Online TEFL courses: good or bad?

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There are a lot of opinions floating around about online TEFL courses. Some people are convinced they are a complete con, while others think they are the most convenient thing since sliced bread. But you don’t listen to what other people say without looking at all the facts, do you? We didn’t think so, so let’s

take some time and think about the real reasons online TEFL courses can be good or bad.

Let’s start with the good. Online TEFL courses are good because, well, because they’re online. You can do them whenever and wherever you want. Too cold to go outside? That’s ok – stay in bed and study! No plans for a Friday night? Don’t be sad – stay at home and study! Got a family dinner that you really don’t want to go to? You don’t have to – make your excuses and stay at home and study! You really can study anywhere and at any time.

But that’s not the only good thing about studying an online TEFL course. If you are studying online, you don’t need to spend precious time listening to other students’ problems or trying to help your friends with their assignments. Doing an online TEFL course means that you can focus on yourself and you only need to think about your own problems and progress. Of course, if you do need any help there are tutors available to you; just send them a message and they’ll be able to help you with whatever issues you may be having.

So what’s bad about online TEFL courses? Well, the only negative aspect is the flipside to the positive side. You can be completely independent, which means that there will be no teacher to look over your shoulder to make sure you are on the right track and that you are completing all the work. You will need to be able to motivate yourself and make sure you keep up with all your course assignments. But you’re never really completely on your own. You will be able to access any support you may need from the team of online tutors who will be able to answer whatever questions you may have whenever you may have them.

But that’s it, really. There are really no positive or negative aspects to studying TEFL online, because it depends on you as a person. If you are the type of person who can dedicate time to study and who is motivated enough by the end goal of a teaching certificate, then doing an online TEFL course may be just what you are looking for.

So don’t believe everything you hear. If you are thinking about doing an online TEFL course, do your homework and make up your own mind as to whether an online TEFL course is good or bad.

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