What to know and do before signing up for TEFL courses

As you know, the abbreviation TEFL stands for ‘Teaching English as a foreign language’, and it is the most basic and well-known option for aspiring teachers, who don’t have much teaching experience, yet want to enroll in the teaching industry, and want to start teaching. There are independent online teaching programs, just as there are opportunities for you to choose the country you want to travel to, in order to teach. Just as there are full-scale site courses, there are online certification courses and combined courses too, making it possible for you to choose from an array of options for enrolling in TEFL courses.

Understand and utilize the current market trends

 In today’s world, the demand for English teachers is quite high, as English continues to be a widely spoken language all around the world. In many fields like the entertainment sector, the travel sector and in other domains of life such as study and work, English is in high demand. For the forthcoming future, it will never hurt you to have the option of a TEFL certification and consequent teaching jobs. So, if tales about the wonders of working in and exploring the foreign lands like Thailand and Morocco, from homecoming teachers, excite you to no end and you are inclined to think that this might just be the perfect career option for you, wait no more and join a course offering TEFL certifications.

Work through the acronyms well

Now there is a plethora of acronyms for you to know and remember, and this confrontation, the sooner done the better. Some basic acronyms are listed below:

  1. TEFL : Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  2. TESL : Teaching English as a Secondary Language
  3. TESOL : Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  4. CELTA : Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  5. IELTS : International English Language Testing System


Obtaining the certificate and seeking employment

Now that you are a little familiar with the jargon, it is important to take the next step, which is the attainment of the TEFL certificate. The days are almost gone, when getting a job as a teacher simply on the basis of speaking power, was like a cakewalk. In today’s world, qualifications matter, documents speak for you, and with the advancement of the internet, a few clicks is all it will take to return a huge selection of options and courses, durations, qualities and the level of authenticity suitable for your persuasion of the TEFL certificate.  The most recognized TEFL courses and certifications are said to currently come from CELTA, or the Trinity College in London. However, there are many more (and upcoming) comparatively inexpensive options for going through short, quick TEFL courses. When you have your own TEFL certificate in your hand, you can set out to look for employment, in your native country or abroad.