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  • Preparing mainstream teachers for English-language learners: is being a good teacher good enough? October 8, 2010
    Introduction More and more teachers find themselves teaching students from increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In a recent report (National Center for Education Statistics, 2002), 42% of the teachers surveyed indicated that they had English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classroom, but only 12.5% of these teachers had received more […]
  • Teaching English to prostitutes in China October 6, 2010
    By Robert Vance “Quite a few of your English students are prostitutes,” a friend told me today as she recounted a conversation that she had with her hair stylist recently. “The guy who cut my hair told me that many of your training center’s female students come to him two or three times a week to [...] […]
  • Without 1, where would we begin? Small sample research in educational settings September 29, 2010
    I study preservice teachers and the ways they attempt to make sense of method course instruction (theory) and real classroom applications (practice). Given the complexity of completing this task my chosen sample size has always been quite small. Coming out of graduate school, I actually thought that what I learned about qualitative research made sense. [...] […]
  • Writing research papers… alternative options September 29, 2010
    Students are turning to alternative methods to solve their time management dilemmas. Employing the services of online research paper sites is becoming an ever more popular solution. Students have a heavy load of work to complete for which they have to study day-and-night, in addition to attending supplementary studies in order to achieve high grades. A [...] […]
  • TEFL training courses – accreditation and certification September 15, 2010
    Every TEFL teacher training course should be accredited with “accredited” meaning that an outside institution has reviewed the course, course content and the trainers delivering the course. Accreditation is important for teachers looking to enroll because it is a way of telling that the TEFL course meets a minimum of standards with regards to [...] […]
  • International TESOL training and EFL contexts: the cultural disillusionment factor. September 14, 2010
    Md. Raqibuddin Chowdhury’s article reports on a study examining the implementation of communicative language teaching (CLT) in Bangladesh in general and at the University of Dhaka in particular. When CLT was first introduced across Europe, the English as a foreign language (EFL) context in which it would inevitably be applied was not considered. Here univers […]
  • Exploring a new pedagogy: Teaching for Intellectual and Emotional Learning (TIEL) August 31, 2010
    The role of teacher educators is to develop the capacity in pre-service teachers for complex teaching that will prepare them to create and teach in “learning communities [that are] humane, intellectually challenging, and pluralistic” (Darling-Hammond, 1997, p. 33). To establish and maintain such learning communities, however, requires knowledge of intellectu […]
  • Teaching factual writing: purpose and structure August 26, 2010
    David Wray and Maureen Lewis remind us of the need to focus on the teaching of factual texts in primary classrooms. They offer one particular teaching strategy, ‘writing frames’, trialed by teachers in the EXEL (Exeter Extending Literacy) Project, as a useful strategy in assisting young writers learn to write factual texts. Introduction As members [...] […]
  • Who qualifies to monitor an ESP course: a content teacher or a language teacher? August 24, 2010
    As it is known, ESP materials are developed in order to respond to the specific needs of English learners. ESP is a branch of applied linguistics in which investigators attempt to put their fingers on the specific needs of individuals or groups of individuals in English in order to design materials related to their specific [...] […]
  • Defining whole language in a postmodern age August 22, 2010
    Can whole language be ‘defined’ in the true sense of the word? Lorraine Wilson believes that while whole language can never be ‘defined’ in the sense suggested by the word’s Latin root (definire = to finish, finalise), certain core principles and assumptions can be made explicit. In this article she describes how a group of [...] […]

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Will an online TEFL course help me find jobs abroad?

There’s a lot of debate around online TEFL courses, notes Bruce Haxton. Are they as good as classroom TEFL courses? Do language schools accept them? And will they prepare you for a life of teaching English abroad? The truth is; they have their pros and their cons – just like classroom TEFL courses. For some people, they’ll be ideal and for others, they’ll be wrong. You’ll have to weigh up the pros and cons and decide if an online TEFL course is right for you.

So do you want the good news or the bad news? Good, you say? Here we go then!

The pros…

Fit your course around your life

Whether you’re working your notice or running around planning your travels, you can fit an online TEFL course around you. Most can be spread over six months, which allows you to do a little every now and then until you’ve completed your course. Of course, if you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, you could complete the whole course in just over a week!

Study on the go

One of the best things about an online TEFL course is that you can do it from anywhere in the world – just as long as you’ve got an internet connection. So if you live out in the sticks or decide to teach after you’ve set off on your travels, you can still get certified.
A qualification that counts

It’s an online course, but that doesn’t make it any less respected. As long as your course is from a reputable provider who’s accredited by an independent body, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a job. You’ll get the same training and the same qualification, so you can apply for the same TEFL jobs and still be in with a fighting chance.

In-depth study

Online TEFL courses give you the opportunity to explore subjects at your own pace. Many often include links to supplementary resources meaning you can get a solid understanding of every area of TEFL. This is the ideal foundation on which to base your teaching and will be invaluable when you start your TEFL job.
Professional support from people who’ve done it

Never underestimate just how useful an online tutor can be. They’re there to answer your questions, give you constructive feedback and motivate you. So even if you lock yourself away with your laptop, you’ll never be alone.

A little extra cash in your pocket

That’s right, online TEFL courses are usually cheaper than classroom TEFL courses. Plus, you’ll save money on travel too. And you know what that means – you’ll have that little bit extra to spend while you’re out there teaching!

The cons…

Self-motivation is a must

The important thing to remember about online TEFL courses is that if you aren’t motivated, you just won’t do it. There’s nobody to remind you or push you to get it done, it’s all on you. If you’re the kind of person who procrastinates, this could mean trouble! On the other hand, if you can sit down and motivate yourself, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Experience not included

An online TEFL course is great for developing the skills you need to teach English abroad and by the end of the course you’ll be ready to start teaching. What it doesn’t give you is the opportunity to practice those skills. Combining your online course with a classroom course can solve this problem or if you have some spare time and money, volunteer teaching can really add to your resume.

Friends come later

When you take a classroom TEFL course, you’ll meet loads of new people, but when you do an online TEFL course, it’s just you and your computer. Whether or not this is a problem depends on what you want from your course. If you’re simply looking for a qualification to get out there and teach, then it really doesn’t matter. But if you’re after something more social, a classroom course is a better choice.

About the Author:

I’m totally passionate about travel, it’s been my life and work for a good few years! My travel adventures haven’t really been about seeing monuments etc but far more about people and getting off the beaten track. Even in a country that has large numbers of tourists you can still find hidden places if you look hard enough, living and working in country gives you such a different perception of it and more of a chance to absorb the local culture. I would like to share my many experiences and offer a little advice if I can to fellow travellers or anyone who is just about to set off on a life changing trip!

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3 comments to Will an online TEFL course help me find jobs abroad?

  • Great!This article is creative,there are a lot of new idea,it gives me inspiration.I think I will also inspired by you and think about more new ideas

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  • lq

    “It’s an online course, but that doesn’t make it any less respected. As long as your course is from a reputable provider who’s accredited by an independent body…”

    Throwing these two sentences together without any clarification is not helpful to novices to the field, who will just assume that all online courses are accredited. The vast majority are NOT accredited (even TESOL’s isn’t accredited!), and thus are indeed far less respected, far less useful, and far less worth wasting one’s time or money on. If anyone is considering doing a TEFL/TESOL/etc. certificate, please do your research elsewhere.

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  • david

    Good point LQ and thank you for raising it.

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