6 Reasons to Take International TEFL Academy's Chicago TEFL Course
Top 6 Reasons to Take Your TEFL Certification Class in Chicago with International TEFL Academy
So, you want to get your TEFL certification in Chicago and go teach English overseas and see the world? Awesome.
That means you need an internationally accredited TEFL certification and comprehensive job search guidance, right?
Yes it does.
Top 6 reasons ITA's class is for you:
The Windy City. The City of the Big Shoulders. Home of Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. From ground-breaking architecture and cutting-edge cuisine to exciting nightlight and venerable sports teams like the Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks and Bears, Chicago has it all and International TEFL Academy is right in the middle of the action.
ITA’s newly designed, state-of-the-art classroom facilities and world headquarters are ideally located in the heart of Chicago's Near North Side. Straddling the dynamic neighborhoods of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, ITA’s TEFL course location in Chicago is just minutes away from Wrigley Field, DePaul University, and Lake Michigan. With the Diversey Brown Line "El" (subway) stop just a block away, public transportation is easily accessible. It's a quick 15 minute ride to "The Loop" in downtown Chicago, which is home to the city's greatest architectural and cultural landmarks, including Michigan Avenue, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Soldier Field, the Willis Tower (famously known as the Sears Tower), and hundreds of world-class restaurants, shops and bars.
5. Pre-enrollment advice from trained and seasoned world travelers.
Before you decide if teaching abroad is for you, it is crucial to speak to a real live admissions advisor who has "been there and done that". All International TEFL Academy advisors and staff have lived, worked and traveled the world with combined first-hand experience in more than 80 countries worldwide.
All advisors receive extensive, ongoing training to provide you with the information you need to know before you "sign on the dotted line, and go for it". They will advise you and answer your questions concerning job markets for English teachers worldwide, including hiring seasons, degree requirements, citizenship requirements, work visas and hundreds of other topics country-by-country. They are dedicated to working with each student to ensure they develop the right expectations and a clear understanding regarding every aspect of teaching Englih abroad, including selecting the right TEFL certification course. Check out our staff's videos on YouTube.
4. Instruction provided by highly qualified and experienced university professors.
Chicago TEFL classes are taught by university-level instructors. Every professor will hold at least a Master’s Degree in Education or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or higher; a high percentage of instructors will also hold a PhD. But International TEFL Academy professors are not only super qualified, each possesses a passion for education and teaching English that is borne out in the enthusiasm and drive that they bring to class each day.
3. Live practice teaching with local ESL students (not role-playing with other teachers-in-training).
Live practice teaching with ESL students is a critical element for any accredited TEFL course. Accrediting bodies will not recognize TEFL certification courses that do not incorporate live practice teaching and the vast majority of schools and language institutes around the world will not hire you if your TEFL certification course does not include live practice teaching. Established international standards maintained by accrediting bodies hold that a professional-level TEFL certification must incorporate at least 6 hours of practice teaching.
Practice makes perfect and the best way to gain the skills you need to become the best English teacher is to practice teaching English with live ESL students. (By the way, ITA provides Free ESL lessons to the community year round.)
During your International TEFL Academy TEFL certification course in Chicago, you will engage in live practice teaching with local ESL students from over a dozen different nationalities on an almost daily basis throughout your course. You will not only practice the methodologies and techniques that you will learn in the class; you will also become comfortable working with students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including some who don’t speak English at all. Achieving this comfort level will prove invaluable when you actually arrive abroad to begin teaching English on a professional level.
2. Comprehensive job search guidance, including workshops and seminars on finding English teaching jobs around the world.
Real live help: All International TEFL Academy students receive lifetime job search guidance working with a live, fulltime staff who conduct workshops covering critical aspects of the job search process for teaching English abroad, including resume and cover letter development, the interview process, and specific job markets in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
In addition to the assistance during the Chicago TEFL class, students will receive lifetime job guidance following completion of their class finishes, including the ability to work with advisors on an individual basis.
Materials: Graduates also receive a 170-page job search manual, contact information for top recruiters and more than 10,000 schools around the world, links to hundreds of specialized ESL job boards and list of top governmental English teaching programs worldwide.
Click here to request a Country Chart that details salaries, hiring requirements, interview procedures and visa information for teaching English abroad in more than 50 countries around the world.
1. Earn a top-level, internationally accredited TEFL certification that is recognized worldwide.
The bottom line is that to qualify yourself for the best possible jobs teaching English abroad, and to best prepare yourself to perform as a professional-level English teacher, you need to receive the best training possible. International TEFL Academy’s Chicago TEFL certification course exceeds international standards as set forth by the British Council for both the number hours of academic training and coursework (160 hours – international standard is 100 hours) and practice teaching (international standard is 6 hours).
This state-of-the-art curriculum incorporates all aspects of teaching English as a foreign language including teaching methodologies and techniques, lesson planning, classroom management, teaching English to business learners and children, and more.
Due to the high standards met and exceeded by this course, it is accredited as a QCF Level 5 course and is accredited by NCFE, one of the leading accrediting bodies in the field. QCF Level 5 is the highest level of accreditation for TEFL certification and is recognized as the benchmark for objective quality assurance for TEFL courses by schools and language institutes worldwide.
Read more about International TEFL Academy's accreditation.
International TEFL Academy offers 25 of the best TEFL certification classes around the world in addition to the most state-of-the-art online TEFL class on the planet, but if you want to take a top quality TEFL course in-person in the United States, you won’t do better than ITA’s four-week, 190-hour TEFL class in Chicago.
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