Published 22nd October 2018
If you’ve decided you want to teach English as a foreign language and travel abroad, you’ll need a TEFL qualification before you can start applying for jobs. If you want to combine some classroom training and online learning, then a Combined TEFL course could be the answer.
What is a TEFL Qualification
A TEFL qualification means that you have studied to teach English as a foreign language to non-English speakers. There are various qualifications. The TEFL Academy offer a level 5 TEFL certificate which is the same level as Trinity Cert TESOL and CELTA. This means it’s a certificate that is recognised all over the world.
Training online is slightly cheaper than the combined course. You’ll have 11 modules to study and after some modules you will have to send a test back to your tutor so that we know you have understood the module.
It’s 168 hours of study and it can be completed within a six-month period. Many students though complete the course in half that time. It really depends on how much time you can dedicate to your studies.
If you pass each module, you’ll then be awarded with your TEFL certificate and you can look for work to teach English as a foreign language. The only disadvantage is that you won’t have any classroom experience, and this can be daunting.
The Combined TEFL Course
The Combined TEFL course includes online study, but you also attend an intensive weekend course. This gives you the chance to get to know other students. It also gives you the opportunity to talk to your tutor who is a fully-qualified and experienced TEFL teacher. The biggest benefit though is that you get the chance to teach by yourself.
The weekend course includes a period of time teaching in an authentic classroom environment. It will give you a real taste of what teaching is all about and you can start a new job knowing that you have some classroom experience.
This can also be included in your CV. Therefore, a prospective employer knows that not only have you got the qualifications to teach English as a foreign language, but you have also taught in a class.