what TEFL academy you choose to go with. And then there’s additional costs associated with taking an onsite course. For one, onsite courses last about a month and take place in a foreign country so on top of the tuition costs, one needs to pay for an additional month of food and accommodation. And then once you get placed in your teaching position upon completion, there’s going to be a solid month at least before you get your first paycheck. That first month of teaching can be a pretty expensive month too with many expenses coming up like apartment deposits, work permit and bank fees popping

up. So that’s two expensive months in a foreign country on top of the high course costs. With online TEFL courses, you only have one (admittedly still expensive) month of not getting paid but all the money saved by taking the online TEFL courseshould pretty much cover it.

Time

While money is the the first commodity most people think of, time can be a very important one as well. Onsite TEFL courses typically take about a month. This is a month that you are fully devoted to your studies for. There will be full 8-hour days 5 days a week with homework, group projects, exams and all that other stuff you loved from high school. Online TEFL courseshowever, are usually self-paced. You can do an online TEFL course alongside your regular life with little to no disruption to your daily routine. This is really great for someone who is a student or has a job they rely on to pay their bills. Being that it’s completely self-paced, one can choose to rush through it in a few weeks or stretch it out slowly over three months, whatever works best! There is also no need to worry about falling sick and missing a day or not being able to deal with any emergencies that may come up; it’s all entirely up to the individual.

Commitment

The topic of commitment is a bit of a taboo for TEFL academies. They will always focus on the positives (and there are a lot!) to TEFL teaching, while choosing to ignore the underlying negatives. Because as amazing of a career as being a TEFL teacher is, the truth is that it’s not for everyone. One might sell their car, quit their job and say their goodbyes and fly to the opposite end of the world only to realize that they hate the local food, miss their family and have absolutely no knack for teaching and want nothing more than to go back home. Now this is quite a rare case, most people have amazing and life changing experiences but it’s a possibility one must be open to. With the huge time and money investment sunk into the onsite TEFL course, finding out that you just aren’t meant to be an English teacher can be a devastating blow to your life. With an online TEFL coursehowever, the loss need not be so bad. Sure, you spent a bit of time and money on the online course, and it will suck for sure, but you can still try teaching out for a few months (or weeks if you’re absolutely certain) and go home a little poorer but a lot wiser. With an onsite TEFL course, you’ve spent a lot more money as well as invested a whole lot of time into a career change, and not liking the change could send you home a lot poorer (and a lot wiser too!). With the huge choice of TEFL options out there today, it can be tough for the aspiring ESL teacher to make an informed decision as to what TEFL course is right for them. One of the big divides between Courses is that between online TEFL coursesand onsite TEFL courses and while both types have something to offer, an online TEFL courseis the right choice for most people due to factors of money, time and commitment.

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When teaching abroad, our TEFL courses prepare you

May 22, 2019 by george mike  

TEFL Courses

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A TEFL certificate. Few things are as essential on the resume of an aspiring foreign English teacher (aptly also called a TEFL teacher). A lot of aspiring teachers view the TEFL courseas nothing more than a hurdle to jump in order to procure that certificate vital to securing their dream career of travelling the world and educating its youth. However, TEFL courses should not be taken lightly. Along with providing the important certification, TEFL coursesalso provide all the much needed practical and theoretical framework necessary to ensure your success in the classroom. A good TEFL course will make sure you are fully prepared to produce educational and interesting lessons, while giving you the tools needed to deal with any problems that will inevitably pop up in a classroom setting. Here’s how TEFL coursesprepare you for life in the foreign classroom.

Classroom Management One thing all those colorful flyers promoting teaching abroad will have inevitably left out is this; children can (and will) be absolute monsters at times. There will be days that your entire class is involved, listening and focused but truthfully, those days are few and far between. Many days you will have all kinds of behavioural issues pop up, fighting, screaming, bullying, texting or simply not listening. Add this to the communication barrier brought on by the fact that the students understand very little English (and you probably understand absolutely none of their language), and it can be enough to make any self respecting teacher fantasize about throwing the little barbarians off of very high buildings by the dozen.

However, seeing as throwing your students off buildings is generally considered a no no by most faculties, one needs to come up with alternative methods for correcting unwanted behaviour. That’s where your TEFL coursecomes in. Good TEFL courses will have long and extensive units dedicated to classroom management. They will have tips and tricks specific to both different behaviours and different age groups. As far as practical skills go, classroom management is by far the most invaluable one, you will use it every day of your teaching career so make sure your TEFL coursehas a good one!

Lesson Planning On Your first day of teaching, you’re going to walk into the classroom and see dozens of little eyes staring at you with no absence of curiosity only to realize something, you actually have no idea what you’re doing. Fear not! This will only last a few minutes thanks to your TEFL course. Another vital thing good TEFL courses teach you is how to create and execute a good lesson plan. A good lesson plan is the foundation of your class and how well the class goes depends almost entirely on how well laid out your lesson plan is. There are many components to a lesson plan and good TEFL courseswill go through all of them to ensure that your lesson plans are iron clad and sufficient to hold the interests of even the rowdiest classes, while being long enough to fill that entire hour.

Grammar You probably rolled your eyes at this one. “But I’ve been speaking English my whole life! I already have perfect grammar!” You probably do but, can you use the correct terms to explain the rules and subtler nuances of the English language? Do you know what synecdoche, prepositions, pronouns, antecedents, clauses and Gerunds are? How about interjections, intransitive verbs, predicates, or present participles? Unless you’re an absolute grammar nerd (or an English teacher!), you probably don’t. And as an aspiring English teacher, you’re

going to have to learn each and every one of those pretentious words in order to teach them to your students who will undoubtedly disdain them more than you ever will. The good news is that you already did learn most of that stuff in high school even if you don’t remember it! Good TEFL coursesdon’t spend too too much time on grammar, but go through all of it thoroughly to refresh your memory on all it’s forgotten. While grammar may be one of the least interesting components of your TEFL course, it’s very important so make sure your course has a good one!

Self Motivation, Dedication and Commitment As a teacher, you’re forced to pretty much manage yourself. Sure you might have a director or supervisor that you email your lesson plans in to every week, but for the most part you’re the king in your own classroom. Your director/supervisor probably doesn’t speak the greatest English themselves, and pretty much trusts you blindly. Now this is great for a lot of reasons; you get to use your own ideas and creativity as well as manage your own time according to your schedule. But for a lot of other reasons it can, to put it quite bluntly, suck. With so much freedom, it can be pretty hard to motivate oneself to produce an adequate output for the responsibility entailed in being an English teacher. Your lesson times are fixed but all other aspects of your job are done on your own time; marking, creating lesson plans, and assessments. It can be very hard to get up the motivation to do these things, especially seeing as you’re in a new and probably exotic place with so much to see and do. That’s where your TEFL course comes in. Most TEFL coursesare online meaning that like teaching, you must be 100 percent self motivated to complete the class and obtain your TEFL certificate. There are no professors pushing you to complete assignments or meet deadlines, it’s all on your own head. True it’s not quite as much work and commitment as teaching will be, but it’s a very good start and provides you with the much needed mindframe one needs to be a successful TEFL teacher.

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When teaching abroad, our TEFL courses prepare you

May 19, 2019 by george mike  

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When teaching abroad, our TEFL courses prepare youClick here for more info about TEFL Courses

A TEFL certificate. Few things are as essential on the resume of an aspiring foreign English teacher (aptly also called a TEFL teacher). A lot of aspiring teachers view theTEFL courseas nothing more than a hurdle to jump in order to procure that certificate vital to securing their dream career of traveling the world and educating its youth. However, TEFL courses should not be taken lightly. Along with providing the important certification,TEFL coursesalso provide all the much needed practical and theoretical framework necessary to ensure your success in the classroom. A good TEFL course will make sure you are fully prepared to produce educational and interesting lessons while giving you the tools needed to deal with any problems that will inevitably pop up in a classroom setting. Here’s howTEFL coursesprepare you for life in a foreign classroom.

Classroom Management One thing all those colorful flyers promoting teaching abroad will have inevitably left out is this; children can (and will) be absolute monsters at times. There will be days that your entire class is involved, listening and focused but truthfully, those days are few and far between. Many days you will have all kinds of behavioral issues pop up, fighting, screaming, bullying, texting or simply not listening. Add this to the communication barrier brought on by the fact that the students understand very little English (and you probably understand absolutely none of their language), and it can be enough to make any self-respecting teacher fantasize about throwing the little barbarians off of very high buildings by the dozen.

However, seeing as throwing your students off buildings is generally considered a no-no by most faculties, one needs to come up with alternative methods for correcting unwanted behavior. That’s where yourTEFL coursecomes in. Good TEFL courses will have long and extensive units dedicated to classroom management. They will have tips and tricks specific to both different behaviors and different age groups. As far as practical skills go, classroom management is by far the most invaluable one, you will use it every day of your teaching career so make sure yourTEFL coursehas a good one!

Lesson Planning On Your first day of teaching, you’re going to walk into the classroom and see dozens of little eyes staring at you with no absence of curiosity only to realize something, you actually have no idea what you’re doing. Fear not! This will only last a few minutes thanks to your TEFL course. Another vital thing good TEFL courses teach you is how to create and execute a good lesson plan. A good lesson plan is the foundation of your class and how well the class goes depends almost entirely on how well laid out your lesson plan is. There are many components to a lesson plan and goodTEFL courseswill go through all of them to ensure that your lesson plans are iron clad and sufficient to hold the interests of even the rowdiest classes while being long enough to fill that entire hour.

Grammar You probably rolled your eyes at this one. “But I’ve been speaking English my whole life! I already have perfect grammar!” You probably do but, can you use the correct terms to explain the rules and subtler nuances of the English language? Do you know what synecdoche, prepositions, pronouns, antecedents, clauses, and Gerunds are? How about interjections, intransitive verbs, predicates, or present participles? Unless you’re an absolute grammar nerd (or an English teacher!), you probably don’t. And as an aspiring English teacher, you’re going to have to learn each and every one of those pretentious words in order to teach them to your students who will undoubtedly disdain them more than you ever will. The good news is that you already did learn most of that stuff in high school even if you don’t remember it! GoodTEFL coursesdon’t spend too much time on grammar but go through all of it thoroughly to refresh your memory on all it’s forgotten. While grammar may be one of the least interesting components of your TEFL course, it’s very important to make sure your course has a good one!

Self Motivation, Dedication and Commitment As a teacher, you’re forced to pretty much manage yourself. Sure you might have a director or supervisor that you email your lesson plans into every week, but for the most part, you’re the king in your own classroom. Your director/supervisor probably doesn’t speak the greatest English themselves, and pretty much trusts you blindly. Now, this is great for a lot of reasons; you get to use your own ideas and creativity as well as manage your own time according to your schedule. But for a lot of other reasons it can, to put it quite bluntly, suck. With so much freedom, it can be pretty hard to motivate oneself to produce an adequate output for the responsibility entailed in being an English teacher. Your lesson times are fixed but all other aspects of your job are done on your own time; marking, creating lesson plans, and assessments. It can be very hard to get up the motivation to do these things, especially seeing as you’re in a new and probably exotic place with so much to see and do. That’s where your TEFL course comes in. MostTEFL coursesare online meaning that like teaching, you must be 100 percent self-motivated to complete the class and obtain your TEFL certificate. There are no professors pushing you to complete assignments or meet deadlines, it’s all on your own head. True it’s not quite as much work and commitment as teaching will be, but it’s a very good start and provides you with the much-needed mind frame one needs to be a successful TEFL teacher.

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4 Reasons to Take the Course – Our TEFL Courses

May 15, 2019 by george mike  

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Courses; there are so many kinds with so many different aims in mind. While one usually takes a course with a specific employability goal in mind, it does not always have to be the case. As human beings, it’s important to keep learning things both from a self-improvement viewpoint, as well as to keep the brain active and healthy. It was Albert Einstein himself who once said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.” It’s all too easy as we get older and settle down with a stable, albeit mindless job to simply stop learning things and get caught in a regular 9 to 5 rut. A great way to learn new things, thusly improving our brain activity and mental health, is through taking an online course. Online courses are great for busy individuals who may not have time to attend live lectures but would like to sharpen their repertoire regardless. One such online course one can take is the online TEFL course. TEFL stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language,” and is a comprehensive course of about 100 to 150 hours. It’s primarily taken by recent college graduates looking to become “TEFL teachers,” which are teachers that travel to countries like China or Spain and teach English as a second language to school children. While the exciting career of being a TEFL teacher might not be for everyone, taking an online TEFL coursevery well may be! Along with being absolutely vital for anyone thinking of teaching ESL, it provides some very practical and useful benefits that absolutely anyone is sure to profit from.

4) Gain a New Skill Going back to the Einstein quote, learning is very important in keeping that brain healthy and active. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s amazing ability to continuously change throughout its lifetime. The only way this change occurs is through learning. The neurons fire up new connections and the internal structure of the existing synapses change, strengthening them. This continuous strengthening of neural pathways is one of the best ways to stave off age related brain disorders, like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Along with the increase in brain power, it’s always good to learn a new skill! Online TEFL coursesteach you all kinds of skills, like classroom management (which is hilariously transferable to managing adults), creating assessment scales, and effective public speaking tips and techniques. All these skills are absolutely vital in a classroom setting, but it’s easy to see how they could come in handy for just about anyone.

3) Brush up on your Grammar Yeah, you already had grammar classes all throughout high school and you’ve been speaking English your entire life, what more grammar could you possibly learn? But do you really remember everything from those years of cafeteria lunches, gym classes, and pep rallies? Do you remember all about synecdoche, similes, auxiliary verbs, pronouns, prepositions, and conjunctions? What about contractions, gerunds, interjections, and past participles? Suffixes? Subjunctive moods? Probably not. True, most of it you will never need to know from a practical standpoint, but extra knowledge never goes amiss. Especially if you like things like literature, creative writing, or public speaking; it’s very good to be thoroughly educated on grammar. All good online TEFL courseswill have a section on grammar, which is extremely

important, considering most individuals who take TEFL courses are aspiring English teachers. It’s not only teachers that need grammar though. Creative use of grammar can turn an article, speech, or even conversation about a normally boring topic into something interesting and delightful. At the very least, good grammar comes in handy when in internet arguments; no one can correct you if your grammar is already perfect!

2) Learn How to Handle Children Perhaps the most important and often used section of an online TEFL courseis that of classroom management. One thing that all the TEFL brochures often leave out is the simple fact that children can and will act like monsters from time to time. From disrupting class with animal noises, to beating the snot out of each other, if there’s a way to misbehave, chances are your average kid is going to partake in it. This can be incredibly frustrating for a teacher who is trying to make their class run smoothly and as such, offers up the vital need for impeccable classroom management skills that will make even the most rowdy class sit tight and learn. Online TEFL courseshave extensive material on classroom management, covering a wide range of principles and techniques like seating arrangements, punishment and reward systems, and age dependent motivational techniques. Even if one has absolutely no intention of becoming a teacher, knowing how to handle children is a skill that everyone should have. You might already have or aspire to have kids of your own, or could very well have to babysit nieces or nephews someday, in which case the techniques learned from an online TEFL coursecould come very handy indeed.

1) Employability Lastly we come to the main reason most people take any course at all; employability. While online TEFL coursesprovide the maximum benefit employability, and it’s wise for people who are looking to become TEFL teachers, it will certainly be a great boost to the resume for a wide range of careers. A TEFL certificate is a great asset to have on the resume of anyone getting into working with children, tutoring, or working with immigrants. It also helps just for the fact that the individual committed to and stuck with an intensive 120 hour course, showing drive and dedication; something no employer is able to turn, down regardless of the field.

While an online TEFL courseis essential for those looking into getting into TEFL as a career, that’s not where it’s usefulness ends. Online TEFL courses can be a wise career and life choice for anyone providing a great deal of useful and practical skills anyone is sure to benefit from.

 

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