If you are thinking you're thinking about pursuing ESL training
on-line instead of going for on-site TEFL training then here are a few
things to consider. (Note: the bulk of this article is about ESL
certification as it relates to teaching English in Japan and NOT other
Asian countries.) So without further ado let's get down to some myth busting.
TEFL Training Online: Which Type Are You?
One thing that you will read on many sites is that TEFL certification will result in a higher salary.
First things first
There are various types who are seeking ESL training online but in general those who don't have hands on experience in the teaching area are a big group. They need to get their toe in the door because they either have a gap year to fill or kill or revel in the idea of being a broke backpacker TEFLing (just made that word up...I think.) across Asia.
If you are not that familiar with on-line TEFL certification and what it all means, here is Wikipedia's definition: "A TEFL certificate prepares individuals at all experience levels to
instruct students in English in the foreign language classroom." Thanks guys.
Then there are the others just out of college who really want a change in their lifestyle, enjoy teaching or sharing information with others and
believe or hope in their heart of hearts that helping others master or improve their English skills will help this person pursue their dreams.
And lastly there are some who are just itching to find out what is going on in Asia, are curious about customs, language etc. They enjoy change and embrace the type of new challenges that teaching abroad will definitely bring... and in spades might we say. They are at a crossroads and are faced with the decision of going on in their native country doing the same old same old or striking out in a new direction by getting an ESL certificate of some type to get the ball rolling. More on if you are the right type for the adventure.
So with these market realities out of the way, In reality you are competing against others of similar caliber and if you are in one of the above groups or somewhere near them, then it makes sense not to bet the pot and a single shot with a high-end on-site CELTA.
So we are left with online ESL training. Why? Because it can be completed anywhere on the planet (provided that it is purely on-line), at your own pace, and is much cheaper and most importantly
it fits the profile of allowing you to compete with others of similar caliber without betting the pot.
Furthermore, because many online certificates also include access to piles of teaching videos showing the ESL teacher in action handling the actual class dynamic. This leaves little to imagination as it is right there in front of you to observe and not to ponder about.
Some say on-line TEFL certificates aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Hmm.... the problem of going to extremes. In the bulk of online TEL courses there will be:
Another thing to remember is that if you go for the affordable route of pursuing TEFL training on-line and it doesn't work out, it means a few things:
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