There are numerous types of TEFL/TESOL courses available, so choosing a course can be very confusing. In general, employers will accept most types of 120 hour TEFL/TESOL certificates.
ASSESSING A LANGUAGE TEACHING COURSE
Choosing a good TEFL/TESOL, Distance / Online TEFL course. This is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself. With the coming of the internet and email, a host of organizations and individuals have set themselves up as trainers or training centres.
There are a number of questions you should ask when evaluating a training course:
- Is the course offered by a reputable organisation with a good language teaching track record, i.e.
Is the TESOL training centre linked to a Language school or centre? Going with an established Institution, who has been in the training field for more than 10 years is highly recommended.
- Does the course include observed and assessed teaching practice? This is a vital component of any teaching/training course.
- Is the course content based on a modern, widely used teaching methodology?
The Course designer should have a Masters degree, possibly also in TESOL, CELTA. They should also have experience as a TESOL/CELTA teacher and trainer and taught in EFL classrooms here and internationally.
- The degrees and qualifications should be clearly listed on the website.
If the Institution offers further training courses such as Teaching Business English (TBE) the qualifications as above would apply . For the Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYLT) course the above qualifications would apply once again plus a TEYLT certificate.