WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BEGIN?
You’ve decided you want to teach English abroad—congratulations! But now you have to figure out how to make this happen, and that requires that you know what you want from the experience. For example, where you want to teach, what levels or groups you would like to work with, and how long you’re interested in teaching will all affect what you’ll need to do to get started. This article will provide you with the basics to create your general plan.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO TEACH?
This depends on where you want to teach and what your ultimate goals are. While it’s true that some places will be willing to hire a native English speaker with no other qualifications, most places will require that you have some sort of training. Teaching English is not as easy as it seems and it does require preparation in order to develop certain skills. A TEFL Certificate will help you understand the fundamentals of English language teaching and help you develop skills such as lesson planning, and classroom management. This article will give you a good idea of how this varies from one place to another, as well as give you a quick overview of the many different kinds of qualifications and credentials available in the field.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A TEFL TRAINING PROGRAM?
The fact that you’re asking this question rather than simply signing up for the least expensive option is the first step. But there are many more things to consider, including program curriculum, practicum opportunities, accreditation, and more. Read this article for more information. CESL has developed a strong curriculum for both face-to-face and online courses, which integrate theoretical background and practical knowledge.
DOES CESL OFFER JOB PLACEMENT FOR GRADUATES OF THE PROGRAM?
CESL does not guarantee job placement, but we do provide assistance in getting you in contact with potential employers and recruiters in different countries around the world. In addition, our large and diverse faculty has experience teaching all over the world, so we can help you determine what jobs might be right for you. We also provide a job board with links to some of the top ESL/EFL job search sites to help you get an idea of what’s available.
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A JOB ABROAD?
Teaching EFL is a truly global profession, so the possibilities for the sort of position you may have can be overwhelming. Most important, you need to know what you want from the experience in terms of linguistic and cultural experiences as well as the standard of living and working conditions you need to be happy and successful. This article will give you some things to consider as you prioritize and narrow your focus.
WHERE CAN I FIND A JOB?
Almost anywhere, although some places are quite a bit more competitive than others, as this article discusses. We have graduates working on six continents in every type of institutuion, from universities to schools and government agencies. The opportunities are everywhere.
WHAT GRADUATE PROGRAMS DOES THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA OFFER IN THIS FIELD?
If after obtaining your TEFL certificate and experiencing teaching abroad, you decide you want to dedicate your life to teaching English, the University of Arizona offers a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language through the English Applied Linguistics branch of the English department, as well as a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. An alternate route is offered through the College of Education’s graduate offerings in Language, Reading, and Culture, which is the best option if you want to teach in K-12 in the U.S.
HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK SHOULD I EXPECT TO DEVOTE TO THESE CLASSES?
It depends on which class you are taking. Our intensive face-to-face 100-hour classes offered in the summer will require a large commitment of your time and energy, with 15 hours of class each week, 3-4 hours of class observation time each week, and a day-long teaching practicum for three Saturdays. The work required in our online classes is comparable to that of an upper-level 3-credit-hour undergraduate class, in which you should expect to spend around 8 hours on readings, activities, and discussions per week.
ARE ONLINE TEFL CLASSES AS GOOD AS FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES?
The answer to this, more and more, is yes. Although face-to-face classes do have benefits that are not easily replicated in an online setting, the content, expectations, and overall rigor of the online courses are equal in every way to that required in face-to-face classes. Likewise, advances in technology are allowing for increasing instructor-student interaction, blurring the lines between face-to-face and online classes. You can feel confident that both our face-to-face and online programs will offer you the training you need to begin your career as a teacher of English. If you want to add some classroom experience to your online TEFL certificate, you can always enroll in our Practicum, which includes observation of ESL classes and teaching under the mentorship of a CESL faculty member.
WILL SCHOOLS ACCEPT A CERTIFICATE FROM AN ONLINE TEFL CLASS?
Although some places still request face-to-face training rather than online training, these perceptions are shifting rapidly. Well-recognized and accredited programs such as ours are often accepted in places where less recognized online certificates might not be. However, if you know the geographical area in which you would like to teach, research whether that area is known for preferring face-to-face training over online training before choosing which class is right for you. Also consider if adding the teaching practicum at CESL would improve your hiring opportunities if you completed an online course.