FAQ!

TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD


Why teach English abroad Teaching English abroad will broaden your horizons while you gain valuable life and career experience.

  • Do you want to travel to exotic locations?
  • Are you looking for a job that is exciting, challenging, and in high demand?
  • Can you work well living in a new and unfamiliar environment?
  • Are you looking for a way to earn money and enjoy new experiences at the same time?
  • Do you want to pay off your student loans?
  • Do you wish to gain a new perspective on life?
Thousands of our graduates have been satisfied with their decision to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL), earn money, and travel the world.




GET CERTIFIED


Why get certified As the desire to learn English has increased, so too has the profile of the people who teach it. The number of qualified and experienced English teachers has grown with this rise in demand. As a result, a much higher proportion of job-seekers than ever before are certified to teach EFL, and language schools around the world are becoming more selective when hiring instructors. If you plan on teaching in countries that pay high salaries to teachers, you want to make certain that you are prepared for your teaching assignment in the best way. If your destination is the Middle East or South Korea, obtain 120-Hour TEFL Certification (with teaching practice). An on-line course will not get you an interview.

If you decide to relocate overseas to teach EFL, you have to be fully prepared to do so, and one of the easiest ways to ensure that you are prepared is to get your certification. Not only does this make finding a teaching job much easier, but certification also gives you peace of mind. Obtaining your certification tells potential employers that you are prepared and serious about teaching, and you are taking your employment with their school seriously.




WHO CAN TEFL?


Who can TEFL? Anyone who speaks English fluently and is prepared to be responsible in the classroom can be a TEFL teacher.

  • Recent high school graduates:
A year or two out in the world before going to university or starting work is a useful “gap” experience. This practice is very popular in Europe and is gaining popularity elsewhere.
  • University graduates:
A “gap” experience in another country before starting a career at home provides memories for a lifetime and may even change the direction of your career path.
  • Mid-career change:
Tired of a 9-to-5 desk job that’s not going anywhere? Most TEFL employers are happy to hire new teachers who have more life experience.
  • Post-career:
You’ve finished your conventional career and are ready for something completely new. You’ve always dreamed of living abroad and TEFL is your chance to do just that.
  • Non-native speakers of English:
Very often, non-native speakers have a deeper insight into the nature of learning a foreign language and can use this to their advantage to become excellent teachers of English as a Foreign Language.




WHY DO YOU NEED A CERTIFICATE?


Why do you need a certificate? In an increasingly competitive market, many employers select only qualified TEFL teachers. Employers around the world know that a certificate indicates professional integrity and reliability. A TEFL certificate helps you be competitive, marketable, and to stand out in the hiring process.




ACCREDITATION


How important is accreditation? Because TEFL courses, both online and on-site, are not universally standardized, they may vary greatly from one program to the next. It is important to check for references from program graduates as well as external recognition of the organization providing your course. Questions to ask the certificate provider:

  • Are you accredited? If so, by whom?
  • Is the accrediting agency recognized by a major university, government department, or government-approved body?
  • Can you provide a street mailing address in the US, UK, Australia or other English-speaking country for your company?
  • Can you give me an email list of referrals of graduates from this course?
  • Can you show me the qualifications of your trainers?
  • How long have you been running TEFL training courses?




WHERE CAN YOU WORK?


Where can you work? Abroad:

  • Private language schools.
Most countries have a private language school industry. At these schools, you would teach English conversation to people who want to develop their English skills, maintain the English they’ve learned previously, or experience another culture. Your responsibilities could range from teaching Business English to company executives to leading summer day camps for elementary school kids.
  • Public schools.
Public school systems in many countries hire native English speakers to work as assistant language teachers at junior and senior high schools.
  • Universities.
For more qualified and experienced TEFL teachers, university teaching jobs offer prestige and a very comfortable lifestyle.
  • Government/Non-governmental organizations.
The Peace Corps in the US, Volunteer Service Overseas in the UK, and other NGOs offer great volunteer teaching opportunities.
  • Mission programs.
Many church and mission-based organizations sponsor TEFL teachers to go abroad. At home:
  • Private language schools.
There are many language schools that offer ESL classes to visiting business executives, groups from foreign schools or individuals studying to go to college. Private language schools also hire qualified ESL/EFL teachers for short-term summer programs.
  • Public schools.
More and more public school systems and departments of education are prepared to accept a TEFL qualification as partial credit towards an Alternative Teacher License Program or a Teacher in Residence License Program.
  • Universities.
More highly qualified and experienced TEFL teachers can find work in intensive English programs affiliated with universities and community colleges.
  • Government/Non-governmental organizations.
There are plenty of volunteer ESL programs aimed at helping immigrants and refugees that hire qualified and experienced TEFL teachers.
  • Mission programs.
Many churches also run ESL programs that rely on qualified TEFL teachers.




WHY TAKE OUR COURSE


Why take our course We give our course participants an education par excellence. Our training program uses the same textbooks/course content as taught at acclaimed teacher training colleges in the United States. Comparing knowledge, our graduates are compatible to graduates of four-year colleges. Due to our excellent training, our graduates find jobs in the most demanding schools in the Middle East, South Korea and many other countries around the world. Maryam, one of our New York graduates, was hired on the spot and so was Devon who went to the same school in New York City. Our graduates work for Kaplan’s International Colleges, the United Nation’s School, Yale University, King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, Eton College in Dubai and many other prestigious educational institutions around the world. Coming to us is a surefire way of traveling the road to excellence as a teaching professional and becoming the kind of teacher schools desire to employ. We do not just sell you a certificate; we make sure you have the skills required in the industry. With training staff that hold an MA TESOL, we can look back at training teachers for over 15 years; we call ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to offer that type of experience in a TEFL trainer to those individuals who want to become teachers with our organization. One thing we can guarantee our graduates is that they will pick up knowledge combined with enthusiasm for teaching English and the kind of professional ethics that will impress upon the schools.




GRADUATE PLACEMENT SERVICE


Graduate placement service Available exclusively to our graduates, the career support service provides assistance with finding the most rewarding teaching jobs at ESL schools across the globe. We have formed partnerships with many EFL schools worldwide that are searching for certified EFL teachers. Our Job Search Advisors provide timely job placement assistance to help ensure your experiences teaching abroad are successful and rewarding. Free Information Sessions In the coming months we are holding free information sessions on line or at schools throughout the US and Canada, where you can learn more about the TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification Course, and about the exciting opportunities to teach and travel abroad. These free information sessions will help to answer your questions regarding teaching English overseas.

Each session covers a multitude of questions regarding employment opportunities abroad. Students enrolling at an information session will receive a R500.00 discount and are eligible to enter a draw for a free TESOL/TESL/TEFL specialization course. Over 20,000 Opportunities Teaching English Abroad There are over 20,000 EFL teaching jobs advertised each month. We connect our graduates with prospective school by giving them school lists or have them work with one of our recruiting partners worldwide.
Our graduates work around the world. Everybody who wanted to work has found a job. There is none we know of who couldn’t find employment.
Detailed Country Information Our country profiles offer a wide range of details such as peak hiring seasons, visa information, living expenses, and much more.




ACRONYMS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS INDUSTRY


WHAT DO THEY SIGNIFY? TESL/ESL - Teaching English as a second language/English as a second language. English is the second language of the people you are teaching. English is spoken in the country where you are teaching (i.e., you are teaching in English in Britain). TEFL - Teaching English as a foreign language. English is taught as a foreign language to people who live in a country where English is not spoken (i.e., teaching English in Brazil). TESOL - Teaching English to speakers of other languages. This is a North American term that covers both EFL and ESL instruction. It is also the name of a teachers` association. ESP - English for specific purposes. This term refers to the focused learning of topics ranging from business English to TOEFL. TOEFL - Test of English as a foreign language. This is an academic based standardized test given to English language learners. A high score on this test is required for entry into most American colleges and universities to ensure that a foreign student is competent and fluent in English. TOEIC - Test of English for international communication. This is a standardized test required in many international work places. It focuses on vocabulary and communication skills.




WHAT DOES A TEFL COURSE LOOK LIKE?


Basic concepts TEFL courses usually cover similar fundamental concepts, including the following:

  • Classroom management.
  • Error correction.
  • Eliciting information.
  • Lesson planning.
  • Teaching receptive and productive skills.
  • Phonology.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Analyzing and teaching grammar.
  • Developing fluency activities.
  • Language testing and professional development.
Teaching practice 4 & 6-week courses will usually feature at least 6 hours of observed teaching practice. This may mean 6 1-hour classes or 10 shorter classes spread over 6 hours. Trainees prepare and give lessons which are observed, critiqued and graded. Employers often prefer and may require this kind of teaching practice. Written assignments
4 & 6-week courses test trainees’ comprehension in short assignments that might ask them to analyze a part of speech, justify their choice of activities for a lesson plan, or reflect on other aspects of the course’s content. Job placement assistance
Many courses include a module or presentation on getting a teaching job abroad. After graduation, course providers also often offer job placement assistance. Check with them about their success rate in placing graduates.




JOBS


STRATEGIES FOR GETTING YOUR FIRST JOB Choosing a country
Where do you want to go? What country has always inspired and intrigued you? Get online and start searching for more information about that country. For additional information about teaching abroad, you can view our Jobs at a Glance page, which provides details on living and working abroad to help you choose the best country and teaching position for you. Doing research
Find out more about the teaching environment in your chosen country. What is the market like? What types of students are taking English classes? What level of TEFL qualification will you need to be competitive and marketable? In what cities or regions are most jobs available? Responding to advertisements
Many employers post available positions on the Internet. Your success depends upon making yourself more appealing than the others who respond to the same advertisement. Realistically, your chances of success are lower with this method, as the same ad will be seen and responded to by hundreds of other similarly qualified TEFL teachers. Also, be aware that people who make hiring decisions usually spend 20 seconds skimming over a resume before deciding whether or not to short-list that person. Direct mailing
You could take the initiative and target a particular set of schools in a particular location. For this approach to be successful, you’ll need to do your research beforehand. It is often difficult to tell the reputable schools from the less reputable ones, especially if you are on the other side of the world and unfamiliar with the hiring practices of that country. Also, direct mailing can be a hit-or-miss approach since each particular school may or may not be hiring at that particular time. Networking
This is a much more productive way of getting a job. It usually means you have to be on the ground, at your location, talking to other TEFL teachers about where the jobs are and how you can get one. You need to be prepared to market yourself to potential employers by hitting the streets, knocking on doors, and presenting yourself for hire. You stand a much better chance if you have a recognized TEFL qualification, can apply in-person, and come prepared with your resume, references, and lesson plan portfolio. This approach typically works best in South America, Europe and parts of Asia outside of Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan. Using a job placement service
This is the quickest and most effective way of getting a job. Working with a TEFL jobs recruiter will save you the frustration, time, energy and money you will spend looking for a job abroad. These companies will find a suitable position and place you with an established employer in the country of your choice, often with the best available pay and conditions.




COURSES AVAILABLE


What kinds of courses are available? Courses fall into three general categories: Four-week courses at a training center and on-line courses with or without teaching practice. Six-week courses: The primary option for on-site, six-week teacher preparation program is the 120-Hour TEFL Certification. This course runs six days a week for six weeks, for a total of 120-140 hours of training. Six-week courses feature daily informational sessions and at least 6 hours of observed teaching practice with real EFL/ESL learners. Other TEFL Certificate Courses. TEFL teacher preparation courses are offered by a variety of program providers around the world. TEFL courses are not universally standardized and therefore content and duration may vary by provider. All ITTI TEFL courses are recognized for their high quality and are accredited by IAO, a global accreditation provider with chapters on all continents. Our accreditation has been authenticated with the Department of State of the United States. Online courses: These courses deliver the fundamental knowledge necessary to be a TEFL teacher. Online course advantages include convenience and affordability: most are self-paced, accessible anywhere in the world, and cost less than on-site courses. Online programs test comprehension of course content through online quizzes and/or written assignments. The best online courses provide trainees with their own personal tutor, who gives personal feedback on written assignments. ITTI 120-Hour on-line TEFL Certification program is such a quality course that provides a recognized and accredited TEFL certification in a flexible self-study format. Online/on-site combination courses Our combined course has you study the theory on line at home. You follow up with seven days of teaching practice at a center. This program results in the same certificate as the on-site program.





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