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How to get a TESOL (TEFL) certification?

Which road should you take?
Getting a TESOL certification is not as hard as many people think. There will be some study involved, but anyone who puts the time in and works hard can get a TESOL certification. There are a number of routes you can take and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. The fact you are reading this to learn how to get a TESOL certification is the first step.

Acronyms

Before we continue I think it’s worthwhile pointing out that the acronymIMAG0563 TESOL stands for teaching English as a second or other language. TEFL on the other hand stands for teaching English as a foreign language. Don’t get confused though as they are one and the same thing. They are different names for basically the same qualification. It’s much the same as learning the differences between American and British English, flashlight is the same as torch, hood and bonnet are the same, elevator and lift, TESOL and TEFL. TESOL is more well known in North and South America and TEFL is the acronym used in Europe and Asia.

Course Differences

Now you know the difference in name, the next thing you need to know is what the differences in courses are. There are basically three choices. First, you can do an in-house course that includes at least 6 hours of teaching practice with students. You can do  a completely online course or you can do blended learning which focuses on online learning with live teaching practicums. Each has their owns advantages and disadvantages.
The advantage of an online course is that you are free to study to your own schedule at any time that is suitable to you. You can restudy any areas that need extra work and a good online course will give you access to the trainer/creator to  give you a personalized service. The downside is that if you are a less confident person the live teaching practice of an in-house course is very helpful which is obviously something you can’t do online. An in-house course will give you the live teaching practice, but you will need to block out at least 4 weeks to do the course. It might require overseas flights and accommodation which are extra costs, not to mention that the cost of an in-house course is usually at least 5 times the cost of an online course. The third option is becoming more popular which is the blended learning. This is where you do the majority of your studying online, then when the time comes, put it into practice in the classroom. This is a happy middle ground that is becoming more and more accepted around the world.
Which ever type of course you choose first you have to decide if an online TEF/TESOL course is worth it to you, then find out how much a TEFL certificate costs.
Why not have a look at Teejr’s online and blended learning courses and put yourself on the road to being able to travel to teach and start a new career today.
May 21, 2015

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