Teach English Abroad
Teaching English overseas is a well-established way for individuals to earn money and obtain experience of exciting cultures, languages and styles of living at the same time. Students who take our courses come from varied backgrounds and locations across the world. The sole requirement to teach English overseas is a good understanding of the English language, as well as an internationally recognised teacher training certification from an accredited TESOL or TEFL course provider. We are one such provider.
A certificate in TEFL or TESOL is the initial qualification that all students are required to complete successfully before they may commence employment as a teacher of English overseas. The main difference between these two abbreviations is that TEFL is a term more widely used in the UK whereas TESOL is mainly used in the USA. Our English courses last for 4 weeks and require 130 hours of study. This typically includes 6 to 10 hours of supervised practical experience in the classroom with real students of English.
Our experience tells us that the most sought locations are Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Mexico, Argentina and Costa Rica, to name but a few. If your wish is to live and work in a particular country, TEFL is a superb way, maybe the only way, to meet this goal.
The experience of attending a TEFL course will provide a huge boost to your confidence as your ability to teach in the classroom grows. It will also open the door to the most current modern English language teaching methods. We at ITTT can boast one of the most varied choices of accredited TEFL courses anywhere in the world. All of our courses are renowned for achieving the strict international guidelines and standards for the recognition of TEFL courses. We too have our own strict high standards.
Teaching English is a twofold experience which must be balanced to achieve success. On the one hand it is the perfect way to experience the excitement of all that new countries have to offer, but on the other hand individuals must remember that they are engaged in a career in an industry where success (for both employer and student) relies on professionalism and reliability.
After spending one or two years abroad you will undoubtedly progress your ability in providing and practicing effective teaching of the English language. Once this point is reached you may be faced with the daunting question of whether to progress your TEFL teaching career further or alternatively to obtain further qualifications to add to your existing skills. Advanced and/or specialised qualifications will provide greater windows of opportunity when applying for more senior employment with increased rates of pay.
The successful completion of a TEFL course will provide you with a complete understanding of English grammar and effective practical teaching methods at every stage of the English language learning process. Such courses are run online in addition to the classroom.
Online or distance learning is becoming an ever more popular choice with our trainees. The standard of such courses can vary according to the particular provider and many do not meet the high standards set. There is therefore a danger that students obtaining certification by this route will not have the required skills to teach English effectively – mainly due to the fact that the nature of an online course makes it difficult to obtain practical classroom experience. We would therefore recommend that those students who take this route seek out an online course that provides a minimum of 100 hours tutor lead training. This basically means that a course tutor will personally be on hand to assist and guide you every step of the way.
To combat the above-mentioned shortcomings of a course that is undertaken exclusively online applicants may wish to consider the further option of taking a combined course. Such courses cover the more theoretical aspects of training online to fit in with your personal time requirements. The completion of the online part of the course is then built on by the more practical part of the course which is undertaken in class at one of our worldwide training locations and lasts for a period of 2 weeks. This part of the course is monitored by one of our experienced teacher trainers who will also provide guidance as you put the theory section of the course into practice. Typically this course will suit those students who cannot afford to take 4 weeks out from their employment but still do not wish to lose out on practical experience.