A TEFL certificate qualification is for teaching English as a second language in the UK or teaching abroad, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is recognised and requested by employers in language centres and learning institutions around the world.
The language teacher certification course qualifies you to teach in a language school, schools abroad, colleges, universities and commercial companies as an English language teacher on a full time, part time and contract basis.
As a worldwide recognised English qualification as a teacher to to foreign students, and can find work fairly easily in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas.
TEFL certificate accreditation
Check and see if the course is accredited to award certificates.
Accreditation essentially shows that a language school or training provider has been inspected and assessed for quality assurance on delivery good teaching & learning which has been externally reviewed.
At this time, there does not seem a formal certificate accreditation body in 2015, although you should complete your own investigation of the course provider and certification.
- How long is the course
- Qualified and experienced trainers
- Classroom-based and theory with practical training or just online teaching
Increasing employers are asking for you to have at least a certificate that was studied over 120 at least via classroom-based learning. These employers include some top locations for English language teachers including Saudi Arabia, Spain Taiwan island, South Korea schools, China, France and the United Arab Emirates.
Basically, all accredited TEFL courses have been externally assessed for good quality of the entire course and rigorous assessment. Good idea to select a school that provides an accredited course of classroom based learning of not less than 120 hours of teaching, study and assessment.
Study length of time
Study full time or part time courses can be completed in as little as 4 weeks as an intensive course. Part-time study courses are available by many providers such as local colleges and language school that allow up to 6 months to complete training.
What you will learn
Many aspects of teaching and learning as a language teacher from classroom management, board work, marking, assessment, lesson planning, testing, designing resources and any others.
You will take part in group work, practice lessons and of course, assessment of your teaching ability for the award of your qualification certification.
How much is the language teacher course?
Depends on the provider and if you are on a residential course and intensive training. £700 through a college part time to £2,300 full time or part time with a private language centre.
A 4 week intensive accredited good course expect to pay around £1,800 to £2,200 for the certificate course in the UK and western Europe.
Teacher certification providers
Many employers request language teaching qualifications that have been awarded in conjunction with actual classroom attendance. There are many of TEFL courses in the UK, Europe, Middle East and globally. Some employers provide training for a course and paid language teaching at the same time.
Below are some TEFL certificate and abroad providers listed below by country. You can choose to attend a UK or abroad course. This is one vital step to securing a good job abroad as a TEFL teacher.
Cactus TEFL http://www.cactustefl.com/tefl/celta_tesol.php
TEFL World Prague http://www.teflworldwideprague.com
Via Lingua http://www.vialingua.org