Published 22nd November 2017
If you’ve decided to do a TEFL course and have spent even five minutes doing your research online, you will have realised that there are a million and one TEFL courses available to you. TEFL courses online, TEFL courses in a classroom, TEFL courses which are a blend of both; TEFL courses in your country, TEFL courses in a foreign country; full-time TEFL courses, part-time TEFL courses; 120-hour TEFL courses, 20-hour TEFL courses. The list is endless.
But before you throw in to the towel before you’ve even started, let us assure you that there is hope. It’s precisely because there are mountains of TEFL courses out there that you will be able to find one that suits you perfectly. There are just a few things you should bear in mind when considering the various options to make sure you pick the one that is right for you.
How much time do you have?
The question of time is a big one. Most of the time, people don’t have the luxury of doing a full-time course. If you do, that’s great but if you don’t, you need to make sure you have the time needed to complete a TEFL course. Doing a TEFL course requires a big time commitment, especially if you are working full-time. There is lots of reading to do and lesson planning can take quite a while in the beginning, so make sure you are able to dedicate enough time to the course to make sure you get the most out of it.
How much support do you need?
Are you naturally academic? Has it been a long time since you studied? These are the kinds of questions you need to ask yourself. If you didn’t enjoy high school or university and are not a book-type, then you might need some support to maintain your motivation to complete the course. In this case you might try to find a way to do a full-time face-to-face course or an online course which has a good support system of tutors, online forums and chat rooms.
On the other hand, if you have a track record of academic success, maybe you prefer working independently and don’t need as much external help. Then you might consider an online course without worrying about the level of support the course offers.
Better yet, you could consider a blended learning class – where you tackle the theory on an online course but you have a face-to-face session to help you put it into practice and where you can ask all the questions you want.
What is your budget?
The final consideration has to be your budget. There are some courses which are a lot more expensive than others, and some which are so cheap it seems too good to be true (and it usually is). Compare some of the TEFL courses you are considering and see which fits your budget. However, remember that you are not only comparing the cost of the course but also what it is offering for the price.
These are a few ideas to help you decide which TEFL course is the best for you. These should be considered in conjunction with these ideas on how to choose the right TEFL course, to make sure you are making the absolutely right decision for you.