Is an online TEFL course worth it?

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For whatever reasons you decide to study Teaching English as a Foreign Language, it is a decision which is likely to change your life. Doing a TEFL course is the gateway to changing your career and possibly even leaving home and moving to another country. It’s not a decision that many people take lightly, and rightly so.

On top of that, studying can take up both time and money. Maybe you are working full-time, so you are doing an online TEFL course in your free time, which means that when you’re not working you’ll be studying – say goodbye to your social life! Or maybe you had to quit your job to be able to study fulltime, which means giving up your income to dedicate all your time to studying. Whatever your situation, doing a TEFL course can mean big sacrifices.

It’s only natural, then, to wonder if an online TEFL course is actually worth it at the end of the day. Is it the worth the time and the money, or will it end up being a waste of both? Well, let’s think about what exactly you want from an online TEFL course, so that we can evaluate whether or not it will be worth it.

An online TEFL course will give you a background in theories of language learning and teaching English as a Foreign Language. You will learn how to teach effectively, using materials and resources to deliver the best lessons possible. You will be given an overview of the English language so you can brush up on your language knowledge. You will look at practical issues of teaching, such as classroom management, discipline and lesson planning.

If you have the time and the motivation to do all the readings, assignments and assessments, you will pass the TEFL course and be given a TEFL certificate. The next step is to find a TEFL job. TEFL jobs can be found online quite easily, through jobs boards and websites. The institution which awarded you your TEFL certificate should also be able to give assistance in finding a job.

Nevertheless, many people have concerns over the recognition of an online TEFL certificate. Will doing an online TEFL course mean that my qualification is not as good as other qualification? In a word, no. In this day and age employers recognise the need for online courses and they are just as likely to hire you with an online TEFL qualification as a regular TEFL qualification. They consider the merits of the particular online TEFL course that you have done and that is what they will look at when they are deciding whether or not to hire you.

When making a decision which will affect your life in many ways, it is important to look at all the considerations before coming to a conclusion. However, if you are think about studying TEFL, then you will surely realise that an online TEFL course is definitely worth it.

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