If you hope to teach English online, getting your TEFL certification is a great idea. In fact, if you plan to teach English abroad in any capacity, getting your TEFL course online should be high on your to-do list.
I’ve been an online English teacher with VIPKID for 3 years, and in order to get that job, I took a TEFL course.
The beauty of taking a TEFL course online is that you can do it while you’re working a full-time job, or while you’re travelling — you just need a wifi connection.
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In this post, I’ll cover the basics of TEFL certification and the best TEFL courses for online English teachers.
What is a TEFL Certificate?
A TEFL Certificate is a qualification that’s recognized internationally. It allows you to teach English abroad and is a crucial part of your teaching job application.
There are a few types of TEFL certifications, and the acronyms can be a bit confusing!
1. TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language). This certification is used worldwide for teachers who want to teach English abroad to foreign students (or teach English online to foreign students). Example: A Canadian teaching English in China, or an American teaching English as a second language in Mexico.
2. TESL (Teach English as a Second Language). This certification is used by those who are teaching English in their own country to someone who needs to learn English as their second language. Example: A Brit teaching English to immigrants in England.
3. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). This certification is used for those who want to teach English either abroad as a foreign language, or in a country that speaks English as its native language. It’s similar to TESL (above), but isn’t as widely used or recognized.
4. CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The acronym doesn’t really work for this one! CELTA is the more expensive, “posh” version of TESOL, and is specific to Cambridge University.
Now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to focus on TEFL Certifications in this article.
Having a TEFL certificate will allow you to apply for jobs teaching English in foreign countries or jobs teaching English online.
The typical curriculum covers teaching fundamentals, how to create lesson plans, and how to instruct students in English grammar,…