ok so im thinking about getting my tefl or tesl certification. I always found the idea of teaching english overseas pretty interesting. That said, should i take a course online? in class? suggestions?

For starters:

im 22(23 in june)

Currently in school, changing majors.

Idealy would like to take the course in the summer.

i notice that there is plenty of websites offerring courses and a part of me is wondering if some of these websites are legit?

Any additional info would be great,

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    Just like brick and mortar schools, some online schools are fine and some are rubbish. Whichever school you go to, you need to do your research though.

    An online TEFL certificate is fine for a first job. If you want to go higher in the industry then you should be looking at a CELTA but that's best taken once you have a few years experience. They're *very* intense.

    ICAL run an online course and have been doing so since 1998 (it's the oldest in the industry). The students forum is open to public viewing so you can see what the students are talking about and so on. It's here: http://isc.icalweb.com/index.php?option=com_kunena...

    Over the past 14 years ICAL have trained literally thousands of teachers and you can read about the course here: http://icalweb.com/cms/

    Good luck!

    Source(s): Getting started in TEFL: http://teflworldwiki.com/index.php?title=TEFL:_An_... About TEFL Courses in General: http://teflworldwiki.com/index.php/Tefl_courses
    • Over at trustedteflreviews.com we publish verified reviews of online tefl certification course programs, submitted by graduates. There are SO many fake reviews on the net that you do need to be ultra vigilant.

  • 8 years ago

    The problem with online tefl isn't whether it's a scam or not. It's whether you can get practical experience and good information. After getting a TEFL, most people go overseas to teach foreigners. If you're not prepared adequately, it can be a daunting and even miserable experience. If you already have teaching experience, then it's not necessarily a bad way to go, especially if you can't find a good brick and mortar tefl class in your area.

    If you're in Southern California, I recommend Arrow TEFL. you can read about their course at http://arrowtefl dot weebly dot com.

    good luck.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Most of them are scams. You don't learn how to teach English in two weeks.

    The most widely recognized certificate is the CELTA from Cambridge. There are also some legitimate universities that offer certificate programs. UCLA and U. of Memphis are two of them. But they require several courses.

    Go to eslcafe.com and click on Jobs. It's the most complete listing of job worldwide. It will give you an idea of what the requirements are.

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