Education for a better future
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Studying for a TESOL certificate by distance learning suits students who prefer to study in a flexible manner at times and places of their own choosing. This may be due to variable domestic or other work commitments that make regular class attendance inconvenient or impossible. It may be because they live far away from a recognized classroom-based course provider. You can qualify as a TESOL / TEFL teacher by enrolling on an accredited TESOL distance course (sometimes called a correspondence course or online study course).
Distance learning often suits active learners who know what they want and who wish to work at their own pace. As a distance learner, you can vary the pace of your TESOL course to suit your available study time, your background, your aptitude, your previous knowledge and your prior experience. Remember, there are no deadlines or time limits of any sort on your course.
TESOL and TEFL provide excellent job opportunities and the chance to teach and travel in many countries around the world. However, you need to be qualified and confident in the classroom. Among the most important qualities for good English teachers are having good classroom skills, empathy for the needs of learners and an outgoing personality. You also need to have the skills to motivate your learners. If you can effectively motivate them, you will see them make rapid progress.
Getting an accredited TESOL qualification or accredited qualification to teach Business English that is recognized worldwide will provide an excellent foundation for the development of your skills. It will also help you to be well prepared for the classroom and well able to meet your students' needs.
Many young people have the ambition to take a "gap year" to experience another culture in another part of the world. Taking an accredited TESOL course provides an excellent preparation before setting off. You can also take all the course materials with you for self-study and reference while you are working overseas.
Some TESOL distance courses are far better quality and more substantial than others. Make sure that you choose one whose TESOL course content and methods have been thoroughly checked by a recognized accreditation body such as ACTDEC (Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses) or the College of Teachers.
If you choose a TESOL-direct accredited TESOL distance learning course you will be able to study anywhere in the world and you will receive first-class tutor support by email, telephone and post wherever you are.