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My TEFL Course Experience - TEFL Blog


Tue, 14 Apr 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas My TEFL Course Experience After I graduated from school, Ifromided to be a teacher. I had all the prerequisites for that profession since my childhood. I entered a university, and the department, which I chose, was Russian Language and Literature. It happened because it was affordable for me financially. Although this profession was good, I often wanted to try myself as a teacher of English too, just to not feel bored from teaching the same subject all the time. However, I did not dare to take that step, since I lacked good equipment for teaching English. This new skill quite differed from my main profession. Table of Contents The only perfect solution The application process My Impressions Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a...  [Read more]

My Experience of Taking a TEFL Course - TEFL Blog


Tue, 19 Nov 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences My Experience of Taking a TEFL Course This is not to say that I thought lightly of teaching English but when I just started considering becoming an English teacher, I thought what I would need for starting my career was passion and enough English skills for the level of students. That I could gain the other necessary teaching skills one by one through experiences in the classroom. Or maybe by reading some course books or from watching Youtube videos concerning teaching English. Table of Contents Teaching Practice Course Content Course Result Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Youngku K. Please note that this blog post might not...  [Read more]

How TEFL Course Inspired Me in My Teaching - TEFL Blog


Sun, 04 Aug 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences How TEFL Course Inspired Me in My Teaching “Why do I have to take a TEFL course?” I asked this question when my daughter suggested to me to enroll in this course. Having decided to say goodbye to my current job as an international homeroom teacher, I am now embarking on a new journey of applying abroad for a teaching position at an international school. Thanks to the Americans who defeated our Spanish colonizers way back the 19th century, they brought their educational system to the Philippines. Ever since I started school, I have been taught the American way using the English language as the medium of instruction. However, even if I am learned in English, I have to get a TEFL course to prove my competence in the...  [Read more]

My Experience Taking a TEFL Course with ITTT - TEFL Blog


Fri, 15 Feb 2019 Jon ITTT Alumni Experiences My Experience Taking a TEFL Course with ITTT The course was informative and comprehensive. Since I had a good grasp of the language, initially I thought I would go to the classroom and teach. But after deep pondering, questions crept up in my mind: What if I run out of ideas in the middle of the class? What if my students are not motivated? What if the lessons I provide are not effective? There is so much more to teaching. The list of my apprehensions went on, and that was when I decided to enroll in a course. After doing some research, I found ITTT with its internationally recognized TEFL/TESOL program. Table of Contents Teaching methodology Lesson planning Video lessons Receptive and productive skills Course books Student assessment Are...  [Read more]

What My TEFL Course Taught Me About Classroom Management - TEFL Blog


Mon, 29 Apr 2019 Mark Crocker Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas What My TEFL Course Taught Me About Classroom Management When a student describes a class that they’ve enjoyed, they often attribute their positive experience to the interesting content of the class, friendly classmates, or an inspiring teacher. A well-organized class can contribute to building these healthy student-student and student-teacher relationships, as well as create an environment in which a student can comfortably listen and learn the content given. From this course, I’ve learned how an effectively managed classroom can have a significant impact on the student’s experience, and furthermore can help a student succeed in an EFL classroom. Table of Contents “My Personal Favorite is the...  [Read more]

ITTT Course Graduate: My Personal Experience Teaching in Turkey - TEFL Blog


Fri, 24 Jun 2022 Najwa Sabih Destinations Alumni Experiences ITTT Course Graduate: My Personal Experience Teaching in Turkey Turkey is one of the most beautiful countries where you can have a lovely vacation. There are many touristic sites and fascinating places that will mesmerize you with the beauty of this country. Though, living in Turkey can be challenging. It is completely different from coming for tourism. When I decided to move to Istanbul almost two years ago, in October 2020, it was still the period of the covid-19 pandemic. This was really hard, as the companies were still closed, and everything was online, which made it hard for me to find a job. I was still an undergraduate back then, which was also a negative point for me to be able to have a job. Later, things turned...  [Read more]

What I've Learned From My TEFL Course in Business English - TEFL Blog


Thu, 07 Feb 2019 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences What I've Learned From My TEFL Course in Business English Upon completing the teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) for business English (BE), the best things I’ve learned would have to be the section that covered ESA (engage, study, activate), including boomerang and patchwork lessons, and how the engage, study, activate methodology is the core of a great teaching syllabus. Table of Contents ESA Methodology of Teaching “My time in this TEFL business English course has been invaluable.” Listen to this blog post Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Kinsey K. ESA Methodology of Teaching The best thing I’ve learned from my...  [Read more]

The Best Thing I've Learned From My TEFL/TESOL Course - TEFL Blog


Sat, 24 Nov 2018 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences The Best Thing I've Learned From My TEFL/TESOL Course A TEFL course is the first step towards a successful career in teaching English abroad. A TEFL course, whether taken online or in-class, covers a wide range of topics from lesson planning and classroom management, to English grammar and pronunciation techniques. In this post, one of our TEFL graduates shares their thoughts on the best thing they’ve learned from their TEFL/TESOL course with ITTT. Table of Contents Listen to this blog post Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: This post was written by our ITTT graduate Leif O. The best thing that I learned from my TEFL/TESOL course is that teaching is more nuanced than just having a lesson plan and...  [Read more]

My Favorite Part of The ITTT TEFL Course: Alumni Experience - TEFL Blog


Thu, 12 Dec 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences My Favorite Part of The ITTT TEFL Course: Alumni Experience Coming into this, course I had a basic understanding of how a teacher prepares for and teaches a class. I had always thought it was easy for a teacher to teach; teacher walks in, teaches and goes home but I didn't know how much work would have to be put into a lesson to make the best out of it, and this is where I learned the best thing during my TEFL/TESOL course. Table of Contents Methodology What is ESA How to Use it in the Classroom Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Jason F. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT....  [Read more]

How I Enhanced My Teaching Skills With a TEFL Course - TEFL Blog


Mon, 08 Mar 2021 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas How I Enhanced My Teaching Skills With a TEFL Course The best thing I learned from the TEFL course cannot be explained in one thought or topic sentence because it was significant. However, for this essay, I will narrow it down to one concept. I am an experienced licensed teacher from the United States, but there is always more to learn. In the United States, I would have one or two students in my class each year that were not native English speakers. So, the idea of teaching a classroom of students where all the learners are not native speakers is new to me. I was unfamiliar with ESA's acronym (Engage, Study, Activate) until I took this course, and I appreciate this concept the most. ESA was the best thing I...  [Read more]

Alumna Story: ✅ How TEFL Course Affected My Teaching Career - TEFL Blog


Mon, 08 Mar 2021 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas Alumna Story: ✅ How TEFL Course Affected My Teaching Career EFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is a unique area of expertise, requiring individual training. This essay will argue that the value of completing a TEFL course far exceeds that of merely placing a certificate to a teacher's name and improving their credibility and job prospects; because such a course has the potential to significantly broaden and deepen the future teacher's understanding of English—including its rules, exceptions, and quirks. A TEFL course can provide a 'sneak peek' into the industry, describing commonly-faced potentially tricky situations so that the future teacher will be ready and prepared when they, too, might face...  [Read more]

How did This TEFL Course Improve My Personal Teaching Experience? - TEFL Blog


Mon, 24 Feb 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences How did This TEFL Course Improve My Personal Teaching Experience? Having been professionally teaching for a year now, this course provided me with a lot of new information, which I can incorporate in my teachings of the English language. I am not able to narrow down to a specific unit within this course because every unit had some information which I was not familiar with prior; however, I would have to say the units that stood out to me the most were: theories, methods, and techniques, managing classes, and teaching special groups. I currently teach students ranging from ages 4-12, and these three units, in particular, helped me to better understand the different levels of students, how to teach each level accordingly, the ESA...  [Read more]

How Taking a Business English Course Improved My Teaching Preparation - TEFL Blog


Tue, 28 May 2019 Mark Crocker TEFL Information Alumni Experiences How Taking a Business English Course Improved My Teaching Preparation I have had the privilege of teaching English for 5 years in an Asian university setting, and I am now preparing to move to another country to seek employment. It is quite possible that I will teach English in a business setting in my new country, which is why I took the Certificate in Teaching Business English course. Table of Contents My Previous Struggles With Planning and Development New Ideas For Course Development The Importance of Syllabus Design and the Use of Authentic Materials Looking to the Future Are you ready to teach business English abroad? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post: This post was written by our TEFL certification...  [Read more]

Why I Would Recommend Taking a TEFL Course to My Friends - TEFL Blog


Wed, 17 Apr 2019 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences Why I Would Recommend Taking a TEFL Course to My Friends I never thought I needed to take a test to teach English before doing the TEFL course. Graduating from an all American boarding school to doing my undergrad in Denver, Colorado and using my time off to teach English in India I did not think a test would benefit me in any way. It was not until I was required to attain a teaching certificate in the country of Thailand where I did my research and decided upon taking the TEFL. There are two main reasons as to why I think the TEFL would benefit anyone: 1. Time efficient and 2. Educational. Table of Contents Taking the TEFL course is time efficient. There are so many things I was able to learn from taking the TEFL course. The TEFL...  [Read more]

I Wish I Took This TEFL Course Earlier In My Career - TEFL Blog


Thu, 09 May 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences I Wish I Took This TEFL Course Earlier In My Career There are many different reasons and obvious advantages of taking the TEFL course. One of the main advantages is the fact that it is a form of validation or certification of your credentials, as a qualified language teacher. This thus makes job interview processes more convenient and increases your chances of employment in the top job markets around the world. With a wider range of options to choose from, this can only make your dreams or aspirations to teach in your potential country of choice, much simpler. Table of Contents Being a native speaker doesn’t mean being a great teacher Learning to answer students’ tricky questions Building up confidence Do you want...  [Read more]

What is the best thing I've learned from my TESOL course and how it reinforced my will to become a teacher - TEFL Blog


Tue, 26 Mar 2019 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences What is the best thing I've learned from my TESOL course and how it reinforced my will to become a teacher As far as I can remember, I always wanted to become a teacher in a foreign country. The most thrilling part about it was to convey knowledge to others and extend my own cultural awareness. Table of Contents “Teachers abroad need to be mindful of cultural differences in the classroom.” “You cannot create a culturally responsive classroom if you don’t take the time to get to know your students.” Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post When I heard about TEFL online courses after graduating from university, I immediately thought it would be the best option...  [Read more]

The 2 Best Things I’ve Got From My TEFL Course: Alumni Experience - TEFL Blog


Tue, 16 Jul 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences The 2 Best Things I’ve Got From My TEFL Course: Alumni Experience Though I have been an English teacher for a period of seven (7) years in two different countries including my home country, yet I spent hours trying to decide the most appropriate topic for my summative essay, I finally decide to choose “The best thing I've learned from my TEFL/TESOL course” Why? Because I genuinely learned a lot during the course of my study and I will like to share my views, but I will discuss only two major points in this essay. Table of Contents Listen to this blog post: 1. Lesson Planning 2. ESA Methodology Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course today! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL...  [Read more]

The Two Best Things That I Learned From My ITTT TEFL Course - TEFL Blog


Thu, 21 Mar 2019 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences The Two Best Things That I Learned From My ITTT TEFL Course The best thing I’ve learned from my TEFL course is the amount of preparation that goes into lesson planning. Usually, I am mocked by my friends and colleagues because of the amount of organization I like to do before any medium to large sized task. Now I can say my love of planning and organizational skills will finally be put to good use. Table of Contents Lesson planning is crucial to any lesson Planning ahread is key. The ESA methodology of teaching. Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Luisa D. Lesson planning is crucial to any lesson Whether it’s a...  [Read more]

The Best Thing I've Learned From My TEFL/TESOL Course with ITTT - TEFL Blog


Mon, 08 Apr 2019 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences The Best Thing I've Learned From My TEFL/TESOL Course with ITTT I decided to complete TEFL course nearly a month ago. Before talking about the reasons why I took this course, I would like to tell some facts about myself. My name is Julia, I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and had been living there for all my life – now I’m 35. I had a very successful career in marketing an worked for a big international company. However, the job took up all my time, required a lot of effort and I felt very exhausted and unhappy. So I decided to quit my job and started to travel: Georgia, Italy, Spain, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore. Now I live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Table of Contents Asia is a flourishing market for EFL teachers...  [Read more]

What I learned About a Teacher’s Attitude During My TEFL Certification Course - TEFL Blog


Tue, 19 Mar 2019 Mark Crocker Alumni Experiences What I learned About a Teacher’s Attitude During My TEFL Certification Course During my Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, I learned several valuable lessons. While knowing the English language and how to relay that to those who are learning the language is important, the most important lesson I learned is how a teacher’s attitude directly affects student interaction and class rapport. Table of Contents A simple smile goes a long way How the course teaching videos helped my understanding Always maintain a positive attitude Applying these lessons in my future teaching career Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post This post was written by our TEFL...  [Read more]

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Linda Dunsmore ITTT TEFL Linda is a passionate traveler, language learner and TEFL teacher. After spending some time teaching in China, she moved to Korea in 2015. She now calls South Korea her home. Read my articles How To Write The Perfect ESL Lesson Plan | ITTT | TEFL Blog Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas Lesson planning is an important part of a teacher's daily life. This guide is for both new and experienced teachers on how to write the perfect ESL lesson plan. The Best Thing I Have Learned From My 60-hour TEFL/TESOL Course | ITTT | TEFL Blog Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences This story was written by one of our TEFL course alumni who shares the most important thing they've learned from taking the 60-hour TEFL/TESOL Course from ITTT. Top 5 Skills Teachers...  [Read more]

The Best Thing I Have Learned From My 60-hour TEFL/TESOL Course - TEFL Blog


Fri, 21 Dec 2018 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences The Best Thing I Have Learned From My 60-hour TEFL/TESOL Course Where do I begin? I have learned so much from my 60-hour TEFL course with ITTT. Table of Contents Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post I have learned about everything from what it takes to become a great teacher and of course what not to do in the classroom. I also learned a lot about what makes a student a great learner. I believe this is very important as well since good learners progress more rapidly in the class. That rapid learning makes good learners and most of all more successful students. In turn that builds confidence in the teacher on behalf of the students. Of course, the teacher ends up with more confidence in...  [Read more]

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Najwa Sabih I am Najwa Sabih, a Lebanese English teacher who has a very high passion towards English language. I’ve been a private tutor since I was 17, so I decided to major Teaching English as a second language. I graduated from the Lebanese International University in 2021 and I’ve already been working in a language academy in Istanbul. When I first moved to Istanbul, life was a little bit challenging but as a passionate person who strives to achieve the best standards possible, I was able to handle it all. I currently work as a homeroom teacher in an International school and as an English teacher in a language school. My experience teaching abroad has motivated me to do the TEFL exam as I always seek to improve my abilitIes. Read my articles Who Your Students will be when...  [Read more]

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Linda Dunsmore ITTT TEFL Linda is a passionate traveler, language learner and TEFL teacher. After spending some time teaching in China, she moved to Korea in 2015. She now calls South Korea her home. Read my articles How Traveling The World Inspired Me To Teach English | ITTT | TEFL Blog Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences In this post, a recent TEFL graduate shares his story of traveling the world and how he found his calling to teach English as a foreign language. Why Having Foreign Language Experience Makes You a Better Teacher | ITTT | TEFL Blog Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences In this post, one of our TEFL course graduates gives her thoughts on why having foreign language experience makes you a better teacher. Business English: The Medium of Globalization | ITTT | TEFL...  [Read more]

Should I take my TEFL course before I head overseas to teach? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Should I take my TEFL course before I head overseas to teach? If you are thinking about teaching English abroad, you may well have wondered whether you should take a TEFL certification course at home or wait until you head overseas. There are pros and cons relating to either choice, but here we look at the main arguments in favour of completing your TEFL training before leaving your home country. Can I get an EFL teaching job before I leave home? Yes, in many of the most popular countries for teaching English abroad jobs are routinely organized from within your own country. In this scenario you will have an interview via phone or webcam from home. If you are then offered the job you will often have to send off a range of documents that are required for the employer to organise your visa,...  [Read more]

Should I take my TEFL course before I head overseas to teach? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


Should I take my TEFL course before I head overseas to teach? Undoubtedly, taking a TEFL certification course before heading overseas to teach offers distinct advantages. Completing your TEFL training in your home country ensures you are well-equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge before diving into a foreign teaching environment. By doing so, you not only increase your employability but also approach potential teaching roles with confidence. When overseas schools interview, they often seek candidates familiar with TEFL methodologies, and having your certification in hand can provide a competitive edge. Table of Contents Can I get an EFL teaching job before I leave home? Should I keep my options open if I'm not sure where I want to teach? Is it cheaper to take a TEFL course in...  [Read more]

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Linda Dunsmore ITTT TEFL Linda is a passionate traveler, language learner and TEFL teacher. After spending some time teaching in China, she moved to Korea in 2015. She now calls South Korea her home. Read my articles How I Accidentally Discovered My Passion For Teaching And Decided To Make It a Career | ITTT | TEFL Blog Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences This story is written by one of our TEFL course alumni who discovered their passion for teaching by accident and decided to pursue a career in ESL. 4 Super Easy Tips for Teaching Vocabulary to Young Learners | ITTT | TEFL Blog Linda Dunsmore Teaching Ideas Teaching vocabulary is a large part of teaching English to young learners. Here are 4 super easy tips to help you when teaching this specific type of class. The best thing...  [Read more]

What sort of accommodation will I have during my in-class TEFL course? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What sort of accommodation will I have during my in-class TEFL course? Once you have secured a place on one of our in-class TEFL certification courses you will receive extensive information regarding all aspects of the course, including accommodation. The course fee does not typically cover your accommodation, so you will need to factor the cost of housing for the four weeks of your training into your overall budget. Your options will vary from one location to the next, but you can rest assured that we only recommend accommodation providers that have been thoroughly checked for comfort and value for money. Details of our recommended options can be found on each individual course location page, however, below is a brief overview of the most common options available. Can I stay in a shared...  [Read more]

What Is the Best Thing I Learned from My TEFL/TESOL Course? Teaching Special Groups - TEFL Blog


Sun, 03 Sep 2023 Federico Riva Destinations TEFL Information Alumni Experiences What Is the Best Thing I Learned from My TEFL/TESOL Course? Teaching Special Groups Beginners come in various types: absolute beginners, false beginners, young beginners, and those without the Roman alphabet. Recognizing these differences is crucial for effective teaching. Visual aids and repetition are valuable tools, but it's vital to maintain a steady pace and address individual needs. Table of Contents Teaching Young Learners: Keeping It Engaging Teaching Business English and Individuals: Tailoring Content Monolingual and Multilingual Groups: Leveraging Common Ground Overall, Versatility in Teaching: A Vital Skill Are you ready to teach English as a foreign language? Related Articles: Check out what...  [Read more]

What sort of accommodation will I have during my in-class TEFL course? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What sort of accommodation will I have during my in-class TEFL course? Accommodation during in-class TEFL courses can differ based on location. While the course fee generally doesn't encompass housing, we offer guidance on trusted and comfortable housing options tailored for a four-week training duration. Most often, participants can choose accommodations that have been vetted for both comfort and affordability. Common options, detailed on our course location pages, range from shared apartments where you have a private bedroom but share amenities like kitchens and living spaces, to various types of hotels, guesthouses and hostels. Always ensure you budget accordingly for this crucial aspect of your training experience. Table of Contents Can I stay in a shared apartment during my in-class...  [Read more]

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