TEFL Advice

Benefits of taking the International TEFL Course

Explore the World

You can explore new cultures, make new international friends, learn a new language, improve your CV/Resume, live and work in exotic locations, travel the globe, give something back to the world and make a positive difference to other people’s lives.

You’ll get an internationally recognised online TEFL course, a 120-hour accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate, personal tutor, online video & material, lifetime membership to our global job club, job guarantee, online teaching practice.

Time is under Your Control

It takes around 2-4 weeks to complete Part 1 of the online TEFL course but you have up to 6 months if need be. The Cambridge TKT course and online teaching practice modules will usually incur an additional 3-4 weeks study. You only really need to study for a few hours a week up with your own pace. You can download your TEFL certificate as soon as you have completed the course. In-class courses overseas are usually 4-weeks long.

A ESL Job is Waiting for You

A Job placement is virtually guaranteed as long as you follow our instructions, you will find a teaching job after successfully completing your TEFL course. Remember all job offers are subject to an interview by the prospective employer. 93% of our course graduates, who wanted to work, were able to secure a paid teaching job within a couple of weeks after completing our TEFL course. You do have to present yourself professionally as you would with any job offer.

We have added a comprehensive job club service to our package so now many students manage to find employment before they complete the course! No other TEFL organisation can offer you such an outstanding platform that allows you to confidently choose from a variety of TEFL courses online or around the globe. You are assured that each course is guaranteed to provide you with both quality training and international recognition.

Teachers are in Demand 

A TEFL course is your gateway to working anywhere in the world. With English becoming the “global language”, trained TEFL teachers are in high demand, in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and private language schools in over 150 countries from Thailand to Tanzania. There is also a growing demand for online teachers so you may work from home or while traveling .

Online Teaching Opportunities 

Online Opportunities Over Skype or FaceTime 

The growth of technology for educational use has revolutionised the way in which people learn and access education.  Teaching English over Skype is developing fast and could soon become the norm in teaching English as foreign language and an integral part of the ESL industry. Learning English online is well established in France and growing rapidly in much of China, Japan and South Korea.

It opens up a lot of creative options for teachers who will gain 21st century skills in cross-cultural communication and eliminates geographical restrictions for teachers and students alike. For many students, English language proficiency is the key to their future success. Learning English online provides the opportunity to learn in an interactive environment with a native speaker which they may not have access to where they live, in a cost effective and convenient way. For teachers, the benefits of teaching English online are outlined below!

Benefits of teaching English online

You can work from anywhere in the world. This means that you can be constantly on the move, or settle somewhere remote and you can still have access to students even if there are not great teaching opportunities where you are based.

There is no commute and with no traveling between classes, lessons can run straight into each other and can last 60 rather than 55 minutes.

The flexible schedule is ideal for those balancing a busy family life/other commitments. You can set your own hours and work as little or as much as you want. With potential students all over the world you can work at any time of the day.

You can own your own business while delivering a needed service. Although there are some big recruiters that you can work for, most teachers are attracted to the opportunity online teaching provides to be your own boss.

Teaching English online is also a new challenge for teachers, with plenty of opportunities to be creative and develop new ways of teaching.

If teaching English online sounds like it could be for you, read on to find out how to get started!

Initial set up: Good Equipment

Skype is a very user-friendly platform for online teaching, which many freelance teachers opt for. Its greatest appeal is its simplicity. You can have free video or audio conversations with your students, you can send files, type corrections and new vocabulary in the message box, and you can also screen share your desktop to show PowerPoint presentations or work directly from educational sites.

You will also need a good strong internet connection, a fast computer and a working headset to get started. (There is nothing more frustrating than a slow connection when teaching!). As an independent freelance teacher you will be responsible for maintaining and upgrading your equipment where necessary.  In in terms of receiving payments, PayPal is one of the best options.

How to teach English over Skype

You will focus on improving your students’ fluency and confidence in English language, in a virtual environment. Generally teaching English online or via Skype will entail going over conversations, correcting pronunciation and providing feedback. You might work one-on-one or with a small group in a virtual classroom.

You do not need to speak the students native tongue as communication between the teacher and students will be exclusively in English. It has been proven that this form of language immersion is one of the best ways to learn a new language. Make sure to slow down your speaking speed so your students can follow you.

Finding online TEFL work /jobs.

1. Teaching via specialist online ESL academies: There are many online companies that specialise in ESL teaching online. This is preferred by many teachers as it saves them time in looking for students to teach. These online academies tend to be very well equipped, well run and are always looking for qualified TEFL teachers. Take a look at some of their latest online jobs ads on our website Jobs feed tab


2. Teaching Privately: When you start your own business in Teaching English Online, you need to start creating a network with other teachers. Get yourself on LinkedIn, twitter, Facebook. Thanks to the internet you can now post one online advert that can be viewed by thousands of potential student clients.

Promoting yourself: You want to create your online brand and develop a following. It is important to have a presence through social media like a Facebook page you can advertise on and even your own website which you can promote yourself and draw in students through your content and profile.

Having a niche, specialising, and creating a unique teaching style might just be the route to your success. Think about the type of audience you want to attract. This will also be based on how much you want to earn.

Do you need a university degree to teach in foreign countries?

Countries rules differ in employing TEFL teachers

Some countries officially need a BA or BSc Degree to obtain a teaching permit in order to teach legally. However, there are many countries that do not require a degree.Here’s a list of the most popular non-degree countries

Here are other exceptions:

a) If you do not have a BA Degree, your employer can apply for a provisional teaching permit, which lasts for two years. Some countries are more flexible with their rules than others.

b) Your school or employer has a good relationship with the Department of Labour and the Ministry of Education. If they can demonstrate that you are a suitable candidate for the position and they desperately need an English teacher, then a teachers license and work permit will be issued.

c)  There are many private and corporate opportunities to teach English where a BA degree is NOT a legal requirement. In this case you may be employed as a ‘consultant’ and not as a ‘teacher.


Applying for Teaching Jobs

Job prospects for suitably qualified TEFL teachers are excellent. There’s a growing demand worldwide as English becomes our universal language.

​In every country of the world, both in business and tourism, English has become the global language. Most people however make some fundamental mistakes when applying for Teaching Jobs overseas.

1: Applying For Numerous Teaching Jobs by Email

Most people just send out an email blast to as many schools as they can find and hope for the best. Guess what? It won’t work. Most school directors don’t have enough time to go though email applications with CV’s every week! In fact most don’t even bother checking as they’ve been let down too many times! The trick is to get the name of the school director before sending your resume. You must then make a follow up to see if they have received it.

Have you ever wondered why some people are able to nail the top jobs? Here is the secret of success… right here: Send your personalised application and CV/resume to the school director by Fed Ex, DHL or EMS special delivery service! It will be worth the investment!

Which pile do you want to be in? The 1 or 2 on the employers desk? or the dozens in their unread inbox?

2: Setting Up a Teaching Job In Advance

Some schools will guarantee you a teaching job in advance without even meeting you. There’s a good reason for this. THEY ARE DESPERATE for teachers and NO ONE wants to work there! The job will be located in the middle of nowhere, miles from any civilisation and you’ll be teaching 50 kids in a class. YOU must decide which job is a good fit for you and YOU must decide, at least, some of the terms BEFORE you sign the contract.

3: Applying for Jobs With Zero Teaching or TEFL Experience

Our TEFL/TESOL course will provide you with the skills needed to start your new career as an English teacher. You’ll learn how to plan lessons and engage your class, tips for keeping discipline, and ideas for teaching grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Most of all, you’ll gain the confidence to walk into a room full of expectant faces and deliver a great fun lesson. All the time.

We will provide you with advice on how to apply for jobs, where to look, and what to expect.

You will also receive a FREE lifetime membership to the TEFL Job Club, which offers you full online support, advice on travel, visas, and current Job vacancies whenever you need it.


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