By Jessie Smith
By: Shay Ames
Teaching English abroad will be one of the great adventures of your life and whether you teach in Spain, Thailand, Turkey or anywhere else, your experience abroad will shape you for the rest of your life. So, if you're going to invest your time and money in a quality TEFL certification class (and you should!) you owe it to yourself to make sure that you will receive not only great training, but the support and guidance you need to get a great job teaching English abroad. So, here are 10 questions you should ask any TEFL school before enrolling in a class to make sure that they can help you get where you want to go.
You’ve decided you want to start researching TEFL certification. Great! So you go where we all go when we want to get more information about something – Google. You perform a few quick searches “best TEFL school,” “TEFL certification,” “how to get TEFL certified,” and instantly your head is spinning.
Wait, there are hundreds of different TEFL schools, where do I begin?!
Here are 4 Key Tips for Choosing the Best TEFL School. Keep this list in front of you when you call potential TEFL schools and be sure to ask every school about each of the following four criteria:
By Jessie Smith
Key questions do consider: Do you want an internationally recognized training that you can use all over the world? Do you need help with your job search? Are you going to receive a premiere training that will give you the confidence you need to run a classroom overseas?
If yes, you need to invest in a professional-level TEFL certification. Imagine your TEFL provider like a university and your TEFL course just like a college class. Your TEFL class must be taught by a university-level instructor, and internationally accredited. So when you see month-long TEFL classes for $200 or even $500, you should immediately be skeptical. Imagine even the cost of employing a university-level instructor to teach a month-long class.
Bottom line - you get what you pay for in the industry of TEFL certification and teaching English abroad. Invest in a TEFL provider that cares about you, guides you through the process of teaching English abroad, and one that providers a top-of-the-line TEFL training class.
How can I avoid choosing the wrong TEFL class?
Choosing the right TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification class will play a critical role in providing you with the training, qualifications and job placement assistance you need to get hired to teach English abroad. To avoid putting a serious crimp in realizing your goals of living and teaching English overseas, here are 7 critical mistakes to avoid.