After toying with the idea of teaching English abroad you finally decided that now is the time to “go for it”. The first step is choosing which TEFL course is the best option for you. Here are some tips to help you decide and make the best decision:
Is the TEFL course you’re going for internationally accredited? Be sure to ask the TEFL school you wish to study with if their curriculum is accredited by international academic organizations and if the course guidelines adhere to international standards. Getting your TEFL certificate from an institution that is not accredited will result in zero employment options for you once you graduate.
Does the school offer job placement and job guidance? Many schools out there do not count with the administrative infrastructure, reputation, or the contacts to assist you with and much less guarantee a teaching job for you upon completion of the course. Only schools with a solid reputation and qualified staff are able to offer you this feature.
Qualified and experienced TEFL Trainers. Do the trainers who will be training you how to teach English count with the required experience in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language? Credentials are also very important so make sure that the trainers themselves are TEFL certified and count with the corresponding university credentials. But most important of all, that they themselves have travelled the world teaching so that they are able to share their real life experience with you.
Teaching Practices. Internationally accredited TEFL courses must offer at least 6 hours of observed teaching. Good courses included 10 hours of teaching practice but only the best courses, like ICEP TEFL Training, includes 20 hours of real classroom teaching practices. If the course you have in mind does not include this component then you should pass on to another.
Back Up Administrative Features? The majority of TEFL courses out there are very small in terms of staff, facility, and network which means that the level of service and features they can provide you will be limited. Make sure that you choose a TEFL course which is offered by a reputable institution that has the organizational muscle and qualified staff to assist in arranging your housing, airport transportation, guaranteed job placement, visa assistance and orientation, alumni network and more.
Now that you know what to look for, get out there and start teaching English Abroad!