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When it comes to choosing the best online TESOL certification course you need to consider all the main options, what you want the qualification for, and what you hope to achieve with it once certified. First we will look at all the main online course options.
The different types of online courses are easily separated by the average number of hours they require to complete them.
Weekend courses: These are often marketed as “taster courses” and are done mainly at weekends to give those who are already employed a chance to see what TESOL is about. Due to time constraints (they usually last about 10 hours in total) there is limited material covered in terms of teaching and learning, but they can be useful to help you decide if doing a full course would be worthwhile for you.
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First we should define what is meant by accreditation. In general, business, industry, educational companies, and institutions are by regulation or voluntary means, subject to some form of external checks by an accrediting body.
In terms of the ESL teaching industry there is no single overarching body that does this. Historically the growth of the ESL market, which has taken place worldwide, has resulted in many such accreditation bodies coming into being.
Accreditation agencies are generally made up of a variety of sources, such as universities, examining bodies and private companies of varying size and coverage. When and how the accreditation takes place is up to the individual accreditation agencies, but over time a number of generally accepted worldwide measurement indicators... [Read more]
South Korea has become one of the most popular countries in the world for teaching English abroad as demand is high and so are the salaries. The average monthly pay is around $1,500 to $3,000 and most teachers are able to save a considerable percentage of this each month. Many jobs also include a range of extra benefits such as return airfares, free housing and a bonus for completing the contract.
The EPIK Program is a government backed scheme that recruits foreign teachers to work in public schools across the country. This is a very popular option is all the details are sorted out before you need to leave your own country. Other common options include private language institutes, universities and even international schools. Regardless of the type of school you choose to work for... [Read more]
TESOL certification courses typically come in three different formats: In-class courses, online courses, and combined (hybrid) courses. Each of these options has its pluses and minuses, but they all lead towards the same goal of gaining the qualification you need to secure English language teaching jobs in countries all over the world. Below we take a look at all three study options so you can pick the right one to suit your personal learning style and your individual life situation.
An in-class TESOL course offers a traditional route towards a teaching qualification, with most options in this category operating as full-time study over a four-week period at a dedicated training center. This study option has several benefits that you will not find with other methods of study.... [Read more]
There are three general teaching and learning modes currently employed to deliver TESOL certification.
Face-to-face learning: This traditional method of certification is still popular around the world as it offers many advantages. Good quality courses are completed under the guidance of professional teacher trainers. Most good courses in this bracket also include live teaching practice with real language learners.
Online learning: This is probably now the most used method in terms of active participants worldwide and is an ever expanding area of ESL teaching and learning. There are a huge number of organizations offering these courses in a range of different lengths and formats.
Hybrid: This mode of teaching where some of the learning is done online and some in-class has been around... [Read more]
Whether you need a TESOL certificate to teach English online will depend on the platform you choose to work for. Some online teaching employers expect their recruits to be TESOL certified and will reject unqualified teachers under the assumption that they lack the necessary skills and knowledge. There are a few employers out there who will take on teachers without any qualifications or you can choose to set up your own online teaching business which also doesn’t require any certification. However, in reality, the majority of students looking for online English lessons typically prefer a teacher who has some relevant qualifications.
The worldwide demand for online education programs has gone through the roof in recent years and it is only set to get stronger. As a consequence,... [Read more]
In years gone by most training courses required attendance at some form of training center. However, since the explosion of the internet and the wide availability of internet connected devices, online training has gradually become more and more popular. These days online courses have largely become the norm in many fields and they have also become widely accepted by employers as a legitimate route towards qualification. Although there are a few areas where online courses might struggle to replicate their in-class equivalent, online courses are clearly here to stay.
If you have made the decision to complete your TESOL training via an online course, the next decision is which one to choose? The first thing to remember is that TESOL courses are normally classified by the average number... [Read more]
As you are reading this it is fair to assume you have done some research into TESOL courses. During your research you will probably have realized that there are many different TESOL course providers out there and each one offers a variety of course options at a range of different prices. There is also a good chance that you will have found some courses offered at extremely low prices or even completely free of charge. On the surface these might look like the best way to go as you will get a qualification for little or no outlay. However, before signing up for any TESOL course it is important that you verify that the training included and the qualification you will receive upon successful completion is good enough to be recognized by employers around the world.
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If you choose to take an online TESOL course you will have the luxury of choosing exactly where and when you study. You can work through your course at home in the evenings and on the weekends, or you could fit in what you can during your lunch break or when traveling to and from work. This kind of flexibility is one of the main reasons why our online courses are so popular.
However, if you choose to attend one of our training centers to complete an in-class TESOL course, you will also have plenty of options. Our in-class course is currently available in a number of different countries, in most corners of the world. You could choose the training center that is closest to your home location, or you could choose one that is located close to where you would most like to live and work... [Read more]
There are four main categories of English teaching programs that we will consider here:
For each program, we will have a look at who they are for, what they generally involve and anything else of particular note.
Who the program is for: This is the type of English taught in government schools and private language institutes throughout the world.
What the program generally involves: The syllabus is usually defined for five levels of study using an established book series such as New Headway, ‘Let’s go’ for example.
Of particular note: There are many millions of students learning general English worldwide.
Who the program is for: English programs taught for students who need to show that a particular level has been achieved, either for employment or university entrance. Two of... [Read more]
The world of English language teaching is very fond of acronyms and TESOL is one of the most common. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and is used when referring to the act of teaching, as well as the qualification required by teachers wishing to do the teaching. Below are a range of other popular teaching acronyms and their definitions.
ESL: English as a Second Language
ESL may have had its beginning with the rise of the British Empire in the 15th Century. As more countries were being colonized by Britain the use of English was taught to the native speaking leaders of the country, so they could continue to carry out Britain’s rule after the British left the country.
ESOL: English to Speakers of Other Languages. There are two sides to this: the... [Read more]
EPIK stands for the English Program in Korea. This government run scheme places foreign teachers into schools across South Korea where they work as English language instructors. EPIK is probably the most popular program of its kind anywhere in the world as it includes a good salary, several extra benefits, and the once in a lifetime chance to live and work in a unique cultural environment. If you are accepted by the program you will join the thousand or so others who head to South Korea each year via this route.
If this is something you might be interested in, we recommend you contact our TESOL recruitment partner Reach To Teach. Reach To Teach is an official partner of the EPIK program and works with the Korean Ministry of Education during the recruitment process.
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Online English teaching is a very popular way to earn a living, either full time from home, or part time while traveling the world. The qualifications for becoming an ESL teacher online vary from one platform to the next, but will often include things like a TESOL certification, a university degree, prior teaching experience, and certain technical equipment. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know to land the ideal online teaching job!
To become an online English teacher you will typically need a 120-hour TESOL certification from an internationally recognized and accredited institution. If you want potential employers to take your qualifications seriously and consider you for an online teaching position, you must ensure that your certificate comes from a reputable... [Read more]
For many teachers teaching English online is an appealing career path due to the convenience of working from home or while on the move. It is your responsibility as an online ESL teacher to teach students whose first language is not English. The four skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking in English are all part of the job.
Teaching English in person is very different from teaching ESL online from home. Forget about using heavy textbooks and photocopying tedious worksheets! Teaching English online is awesome because there are so many cool resources available, such as YouTube videos, blogs, and online ESL language apps and games. However, you may encounter some difficulties when attempting to teach English online.
For instance, when you teach a student in person you can... [Read more]
The Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG) program began in 2010 as a way to promote foreign language skills and increase ties with the global community. Sponsored by the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science, the TLG program looks to recruit native English, French and German speakers to work as volunteers in public schools across the country. Although language teaching within a school environment is the main goal of the scheme, it also has a strong focus on cultural exchange.
The TLG program is aimed at all native speakers of English, French and German who are motivated to make a positive difference to young lives in an unfamiliar environment. Applicants will work alongside a local teacher in primary level schools on a one academic year contract. An average week includes 30 hours... [Read more]
At International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT) we provide a wide range of high-quality online course options for you to choose from. Our most popular online course is the 120-hour TESOL certificate that comes with tutor support. As well as our regular course, we also offer an advanced online Diploma in TESOL and a range of course packages that provide great value for money.
The 220-hour Master Package includes three of our online courses; the 120-hour TESOL certification course, the 50-hour course in teaching business English (CTBE) and the 50-hour course in teaching English to young learners (CTEYL). This package includes tutor support throughout and you get the choice of either three individual course certificates or a single 220-hour certificate that incorporates all three courses. ... [Read more]
Thanks to the accreditation of our online TESOL courses by a leading educational institution such as the Paris University of International Education (PUIE), you are able to claim credits towards your bachelor’s or master’s degree. For example, if you complete our popular 120-hour TESOL certification course you can gain three bachelor’s credits or one master’s credit through the PUIE. If you choose our 550-hour Expert Package you will gain nine bachelor’s credits or six master’s credits. With ITTT you can gain a teaching qualification that is welcomed by employers all over the world and also add to your higher education portfolio at the same time. Another important fact to consider is that our certificates are the only purely online TESOL certificates available that... [Read more]
When choosing a TEFL certification course one of the first decisions you need to make is whether to complete it online as a distance learning course or in-class by attending a training center. Both have their pros and cons so it is down to the individual to decide which best suits their own personal situation. So what are the main differences to consider between an online TEFL course and an in-class TEFL course? Probably the most significant difference is the inclusion of Observed Teaching Practice (OTP) in classroom based courses. Throughout the four-week course you will spend many hours practicing your teaching skills in a real classroom with genuine English language learners. These practice lessons are observed by an experienced course trainer who will provide instant... [Read more]
Distance learning has become an increasingly popular form of study in many fields of education and ESL teaching is no exception. To ensure we continue to provide a high level of convenience and affordability we regularly add new course options to our online range.
Our 120-hour online TESOL course covers virtually all the same theory subjects as our in-class TESOL course. The main difference between the two course options is observed teaching practice (OTP). During an in-class course trainees get to spend many hours practicing their teaching in a real classroom under the guidance of experienced teacher trainers. Because of this practical experience, in-class TESOL courses are generally seen as superior to courses that do not provide any practical training. However, while our in-class... [Read more]
If you don’t like the idea of being tied to an online English teaching platform and would prefer to set your own schedule, it is possible to start up your own online teaching business from scratch. Although this is theoretically possible for anyone regardless of their background, in practice you will probably require some amount of previous teaching experience in order to get it off the ground. This is the approach that our former TESOL trainee Bri took and she has shared her story and a range of essential tips via the ITTT blog page.
How To Start Your Own ESL Teaching Service
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