3 Questions to Ask Before Registering for a TEFL Course
- What is the length of the course?
If you have no previous EFL teaching experience, then you need an onsite course that is at least 120 hours. In general the more hours the course offers, the better for you. If you can get a course with 160 hours then even better. Also make sure the course includes actual observed teaching practice. Hands on practice teaching of local students will be extremely valuable in your preparation to be a good teacher. In fact most schools will not hire teachers with a TEFL certificate that does not include at least 6 hours of practice teaching, and they actually prefer if you have 10 or more hours of practice teaching.
- Is your course accredited and by whom?
TEFL courses are not uniform in either content or quality. Any person or institution can offer a TEFL training program without regulation or standardization. Thus one of the best ways to know that you are enrolling in a respectable TEFL course is to check that the institution is externally validated by a reputable accrediting agency.
- What is the maximum class size?
A course which I saw a video of recently seemed perfectly happy to show the trainer standing in front of a hundred people with a microphone for their one week “Advanced TEFL Certificate”. Reputable courses will have no more than 12 trainees on one course. A course with too many students will result in some or all of the students “lost in the crowd” and you will not get the personalized attention you need to be a good teacher. Make sure the TEFL course focuses on the needs of the students and is not just a TEFL mill that cares only about profits.
Of course this is not an exhaustive list of questions, so don’t be shy if you have any questions, be sure and ask them. The TEFL course you are considering should welcome your questions and should make it easy for you to contact them and should provide you with timely answers to your questions.
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