There is a massive range of TEFL courses available out there, and it can be very daunting trying to decide which is the best course for you. With this in mind, I have chosen some of the better known courses to review, so that you can work out which course is the right one for you in your particular set of circumstances.
Before looking at some of the specific TEFL courses available, it's worth knowing a few things about the industry as a whole, as which course you choose to do depends on many factors ..... finances, current location, future plans, past experience etc etc
It's worth noting at the onset, that the CELTA or the CertTESOL are the 2 TEFL courses that are internationally recognised, provide practical teaching experience and are used as the industry standard. They are the Rolls Royce of English teaching, and if money, time and location are no object, then these are definitely the ones to go for. This, however is not possible for everyone as they are VERY expensive and require a lot of dedicated time. Fortunately there are other alternatives available.
The most pressing question that most people seem to be asking is .... 'Will my certificate be recognised around the world?' or 'What accreditation does it have?' Unfortunately for you, these are generally not yes/no questions. It all depends on where you are going. In my experience, it hinges on how many other qualified people there are in a particular place.
Basically, if you go to the back of beyond where there are very few native/proficiency speakers (like in Asia), you could very well get a job without any experience or certificates at all. But if you are looking for a job in Europe, you will find it very difficult without a degree or a CELTA qualification. And then there are the places inbetween that will accept online courses, or online courses with some practical teaching experience.
So if you know where you want to go, the best thing to do is to research before hand what is required in that particular location. Phone some private language schools and find out what their requirements are in that location.
This is a very important question to ask, because it will determine how much time and money you are prepared to put into it.
You have a limited budget, and a shortage of time. Doing an online course is the ideal solution for you. You don't live in a major city and have limited access to any teaching centres. Doing an online course is the obvious way forward. BUT remember the following:
I have chosen the following TEFL courses to review. You can also view my Comparison Table which outlines how the various courses vary:
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