Some of you may be wondering what I mean when I say TEFL or when you see it mentioned on here … well, I asked Wikipedia for you, and this is what it said: “Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) refers to teaching the English language to students with different first languages. TEFL can occur either within the state school system or more privately, at a language school or with a tutor. TEFL can also take place in an English-speaking country for people who have immigrated there (either temporarily for school or work, or permanently). TEFL teachers may be native or non-native speakers of English. Other acronyms for TEFL are TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and ESL (English as a second language, a term typically used in English-speaking countries, and more often referring to the learning than the teaching.” Source - Wikipedia page
Ok so now you know what it is, if you want to know more there are MANY more places online where you can find information about TEFL courses, certificates and jobs, you can type it into Google and easily spend a week straight trawling through all the sites that come up.
You will probably find that the top responses in Google will relate to courses that are in your local area, country or online.
TEFL qualifications can enable the holder to be employed as an English Teacher anywhere in the world (local VISA restrictions and position requirements may also apply, so please make yourself aware of these extras you may need to consider), as it proves you are qualified to and have experience in the teaching of English to those whose first language isn’t English. In most cases, TEFL teachers are native English speakers, however there are opportunities for non-native English speakers (depending on their language ability).
The options available for completing TEFL qualifications are varied. There are online courses, combined courses (classroom and online) and full classroom courses. There are many places that provide all of the different options, I chose the 4-week intensive classroom course option.
The only words of advice I can give you are as follows –
Do your research and lots of it. Read any information you can get your hands on, and don’t forget to research employment options for someone with your experience, nationality and previous qualifications. Some countries may not be an option for you.
Choose a reputable course provider. Ask to speak to previous graduates to get their honest opinions as well.
Go for it and don’t look back. It could change your life.