A Look Inside: TEFL/TESOL and Teaching English Abroad or Online


all right looks like we're live awesome
this is great so thanks so much for um tuning in today for our actually very
first facebook live and i'm super happy to be here with jessica today
from go overseas hi everybody and um yeah we're gonna talk today about
all things um teaching english abroad online and everything in between all things
tefl and tesol and all that good stuff and um i'm actually tuning in live from south
korea it's 9 00 am friday where i am and i think jessica is in southern california right yep it's 5 p.m here so
just starting to get dark i've actually just realized i'm probably going to need the light before the session is over so i'm going to run and do that now while
linda's just there's no problem cool we actually before we jump in we're gonna
show a quick intro video so um we'll catch you right after that
be back in a bit
hi guys my name is ben and i'm from brisbane australia hi my name is cameron and i'm from the
united states hi guys i am amanda from brazil hi my name is andrea i'm 26 years old
and indonesia hello to the world this is kimi duan from vietnam hello my name is fazad
and i'm from america everybody
[Music] i just completed the 120 hour
tesla certificate course i wanted to take these courses to further my education in teaching english to students of other
languages i've recently completed the online tesol course and i'm pleased to say that i've passed
i thoroughly enjoyed all 20 units yes 20 years it was great i wanted to teach english
in a foreign country therefore that's why i took this 120 hour online tefl course and i have to say it
was fun and very enjoyable i just completed studying my tefl online
course i was like sold i'm gonna do this
this is a next chapter in my life i felt more confident and i felt like i
actually understood how to direct the classroom
i now have a binder full of lessons and tips and ideas and i'm excited to use these when i'm
going to south korea to pursue my teaching career i scored a job just today he went to his
interview and picked it up straight away so i think that speaks for itself the value of this course
chiang mai
i moved to mexico about a month ago and i got a job teaching english at an elementary school
don't hesitate go ahead do it ready to teach thank you itt thank you itt
thank you so much good luck
and we're back cool awesome so before we're jumping into on
the topic i would just like to introduce myself and then also give jessica a minute to introduce herself and talk a little bit
about go overseas so i'm linda dunsmore i'm a tefl writer
and content creator under on linda goes east you can find my travel content at i write about my adventures in asia particularly in south korea
and china and all the other amazing asian countries that i visit and on instagram you can find me at
linda goes east so if anyone's interested in moving to korea or china or anywhere in asia hit me up
anytime i'm from germany and the us i was born and raised in germany my mom is german
and my dad is american and i've been in south korea for
five and a half years now i taught english in south korea and i also taught english in china
before i came to korea and um yeah i've been loving it here for the past
four four and a half years i've also been a teflon tea soul marketing professional at itt
international tefl and tesol training you can find us at and on instagram
at international tefl training we are a leading uh teflon tesol course provider
worldwide and offer a wide variety of courses
and jessica hi everyone my name is jessica i work for go overseas i'm the
community manager but i actually have experience teaching abroad myself i started in germany when
i was studying abroad there as a student and fell in love with it so much that i went to japan the following summer to do
an internship um then when i went back to school in new york i was teaching immigrants and refugees in new york city and then
finally moved to spain after graduation and lived there for about three years i've been back in the u.s now for about
a year and working for go overseas which is a really perfect translation of those skills that i earned while abroad because you can kind
of think of us as like a yelp for meaningful travel programs we offer study abroad programs
intern abroad teach abroad work abroad volunteer abroad anything you can think of it's probably listed on go overseas
so we're hosting this teaching tefl week um i wish that i had had this resource when i was first starting out on my teach abroad
career uh so good job for being here and doing your research and hopefully this will help you get started
awesome yeah thanks so much for um having us part of your teaching tefl week it's super exciting
of course thanks for being here because we've been working with go overseas for many many years and
we're so happy to have this event with you yeah i mean all of the craziness of 2020 has forced us to innovate but i
think it's some really cool resources i know that linda has a great presentation for you guys today
i hope so yeah cool yeah then uh yeah let's jump right into it so
teaching english abroad online and everything in between because it's a very broad subject and
nowadays there's so many different options on how to go about teaching english
first let's talk a little bit about the demand for english language instruction because we get that ass a lot what's the demand
you know and where is the demand so according to um the british council
actually in 2020 there's around 2 billion people around the world speaking and learning english so that's
a lot of people and 300 million alone are in china
and that actually makes china the biggest market for teaching english and actually also the chinese government
um have introduced a lot of programs over the years to get foreign teachers to come to china
and teach there there's also a lot of government-funded programs in other countries around the
world like for example the epic program in korea the jet program in japan they piv in
france the net scheme in hong kong and there's many many others so those are all government funded from
the local governments and they're also trying to bring teachers to their countries to teach in their public or private schools
and those are usually great ways to start your teaching career if you are new to teaching then what i also
find very very interesting is that 50 of teachers teaching abroad they actually stay for a second year
so that actually tells us two things for one that half of them they love it and they
don't want to go back home they want to stay and then the other half create a great
turnover every year so it's like a revolving door of job openings for you for people who want to teach english
abroad because there's always job openings coming up every year or every
season and then we already saw a couple of tefl certificates in the intro video
so um yeah what's a tefl certificate for me i think a tefl certificate is two things
so for one it's obviously a required certification it's this piece of paper in your hand that you
need to teach english abroad in many many countries for example in china it is a requirement
if you don't have a tefl you can't teach english in china you can't get that work visa there and also i think in the
epic program it's also a requirement and many many countries are changing their requirements
and actually um also require tefl certification and even in
countries where tefl certification is not required many schools will still only hire people who
are certified so that's the other side and then on the other hand a tefl certificate
goes much deeper it's not only this piece of paper but it's also a course a tefl course also teaches you
the skills that you need in order to teach so that you know what you're doing
and you're actually providing value to your students and so for example our tefl courses
they teach you teaching theories and methods and techniques and classroom management they
have units on lesson planning you also learn about evaluation and testing your students
equipment and teaching aids and also english grammar so those two elements of a tefl
certificate definitely go hand in hand and are very important
then i would like to talk a little bit about the difference between tefl and tesol because we always
hear both expressions or both acronyms so basically tefl stands for teaching
english as a foreign language and t soul stands for teaching english to speakers of other languages
and basically they are the same thing so the training whether you take a tefl
course or you take a tesol course the training is actually exactly the same and the only difference is that tefl is
usually most commonly used within the uk and europe and tesol is more preferred in australia
and the usa that's the only difference the training involved is the same and for our courses actually you can
choose whether your certificate should say tefl or tesol so based on where you're from
or where you want to go and teach you can choose that so for example this is my certificate
that i took a couple of years ago from itt and mine says i'm tefl up here
like that but you could choose tesol as well all depends on you
yeah before we jump in i think there was a question
right here so is teaching experience a prior requirement to teach abroad especially in china
i will actually touch on that a little bit later but generally there a lot of countries or a
lot of schools hire teachers without experience and then they do their in-house training to train their teachers but
there are some places generally very few that do require um teaching experience
and it's also true that teachers with teaching experience generally earn a higher salary but it's
not impossible to find a job without teaching experience absolutely not
okay then yeah the biggest misconceptions about teaching english because there are a lot and we get that asked
all the time so i just want to cover those
the first one it's really hard to find a job teaching english abroad um actually in truth it's generally not
that hard as we've seen in the beginning with um the the the stats about
how many english learners there are around the world i think it's pretty clear that the demand is so high that generally
anyone who wants to go abroad and teach can definitely find a teaching position
so some people might according or depending on their um qualifications they might have to be more flexible in terms of
destination location and type of school but generally anyone who wants to go abroad
they can definitely go abroad and find a position
a lot of people ask us do you need a degree to teach english abroad generally it is true that there are many
countries that require their teachers to have a degree a four-year degree but there are also
still many places where a degree is not required and you can teach there without a degree
and even um if a degree is dequired required usually it's um it doesn't have to be in
english or in tesol or in anything that relates with english it can be any kind of
degree so i for example have a business degree and i was still able to teach english abroad
if you don't have a degree some great destinations are generally latin america
or places in southeast asia like vietnam or cambodia places like that
the third one is tefl doesn't pay well and maybe jessica can also say a little bit about that because you taught in
japan and i think their salaries are pretty good over there too but from my experience yeah in
in south korea the salaries are pretty good and also there's a lot of benefits
um for example like paid housing the school takes care of your apartment you don't have to worry about that
there's paid airfare and all these year-end bonuses and all this stuff so
you can actually live pretty well in most locations it always depends on what country you're teaching in in some
countries maybe the salary isn't that high but you always have to also consider the cost of living
so maybe if you're in thailand and the salary is two thousand dollars maybe it doesn't sound like much but
consider the cost of living it's actually much cheaper to live in thailand and two thousand dollars is actually
going a long way compared to living in europe or in the united states how was it in japan
well with my internship in japan uh we actually were not receiving official paid
salaries um it was so that we so that we could go on a tourist visa we technically couldn't receive any paid salaries
uh but that program didn't cost me any money so the flights were paid for the housing was provided and i received a
weekly stipend for food so the only money that i spent there was when i went for example to south korea
for a week to travel or up to tokyo for a weekend um like you said uh there are definitely
ranges depending on cost of living and depending on the region um because i work for go overseas and we
have programs all over the world i can say that typically you're going to see a lot higher salary ranges particularly in the middle east
and parts of asia like south korea and japan it's going to be a little bit less once you move into
southeast asia and europe as well when i lived in spain i earned 1200 euro a month which again doesn't
sound like a lot but my full rent and expenses everything that i paid was only about 600 euro a month so i was still able to live quite
comfortably there i wasn't able to save a lot but it was still working yeah and actually a lot of people i know they are able to pay off
their student loans from back home by teaching you abroad so that's also very popular a lot of people definitely awesome
yeah we also get asked that one a lot so do you need to speak the language of the country that you're
moving to for example if um i want to move to spain
and teach english there do i need to be able to speak spanish and generally the answer is no
absolutely not because you're the the english teacher and you're supposed to
only speak english actually with your students for example at my school where i was working at we had an english-only policy so that
you were only supposed to speak english with your students and your students were only supposed to speak english with you and it's definitely a
bonus if you're able you know to speak the language of the country where you're moving to it's going to help you in your everyday
life and stuff like that but it is generally not required um when you go abroad to teach
yeah the other one is you have to teach kids so it is true that actually children make up
the largest part uh generally of the esl market so there are a lot of schools
that cater to children a lot of english courses but even if you don't want to teach children
there are still positions for example for business english where you're teaching adults or there's a lot of university positions
where you teach students and even like the age range for children i mean it's very broad
i taught kids they were like two three years old i taught kindergarteners but you can
also find positions in high schools so the ranges are very broad and you can also definitely find
positions for teaching adults you don't have to teach children
another misconception about teaching english and tefl is that tefl is only for young people and
actually that's also not true we get a lot of people applying for our courses that are 50 plus 60 plus and they take
the courses and they move abroad and teach english and they're they love it so it's a great way
for anyone really to you know experience something new move abroad and it's not only for young
people a lot of older people they use it you know to change up their career to do something exciting or
to do something fun in their retirement to earn some money during their retirement so
the options are definitely there there are some countries where they do have a retirement age
i know that china is one of them um i think their retirement age is 60 or
65 around there so if you're older than that it might be difficult to find a job in china but
then there's still so many other destinations that you can look into
number seven is you don't need a tefl qualification if you're a native english speaker
and so i think this was probably true maybe 20 years ago where you could just go abroad if you're
from an english-speaking english speaking country and you can just teach but um things have definitely
changed and just because you're a native english speaker doesn't mean that you actually
know how english works and you actually know how to teach so it's definitely recommended to take a
tefl course and learn those skills and also like i mentioned before there are many
places where a tefl qualification is actually required in order to get a work visa there
and actually start a position so you definitely will need a tefl qualification even if you're a native
english speaker and the final one is sort of from the
other angle you have to be a native english speaker to teach also this is not true you don't have to
be there are certain countries that do only hire native english speakers but there's also many many destinations
that don't and actually there's so many benefits to non-native english
speaking teachers because they've learned english themselves right so they've been in the same shoes
as their students they understand what the students are going through and maybe they understand how the english language
works a lot better than maybe a native english speaker so if you're a non-native english speaker
you can definitely still find positions abroad all right let's take a look
at the comments [Music]
let's look at this one how hard is it to find a job as a teacher in an english-speaking
country yeah um you can definitely find positions there
even though they're probably a little bit more rare but they are there are positions we get
positions in english-speaking countries quite regularly but maybe then the requirements would be
a little bit higher compared to overseas and definitely the biggest markets are like asia
latin america middle east is a big one as well europe but it is possible to find an
english-speaking job in an english-speaking country i'll add to that because i've taught in new york
city and also i'm almost taught in galway ireland i spent a lot of time looking for a job there
um you there are positions particularly in larger cities or cities with lots of
immigrants because of course that's what would create the demand in um an english-speaking country uh
it's worth noting though those positions are typically high like more competitive you need to you're more likely to need a tesla
masters or a higher tesla degree or significant experience or and also you would also probably earn
less because it's not quite as in demand as in other places so again your highest earning potential is
probably going to be in the middle east or asia it's going to be a little bit harder to make ends meet on
what they offer in uh the british isles or uh the us cool thanks so much maybe
if we look at this comment maybe could you say a few words about this one where can i get a good salary as a non-native
english teacher so well i don't actually know the answer to that i did go ahead on youtube and
drop some links in the chat so it looks like they're not showing up here where we're streaming from but if you are in the
youtube comment section you can see i've left articles to both of i'm sorry if i don't pronounce
the same correctly to ours uh questions i there's a go overseas blog article
that has the highest salaries for teaching abroad so those are all salaries across the world
and then another one that is specifically for where you can teach abroad as a non-native speaker so maybe
you can kind of cross reference those and figure out where the best bet is awesome cool that's great
all right then moving on let's talk a little bit
about the requirements for teaching english and we have to say definitely they vary from place to place so there's no like
one set of requirements that are true for all locations but generally
um i listed like the most common ones so usually it's a bachelor's degree and it doesn't have to be in the field
of education but as i mentioned before you can also still find positions for for those who don't have a degree
also teaching experience also not always required generally i know a lot of people who've never taught before who move abroad and
get positions so but it's definitely a plus if you have teaching experience and a lot of people they actually if
they plan to go abroad to teach they uh tutor in their hometown to get experience or
volunteer at church or wherever or they start teaching english online
before they decide to move abroad to get a little bit of experience so that always helps then you need to be
a native or non-native english speaker so a fluent english speaker at least you
have to know the english language obviously and know what you're doing and um i also think it's very important
to mention that you need to be you have to have a high adaptability to new challenges and new places
because you're moving abroad and um yeah you need to be eager to learn new things
and yeah those are the requirements generally
now let's take a look at where's the demand we already talked a little bit about
some locations um so i'm based in south korea and there's actually a very big demand there
here um [Music] asia generally is the biggest i would
say the biggest market right for in terms of demand jessica definitely asia
sorry i was muted there but yes absolutely um if you look at go overseas's uh teach
abroad jobs board i will drop the link in both of the chats here um before we go offline and by far asia
is the most demanding yeah cool yeah and especially countries like china korea japan
taiwan is very popular and also places in southeast asia like thailand vietnam
cambodia it's pretty up and coming laos even places like myanmar i see a lot of
decisions nowadays from myanmar absolutely and you see that we have a question um in the comments box here
uh asking about african countries india and greece um i will say that while there are
positions um these positions are probably not as well marketed in these countries because uh obviously in
africa and india um there are quite a few people who do speak english and who are native speakers there are of course in india and um the
african continent there are people who native language and first language is english um so we typically don't see
those countries with uh having as much demand for international teachers but i'm sure that there
is demand out there yeah and i think especially in africa you can find a lot
of volunteer positions so you might not earn a lot of money or any money but you can
probably find like volunteering programs there so if you're interested in africa you can still find positions there
don't expect me to make a lot of money but it's good for starting out and getting experience
definitely okay then we already mentioned a little bit um the middle east so that's generally the
region with the highest salaries um they pay really really well there in places like united united arab emirates
especially dubai um also oman qatar we see more and more also saudi
arabia places like that they generally pay really well and i think jessica you mentioned you had um
you mentioned something about the middle east earlier would you like to add something uh no that's about all i could say there
is um higher demand there there is higher salaries in general and um those jobs often come with perks so for
example a uh furnished apartment flights both ways salary completion bonus things like that
so it's definitely worth kind of comparison shopping if you're undecided about where you want to go and seeing what different benefits there are
from different regions right that's awesome and i think also on the requirements there are a little bit
tougher than in other regions
no no you're good i think some of them require like two years experience minimum and stuff like that definitely there
might also be a higher educational requirement so for example they might require that you have a teaching degree from your home country
in order to go abroad and teach there yeah okay cool then um
another big one is um latin america for sure so countries like mexico
and that's also a country where you can go and teach without a degree brazil it's up and coming
colombia places like argentina chile places like that
and then also europe is always very popular um however it is a little bit harder to get into europe
if you don't have an eu passport but there are places the easiest one actually to get into um
from our experience is the czech republic they tend to have not as strict requirements as other
countries and then there's also places like france or spain and italy where they
actually have on language programs that you can apply to and basically for example if you want to
go to spain you can apply for a spanish language course and then you're on a student visa is that what you were doing
jessica that's not what i was doing but i knew quite a few people who were doing that it's an incremental program so it's great
because it comes with job security a fixed salary a fixed schedule vacation days health insurance
all of those benefits and that's also for um for people from all the countries like from america not
only eu passports yeah i need quite a bit quite a few americans it is
for americans it's much more difficult to get into europe in general um absolutely would say that what you said
of the czech republic is true um but yeah these governmental programs are a way to kind of get around that visa requirement
cool yeah and we actually also get some more and more job offers in places like turkey and
russia so those are kind of in between asia and europe depending on where you are in
there but that those are also interesting places to go to definitely
all right uh yeah then let's jump into teaching english online because
especially i think in 2020 that's uh something that a lot of people are thinking about um and a lot of people decide you know
to start teaching english online from home because it's convenient or some people
they like to teach english from underroad so they travel and then teach while they're traveling to fund their
travels and adventures
so can i teach english online without any teaching experience so similar to teaching english abroad
yes many platforms do pay a higher hourly rate for people who have
experience just the same as um you tend to get a higher salary if
you go abroad and you have experience but yes you do not have to have any teaching experience and you can still
find positions on many many different platforms online
do i need a tefl certificate to teach english online nowadays because it's also becoming more
competitive so yeah more often than not it's definitely a bonus and many online
teaching platforms actually now require applicants to be tefl or t-cell certified
so it's definitely good to have that certification under your belt and actually we also introduced a new um
tefl certification course specifically for teaching english online so it teaches you exactly the skills
that you need especially in an in a virtual classroom and how to handle that because it's there are a lot of differences between
teaching in person and online and that course also covers that so you're all set
for your virtual classroom yeah which platforms hire online english
teachers there's so so many out there those are like typically the most common ones and we
actually work with magic ears we also work with bib kids so there's a lot and the requirements usually obviously
vary from platform to platform the pay require the pay varies uh there's different bonuses
you know the teaching hours some platforms they require you to teach some minimum hours per week others do
not so it all depends on your own preferences and where you want to go with it
can i create my own online teaching business yes you can actually one of our um
course graduates she did just that because she didn't want to
let those teaching platforms take a chunk of her pay so she decided to create her own online
teaching business and if anyone's interested we can drop that link into the comments
um after the live and then people can check it out but it's it's actually quite interesting and
another option and then how much can i earn teaching
english online so generally um the numbers are between 15 and 30 us dollars per hour so most
online teaching jobs are paid hourly um and an average online rate is yeah
between 15 and 30 but there's some platforms that uh also pay less because the
the lessons are shorter there are some platforms maybe they only have 20 minute lessons or 25 minute lessons
so then it'd be a little bit different but generally it's in that range also depends on your
own qualifications obviously
okay are there any questions about online before we move on or anything jessica
you would like to mention before we jump into the other topic i think that was pretty comprehensive
the only thing i'll say is if you are clicking on any of those links that i've dropped in the chat to go overseas
we do have a specifically online teach abroad jobs board as well so you can go ahead and look at those jobs that are filtered
so um i know that ellen had a question about um getting a position in an english-speaking country
if she's not living there and well obviously there's visa requirements and things like that if you're going in person you may be
able to get around that by going for an online job so i would recommend using the platform and awesome
what jobs are available great that's a great resource
okay oh yeah someone wants to learn more about the um i think you're talking about the the
platform yeah this one creating your own online teaching platform yeah i can drop the
link into the comments after i think i can't do it right now but i
will it's actually quite easy so
cool okay
then yeah how to choose a good tefl provider because you do a quick google search uh
tefl course and there is hundreds and hundreds of companies popping up so how do you actually choose
the right one a good one um and those are the six like main things
you should look out for when choosing a good tefl course provider so the first one is like look
at their accreditation on our website we have a whole page of our with our accreditations
and it's all laid out pretty transparently and that's one thing you should look out
for and then also if they mention on the website what organization
they are accredited by also do some research on that uh organization because um
you know maybe it's not legit maybe you know just try to do some research and find reviews about
the accreditation also look at their teacher trainers and the staff in
general you know who are they do they have experience teaching english abroad are they qualified
and things like that a good thing also always is to look at reviews
so for example we have a lot of reviews on go overseas um you know those are always reliable
resources or places like reviews dot io trust pilot places like that um and really take some
time and dive through the reviews and see what people are saying
then ask about the job support um you know is it included in the course
price some providers they might charge a fee for job support or
some might not offer any job support at all so that's also very important to know and any other included services that you
get for your course price so things like do you have to pay for your certificate to
be shipped to you or do you have to pay for job support do you have to pay for you know any additional costs you should
check that out and make sure you know exactly how much you pay have to pay and then what you get
for it and also the job prospect so what kind of jobs can i get with that
kind of certificate do your research and i think also facebook and you know any social media
is a great resource in terms of genuine reviews you know so just do a lot of research
before you make a choice and then even if you uh chose your tefl course provider
why should you choose itttt so yeah i just listed a few of the most
important reasons we have this whole page with like 50 reasons and those are like the most important ones
so that's why the numbers here maybe don't make sense because i just picked the most important
ones anyway um yeah so we've been around for a long time we've been around since 1997
1998 we have a lot of experience in the field all of our staff you know have
experience living abroad they have taught english in countries around the world and actually many of
us are working remotely so i'm in korea so my colleagues are in italy in the uk
in thailand and america we're actually we're everywhere so um i think that's a great thing
our courses are for everyone for all fluent english speakers you know non-native native it doesn't matter
where you're from you can take our courses at the end you'll receive an embossed certificate
looks like this straight straight to the mail in the mail to your address wherever you are in the
world we also offer notarization services
some countries i know that china recently started requiring that so that's just an another additional stamp
on your certificate we also help with that but most of our graduates actually don't need that it's
just certain locations um you also get a pdf copy of your
certificate once you finish your course so then you can start applying for job straight away while you're waiting for
your hard copy one um obviously we have 24 7 customer care
so you can always reach out to us via our website email social media
phone we're always there for you we work with a lot of recruitment
companies so there are a lot of companies that specifically hire only itttt
graduates because they know uh the training that they receive from us and they love what we do and we've
partnered with them for many years um yeah already touched on the course
accreditation a little bit so all our courses are accredited by
the um online tesol and tefl standards agency
and obviously internationally recognized we've also won several awards actually
some with them go overseas some top tefl training providers in the past years and
also on go abroad so very proud of that we also offer
lifetime job assistance to all of our course grads so even if you don't teach right away and maybe 10
years later you're like hey i want to teach abroad i want to use my tefl certificate or you want to change the location you can
be like hey itttttt please help me and we'll be there for you
and the last one i want to mention are the excellent reviews that we have all across the website on go overseas
on go abroad on facebook on and trustpilot and there's so many places you can check it
out all right
okay then once you've decided on a tefl course provider you might notice also on our website
that we offer so many different tefl course options so then there's the next problem okay i chose my tefl course provider
now which course should i choose
on our website we offer between 50 hours and 550 hours of training um
generally uh for teaching age abroad you want to go for a course with at least
100 hours of training that's considered the standard um
and yeah we offer a wide variety of courses to suit your needs so wherever you want to go
whatever kind of teaching you want to do there's a course for you we have different tefl course specializations
for example teaching english to young learners teaching business english
teaching english online so those are all great to add to your portfolio
like i mentioned all of our courses are internationally accredited and they are accepted worldwide
then i just want to say a few words about our 120 hour tefl certificate that's our most popular
option and we actually have a 20 off link for all of you for this event
so i shared that at the beginning in the comments you can look but i'm going to post it again um later on so you can check
that out and that's not only valid for the 120 hour course but for any of our
courses this particular course is completed 100 online it covers 20 units
it's like 10 units on teaching methodologies classroom management and all that
theoretical stuff and then 10 units focused on english grammar because that's also very important it
teaches you how to teach grammar how to understand english grammar and how to anticipate uh
problems that your students might have with grammar and how to tackle that um you can study at your own pace
and you have up to six months to complete the course so it's very flexible um you don't have to be online at
certain times you can work through the units at any time that suits you and so we
actually have a lot of people who work full-time and they take the course or people who take the course
in a month because they work on it every day so it really depends on on your personal lifestyle at the end
you get an embossed hard copy certificate i already showed it before but it looks like this
and it actually comes with um a unique number here that you can um
so that your employer and yourself can verify that this is a legit certificate because there are some
people that actually fake tefl certificates and um your employer can verify that it's real
with this number and like i mentioned before we also have notarization services available but most
of our grass won't even need that
then those are the specializations i just briefly touched on so we have business english
teaching online young learners and those are great for people who wanted to specialize into
those fields and they are great additions to your portfolio um and they also
look like this same and it would say um for example this is
the uh young learners one looks like that
yeah and those are also 50 uh 20 percent off sorry not 50.
and then we also have bundles so those are actually the most popular options that people go for for example
the 220 hour master package that's um the 120 hour course plus
these two um specializations so you would get either three
certificates at the end like this or you can also choose to receive just one
saying 220 hours on it so that's up to you and the same goes for the 470 hour
professional package 550 hour expert package and it really depends on where you want to
teach and what kind of teaching you want to do and also if you want to do it you know for a long time or more short
term if you want to do it more longer term you want to go for more hours
if it's if you're planning on teaching maybe just for a year you want to get um the 120 or 220 hour master package
something like that it looks like you have a question from ellen in the comments that you might want to address
here okay oh
this one it's a great question yeah sure so
um this would be with um the number right so they can check the authenticity
with the number and um actually our certificates our logo
most employers around the world they will know itttt um because we are one of the leading
providers and so we are pretty well recognized and employers know us and they value our
courses so
cool right then besides the online options we also have in class
um so those are four week courses that you can take at the location of your
choice and this is actually the map from our website here so these are all the locations that we offer
pretty much really all around the world and you can go there spend four weeks at a tefl center and
get training from a teacher trainer who teaches you all the things you need to know about
teaching and then you also get the chance to teach your own classes to real english
students locally from the center so that's a great experience um and actually a lot of our courses are
running at the moment so you can sign up or we also have our 2021 dates already on the website so
you can check that out as well
and then we also have a combined option so that basically combines the benefits
of the online course with the benefits of the in-class course where you first complete an online
component you also have up to six months to do that and then you can go to an in-class
center for five eight or ten days and do your teaching practice there so that's also very popular
all right and then you have your tefl certificate in hand now how do you find a teaching job
[Music] you can start applying for jobs as soon as you finish your course because you get
your pdf copy and you can attach that to your resume because actually most jobs you would apply online so you
actually don't need the um the physical certificate for applying you would need this for
um showing your employer later on or for getting your visa applying for you visa
but for um applying you can just send everything in online and um the
process is usually yeah they hire online so you do like skype interviews and
sometimes you also have to hold mock lessons they would give you a topic you have to
prepare a short lesson 20 minutes long and present to them in front of the
camera but generally there are two ways how to find a teaching job
one would be the independent job search and one would be going with a recruitment agency
so the independent job search you can find online job postings you know by just
doing a quick google search for tefl jobs or jobs in the country where you want to go to um there's also a lot of facebook
groups for example teaching jobs in south korea or teaching jobs in spain
those will be there on facebook specific groups for that also forums and you can also do your own school
research if you know where you want to go for example paris and you can look for english schools um in paris and then
individually contact them that'd be another option and then another great option is
especially for first-time teachers going with a recruitment agency um
also it's important to know that the recruitment agency is actually at zero cost to the teacher
so the school will hire the recruiter to find them a teacher and the school pays
the recruiter the teacher does not have to pay for the recruiter there are a lot of or some um
recruitment scams out there where they will try and get money from the teacher so stay away from that generally
it's free to the teacher
at itt we also offer job support like i mentioned briefly and it never expires it is
lifetime it gets you access to our database of potential employers
it gets you exclusive leads on unadvertised jobs so they only send the job offers to us
you can't find them anywhere else on the web on the internet um we also provide advice on
constructing a high quality cd or resume advice on writing your cover letter and
we also provide assistance with planning the trial lessons for your job interviews like i mentioned some
schools will require you to do a trial lesson in front of the camera for them so we also help with that
all right then um the timeline so a lot of people ask us you know how
soon can i go abroad to teach or how soon can i start teaching online so generally you have up to six months
to complete your course a lot of people complete the course faster um but generally you have up to six
months you work through the units then you you receive your certificate and then you apply for jobs
and then you start teaching for people who want to teach abroad usually we recommend you know starting
your research and doing all that like one year before and also
um figure out you know their visa requirements what do you need for getting the visa because tefl is only
one part of that so generally i would say one year is a good timeline
jessica would you like to add something to that no i think that that all seems really
reasonable um i think that the earlier you start planning ahead the better especially if you're for example in college and
you're planning for this after graduation um it would be great to start doing the initial steps even if that's just
something like gaining tutoring experience while you're living at home or um saving up money or learning uh the
language of the country that you hope to go to all of those are things that you can start sooner rather than later but will definitely pay off once you start moving
on this timeline and actually that's why i think so many people right now are taking their tefl courses because now is
a great time to get started because you're spending a lot of time at home anyway so you have time to
take the course and get ready for your adventure abroad later on absolutely i'll even give you guys a
little bit of an insider tip but um one of the few ways that you can legally travel right now is as an
english teacher there are quite a few countries that are closed to other professionals or to students or
just uh tourist travelers but um you can kind of get around that by going with a teaching degree and a business visa
yeah that's true actually i have a friend she just moved to south korea maybe a month or two ago and she did
have to go through her quarantine so she was in her teacher apartment for two weeks and she
actually got this cute um like survival package from the korean government with like ramen
and like hand sanitizers and like all the stuff and she um did that for two weeks and
then she started you know teaching so great impossible it's definitely a unique experience
yeah yeah it's really cool they actually she was like picked up from the airport
by like a government worker they put her on this special bus drive her to her apartment and she gets
like this app where she needs to check in every day and put in her temperature and they track her to make sure she
doesn't leave the house like it's wild it's really crazy it was cool all right
yeah and this is actually the part where we can take any questions that might have not been answered yet
um from you guys so i know there's a question here so am i allowed to travel to
european country to join an in-class school yes so many of our uh in-class courses
are running so it's going to depend you know where you're from what travel restrictions there are in place
uh between that european country and your country and um
okay thank you guys for being so active it's been great to have so many
questions yeah it's awesome all right are there any more questions before we
sign off or anything jessica you would like to add i might
have no just a thank you to itttt to you linda for putting this all together i
think that this was a really great resource for everyone out there listening and um maybe i'll ask on behalf of all of the
attendees is this going to be recorded and available live elsewhere or record it elsewhere
yeah so we're also recording it on youtube so that will be available there and um
we'll reshare it and be available on our facebook page so people can rewatch it's on the go
overseas facebook page as well and it'll reiterate again that there's links to the teach abroad jobs board and both the
youtube comments and the facebook comments as well it's awesome okay and i'm just going to
pop this 20 off link into the comments one more time
i think you were going to add the starting the own business link as well yes
let me add that i think i'm gonna have to add that after the live okay that's fine right now uh okay one
more question is does your class offer lesson plans so yes when you're doing
your online course and also the in-class course you will get a lot of material you get a whole binder full of stuff
that you can use lesson plans um and also other material that will
help in your future classes so that is definitely included and also our blog
and our um we also have a page with separate teaching materials that you can refer to
is all part of the course and resources available to you
okay awesome well also don't forget to check us out and
also go overseas we're printing we will go overseas across the board on any of those so yeah
we're not on the powerpoint but i think you'll be able to find us yeah well we have so many different handles
yeah okay awesome well thank you jessica for having us be part of your um teach
and tefl week that was really great thank you for joining us awesome all right
then thanks for watching and um always feel free to watch the replay and
also leave your comments in the replay we'll get back to the comments later on as well and don't forget to check out the 20 off
link it's for any course and um yeah i'll see you guys later great
thanks so much