TESOL Certification – Get qualified with a TESOL Certificate.

TESOL Certification
TESOL Certification

TESOL Certification: Have you ever thought about Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)? Many people believe that teaching English was one of the best things they ever did! Some people teach in their home country while others teach in other countries.

If you’re interested, where to start? Well, it’s important to get qualified. Both TESOL certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) will enable you to teach English in your home country and overseas. Both qualifications cover the same topics, and both are accepted worldwide. The only real difference between them is that TEFL is a more traditional acronym, perhaps even a somewhat aging acronym, and many English language teachers believe that it does not describe what they do. They believe that TESOL describes their job more accurately.

Whichever you choose, TESOL certification or TEFL certification is essential.

Key points on TESOL / TEFL certification: do’s and don’ts

  • Do take a course that is, ideally, 150 hours long, or one month full-time.
  • Do take a course that is accredited by a reputable external body.
  • Do take a course where you know who your trainers are going to be.
  • Do consider both taught courses (about £1,500 for CELTA or Trinity TESOL) and online courses (between about £250 and £500 for a reputable course).
    Do take every opportunity to observe good teachers at work as this is even more valuable than teaching practice.
  • Don’t take a weekend course. These are expensive and of no value.
  • Don’t take a course of less than 110 hours.
  • Don’t be misled by photos of beaches and palm trees when choosing a course.
  • Don’t be misled by exceptionally low prices into choosing a course (e.g. via Groupon), as training will be minimal.
  • Don’t take a course online if it involves mainly multiple-choice assignments.
  • Don’t take any initial-training course which is described a ‘diploma’ unless you already hold a TESOL or TEFL certificate. A diploma is a 450-hour post-certificate qualification and not an initial course of training. Some course providers try to encourage applications by wrongly describing their course as a diploma.

Teaching practice

Many people argue that teaching practice is essential with any TESOL or TEFL training course. However, in reality this involves trainees being placed in a very artificial and stressful situation. In fact, classroom observation of good teachers is far more valuable. Experienced teachers agree that watching a good teacher at work is the best learning environment. Many people will be able to do this by approaching a school or language college near their home.

What do I need?

  • Fluency an accuracy in English is important but you do not need to be a native speaker.
  • You need to have completed schooling to at least 18.
  • You don’t need a degree to take a TESOL or TEFL teacher training course.

How can I make progress in my career?

Once you have your TESOL certification and at least two years of experience you may decide to broaden your English language teaching skills. You can do this in two main ways.

  • A Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners (Cert.TEYL). A TEYL certificate is an advanced course for people wanting to specialise in teaching learners between the ages of about 5 and 12.
  • A Certificate in Teaching Business English (Cert.TBE). A TBE certificate is an excellent way to develop your professional skills and increase your salary. This qualification is in very wide demand around the world and trainers with this qualification can work independently, or for a company. Trainers will commonly earn anything from £25 to £100 per hour when working with company employees.

TESOL Certification – How do I start?

Decide whether you want to do a taught course (the Cambridge CELTA course or the Trinity TESOL course are the best) or a professionally designed on-line course such as the TESOL-direct 150-hour certificate. Ask as many questions as you want. When you are satisfied, enrol! You won’t regret it!

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