There probably is no one best TEFL certification out there; however, there will be the best one for YOU! Also, making this decision isn’t always easy, especially with so many options to choose from.Fear not; we have thought of you and these TEFL certification dilemmas and want to make this as easy as it could possibly be. Here are 3 things you need to know in choosing the best possible TEFL certificate course.
#1 – How Do You Get TEFL Certified?
There are several options to getting TEFL certified. In order to be TEFL certified, you need to find, take, and pass a TEFL course – and this is where the decision especially becomes a difficult one.
In short, you will need to decide:
- The kind of TEFL course you want to take. There are online, on-site, and blended options available, and within each of these categories, there are several TEFL courses to choose from.
- How long you have to take the course. Some are an intensive four-weeks, a weekend, a week, or a few months.
- Where you want to take the course. Do you want to do a TEFL certification in your hometown, home country, or abroad?
- Do you want to do a full-time course or part-time one?
What is your budget? And if you opt to do the course in another place than where you are living now, these costs would need to be taken into consideration as well.
#2 – What Is the Best Way to Get TEFL Certified?
Even though there are lots of TEFL certification programs and courses available, not every one of these are ranked equally by employers. In essence, there is a hierarchy of TEFL certificates that are accepted and recognized.
CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL:
The Cambridge CELTA and the Trinity Cert TESOL are the most widely recognised TEFL certificates. Trinity Cert TESOL is an on-site or face-to-face course, while CELTA has on-site and blended (some parts can be done online, while the teaching practice needs to be completed on-site) options.
Both of these are 120-hour courses and the on-site options are completed in four intensive weeks. They include input sessions, teaching practice, lesson planning, and written assignments.Employers who favor these TEFL qualifications will usually state so in job adverts.
On-Site TEFL Courses:
Many companies and/or schools offer TEFL courses that may be of similar content, duration, and quality as the two mentioned above. In job adverts, employers may state that they require a “CELTA, Trinity Cert TESOL, or equivalent”.
Online TEFL Courses:
There are many online TEFL course options available and these are increasingly becoming more accepted and recognized. The main issue that employers have with these courses is that they don’t provide an opportunity for teaching practice.There are, however, nowadays some companies that offer a teaching practice certificate in addition to their TEFL course (or included in some) and this provides some way to put theory into practice. This either takes the form of observed video lessons or an on-site component.
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#3 – What Do You Need for the Best TEFL Certification?
Here is a general list of requirements you need to do a TEFL course:
- At least 18 years old
- A university degree isn’t always a requirement, but may be
- English to be at native level; if you aren’t a native English speaker, then you need to be able to demonstrate that you have a high level of English language skills
- Fill out an application form
- May also need to complete a language awareness task
- An interview may also be required
To recap, to get the best TEFL certification you need to decide what kind of TEFL course you want to do, in addition to deciding the where, when, and for how long, and examining your budget.