Teach English Overseas
Teach English overseas,
obtain a TEFL or TESOL certificate
Immersion courses in
the U.K. to improve on your English Skills. Stay with host family
Possibilities to study
whilst working such as an au pair. or as a nanny.
How credible are online
degrees? Is it better to do a full time course instead of a distance learning
TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TEFL - TEFL
certificate - TEFL Diploma - TEFL
Degree - Online Courses
As English is becoming more and more widely spoken, there is a much greater
demand from a greater number of students. Those students are demanding
courses which are more relevant to their needs and the variety of people
that want or need to learn English is now much greater as well. This has
brought about a need for standardised TEFL qualifications.
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
refers to teaching people whose first language is not English, but who
need to learn it for one reason or another. These students are usually
adults who are often paying for the courses themselves, or their company
is. They are often highly motivated and literate, and already have an
aptitude for languages.
Obtaining the TEFL Certificate
The most commonly accepted qualifications are the Certificate of
English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) awarded by the University
of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) and the Certificate
in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Cert. TESOL) awarded
by Trinity College London. These certificates are generally seen
as a minimum qualification to teach English as a Foreign Language. There
are many schools that offer TEFL, but their certificate is not necessarily
Obtaining the TEFL Diploma
Certificate-qualified EFL teachers with a certain amount of teaching experience
behind them can take a further TEFL qualification, most commonly
a professional diploma. Diploma courses run part-time over one
academic year, or full-time for 8 to 10 weeks. Applicants for these courses
usually already possess a TEFL certificate and have at least two years
EFL teaching experience.
Degrees with TEFL
After professional diplomas, there are higher-level academic qualifications
which include a greater or lesser amount of language teaching. At this
level of study, courses are often specialised such as an MA in TEFL, or
include considerable elements of specialism such as an MA / Dip in Language
Learning and Technology, MA in ELT management or applied linguistics.
Since teaching is a practical subject, there are limited possibilities
to obtain online diplomas and certificate. There must be at least some
opportunity to do teaching practice, and "learn the trade".
So if you find an online diploma, or online certificate,
you should find out if there is some teaching teaching practice involved,
as this is the only way to give your qualification some validity.