Native English Teacher vs. Non-Native English Teacher


hello hi welcome here my name is linda
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so looks like it's working great so yeah my name is linda i'm a tefl and
tesol professional at itt and i've been living and working in asia
since 2012-ish and i live in south korea and i've been here
for five and a half years i also taught english in china and here
in korea as well and yeah i also work for itttt and we
have a guest so to speak but also from iitt but joining us for the first time
my colleague lisa hi hey nice to see you my name is lisa
i'm a tefl and diesel expert at itttt as linda and i'm also a
formal a former esl teacher um i've been teaching online um
this year but before i worked in china as a
lead teacher in a kindergarten so that was quite fun and i'll share my
experience today awesome where in china did you teach
um well the first uh city was close to uh
beijing uh it was tenzing and then i moved to xi'an which is
uh in the central china cool so i i yeah i could
um try uh different uh parts of china and uh yeah it was
quite a different experience awesome i'm sure you're gonna tell us more about that in
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then um let's jump right in basically we have prepared some visual
and uh basically so native versus non-native english teacher i'm going to talk about my experience as
a native english teacher abroad and lisa is going to talk about her experience as a non-native english
teacher abroad and online so yeah let's jump right in
yeah let's start so we just want to start a little bit with um the demand for english language
instruction because we get that asked a lot at itt what's the demand you know can i find a
job i want to teach abroad what's what's the demand like so basically um yeah we're listing here the
four major uh points about the demand basically um what's actually really interesting
according to the british council there are about two billion people uh learning and using english worldwide
in 2020 so that's a lot of people and that means the demand is really high
and 300 million of those people are in china so china is actually the largest
market for teaching english and both of us lisa and me we actually taught in china so
and i know a lot of people who also have taught in china it's really it has a lot of opportunities there yeah
that's right it's like uh the easiest place to find a job
as a non-native teacher and as a native teacher as well because uh
they basically have a lot of uh offers uh and currently especially uh when all
all of the borders are closed um they have a huge demand uh
within the country um and i still have friends working there
they say that it's like crazy um because there are not many people
available not many teachers available and uh recruiters and uh different employers they
look for just someone to work for them and they even offer higher salaries
during this period uh because they they basically just don't have any
uh other options and i also see a lot of um even like
online positions they they are schools in china but they are looking for teachers to teach online
also that's very yeah that's right yeah that's actually what uh many of my
friends um working there were doing during the quarantine
in china they now don't have any quarantine regimes but uh they still had
have to deliver online classes from time to time because some children or some students
uh have to stay at home uh for well different reasons and because
uh this online um uh way of delivering classes is available
now uh they just offered this option and it's like um um special offer uh
in different schools yeah that's great um there's actually a question maybe
lisa you can answer that um are there teaching jobs for non-native teachers in china and you kind of already
mentioned it but yeah definitely there are many uh positions opened um all the time
you just have to look for job offers online so uh
we at itt uh have a special section and we have partners who share their job
offers but there are also other resources like for example china cities
they constantly post different jobs and you can find a recruiter or
a direct employer right there another option is to um
upload wechat which is uh the biggest um social network in china
they have groups uh there for native teachers for non-native teachers
for both teachers and uh you can look for offers there as well
so it's it's just uh up to you if you really want to find a job uh in china or
wherever you want um do that great and um a college degree is
required in china right four years uh well uh actually uh you have to be
uh over 18 first um and the second requirement uh for uh for
the chinese visa is to be over 24 years so if you want to get
a work visa then you have to be over 24 because uh that's the age
when when they get uh their masters in china so you
don't basically you don't need to have uh masters but you have to be
over 24 years because that's the general age when people start
working in china so something like that but you definitely do need to have a bachelor's
degree um it varies because i i met so many people who didn't have any
education at all and they had no problems working there
but bachelors yeah it's probably would be better to have it
if you don't have a bachelor's degree then uh it's better to get
a tesol certificate or uh some kind of education like for example
delta or celta but these uh certifications are um possible after
bachelors as far as i know okay great cool then
um yeah there's also a lot of um we're talking about this point right
here a lot of government-funded programs in many many countries around the world so
for example the epic program here in korea a lot of teachers get placed into
schools in south korea public schools private schools through the epic program and also the jet
program in japan those are very very um competitive and popular programs and then there's
also the tapif program in france and the net scheme in hong kong and there is a lot of other programs like
that from the official government of the country that really want to
attract english teachers to their country and to teach their local people there so
that's another great way to get to teaching abroad and another thing that's really interesting
is that actually 50 of all the teachers teaching abroad they are staying for a second year so
that kind of tells us two things um that's basically that 50
half of them they really love it and they stay um obviously
and then the other half move on to maybe another destination or they go back home and
also it's a great great turnover every year so that every year there's
new positions opening up for new teachers who want to go abroad and teach so that's a really really it's a
revolving door of job openings basically for anyone so the demand for teaching english abroad is really really
big um and also online obviously also because of the current situation
so yeah and uh could you please repeat the name of the
program in friends yeah so that's this one tapiff
that's the program in france so if you google that you'll um see all the requirements like the
official website and stuff like that okay then
uh that was the demand so now we're kind of moving into comparing native versus non-native
english teacher on a couple of different categories and um keep uh throwing questions at us so
yeah let's look at the first one so where can i where can i teach english
as a native english teacher and as a non-native english teacher so for example as a native english teacher
i think you are pretty much super flexible in terms of where you can teach
um because a lot of there's a lot of countries and a lot of schools that are kind of exclusive and only hire
native english teachers so from that point of view native english teachers do have an
advantage and they can pretty much teach anywhere they like
however places like in europe it can be a little
bit more difficult for someone without an eu passport to
be hired there and find a job and get that work visa because of the low restrictions
um yeah but pretty much you are flexible as a native english teacher
when it comes to teaching location what about the non-native english teacher well i should say that we are flexible
as well because the demand is quite high all over the world
um so if for example we take russia
it is um an absolute requirement to have a degree in teaching here but you still
can uh work as a tutor so uh it's not an obligatory to uh be
um to have a bachelor's degree uh in education uh to work as a tutor privately
so it's okay to do it online or to i don't know go to
your students houses so just perfect but at the same time
you can go to teach abroad for example like to china to uh thailand uh i
also know uh some people who work um as non-native english teachers in the us
or in canada uh because uh there are also um efl students from other countries
and they need uh this non-native english help and
assistance to get to know the country to get involved with the
school and so on so it's basically again depends on your uh personal
um extroversive probably so if you are able to find a job you can
find it whenever you want wherever you want
great cool what do you think is like the top destination for non-native english teachers
for teaching abroad i should say china because they
they have a lot of uh options and they um well smaller schools like
uh in some uh suburbs uh they are not that um obligatory to
hire native english teachers because native english teachers charge
higher and such schools and such language centers don't have as much
money to pay so they actually um are okay hiring
uh non-native english teachers um so uh
well if i um found a job right now abroad i would choose china
because it's like the easiest way to uh work abroad
cool and then maybe once you are in china and you gain some teaching experience then you even you have more even more
options after that right yeah that's right um well it can be like
your first experience and then you uh look for some other um employers um
in other countries and uh you already have this uh in your resume so
um yeah okay it's yeah it's just it can be a first step
cool okay oh yeah and i think we already answered kind of this question about china do you
need to have teaching experience to get a job in china did you mention that i forget um well
basically yes and no uh if you um apply for
a work visa you definitely need experience but it
is not a requirement to have a teaching experience it is said on on the chinese
embassy site for example it is said that you need to have two years of working experience
so you can be a teacher you can be another employee but you
need to have two years of working experience aft after your graduation uh
but these requirements change um well yearly so uh it's better to check
if they still have this requirement or not i as i have already mentioned
i met a lot of teachers who did not have any experience at all
uh when i went there right after my graduation i also didn't have
uh two years of experience after the graduation but i was teaching
during my uh school years so it was counted somehow
okay i remember when i was in china they did not have that requirement yet with the two years i
think that came right after after i left i think so yeah i didn't have any experience either
yeah i remember that um yeah and actually you have a good point about the regulations always changing so
that's why we are actually putting this disclaimer on here the regulations are changing frequently
in all the countries they always change their laws so always do your research and check with
official authorities because those things change frequently and so um just make sure
you're on the most up-to-date kind of information okay then yeah let's take a look
what about teaching online so i think for native english teachers it's about
the same um also pretty flexible a lot of platforms also
do only hire native english teachers i know that and then even some platforms they will
be like oh we only hire north americans because they like that accent or some platforms would be like
oh we only hire uh british english british people um so that can also happen
it just depends on which platform you're working for there's so many different teaching platforms
available that you can really pick and choose so just pick one that fits you know your
skill set your preference and then yeah you'll be fine what about the non-native english
teachers for teaching um yes it's almost the same so there are many uh offers uh and
during this year uh there have been so many online schools opened
i tried to work for an online school um foreign for a russian online school
um it was great they had their own platform uh they had their own
methodology uh so i i basically learned a lot of stuff
through their uh webinars for teachers um and uh the whole platform was
was very easy to follow so it was pretty convenient to work with
the students and the um the biggest benefit was that they found students
on their own and just scheduled them according to your hours
you wanted to teach uh for example at five o'clock um you just um entered the space
and you had a student at that time um but i should say uh the
uh salary was pretty low uh because of the uh russian situation um
our currency is quite uh weak uh compared to dollar uh to the u.s dollar so um
they paid um a few money but um i looked at that experience
um i accepted that experience uh as an opportunity to learn uh the online
um way of delivering lessons and it's worth it i suppose
but there are also uh other options uh other schools that pay higher
and there are such uh well-known platforms as italki and uh cambly
uh you don't need to be a native teacher you just need to be an experienced
teacher with some qualifications uh to compete with uh the others uh there
but you can um also find students easier because these platforms are
um special for um english and other languages
so it's pretty convenient um to work online and uh
the other option which i love most is uh teaching online with your private
students so basically what you need is to find students on your own and uh design the whole
course um as a professional teacher uh for them uh online and
uh this way you can um charge higher because you spend time on
planning you spend time uh on delivering these classes
and it's like special it's private so i should say if you um
want to try online teaching um look for such an opportunity to work
with some private students or maybe with some small groups but look for students on your own
because this way you won't pay any fees to um third-party platforms
that's the thing and then like the more um famous the online teaching platform is the
higher is their fee and their pay cut so that's uh yeah one of the pros and cons you just have
to think about when it comes to online teaching for sure and here is a question where do you find
this private online job it's it's pretty easy um i found one of
my students um well by the word of mouth um i go to
a gym and um i just talked with uh one woman there and mentioned
that i teach english online and she said oh like my daughter needs a tutor and that was the way we
started working um i found other uh students on social
networks um on instagram um
particularly and uh instagram is uh probably one of the most um uh
important platforms in russia um we um have huge communities there
and it's it's really easy to find uh students of different ages uh on instagram as
well uh it can be different uh for other countries because i know somewhere facebook is
more important than instagram and maybe linkedin is popular somewhere as well so
any platforms can be uh suitable for uh finding students uh just don't be
afraid to um to advertise your services it's okay we
we all are people uh willing to bring some bacon home so it's okay
for sure cool awesome all right
yeah the ideal requirement and i think it's kind of similar between both native english teacher and non-native
english teacher they're pretty much similar but the requirements always do depend
where you want to teach different countries have different regulations they have different regulations for
getting their work visa some countries are okay with teachers
teaching on a tourist visa some countries are definitely not so it really depends it really depends
on where you want to teach and you should always make do your own research and reach out to maybe the local embassies
of that country where you want to teach and check that out but basically the requirements the ideal requirements for
teaching english abroad or online are definitely
a tefl certificate because that really teaches you how to teach and also
is an official certificate so that the employer really sees that you are serious about teaching and you really
want to do it um and another thing also is obviously experience if you already have some
experience that's always a plus even if it's even if you're still young but you're like volunteering in your
community or you are tutoring somebody that's also you know a positive thing
that you can mention on your resume um that's right yeah i would also add that
if you are a non-native teacher it's um better to get um a language level
certificate because it will show an employer that your language level is at an
advanced level and you are actually able to deliver
classes um well um it it doesn't only uh it's not only
um about your language level of course it's also about your uh teaching skills but um it's another
point when we are not native teachers and we
can't um approve that improve our ability to speak uh with
just a passport it's better to have a language certificate for example
i got uh ielts last year i didn't have ielts before but uh
some employers asked me if i had it when i worked in china because it was
a real proof of your language ability that's awesome and also because we had
that question earlier i saw it about a degree so do you have to have a degree
um there are a lot of countries where you do need a degree in order to get a
work visa so it again it depends on where you want to teach um so some countries yes you will need a
degree for some countries you won't need a degree and that's a four-year bachelor's degree um but also
the bachelor's that it can be in any major so it doesn't really matter you don't have to
yeah exactly yeah so it doesn't have to be a bachelor bachelor's in education a
bachelor's in tesol it doesn't really matter i had a bachelor's in um business administrations and i was still
able to go to china and korea to teach so as long as you have a bachelor's degree
that's enough and for some countries that's right it would be great i also have a friend who is
majored in economics uh and uh he's been teaching english
in china for seven years already and um he just changed his career path
uh he he chose teaching he started uh developing in this um
track and uh now he's he can be called a real english teacher
even without this bachelor's degree in education yeah so it's really depends like
on your background and where you want to teach but usually it's everything is possible
usually that's right many opportunities
okay cool
next up what are the benefits so basically what are the benefits of being a native english
teacher uh versus a non-native english teacher um well i think the big well one of the
biggest benefits of being a native english teacher is that you are a little bit more flexible maybe in your
location choice because some schools will be more picky maybe you do have access to
more higher paying positions um
but i would say that's about it baby i'm not sure are there any other benefits is it or i feel like it's pretty much
the same um yeah i can say about um non-native english teacher benefits
um yes we can't pretend um to to get uh we can't
probably get higher salaries uh sometimes but uh we definitely have this uh
english learning experience at first hand uh which is a little bit different
uh from being just a native teacher just a native speaker uh because we know
um from the very beginning how it all works uh so that's a real benefit
we can deliver classes differently according to our personal experience but it also
depends because teaching is
something to learn how to do as well and another point is that
non-native teachers uh can actually
be probably more empathic uh to other non-native students
so something like that for sure because you went through the exact same process
that your students are going through right you know exactly what they're
struggling with in terms of grammar or pronunciation and stuff like that that native english teachers usually
don't know so i think that's definitely that's a huge benefit for non-native english teachers
and i think not enough schools or employers they recognize that i think they should recognize that more
uh yeah they they probably don't um estimate it they underestimate it
and i have a friend who recently finished
masters in education she's she mentioned that
well nowadays uh it's prohibited to call uh english teachers native
and non-native uh in academic world because there is actually no uh
subdivision to such groups uh english teacher is just someone who teaches english and
he or she was taught how to do that he got this experience how to deliver
lessons how to plan things and so on so um
when employers um write something like uh native english
teachers only they basically um are just not
as educated as they can be um for sure because they they just don't
know anything about this academic world some teachers some non-native teachers
spend a lot of time like many years learning how to do it properly and if
you for example know about such certifications as delta
you you must know that it's pretty hard to get this certificate
so some non-native teachers spend a lot of time
working on their skills and it is underestimated it's it's quite beating
yeah that's quite sad or you see a lot of uh strange job postings all over the
internet for teaching jobs with people like only u.s or only female only male
it's just like it uh cuts so many people off right off the bat it's it's just not right
sad okay i wanted to comment something
um it was about italki i i just missed this um comment
missed this question oh here it is so um well actually as um
i applied for uh the teaching position on italki and i uploaded all of my certificates
uh i'm not sure about the current situation but um well like maybe a year ago
they required to at least to provide
a tefl certificate uh and if you have a language certificate so if you if you
are a non-native teacher so i'm not sure about a degree
probably it's not a requirement but they needed some proof that you are that you
have this teaching skills okay nice
all right moving on yeah i really like this one what are the
misconceptions about native english teachers and non-native english teachers so from my experience as a native
english teacher and i've worked with many native english teachers and worked at different schools
the employers i mean many employers maybe it's less now but a lot of them they think just
because you're a native english teacher you know everything about english and you know all the grammar
and you know that you know everything basically and obviously that's not the case and that's something
what we just talked about that uh non-native english teachers know better actually the grammar right
yeah that's right because we were taught how uh the language works from this
perspective and for example um i uh i majored in linguistics
in lincoln in english linguistics and i was taught by uh russian english teachers
yeah and they could uh explain uh some peculiarities of english
uh that um native english teachers can't explain um for example uh currently i'm
preparing for the cpe exam and my teacher is native
he is professional in delta and uh
he is professional in preparing uh teachers uh to pass this particular
exam cp but when we ask him questions they are so picky
sometimes he just says like um well i'll write it down
let me check it and i'll reach you back because i i can't answer this
straightforward like it's it's just a difficult question right yeah yeah that's the thing and a
lot of uh schools or employers they just think because you're a native english speaker you know how
all the grammar works and that's that's usually not the case and that's always especially i think especially for
native english teachers they should definitely take a tefl course um for example our itt tefl course it's
kind of like the standard one 120 hours that's the one we always recommend as you know a first step basically
um that's it teaches you how to teach and also half of it is kind of english
grammar so it's teaching you uh how english grammar works and also
most importantly uh the parts of english grammar that most
non-native english speakers so your potential students have problems with and how to deal with
those problems how to teach grammar in a way that they will basically understand
so yeah i think that's the biggest misconception on our side uh what about what do you think
for non-native english teachers uh well there is such a misconception as accent uh so um
it is believed that uh if you uh don't have uh an american accent or
a british accent then you are uh not you are not a professional
and you are just useless as a teacher it's not true because there are so many
different accents all over the world even in the u.s there are
so many different regional accents so it's hard to say that one
accent is better than the other uh what is really important is pronunciation it is really important
to know uh some uh basics of the pronunciation and stick to it just pronounce
words correctly but um yeah it is still underestimated but some
by some employers but well for example taking china most of the employers
there especially in smaller cities they don't know anything about english
and they just try to hire someone who um from their perspective
is better in speaking they judge by their own experience
they judge by their own preferences and yeah so just
uh don't think that um if you speak english with an accent you're bad
it's not true right and i think that's a great point because there's definitely a
difference between having an accent and pronunciation right those are two different things and
like you said i think pronunciation having good pronunciation is the main thing what your accent is like because
everyone has an accent right everybody has a right so like it's just yeah
it's just uh some uh feature that you have uh and that shows from where
are you yeah where you belong something like that yeah yeah and it's
part of your like identity it makes you who you are right so yeah why take that away or why see that
as a negative thing yeah that's great
and uh there was one question is online tefl okay i i think you've you've already
mentioned that uh we have this 120 hours uh online tefl certification which is basic
and uh which is perfect as as the first step in teaching um yes so and
uh particularly this year um online certification
is probably the only certification you can uh get in some parts of the world so
don't be afraid to enroll yeah definitely and also i want
to say something about this comment um so uh i come from singapore i started
speaking english since i was a child and my whole family speaks english but because i come from a malay background many do not consider me as a
native speaker and that's also uh yeah that's kind of like the sad thing about
also this industry um and this industry is always changing and developing for the better
but it is kind of black and white at the moment where um in the tefl teaching industry
uh people or like the employers basically consider native english
speakers people from canada us uh uk ireland
south africa australia and new zealand so those seven countries usually that's
considered native english speakers and everything else is non-native
english speakers now obviously that's not the reality because like like this person is from
singapore and they speak english there and there are so many countries where english is an official language
but sadly in this industry still it's it's just not we're just not there
yet um yeah and that's that's a problem for sure so yeah i just wanted to mention that
and i also want to comment this uh so there are so many uh different accents
sometimes it's hard to judge uh what person uh what accent does a person have
so um don't be this judgmental um even especially if you are
a teacher yourself and uh secondly if you look for a teacher uh
don't be afraid that uh they will have some accent it's it's just normal what you need to look
for um is their teaching skills and what you as a teacher need
is teaching skills exactly in here oh sorry
sorry like fiji english is their first language exactly
and then another comment their english is the official language in 50 countries probably maybe even more i'm not sure
but um yeah so that's it's just sad and i'm i hope that it's developing and that we
are all getting more open-minded in this field so that's obviously the goal yeah
okay yeah um yeah i think we actually had this
question in the comments before about the salaries the pay what does it look like uh for a native english teacher versus
non-native english teacher and so in my case at the school that i worked at
in uh i think in china i was actually the only teacher there so i'm not sure i couldn't
compare but um at the other school there were only native english teachers in korea
so also i'm not sure about comparing with non-native english teachers but um i know that for example at my
korean school there were local korean teachers and they so they were sort of like my
co-teachers we were like the main teachers and they were the co-teachers so they would earn
less than us but actually worked the same hours and they probably even had more work to
do then yeah the same in china yeah so um but also they are not actually english
teachers they're co-teachers so it's kind of different um but i actually think i heard from a
lot of people that native english teachers do get paid more and lisa you
mentioned that earlier that with um the bigger cities they earn more and then the rural rural
villages they would hire non-native english teachers because they could pay them less is that what you were saying yeah that's
what i was saying but the situation is um not the same all over china
and some teachers some non-native teachers who are really experienced and who've been
working for a long time um already they uh definitely get uh
paid higher um i have uh several friends who are still working in china and they are
doing that just for ages um they they get paid almost as native teachers and with this
uh situation with this quarantine situation uh they uh even uh started getting
uh getting more money because of the demand
and another point is your employer it's really important some employers are
just really bad they offer poor conditions
uh they are they don't care about your life situation um
well anything um when i work in china i found a really good employer
who um offered different benefits like um insurance uh what else
uh flights so i i got uh funded uh twice a year
um refunded so i i bought uh tickets and they uh refunded
the tickets and uh those were um huge sounds of money
i should say um what else they also provided me with sick days
uh some schools don't do that most of the schools don't do that yeah
so if you want to get uh higher salaries you also have to
look for better uh employers and which is not easy
you need to spend time um yeah yeah actually yeah and that's actually a
good point about the sick days the school that i worked for in uh korea my first year in korea i was teaching
full time um at a yeah private school and we didn't have any sick days so i
was sick one time and then they actually took money of my paycheck so uh yeah yeah it depends on the
employer definitely it depends on the employer and on their traditions probably because
they don't provide uh their teachers with sick days they
suppose that they don't have to provide uh english teachers with sick days as well
it's like some uh just some some equality yeah
from this point of view because uh when i worked in china what was really
really uh difficult uh was to cooperate with the chinese teachers
uh they probably had something they didn't like english teachers
because of this inequality yeah salaries they knew that we
got paid higher and um we worked much less than that
yeah it can create an awkward work environment for sure that's right yeah
okay let's see all right how to enhance your teaching
resume so how can a native english teacher enhance their teaching resume um definitely
take by taking a tefl course and then also if you already have the standard
tefl course um you can take specialized tefl courses for example at itt we offer um
three specialized sort of add-on certifications they are teaching business english
teaching english to young learners and teaching english online so if you get uh you can get one or all of them and
then you know you can definitely enhance your resume with that then obviously um work
any kind of work experience is going to enhance your teaching resume um and also in
terms of like career development so if you are planning to teach for a long time or a longer time
and you for example want to stay in the same country for example like korea where i am and
you're aiming for a higher position it's definitely recommended that you maybe learn the local language
because then you're also going to have an advantage you're gonna have access to more um local resources you're gonna you can
go to like uh trade fairs job fairs um symposiums uh all this kind of stuff that actually
would not be available to other foreigners because they don't speak the local language so
i definitely think that's a good step yeah what about non-native english teachers um
it's pretty much the same i should say take a tefl course as a
as the first step in your teaching career and then look for uh some other
opportunities to work on your professional development uh for example
there are many um mock courses if you know what is that so basically
free courses like on coursera or future learn uh they are not
as advanced as uh paid courses like um i don't know like some courses
but they also provide with some useful information in teaching
education and so on i personally took such a course on
futurelearn it was devoted to
english in child in early childhood it was from british council and it gave
me uh some insights um at how to work with really young learners
um sometimes um general courses just don't have uh this aspect uh even teaching
young learners is not the same as teaching young early childhood so that course
really helped me especially when i worked with um with
children about two three years old in china so sometimes they
also their parents also want uh them to be taught this early
and yeah that course helped me so um don't stop developing
uh look for different opportunities and it would be really great to have it on
your resume because it will also show that you are
not just an english teacher striving for um a lot of money
or something really eager to develop in this career yeah that's great
and we actually have a question from alan ellen's asking um if there are any salary differences
between online teaching and uh in a physical school so um i actually i know i haven't
personally taught online but um i know that a lot of online teaching jobs do pay hourly
and that actually in a school you typically get your monthly salary so the salary will be more different but
i think lisa maybe knows a little bit more about that um it can be different uh
first of all due to uh the time spent uh on your uh job uh probably
um online platforms online employers believe that you spend less time
preparing that's why they uh pay you a little bit less
for example as i've mentioned earlier uh i worked for an online platform and they paid much
less because they provided everything um they provided me with all all the
teaching materials with the students so basically marketing was on
them i didn't do anything myself and i i spent just 30 minutes
delivering a class and uh probably that was reasonable
that i got paid less but if you work as a private tutor online you can charge
those money you want because you spend the same amount of time
preparing for such classes great okay
all right so then yeah this is where our 30 off special actually comes in
so yeah just uh quickly if uh people don't know about itttt and what
kind of courses we offer we kind of mentioned it a little bit so our courses kind of range from 50 hours
all the way to 550 hours so really a wide variety of courses for
all different kinds of needs and we also obviously native and non-native english teachers can take the course
you just need to be over 18 and i'm fluent in english and then yeah the teflon tesol
specialization courses that i mentioned that's business english teaching young learners and teaching online
those you can you can take those and they're all internationally accredited and also accepted
worldwide and now let me actually um paste our discount link into the
comments so that if you sign up with this link you can get
30 off any of our courses so i pasted it copied it and pasted it
now into the comment box so it should show up on facebook and on youtube but um
i can also share it later again if somebody can't see it and uh yeah uh
how long does it take to complete the 120 hour course so usually you have up to um six months
to complete the course but most people finish it much faster
if depends all you know how much time you have it is self-study and 100 online so you can finish it if
you have more time you finish it quicker maybe in a month two or three and if you have less time
it's going to take you a little bit more time but yeah one when i passed ielts with itttt
several years ago um i it took me like uh several weeks to uh do
the theoretical part um with all all the tests but it took me
like uh two or three months to finish the lesson planning uh that was
really challenging for me uh because i i couldn't um do it from the first attempt
so i did it just after the second attempt and it was really hard i was like oh my
god i should i will fail it but i didn't
thank god i didn't cool and uh charak says i have two itttt
tesol courses cool and he strongly recommends it yeah
so yeah that's great tefl or tesol is definitely the first step towards your teaching
career uh then we have a question about the job placement
so can itt provide 100 job placement for non-native speakers so we do not provide 100
job placement but we have a very extensive job support and we do our best you know to match you
with a job that fits you and we also have a strong vast network of schools
internationally and employers that we work with and many of them also hire non-native speakers so yeah
definitely we can give you support for that okay and then i also just quickly want
to mention the bundles that we offer because that's kind of a great way to get started
teaching and also save a little bit of money because um yeah if you purchase the
bundles they're a little bit cheaper than if you would buy the courses individually so we have a 220 hour master package
a 470 hour professional package and our largest package is the 550 hour
expert package and yeah they all have different parts and pretty much all of them start with
the 120 hour tefl course so that's sort of the basic one that you want to get
so depending on what your goal is if you want to teach english just for short term short time
or short term you might want to get a master package or just the 120 hour course
but if your goal is maybe to have a career a long term career then you might want to aim
for the expert package so it really depends um i highly recommend checking out our
website for all the details about these bundles and courses and also our faq
section so i'm also going to paste the link into the comments you can find a lot of information there
it's basically just faq and pretty much all the questions
about itttt or teflor teaching are answered there if there's anything that we missed um
you can definitely check that out and also on
our blog there's also a lot of information so i'm also going to share
that link real quick so that's blog um and then
yeah yeah cool and i also wanted to thank you guys
for your positive comments for your questions that was really great to talk to you
um and yeah um keep coming to this live sessions we are
doing that for you uh so if you if you get any further um questions
concerning uh tefl or teaching in general uh
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and um franco thank you for being so active today with all of your
comments that was really nice to have you
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