So you’re thinking of taking an online TEFL course are you? If you’ve spent some time looking around the web you’ll notice there are more TEFL Programs than you can shake a stick at. To make things more complex there are different acronyms for basically the same thing.
And on top of this you’ll find claims made by the different organizations that offer courses that say they’ll guarantee job placement or a higher salary upon completion.
In fact you'll find that if you take the time to inquire where the placement is, you'll often find it to be some nasty corner of the globe where no one wants to work. Rarely do TEFL placement agencies place candidates in Japan. The TEFL industry is somewhat unregulated, which is why it’s such a mess and why you need to be extra careful when selecting an online course.
You will find the words "internationally recognized". What this basically means is that there is a guarantee of 100 hours of coursework (this is not hands on its on-line.) Plus 6 hours of hands on or observed teaching. This in turn is backed up by TQUK a monitoring body that makes sure they meet the standards which is set by Ofqual which is British government body that monitors educational standards set by the U.K.Keep in mind that in Japan because the market is fairly glutted, online TEFL course providers that will go the extra step and find you work in Japan are few. One TEFL course provider that meets all of the above criteria and is the industry leader is the i-to-i online TEFL certification course.
Having said this here are some pointers on selecting an online TEFL course. The first thing to keep in mind is if you intend to work for the big 4 then an online TEFL course won’t be absolutely necessary. A TEFL program certificate doesn't carry that much weight in this particular arena. This doesn’t mean an online certificate is useless. They can be very helpful in getting higher paying “gigs”. And this even applies to those who have actual teaching experience.
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