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Coronavirus FAQs: TEFL & Teaching English Abroad or Online - What Are My Options?
Written by: International TEFL Academy
Last Updated: March 25, 2020
Is the coronavirus (COVID-19) putting your goals of teaching abroad in doubt? Are you wondering if there is a market for teaching English online? Do you have concerns that getting TEFL certified will be a waste of money?
Table of Contents
- What is the current situation for teaching English overseas?
- The economy is tanking - is now the time for me to invest money in a TEFL class?
- How can you get TEFL certified during the coronavirus crisis?
- What is a realistic timeline for TEFL certification & then getting a job teaching English abroad or online?
- Can I get paid to teach English online during the coronavirus crisis?
- Why should I get certified with International TEFL Academy?
- What does ITA recommend at this time?
In the age of coronavirus, many of us are pondering such questions as we strive to stay healthy while facing an uncertain future. Here at International TEFL Academy (ITA), we cannot predict the future and we certainly aren't public health experts, but as leaders in the field of TEFL certification & teaching English abroad for the past decade, we are here to help you.
We can do this by providing a realistic overview of your options (and even opportunities) for TEFL certification and getting paid to teach English, whether online or in-person overseas.
Our TEFL classes provide you with a qualification that will enable you to teach English online (even during coronavirus) and then teach English overseas when opportunities reopen in the future. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, ITA has been monitoring the situation closely and we have been in touch with our partners, alumni, recruiters, online teaching companies, and others involved in the field of TEFL and TEFL certification around the globe.
What is the current situation for teaching English overseas?
With communities - and even entire countries - on lockdown, physical schools across the world are closing and postponing classes. International travel is at a standstill. Based on current information, experts estimate many schools and language institutes won’t reopen and hire English teachers to work in physical in-person classes until mid-summer or fall.
The situation is fluid and different countries are facing different situations and it appears are at different stages of the outbreak. South Korea, one of the early hotspots for coronavirus, has seen a steady decline of new coronavirus cases for several weeks and there are even reports of some schools reopening. Meanwhile, in the United States, we are still at the very early stages of the outbreak (as of March 2020).
While nothing is certain at this point, certain countries could reopen for business and begin hiring new English teachers sooner than others (and sooner than when the crisis passes in the United States).
Worldwide demand for English language education is massive and demand for teachers will continue to grow. Once the virus is brought under some control, there will likely be very strong demand for in-person teachers across the globe. In the 10 years ITA has been in business, we've seen that in times of economic crisis, people across the world invest in English language education. Gaining a new skill and boosting your resume is critical for getting hired in so many sectors of the 21st century economy.
The economy is tanking - is now the time for me to invest money in a TEFL class?
Obviously the economy in the United States and around the globe is facing a massive crisis as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. We are all fearful for our health, our jobs, our families, and our futures. It's scary stuff.
We believe that while times are tough and uncertain, those who prepare themselves now will best weather the storm and will be best prepared to hit the ground running once the world returns to some sense of normalcy.
Some points to remember if you are interested in teaching English online or in-person in the future:
- Demand for English teachers online remains strong and will continue to remain strong. This is a viable way for you to earn money if the coronavirus and lockdowns continue in the U.S. and Europe.
- Education is largely recession proof - schools will continue and people will invest in their education to improve their job prospects, this is especially true for the case of English language training.
- If you want to teach English abroad, take advantage of the downtime you have now to get certified so you are prepared to take advantage when jobs open up in the future.
- Your TEFL certification will never expire and your access to ITA Job Search Guidance is also lifetime. So, if you get TEFL certified now you will be able to call on the resources you need to get a job teaching English abroad or online at any point in the future, whether it be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years or whenever you want to take the next step.
How can you get TEFL certified during the Coronavirus crisis?
ITA's accredited 170-hour Online TEFL class is your best option at this time for getting TEFL certified and preparing you for opportunities to teach English online and overseas in the future.
Most in-person TEFL schools around the world are also being closed and classes are getting canceled or postponed until at least the summer at the earliest. So if you're looking to take an in-person TEFL class for teaching English as a foreign language, unfortunately this likely will not happen until late summer or fall.
Important to know: You can take this 11-week online class from home and you can also complete your 20-hours of student teaching online to ESL students. The course is part-time and doesn’t require you to be logged in live.
What is a realistic timeline for TEFL certification & then getting a job teaching English abroad or online?
ITA’s Online TEFL class is 11 weeks long and then you’ll need to finish your 20-hours of practicum (live practice teaching). These practicum hours can be completed during or after your TEFL class at an in-person location or online.
Your lifetime job search guidance begins the day you enroll in your TEFL class, so you can get the conversation started with your ITA Student Affairs advisor when you’re ready. Your Student Affairs advisor can help you put together your resume and cover letter; gathering any documents that you may need.
Teaching Jobs Abroad:
As of March 2020, most recruiting and hiring for in-person teaching jobs is on hold. Timetables will always vary based on where you want to teach, but it’s best to give yourself anywhere from 6-9 months from the time you start your TEFL class to the time you’re heading overseas.
ITA’s Online TEFL class is 11 weeks long and then you’ll need to finish your 20-hours of practicum (live practice teaching) within 60 days of your course end date. These practicum hours can be completed during or after your TEFL class at an in-person location or online. If you need more time to complete your practicum hours your Student Affairs Advisor will work with you on getting an extension.
The process of lining up an in-person teaching job can take anywhere from 1-6 months depending on the country and the employer. If the coronavirus crisis begins to wane in 3-6 months, you could feasibly be abroad as early as late summer or mid-fall (best case scenario) if you begin your Online TEFL class this spring.
We will be monitoring the situation and continually updating this article as we learn more about hiring timelines around the world.
Teaching Online Jobs:
From the time you begin your Online TEFL class, it’s possible to be teaching English online in 4 months. The process of lining up online teaching jobs can take at least a couple weeks with interviews.
You may be able to get part-time work teaching or tutoring online during your TEFL class, but these opportunities are usually part-time and offer lower pay as the vast majority of major online teaching companies will only hire you once you have your TEFL certification.
Can I get paid to teach English online during the coronavirus crisis?
Many schools are resuming classes online and online schools are hiring TEFL-certified teachers to teach English online. In our experience from working with online language schools, the demand for online education, including teaching English online, will continue to grow, especially during the current crisis. As a matter of fact, ESL students in other countries are likewise socially isolated and on lockdown, and are already taking their other classes online. The key is taking an accredited TEFL certification class (more on that below) that will provide you with the teacher training you need and the qualification required by the vast majority of online teaching companies.
Why consider teaching English online?
- First-time teachers typically make $15-$20 an hour teaching English online. You may not get rich, but it can supply sustainable income during uncertain economic times.
- You can work from the safety and comfort of your home during the coronavirus and any social isolation, or lockdown, caused by the outbreak . Check out Can I Teach English Online from the USA?
- While many sectors of the economy are coming to a standstill and millions face the prospect of losing their jobs, there is strong demand to hire TEFL-certified teachers during the coronavirus crisis and beyond.
- If you do eventually plan on teaching English abroad, teaching English online first from home will help you gain valuable experience and boost your resume for when you’re applying to in-person jobs.
Why should I get certified with International TEFL Academy?
We care about you. Simple as that. We are all world travelers and have spent years of our lives living all over the world. We are not the cheap guys and we're not a diploma mill, we sincerely believe in what we do. We've helped more than 30,000 people get TEFL certified and experience life as a paid English teacher online and in over 80 countries worldwide. We truly set the standard in the TEFL industry with internationally accredited TEFL classes and lifetime job search assistance. We offer the best accredited TEFL-classes both online and in-person (note - most in-person classes are not available until further notice). Further, we offer the very best job search guidance in the industry. As a full-service TEFL provider, we not only stress the quality of our actual TEFL classes, but also provide personalized guidance from our team of experts, in addition to access to the best information and resources.
Learn more about why International TEFL Academy is considered world leaders in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad & teaching English online by reading 10 Reasons Why International TEFL Academy is the Top TEFL School in the World in 2020.
What does ITA recommend at this time?
- #1 - Stay safe! Stay informed and follow guidance set out by local and national authorities.
- #2 - Talk with an ITA Admissions Advisor about your options for teaching online and overseas. Fill out this form and your personal Admissions Advisor will get in touch. You’ll also receive your TEFL starter kit via email in a few minutes. You can also call us now at 773-634-9900.
- #3 - Take advantage of our flexible payment options. We are doing everything we can to help our students through this challenging time. If you are interested in teaching online in the coming months or overseas in the future we have created a special payment plan for this crisis to make this affordable in your budget
- # 4: Plan for the future: We are all going to get through this. It typically takes 6-9 months start-to-finish to get TEFL certified and teach English abroad. So take action and get your planning started so you’ll be ready to go when the time is right.
Finally, we are doing our best to stay informed on this rapidly developing situation and advise our students accordingly. Check out our coronavirus (COVID-19) updates page for the latest information.
Founded in 2010, International TEFL Academy is a world leader in TEFL certification for teaching English abroad & teaching English online. ITA offers accredited TEFL certification classes online & in 25 locations worldwide and has received multiple awards & widespread recognition as one of the best TEFL schools in the world. ITA provides all students and graduates with lifetime job search guidance. ITA has certified more than 25,000 English teachers and our graduates are currently teaching in 80 countries worldwide.
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