Published 31st July 2017

Deciding to undertake a course to further your education is a noble idea, and not one which should be taken lightly – it will undoubtedly take up a lot of time, energy and, of course, money. It is important, then, to ensure you do your homework, so to speak, and choose the very best course for you.

Deciding which TEFL course to do in order to obtain a TEFL qualification is no different to choosing an academic course, though what you will look for in a course will be specific to the world of teaching English as a foreign language. How will you know what you should be looking out for? We’ll tell you, that’s how!

Characteristics of a good TEFL course

A good TEFL course will incorporate both theory and classroom teaching. The course content should include an overview of English grammar and an explanation of theories of teaching and learning. In order to teach English abroad, it is necessary to show a good understanding of the English language and also a knowledge of a range of teaching methods and approaches. What’s more, it will be an added bonus if you have practical experience in the classroom.

A handy hint for those of you who would like to find a job with your qualification (which is probably most of you!), ensure your TEFL qualification is a 120-hour TEFL course. Anything less than that and you may experience difficulties with employers accepting your TEFL qualification. Even better is for your qualification to be from an internationally recognised TEFL course.

Different options for gaining your TEFL qualification

As to how you go about obtaining a TEFL qualification, there are loads of different TEFL training courses so you can choose whichever suits you best.

The one option is to do a TEFL course online and the other is to do a TEFL classroom course. Both these options are perfectly acceptable to TEFL employers, as long as they are good TEFL courses.

The next choice would be between doing a full-time TEFL course, a part-time TEFL course or a TEFL weekend course. Again, the delivery of the course is not really an issue; what is important is the TEFL course content and the length of the TEFL course.

While we understand that the sheer number of TEFL courses available to you to prepare you for teaching English as a foreign language abroad is enough to put you off doing a course, be reassured that it doesn’t matter how you do the course – online, face-to-face, part-time, full-time – but just that you do the course!

Doing a TEFL course will prepare you to teach English abroad by giving you the knowledge you need to teach the language, the skills to teach the language effectively and the confidence to be able to do your job satisfactorily. Deciding which TEFL course is best for you depends entirely on your circumstances and your learning preferences, but you are sure to find a TEFL course which suits you best.