I’m interested in taking an online TEFL course and was wondering which one was best.
I know the online courses do not include any ‘real’ teaching practice but on completion of the online course is it then possible to take a course which does just that?
Any advise would be appreciated
10 November, 2008 at 13:58
Total posts: 149
Reply To: OnLine TEFL
Online courses offer a great training opportunity at entry level. They can provide a thorough grounding in a new career and the right tools to approach a new profession within a manageable amount of time and finances. They are a good option particularly if you have a limited budget to further your studies or if you have other work and/or family commitments that restrict the amount of time you have available to study.
As for which course to choose it really depends on how much time, money, and commitment you are prepared to invest. There are quite a few good courses both online and onsite to choose from. You could start by taking a look at TEFLWatch. This is a site where TESL/TEFL courses and course providers are independently reviewed and rated.
Regarding TP you can always take a further course which includes teaching practice. Whether you will be able to simply add-on the TP component to the course you have already taken or take a separate course altogether will depend on what your course provider has to offer. By the way, you might be interested to know that there are online courses that include TP. PM if you need more info on this.
Pete is partly right. Online courses is a "great training opportunity at entry level" and some online course providers offer a separate/extension programme to get teaching practice.
In reality though, it would be up to the location where you want to teach, how saturated the teacher population is there, local government policies and ultimately your employer.
In Asia, you get away with an online course so long as you’re a native English speaker since… well you’re a native English speaker and they love people like that there.
In Europe, especially the old members of the EU, nothing short of a degree (preferably related to teaching) and a ‘standard’ 120hr course would be required since they have a relatively steady flow of teachers from the UK.
They almost always prefer EU residents too so that they don’t have to bother with work visas.
bottomline really, with an online course, you get what you pay for.
It’s better than nothing but don’t expect to get very far with it.
If money is the reason why you’re choosing an online course, there are providers out there that make the course free or extremely cheap in exchange for you teaching for them for a number of months.
Ceelin a couple of threads up (http://www.eslbase.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=870) is researching about TEFL International’s Thai Project.
Despite the bad news with TEFL International, I believe they still do a good course as I have read forums and spoke with a few people who took their course.