Our TEFL Course Recommendations
Everything You Need To Know About TEFL Qualifications!
The following sections cover the areas that most teachers regularly ask us about. After reading this you will be able to decide if a TEFL qualification is the right thing for you, which courses we recommend, and how to get the best possible price
Our TEFL Course Recommendations
Deciding between TEFL courses can be overwhelming and many teachers ask us for recommendations. Courses vary in many different ways; cost, course duration, international recognition, online or in class, course content, availability, location, ‘hands on’ teaching practice.. the list goes on and on! Our opinions and results come from research that includes speaking with schools, getting feedback from teachers, assessing courses in terms of cost and availability, international recognition, and course content. Reach To Teach works with a number of prestigious TEFL institutions to provide our teachers with the best and most-sought after TEFL certification classes in the ESL market. Our courses come recommended by RTT teachers who have taken these courses and from our client schools. For more TEFL information click here.
ONLINE CATEGORY: We recommend i-to-i
There are so many online TEFL courses to choose from it can be difficult to know what to choose. From online colleges to Gap Year and travel companies, there are many different routes to a TEFL certificate. i-to-i is one of the best known online courses in the world. This course has proved to be perfect for the needs of most teachers coming to Asia to teach for a few years. In fact our schools in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand mostly require teachers to have a 120-hour certification, so if Asia is where you are planning to teach, this is a great and affordable TEFL option for you!
Reach To Teach has had hundreds of teachers sign-up for their courses. We are happy to recommend this course and i-to-i has agreed to give YOU (our readers) a 10% DISCOUNT off all I to I courses. This discount exists because Reach To Teach and i-to-i want you to have the best course at the best price.
This 10% discount is only available to our readers and by using the promotional code ‘reachtoteach2013’. You can access the discount page by clicking here.
Ontesol provides core, specialized, and advanced TESOL courses in an online format. Whether you are looking for a gap-year experience or a career in TESOL, Ontesol has the course that is right for you.
Our best course is the 250-hour TESOL Diploma, which is recommended for teachers who are applying for jobs in competitive job markets such as the UAE. Our 120-hour TESOL course with TEYL specialization is perfect for entry-level teachers interested in going to Asia because most jobs involve teaching young learners. We also have a 100-hour TESOL course for teachers who want to earn core TESOL certification. All our courses are online and graduates can take a separate and optional Practicum module.
Reach to Teach teachers get 10% OFF on all Ontesol courses. You must enter the rebate code on the photo for the 10% discount.
ONLINE & IN-CLASS CATEGORY: We recommend TEFL Online and International TEFL Academy
TEFLOnline is a certification course custom developed by BridgeTEFL, a leader in English Language Teaching with over 25 years of experience training students and teachers worldwide. Bridge, the parent company of BridgeTEFL and TEFLOnline, has institutional accreditation from ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training), an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Comprehensive certificate services, quality TEFL tutors, 24-hour response time (on business days) for customer support and assignments and affordable course offerings make TEFLOnline.com a perfect choice for those planning to teach in Asia. Please click here to review their courses.
*Teachers that are interested in teaching with the EPIK or SMOE program in South Korea are now given placement preferenceif they have 20 hours of their course classroom based. If you’re planning on applying to EPIK or SMOE, check out the 100 hour combined course that allows you to do 20 hours of student teaching in your own area for the classroom based portion of the course.
Reach to Teach has partnered with International TEFL Academy, one of the world’s largest TEFL certification schools to become professionally trained as an English teacher. ITA trains more than 1,500 English teachers annually and offers internationally accredited TEFL-TESOL certification courses online and in 25 locations around the world. All students and graduates receive lifetime job search guidance and graduates are currently employed as teachers in more than 80 nations in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
For more information about TEFL certification and teaching English abroad, please visit their site to receive a free brochure now: International TEFL Academy
Mention promo code “Reach To Teach” and receive an extra $50 off any online course or in-class Chicago course.
IN-CLASS CATEGORY: We recommend Cambridge CELTA
Note: ‘in class’ refers to courses that take place at a training center (as opposed to online). The Cambridge CELTA course is probably the most recognized TEFL course in the world. The course is very thorough and includes 6 hours of observed teaching practice. It takes one month (full time) and is hard work – but very rewarding. You can take this course at many centers around the world but many teachers choose Thailand for its cheap cost of living and fun lifestyle. This is the type of course you’d take if you could see yourself staying in the English teaching industry for at least a few years.
Everything You Need To Know About TEFL Qualifications!
Do I need to get a TEFL qualification? In the last few years we have seen a very big shift in schools preferring applicants that hold a TEFL qualification. This is a result of the teaching job market becoming increasingly competitive due to more teachers than ever before looking for the opportunity to teach overseas. Accordingly, schools have become more selective about who they hire and a TEFL qualification is one of the best ways to be selected. So, while a TEFL qualification is not a ‘requirement’ to teach overseas it has certainly become a very valuable asset for job hunters.
Are TEFL courses expensive? No, not when you consider you will get a great job because of it! Aside from the value of having a TEFL qualification on your resume and being a better teacher, you will be happy to hear that the many schools (especially our public school placements in South Korea) offer substantially higher salaries to their TEFL qualified teachers! This means that the cost of getting TEFL qualified is quickly reimbursed (and more) through higher pay. Furthermore, many TEFL courses offer excellent value for money and this is one of the factors we look at when recommending the best TEFL course.
I am confused by all the different TEFL terms! First of all don’t worry as you are not alone in your confusion! At Reach To Teach we like to use the term ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ (TEFL). In fact, there is no regulatory body to standardize all the TEFL courses so the various course providers around the world have all developed different names for what is essentially the same thing! Here are a few other acronyms you may see around:
ESL – English as a Second Language
ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages
EFL – English as a Foreign Language
ELT – English Language Teaching
EAL – English as an Additional Language
CELTA – Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults
TESL – Teaching English as a Second Language
TESOL – Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages
Are some TEFL qualifications considered better than others? Yes. This is because there are hundreds of different course providers and they all have different standards and aims. Not only are there hundreds of course providers but each of these providers often offer several different courses! Naturally, they mostly share one thing in common and that is so for you to choose their course over everyone else’s! This means you have to choose carefully as otherwise you could end up with a qualification that is not best suited to your needs, or worse still, a qualification that is not even worth the paper it is written on! We know how to assess courses and we know what schools are looking for. To give you some idea here are a few of the criteria we look at when selecting a course for our recommendation:
- Is the qualification internationally recognized and well known?
- Is the course accredited or endorsed by a well respected authority?
- How long is the course? For example, a 120 hour qualifications are considered better than 40 hour qualifications.
- What is covered in the course? All courses vary in terms of content.
- Which course best suits the requirements of schools in country X?
- Etc, etc!
I’m a fluent English speaker. What can a TEFL qualification teach me that I don’t already know? A lot! There is a huge difference between being fluent in English and teaching English. Taking one analogy, what percentage of car drivers actually know how a car engine works and how to diagnose and fix problems? Well, as a teacher of English you need to know how the English language works and how to diagnose and fix learner problems! You therefore need to get the basics in place to avoid some very difficult situations where your students discover you have little technical knowledge about teaching English. A good TEFL course is designed to give you these basics and get you on track to becoming a successful and skilled classroom professional. Each TEFL course differs in content and scope but these are types of things you will learn on your course: teaching awareness and how to evaluate your lessons, teaching techniques, presentation skills, identifying target language, covering all 4 skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), lesson planning, learning activities, classroom interaction patterns, basics of grammar, common learner errors, correction techniques, student incentive schemes, hands on teaching experience, etc, etc!!! In a nutshell: getting a TEFL qualification means you are more ready to hit the ground running than an unqualified applicant. This is exactly what schools are looking for right now!
Is it better to see if a school wants me to get a TEFL qualification before I go out and get one? No. It is safe to assume your chances of getting the best jobs at our best schools are much better if you make the first move towards getting qualified. This shows you are committed to being a good teacher and the schools will consider you ahead of non qualified applicants. We 100% encourage you to contact us once you have decided to get a TEFL qualification as we can then tell the best schools that you are going to be qualified soon!