Where Can I Do My TEFL Training?
Courses, courses, everywhere!
If you searched for a TEFL course on Google right now, you'd be faced with a bewildering array of choices. Many companies advertise a variety of
TEFL courses: online courses, weekend courses, a combination of online and weekend, not to mention the 4-week intensive courses held around the
world. In fact, search for too long on the Internet and you can be forgiven for feeling like a small child that's stumbled upon Willy Wonka's chocolate
Think carefully about the type of course you chooseâ€¦
Before committing yourself financially to a course of any kind, you'll need to consider your options carefully. Factors such as the country you want to
teach in, how far you wish to pursue a TEFL teaching career, the financial resources you have at your disposal, time, and preference of study, will all
influence your final decision. If you want to teach for a year or less in an exotic location, you may not need the full 4-week course: a weekend
certificate could be enough. So do some research: email or ring up local language schools or ask on internet forums!
I'm broke, and I've already booked my plane ticket!
If time or money is an issue, or you just want an inkling of what TEFL teaching involves, then weekend courses are a good option and don't tax the
pocket too heavily. Starting at around 200 GBP, these courses offer a good taste of the larger TEFL courses, and cover the main core skills you'll need
as a TEFL teacher.
The TEFL tutors on these courses are experienced teachers, and should be able to address most questions or concerns you may have. Weekend
courses are around 20 hrs long, and provide a valuable forum for gaining and sharing ideas, and you may find, they give a much-needed boost to your
Don't chance the cowboys!
Be careful: there are cowboy operations, so whichever course you choose, make sure it's independently accredited or the certificate you receive at the
end of the course may not be worth the paper it's written on:i-to-i a