10 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for Your TEFL Class in Heredia, Costa Rica

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Costa Rica TEFL class at our licensee in the heart of Heredia. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course.

To help you prepare for this course, we've compiled the most common and most important questions raised by our students in addition to advice & tips from actual graduates of the course. 

Is ITA's Online TEFL Certification Course Valid and Accredited?

By John Bentley
 
Yes it is, International TEFL Academy’s 170-Hour Online TEFL Course is internationally accredited and recognized, and it exceeds international standards for professional level TEFL Certification (most accredited TEFL courses run 106-120 hours) as set forth by leading bodies in the international field of TEFL and recommended by thousands of schools and employers around across the globe. In addition, our online course is officially recommended by several leading recruiters that hire English teachers for private and public schools around the world.

Who Teaches International TEFL Academy's Online TEFL Certification Course?

Instruction is provided by highly qualified university-level professors with extensive experience teaching English as a foreign language, and all professors must meet or exceed the following standards: 

 * Hold a Masters in Education or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or higher; a high percentage of instructors will also hold a PhD.

* Have at least one year of overseas teaching experience. Professors will share their personal experiences and insights with their students.

* Hold professional experience in online education, including the use of advanced platforms and applications such as Moodle and WebEx.

Read full profiles of our instructors here.

Where will I stay when I take my international TEFL course?

After you enroll in an international TEFL/TESOL certification course by making your deposit, you will be put in touch with the onsite course director who will be able to assist you with making housing arrangements during your course.  Tuition does not include your housing; costs will vary by location, but most options for most courses will range between $300 and $1,000 over four weeks. In some cases, students are required to pay for their housing up-front; in others, a deposit may be required.  If you have any questions about housing options and costs for specific courses, please review the web page for that course on our website and contact your TEFL Advisor who will be able to assist you with any questions.

Can I Teach English Abroad Without Teaching Experience or an Education Degree?

YES — Every year, more than 200,000 English speakers get jobs teaching English abroad, and more than 90% have no prior teaching experience and no degree in education, or even English.  In fact, up to 20% of them don’t even possess a four-year college degree!  With up to 1 billion people taking some form of English class each year, the demand for native or fluent speakers to work as English teachers is virtually insatiable. From summer camps and kindergartens to public schools, language institutes and corporate training, English speakers with no prior background in professional English teaching or a teaching degree are employed in more than 100 countries around the world.

What TEFL Certification is best for Teaching English in Asia? [Expert Tips]

By: Felicia Braverman

So, you’ve decided to teach English in Asia. Great! Asia is famous for offering some of the best perks in the industry, as well as the chance to save money during your time abroad. Now that you’ve decided on a teaching location, the next step in the process is deciding on which TEFL course to take. 

Does my TEFL certification expire?

The short answer — No. Your TEFL certification never expires and never needs to be renewed. 

What are the advantages of lifelong TEFL certification?

Lifelong TEFL certification gives you freedom and flexibility to teach English abroad whenever you wish in the future.  Completing your TEFL certification, either in person classes or online, should be the first thing on your list before you teach English abroad, but once it's done, it's done.  You have the freedom and flexibility to put it to use immediately teaching English abroad or to simply check it off on your to-do list as the first step towards your adventure. 

Is a TEFL Certification Required to Teach English Abroad?

In a simple answer: Yes, you need to be a trained educator to be a good teacher for paying students and yes, many schools and governments will require it for employment.


Many people ask this question with the following in mind:

  • I speak English, I went to college, I must be able to be a good English teacher. What could be so difficult about teaching my own language?
But Here's What You Need to Know
Some schools in some countries may hire you without a TEFL Certification. Those who approach teaching English abroad with this mindset usually have an experience that includes some, if not all, of the following elements: