Published 30th June 2016
Distance learning, E-learning, MOOCs – online learning is taking the world by storm. It’s no surprise really, as the benefits of online learning are obvious: you can study in your own time, wherever you want, at your own pace. The thing is, though, it is still a bit of an unknown for many people and this is also true of possible TEFL students. So what exactly does an online TEFL course involve?
Lots and lots of reading
Your online TEFL course will consist of a number of modules. These modules will cover the basics of TEFL teaching and prepare you to stand on your own two feet in the classroom. There are modules on language – grammar and vocabulary – and teaching – theories and methods. These modules will serve to brush up on your grammatical knowledge and learn how the English language works, so that you will be able to explain the language to your students. The background on teaching English will help you understand the best ways for teaching English as a Foreign Language in different contexts and for different purposes.
Then there are modules on lesson planning, assessment and classroom management. These are probably the parts of the course that you wouldn’t expect; the behind-the-scenes knowledge that is essential for teachers to be aware of in order to have successful lessons.
For all of these modules, you are required to read. You are given online texts which you need to read in your own time. There is a lot of information that is needed to be passed on to you and it is up to you to put your head down and read.
Doing an online TEFL course is challenging because you may feel alone. Even if you are reading all the material you are supposed to be reading, you may not be entirely sure that you are on the right track. Your online TEFL course will provide you with regular assessments that will be able to show you if you are keeping up with all the information, or if you’re slowly drowning.
It’s common to feel lonely when you are doing an online TEFL course. Even though there may be thousands of other students doing the exact same course, they are not sitting next to you in a classroom so it’s hard to imagine they actually exist. Besides, what do you do when you have a question?
This is why online TEFL courses offer ongoing tutor support. There is a team of TEFL professionals that are around to answer any questions you might have or even just to provide you with a bit of extra motivation. This is a very important part of the course. Imagine spending all that money and all that time and dropping out because you didn’t understand something or lost interest? No, these guys are there for you to use, and it’s very necessary that you do.
In a nutshell, this is what an online TEFL course involves. If it sounds like your cup of tea, sign up, get started and pack your bags for the adventure of a lifetime.