Beware of schools that guarantee a job upon completion of their program. The most reputable accrediting organizations do not allow their centers to engage in misleading advertising. That’s because even with the most recognized TESOL/TEFL certification, it is not guaranteed that you will obtain a job.
If you see an ad that reads “Guaranteed Job Placement”, take a few minutes to read the terms of conditions. Some schools state in their terms and conditions that in order to get a refund on your TESOL course, you need to get several rejection letters. The thing is that employers do not send rejection letter, they simply do not respond to unqualified teachers.
A short Google search on schools that engage in misleading advertising will lead you to a lot of comments from their graduates who have complained that the schools guaranteed them a job prior to enrollment, yet they have not received any job placement service upon graduation or the jobs they’ve been offered were at much lower wages than the average in a specific country.
Online TESOL/TEFL Courses Recognized by ACTDEC UK and TESL Canada
There are places where you can get jobs without a course. You can even start at $1,800/month plus accommodation, bonuses, and other benefits in South Korea with just your university degree. However, the question you should be asking is not ‘can I get a job even if I don’t have any training?’ In most countries, studying English is not a luxury, so it is very important to consider that your students work hard to make an investment for themselves and/or their children so they can get further in life. For this reason, you should take the best level of training possible. A TESOL/TEFL course is not very difficult and only takes a few weeks if you study full-time. Prices are usually affordable, but a larger investment in an advanced program will provide you greater returns. For example, a 100-hour TESOL Certificate that costs approximately $300 qualifies teachers for $300 extra per month in South Korea.
An advanced TEFL program such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA is highly recommended. The minimum standard, however, is a 100-hour TESOL Certificate.
The most important section of a TESOL or TEFL course is Methodology. This is where the trainee learns to create lesson plans. A Practicum module is important, but a teacher cannot effectively meet the needs of their students without having learned how to create lesson plans. For this reason, a Practicum module comes at the end of an on-site or online course.
A TESOL or TEFL course shall also offer throughout training in Grammar and Phonology. Most native-speakers have not received proper training in high school or university. They can speak the language, but they cannot teach it unless they know the rules of the English language.
Online TESOL/TEFL Programs recognized by TESL Canada and ACTDEC UK
Every year, over 300,000 people enter the world of TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages). There are over 10,000 job openings worldwide every month!
The requirements and conditions vary a lot from country to country. For example, you can earn as little as $6,000/year in Ecuador or as much as $60,000/year in Dubai. The conditions may also vary a lot depending on your TESOL certification. For example, it’s possible to get a job without certification in China, but your salary won’t be more than $600/month. A decent entry level job in China pays approximately $1,000 plus benefits and perks to teachers who have a minimum of a 100-hour TESOL Certificate, while people who have completed an advanced TESOL program such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA, may earn $1,200-$2,200/month.
For more information about each of the top teaching destinations, you can visit freetefljobplacement.com, which was developed by Ontesol to provide accurate information about the requirements and conditions in each country.
The following designations are the most widely used to describe a professional certification of some sort in the field of English language teaching. There is no significant difference among them: it is often a matter of personal choice on the part of the institution offering the certification.
TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language
TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
What matters is the number of hours and the accreditation. In general, a 100-hour TESOL/TEFL/TESL certificate is more than enough to obtain an entry-level job worldwide. The most reputable ESL schools in the world ask for an advanced certificate such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, CELTA, or equivalent. These programs consist of at least 120 hours of advanced study and a 20-hour Practicum module. TESL Canada recognizes some online course providers and CELTA recently launched an online course.
Coventry House International offers 5-week in-class Trinity CertTESOL and TESL Canada Professional Standard 1 courses. Ontesol’s 250-hour Diploma with Practicum is recognized by TESL Canada Professional Standard 2.