Monday, 30 December 2013

How to Sign Up for a TEFL Course

There are many reasons why people consider taking part in a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. Some have a passion for teaching and becoming TEFL certified provides the opportunity to exercise that passion. Others want to travel the world and see new lands; when you become trained as a TEFL instructor, world-wide exploration can be facilitated and may even become lucrative. Still others aspire to excel in the field of translation. Teaching English as a foreign language is a great way to take the first step on the road to becoming a translator; it looks excellent on a resume and gives individual's valuable experience. Whatever it is that you are seeking to accomplish through the wide range of available TEFL courses and programs, there are sure to be many rewards—both expected and unexpected—that you will encounter during and after your TEFL experience. The first thing to do when considering a TEFL course, is to take some time to think about your reasons for this decision, what factors are involved and how they affect your decision, and what you hope to gain from the experience.
Where to Find the Right TEFL Course
It is important that when you are considering becoming a TEFL instructor you carefully consider all your options. There are many TEFL certification programs to choose from, but not all of them will be the best choice for you. There are a few things which you should make sure of before signing up for a TEFL course. The first order of business is to check out the course accreditation. After you become certified and you are looking for jobs around the world to take on, you will find that many of the schools and employers have specific requirements concerning the credentials of the program you participated in. This is to ensure that all the instructors that are hired meet a certain quality standard. Make sure to put yourself above the bar by choosing a program that will back you up with proper credentials.
There are a wide range of options for taking a TEFL course. You can take classes online, locally, or travel abroad in order to gain your certification. Many programs use a mixture of online and in-classroom study to optimize the efficiency with which you can take the course. This is a great option for those who are currently busy, but would like to get their certification as quickly as possible. A quick trip to an online search engine is all that you need in order to take the first step to your limitless travel abroad.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Getting a Job After Completing TEFL Courses

After working through 120 hours of your coursework and spending some time in a supervised classroom experience, it will be time for you to head out and get that teaching position. Fortunately, the need for teachers of English is growing and many potential employers will come to the provider of your TEFL courses when searching for those teachers.
Even though there are plenty of positions, however, there are some qualities you’ll want to display in order to guarantee that you’ll have a shot at the positions are most sought after.
There are a couple of methods you can employ when it comes to getting TEFL positions. You might search within the country you most prefer and contact employers on your own after the completion of the TEFL courses. If you are able, you may want to spend some time in that country visiting the different employers and conducting interviews in person. This method will allow you to make your own judgments about the various teaching positions so that you can be sure to get a spot which matches your expectations.
Another method is to work through the provider of TEFL courses to locate jobs. Your course provider may have lists of the positions available, with specific information regarding how long the position is for, what the position pays, and whether or not any benefits are included. Some of these employers will interview you over a telephone or computer line. You’ll be able to make sure that you actually have a job before you head off to another country.
While you are interviewing for this position, you’ll want to keep a few other things in mind.
Some of this advice is true for any job, such as dress up even if you are conducting the interview over the computer and research the position before the interview. Other advice is more specific to those who have just completed their Which TEFL course. The things to remember are to speak clearly, show a positive and go-getter attitude, and share some of your experiences involving teaching and/or traveling in other countries. This information can give the employer some confidence that you are prepared to handle the classroom well and that you won’t be overwhelmed by the transition to another culture.
For some employers, the impression you make during the interview will be more important than your teaching qualifications. This happens because the employer wants to know that they haven’t gone through the effort of getting to know you and paying for you to travel to their area only to watch you fly away after you get hit by homesick within those first couple of weeks.
Before you go into an interview, you might want conduct a practice interview with a friend or another student. The research you conduct and the efforts you take to prepare for your interview will show your potential employer that you respect the position for which you are interviewing and that you recognize the importance of the role which teachers hold. After completing TEFL courses, your work has, hopefully, just begun.