Thinking of teaching English abroad? Wondering if you need to do a TEFL course to teach English? Or maybe you want to know the best TEFL course to do. I have been teaching English online for a while now so in this post I’m going to guide you through some of your options.
Do you really need a TEFL course to teach English?
Firstly ask yourself this question
Would you want to be taught by an unqualified teacher?
I hope the answer is no if it is then you have your answer. Teaching is a skill and it needs time and dedication to nurture that skill.
Maybe you fit into one of these categories:
I have excellent English, I got an A* at A-Level, I’m sure I’ll do fine
OK maybe your English is great BUT have you ever taught before? And do you have any idea HOW you would even begin to teach someone when you can’t speak the same language as them?
A TEFL course trains teachers not just on the theoretical knowledge of grammar you will need but also how to teach a group of students without knowing a single word of their language.
I already have a teaching qualification, I’ve been teaching for years. I don’t need another qualification.
Sure I totally understand. I also hold a teaching qualification and I have been teaching for 10 years when I did my TEFL course. But how much do you really know about English grammar?
Being a native speaker isn’t enough
What I quickly discovered is as a native speaker I just did so many things ‘naturally’ but I didn’t necessarily know all of the rules. So without knowing ‘why’ I was doing something, how could I know how to teach someone else? Also, my generation was not taught these rules in our education. Nowadays in UK schools, they do teach children the rules thankfully, but that doesn’t help those like me who were never taught the why…
The TEFL course will go through EVERYTHING. In detail and even if you think you know it all, you will at best learn some new stuff and at worse have a good refresher and reaffirm your knowledge.
So now I hope I have convinced you that you need to do a TEFL course, your next decision is what course to do? How many hours? And should you do blended learning or just online?
How to choose a TEFL course
I decided to do a 150 hour blended learning course. This was mostly online with 3 days in a classroom with a group of 20 and an experienced TEFL teacher. If you can I really recommend doing a blended learning course as that classroom time learning with others really was invaluable. But I do understand this isn’t always practical.
The course I would recommend is Premier TEFL for the following reasons:
- Lots of options from 90 -200 hours
- Blended and Online only courses
- Jobs Board
They always have lots of offers so I would sign up for their newsletters so you can be the first to know when they have a sale on!
Online, Blended of 100% classroom
If you do a course that is just online and you are unable to do any classroom time then I would recommend trying to find a teaching assistant job or voluntary position on Workaway or Job Search so you can do some on the job training. This is the perfect way to get some experience without the pressure of diving completely in at the deep end!
If you have the time and the money, of course, the classroom course would be the best option.
Looking for a job abroad? Take a read of my guide here.
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Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.