Published 30th June 2016

Which online TEFL course should I take?

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You know the feeling when you are in the supermarket and all you want to do is buy a box of cereal, but you get to the cereal aisle and there are so many boxes of cereal you don’t know which one to pick, so you just stand there, overwhelmed by the amount of choice you have?

Well, that can happen with online TEFL courses too. Not surprisingly, a very common question asked by potential TEFL students is: which online TEFL course should I take? No matter how many different people you ask, you will probably find you get a whole bunch of different answers when, in fact, there are very clear requirements that an online TEFL course should fulfil before you give away your hard-earned cash.

Probably the most important aspect of your online TEFL course is the length of the course, and this cannot be stressed enough: your online TEFL course must be 120 hours. If it’s any shorter, employers won’t be enthusiastic about it (or you); any longer and it’s just taking up more of your time because it won’t give you any added advantages. 120 Hours is the key.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to 120-hour online TEFL courses, another good way to reach a decision as to which online TEFL course you should take is to look at the accreditation. Have a look on the website and find out if it is accredited by any accreditation bodies and if it belongs to any associations. It’s not necessarily a matter of the more the better, it’s a matter of the quality of the accreditation, so do a bit of Googling and you’ll find out everything you need to know.

Reputation is another factor to consider when deciding which online TEFL course to take. Be a social media detective and see what people are saying about the course and the company on Facebook, Twitter and online forums. Have a look at the company’s social media sites and see what impression you get from them. By doing a little bit of digging you should be able to get a feel for the course and whether or not you want to take it.

Deciding which online TEFL course you should take can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Use your common sense and go with your gut in terms of trusting the company, do your research and make sure the content is extensive, and check that it involves 120 hours. With that simple formula, you will be able to make a well-informed decision as to which online TEFL course you should take.