Are TEFL courses on deal websites, like Groupon and Wowcher, the same as this course?
Courses advertised on deal sites are unlikely to offer high-quality, regulated and accredited TEFL-training with experienced teacher trainers. In the TEFL world, you definitely get what you pay for, so opting for a low-cost teacher training course will not gain you the knowledge or credibility of a proper qualification.
Is it hard to get your first TEFL job?
It depends on when and where you’re looking. Many language schools work within the same time frames as public schools, so recruitment for September begins in the summer or spring before. Check Teaching Abroad Direct’s TEFL jobs for current opportunities as schools are always recruiting.
Can Teaching Abroad Direct help me secure a job once I have finished the course?
Teaching Abroad Direct began life as a job board, so we are one of the best places to look for a position. Our online TEFL course also offers insights into what recruiters are looking for based on our experience successfully connecting teachers and schools.
Can I apply for a job before I have completed the course?
Yes! This is a great way to line-up teaching experience so that you can put your new skills to work as soon as possible. However, you are responsible for making sure that you complete the TEFL course before your position begins.
Where can I get a TEFL job once I’ve completed one of these courses?
Countries where TEFL teachers are currently required include Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam as well as other countries around the world including Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Russia and Spain.
Is there an age limit for becoming a TEFL teacher?
The majority of EFL teachers are in their twenties or thirties. If you are under eighteen you may find it a challenge to find paid work. However, a TEFL qualification will allow you to build up experience through voluntary work, online teaching or summer camps.
Will my TEFL qualification expire?
TEFL qualifications do not expire. However, if you have not taught for a significant amount of time you may need to refresh yourself on current methodologies and classroom practises.
Which TEFL qualification is right for me?
Our Level 5 TEFL courses are perfect for those who are new to teaching and wish to develop their knowledge further. It is also suitable for those who need flexible study.
Level 7 courses such as the DELTA are best suited to those with significant experience and existing teaching qualifications. They are a major commitment in terms of time, money and career.
What do the levels of TEFL qualification mean?
Level 5 TEFL certification means that you hold a qualification equivalent to a NVQ, HND or foundation degree.
Level 7 certifications such as the DELTA are on the same level as a Master’s degree, postgraduate diploma, or PGCE (but do not qualify you to teach in UK public schools).
Do I need to speak another language to teach English abroad?
You do not need to speak another language, although it is always advisable to learn a little of the local lingo before you go.
Can I take a TEFL course alongside a full-time job?
Our online Level 5 TEFL course offers flexibility in when and for how long you study, meaning that you can work through the course at your own pace while continuing to work.
Who is Ofqual?
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is a government department in England responsible for regulating and assessing qualifications such as GCSEs, A-Levels and TEFL qualifications.
Is it more difficult to get a job if I am not a native English speaker?
Most employers welcome teachers from all countries and backgrounds.
Maximize your chances of success by making sure your English qualifications are up-to-date. Many employers require certification to B2 level or above.