TEFL Options - Alternatives to Working in a State School or Language Center
2019-04-14 Mark Crocker TEFL Information Alumni Experiences
In this day and age, we have access to the world from the tips of our fingers. Through the integration of the internet, humanity has been connected like it's never seen before. As globalization continues and English dominates as the business standard for the world's commerce, this has made learning the English language a very lucrative skill to acquire. So who needs a TEFL certificate and could it be just what you are looking for?
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate John B.
What a TEFL Certificate Provides
A TEFL certification is for a person who is interested in teaching English to non-native speakers. It'll give you an outlined perspective on teaching ESL students, a working format on how to structure lessons, and ideas on what type of materials to use. Lastly, the course will prepare you for dealing with situations revolving around language barriers. This will increase your ability to be productive from your first day on the job. Once you complete your course, you will find teaching jobs available in countries right across the world, but what other alternatives are there to working in a state school or language institute?
Do you enjoy traveling to distant, exotic countries? With a TEFL certification you are able to volunteer in countries all over the world, from Sub-Saharan Africa to the mountains of South America. The perks of giving your time to charity come back two-fold. Usually, your room and board will be provided for and a food allowance would also be issued. The real kicker here is that you will be helping children that otherwise couldn't afford English lessons. Also, the country you do decide on will usually provide free classes to teach you their native tongue, which is always a plus. Once you return home you will find that potential employers across all fields will look very favorably on your teaching experience as it shows dedication, commitment, and a strong character.
Teaching Online From Home
Do you want a more flexible working schedule than the dull nine to five corporate atmosphere? If so, you are in luck. With a TEFL certification, you could potentially teach online. Setting your schedule as you see fit. There are caveats to this kind of work though. Assuming you are from the United States, you will be required to log on and teach at times where the students or businesses are ready for you. Which means, teaching to a country like China you'll have a schedule that's in the early morning. Just be mindful when applying to a company that teaches online, so that you are in agreement with the hours required.
Teaching Online on the Road
Ever wondered how some people finance there trips to other countries? A TEFL certificate could be the perfect solution for anyone looking for income while traveling abroad. All you need is a good internet connection, a laptop with an HD camera and a headset with a mic. Once accepted, typical pay structures start at $7 per 25 minutes, or $14 per 50 minutes. With some experience that could increase to $12 per 25 minutes, and $24 per 50 minutes. You must be aware that certain educational requirements are usually required, and some companies will demand a bachelor's degree along with a 120 hour TEFL certificate as a minimum.
The opportunities that come with a TEFL certificate are endless. With that in mind, why wouldn't you want to invest in your future? At the very least you will have a much better understanding of your native language, and as a teacher your skills will be greatly improved. At the end of the day, a TEFL certificate is a key that can open many doors so why not make the most of it?
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