TEFL – How to get started

I’ve been talking to many people about how to best get started in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). For many, just thinking about traveling abroad, and working and living in a different country, is a bit intimidating. So read this post to learn more about TEFL – How to get started.

It’s not only the idea of teaching in front of a foreign class of students that a bit scary, but it’s also about saying goodbye to the familiar environment, working and living in an unfamiliar country, and getting used to a new culture and language.  But if you feel confident and have enough knowledge of the English language, being the TEFL teacher is a great career.

When I think back some twenty years ago, I remember my own fears and that I nearly missed my plane when I traveled to my first job as a TEFL teacher in the hills of northern Greece.

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Teach English While Exploring the Australian Outback

Australia has the unique distinction of being a country-continent and having its unique set of flora and fauna, not to be found anywhere else in the world. Backpacking the outback is a wonderful way to commune with nature and when you plan to do so, there are many websites that give wonderful tips and advice specifically on backpacking that come in handy on your trip.

These tips are applicable anywhere in the world, for example, Australia too. Australia offers so much: surfing, backpacking the outback, exploring forests and rocky trails.

If you need to brush up on your English language skills or want to teach English for a career as a TEFL/TESOL teacher, mixing your backpacking experience with a little bit of learning through the famous ESL Language Study Abroad programs.

They have partner language schools across Australia, in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, Cairns, and Port Douglas to name the major locations. Learn English in Australia while exploring the outback. An ideal way to learn English in Australia may not be at the ESL partner school but in a teacher’s home that can just as well serve as a base for your explorations.

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Next Generation School Programs

If you walk into schools these days, you often can tell the environment radiates an atmosphere that is completely created for students.

The teachers will provide each individual student with the support and commitment they require to feel confident learners and individuals. New school energy gets driven by a few important trends:

  • Student-centered. We have learned from software and marketing developments to consider user experience in a deep way. That has resulted in a totally renewed focus towards learner experience. Steve Gory from Best GED Classes states that student-centered teaching and learning will engage students in their personal success, and will also incorporate their skills and interests into the process of learning.
  • Access. Today, internet access is far cheaper than access to textbooks, so providing take-home tech devices to allow for anytime-anywhere learning would absolutely make sense. Learning new things or passing the GED exam is easier than ever, says Steve Gory from bestgedclasses.org
  • Next-gen learning. Modern-day learning models are blending face-to-face and online learning experiences to come up with competency-based and personalized learning sequences. Continue reading

TEFL Courses in Madrid, Spain

Teaching English is really a rewarding and great career! Teaching English abroad will offer lots of avenues to travel, independence, adventure, and exploration. Of course, there are never only pros in relation to moving overseas but it is exciting!

Have you ever dreamt of traveling the world, but have no idea how you would fund such a dream? Well, TEFL is the answer!

Are you ready to start hunting for that perfect role teaching English overseas?

What is TEFL? and Why do I need a TEFL certificate?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A TEFL certificate is a key component if you want to teach English around the world. A good TEFL course abroad will be accredited by an external board, this means that the certificate you receive will be internationally recognized.

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How about Learning New Languages?

In today’s global and competitive market, it pays to know and speak at least one language other than your native language. Whether it is purely for professional, social or personal reason, learning and speaking a second language is a must for anyone who wants not just to survive but to stay afloat in today’s society.

The more languages you speak, the brighter the future holds for you. Recent studies show that Mandarin classes are at an all-time high. It seems everybody is rushing to learn Mandarin. Not surprising, since China is now a country to reckon with – an economic superpower.

Probably, the main reason why one would learn a foreign language is to up one’s marketability. The more languages you speak, the more your chances for professional success. Nowadays, many professions require knowledge of at least one or two foreign languages. Most jobs may require that you speak an international language specifically English. French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German or the much-in-demand Mandarin are very important languages to learn.

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TEFL Course – What is the right one?

By the time you have found a provider that you feel confident about, you need to choose the right TEFL course – What is the right one? How long do you want to learn? This is the next hurdle, so here we go:

Which course is the right one for you to choose is depending on many factors, for example, what is your previous experience, where do you want to be teaching, and what is your budget. There are lots of options available and there really is no one-rule-fits-all solution.

TEFL qualifications

TEFL qualifications vary and may range from a simple and practical weekend course up to an extensive and long-lasting online TEFL course. Continue reading

Can you teach English abroad without TEFL?

TEFL is short for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. In most cases, you’ll need your TEFL certificate if you want to teach ESL (English as a Second Language).

But there are situations when you won’t need to be TEFL-certified to find a job as a teacher of English abroad. You could very well find a job as a teacher abroad (without a TEFL) when:

  • You are highly experienced. In case you are already a well-experienced teacher, you may qualify even without a TEFL. If you have an interesting and impressive resume that’s full of great jobs and you have recommendations, degrees, certificates and a lot of experience as a teacher, some schools might not have a problem with hiring you.
  • Other certifications. We know several certifications available for teaching ESL that may get you the job you’re looking for. Apart from the TEFL certificate, there is also the TESOL certification (which is more or less equivalent to the TEFL), and the CELTA and DELTA certificates, but these last two are more intensive. If you’re holding one of these qualifications, there’s no need for TEFL certifications on top of that.
  • You’re holding a visa. Most ESL teachers abroad require a TEFL certificate to receive a working permit and a visa. However, if you already stay in a country on another visa, like a marriage or a retirement visa, you might well be able to teach without the need for the TEFL certification.

So in case one of the above categories apply to you, you may very well qualify to teach English as a Foreign Language abroad.

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TEFL and TESL

TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHILDREN (TEC)

TEC advanced courses follow the TEFL Certificate Program or may be taken by any certified ESL teacher who wishes to expand his/her knowledge in how to teach English to Children. This part-time course will help the teacher learn the special needs of teaching children, including:

  • special skills in classroom management
  • positive discipline
  • creative activities for children
  • how to teach to a first-language learner

This course is mornings only for two weeks for a total of 30 hours of instruction.  Classroom observations and practice teaching are included in this course.

TEACHING BUSINESS ENGLISH (TBE)
Conducting business is developing enormously, making the use of English in business mandatory for many second language speakers.  Simply learning speaking skills and basic English grammar is not definitely enough these days for the executive who needs to do business internationally.

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Bilingual Education

 

In the United States, most politicized discussions of bilingual education policy have focused on language minority children. Frequently, their backgrounds in languages other than English are assumed to be the cause of their educational deficiencies. Title VII policies were largely predicated on this view, even though advocates of bilingual education tend to see minority languages as personal and societal resources rather than as detriments.

At best, the deficit view has tended to result in policies aimed only at accommodating children from home backgrounds in which languages other than English were spoken and lower expectations for their academic achievement were accepted. Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, there has been much fanfare regarding the need to promote higher expectations for all children.

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Vocabulary and its retention

Recent articles in Issues have dedicated much attention to vocabulary and its retention. In this article, I would like to propose an approach for specialized word/term retention in teaching ESP which has proved to be highly effective with my secondary-level social sciences students who benefit from online instruction by a great website to earn their GED diplomas.

A tendency for more narrowly tailored courses in adult English teaching has recently been observed and was forecast as a prominent new millennium ELT issue by Dave Allan: ‘There will be increased demand for specialist Englishes’, i.e. ESP.

Language teaching, on the whole, and ESP, in particular, has always been characterized by the use of methods that enable learners to acquire a sufficient amount of vocabulary, called a ‘working’ vocabulary. ‘Words are the basis of language, and thus the basis of communication’

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Be Your Own Instructor, Become Fluent In French, And Teach TEFL

Learning a foreign language can take a lifetime. Even if you lived in a country in which a foreign language was spoken it would still take you many years to fully understand the slang, jokes, and cultural differences. Even still, it is possible to learn a new language if you are willing to put in the effort.

First, look for a course that will help you to learn French online. Because it is easy to find free online resources that are both comprehensive and up to date, you can plan out your course of study quickly. In some cases, it may be a good idea to work with a native French instructor, however, you can still get a basic understanding on your own.

If you want to learn French quickly then it is best to speak it with other people that are learning. You can carry on casual conversations that will help you to challenge yourself. Using visual aids that will help you to trigger your memory will also assist you when you are unable to think of a particular word or phrase. As long as you are open to the idea of trying out different methods you will find that learning French is a joy and not a burden.

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