For native English speakers, today is the most amazing time to teach outside the borders of your homeland. The world has reached an age where it wants to communicate – to connect. The path to globalization uses English to be able to reach out to people from across the world. As a native English speaker, you have what it takes to share the language you grew up with, especially if you are willing to teach English in China.
If you aren’t one of the natives of the language, but have that deep love to learn more about it and share the same knowledge to others who would want to learn it in order to connect to people from different parts of the world, then you should probably get yourself a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification.
Luckily, TEFL certification no longer requires you to sit down in the four corners of a physical classroom. There are websites that offers classes and certification online. Go check them out.
BridgeTEFL is like a gateway to other TEFL online certifications. They have created websites that could offer TEFL certification and IDELT (International Diploma in English Language Teaching). They boast of their tenure in the industry of providing 30 years of TEFL and TESOL courses.
This website is developed by Bridge TEFL. This is their division that provides certification enabling you to use it to work abroad. They offer different packages. It ranges from the basic to the master TEFL certificate, and of course, has different sets of requirements. You have your own personal tutor to help you finish your chosen course.
They offer different packages and this is sorted out by how many hours the training is going to last. They range from exactly 20 hours to 120 hours of TEFL training. All of the course provide a personal tutor. However, it is important to take note that unlike the two aforementioned sites, their online TEFL course are only offered to university graduates.
What is noticeably different with this website is their promise to give back to the community for every new enrollee in their online courses. They also offer programs in Thailand, China, Africa, and Argentina. After fulfilling an approximate 120 hours of TEFL course, you can choose a program where you can apply (basically what we all call as internship program) what you have learned and get paid for it.
- The TEFL Academy
If you are from the United Kingdom, you would most likely want to be enrolled in an online school that understands you in terms of where you are currently located, because whether we admit it or not, we all have different needs based on where we are in the world. This website offers a 120-hour TEFL course and this comes along their help in finding a voluntary teaching placement in UK.
This is another UK based TEFL training and certification provider. Unlike the first one, they offer different packages based on the number of hours involved in the training. It ranges from 50 hours to 120 hours of online training (at your own pace).
- Teach Away
The curriculum they offer was designed by the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto, the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). They offer 100 hours up to 150 hours of training. It is self-paced, internationally recognized, and customizable.
They offer sort of the same thing as the other websites, but it should be taken note that online the others that have already been mentioned, they provide programs from Thailand, Vietnam, and Spain. If you have been eyeing on of these three countries, you should probably check them out.
The only website whose trainings and programs are developed by employers. They boast of being able to achieve government-regulated qualifications and promising students that their certification is accepted anywhere in the world.
- Text and Talk Academy
Very specific in their program to Thailand, this website also offers training and certification. It highlights mainly getting a teaching job in Thailand. It is good knowing that there is a certain goal and the academy is dedicated to making sure you get a certification and be fit to become a TEFL teacher in Thailand.
Teaching abroad is an exciting journey. It is even made better if you bring with you a certification that you are more than capable of teaching the English language. TEFL training takes time, but don’t fret. It is self paced. At the end of the course, you will take an examination just like any other courses in the world. With a determination like yours, you are sure to pass. Good luck and enjoy teaching!