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Finding the Right Fit for Future English Teachers - Online TEFL or Onsite TEFL Course?

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A TEFL course is an essential qualification future English teachers need to possess in order to teach abroad in various countries around the world. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign language) enables you to teach English to students of all ages, from pre-school learners over young learners to adults learners. A TEFL course prepares English teachers in a variety of topics from grammar to phonology, all of which are important in the classroom. Therefore, finding the right course format is important to build your career. Prospective teachers can choose between two options: online TEFL or onsite TEFL. Which course format is right for you really depends your own preference - but we will break down the differences below.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Mario R.

Online TEFL Course - Advantages

  • Lower total costs compared to an onsite course
  • Comfortable learning environment
  • Convenience and flexibility: study anytime and anywhere
  • Study at your own Pace
  • No commuting necessary
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Easily interact with tutors online

Online TEFL Course - Disadvantages

  • No student/student or student/teacher interaction
  • Missing practical teaching experience
  • Lost study abroad opportunity
  • Balancing study with work/daily life

Onsite TEFL Course - Advantages

  • Student/teacher Interaction
  • Live Face-to-Face instructions
  • Full-time study in person
  • Teaching opportunity in a foreign country
  • Practical teaching sessions with local students

Onsite TEFL Course - Disadvantages

  • Increases total cost compared to online courses
  • Less flexible
  • Commuting to school, or airfare/traveling costs
  • Possible homesickness
  • Culture Shock (program abroad)

Benefits of Teaching English Abroad

It doesn't matter which TEFL course format you choose, the benefits of teaching English abroad stay the same:

  • Explore a new country/culture
  • Enter a new career in teaching English
  • Resume booster & open doors to a global career - TEFL never expires!
  • Access to better paying jobs (varies on location)
  • Access to a new network & becoming a global citizen
  • Chance to volunteer abroad for a good cause
  • Increase cultural and diversity awareness

Similarities between Online and Onsite TEFL Courses

A final thought is that the curriculum of both online and onsite TEFL courses is quite similar and teachers learn the same topics. Both courses also meet international standards and are recognized by employers worldwide. Whichever format you choose, a TEFL course prepares you for a new career and a new adventure abroad. It also empowers you with skills and tools needed to be successful in the classroom. Whatever option you choose, it will open doors to unlimited opportunities to teach English abroad. Let your TEFL adventure and career begin.

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