5 Ways to Prepare For a TEFL Course

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More and more people are choosing to teach English as a foreign language abroad. No matter how excited you are to be starting a career that can take you all around the world, the fact remains that you will need to get through your Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course first. The question is, how can you prepare for a TEFL course?

Many TEFL courses are four weeks full-time, while others are part-time, and others still are online or a combination of online and face-to-face tuition. Whichever way you decide to tackle a TEFL course, you will be expected to put in long hours and a lot of hard work before you will earn a TEFL certificate. So it’s a good idea to make sure you are properly prepared for your TEFL course.

Five ways to prepare for a TEFL course:

1. Read

There are probably going to be a lot of theories of teaching and learning which will be new to you. Luckily, there are endless resources on the topic of teaching and learning a foreign language which are available to you. Spend some time before your course starts to familiarise yourself with popular ideas on how to teach English to adults and how to teach English to young learners. You can even follow famous TEFLers, such as Jim Scrivener, Jeremy Harmer and Scott Thornbury. This will give you a head start on the course and ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed when you start.

You could also ask your TEFL provider to send you a reading list. In this way you will be getting an introduction to the field and also covering some of the course content as well. This will save you time later on in the course.

Read more: The Best TEFL Books for the TEFL Teacher

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2. Revise your grammar

English grammar can be complicated and is usually downright confusing. Even if you’re a native speaker (especially if you’re a native speaker!) take some time to review English grammar. Find a good reference book and look through it to refresh your memory on the terms we use to describe the grammar we use in our language. It’ll show you how much you don’t know, so you can look up your problem areas to try to get to grips with them before you start trying to teach them.

Read more: How to Teach Grammar in the EFL Classroom

The best yea to prepare for a TEFL course: study grammar

3. Get organised

The TEFL course is going to take up your time. All of your time. Besides the time spent on the course, you will spend time reading, planning lessons, finding resources and preparing for assessments. Before you start, organise your diary and your calendar so you don’t have any other big deadlines or massive time commitments planned for the same time.

The best yea to prepare for a TEFL course: get organised

4. Go shopping

Find out what you will need for the course, make a shopping list and off you go! Regardless of whether or not you are doing an online course or a face-to-face course you will need stationery – think highlighters, blu-tak, whiteboard markers – and textbooks.

The best yea to prepare for a TEFL course: go shopping

5. Get excited

Now that you are all prepped and ready you can get excited! This is the start of an exciting adventure for you so put your fears and doubts aside and get ready to change your life!

Check out our TEFL courses and see which one will suit you. YOu never know, soon you could be living your best life in Cairo or Cape Town or Caracas!

The best yea to prepare for a TEFL course: get excited

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