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Finding a TEFL Job

One of the great advantages of being an English language teacher is that you can travel the world and still get a job; almost every country has a requirement for English language teachers – some need teachers specialising in a particular...

Do I need a degree?

In some countries such as Japan and Korea a university degree is a legal requirement (the requirement is for a degree in any subject rather than in TESOL/TEFL). In Spain some schools look for teachers to have a degree because government contracts...

Distance Learning and Online TESOL Courses

Some training courses in English language teaching are offered on a distance basis, though these are not generally popular with employers unless they include an observed period of teaching practice and are externally validated. But if you...

Choosing a TEFL or TESOL Course

How do you choose a Certificate course? There are hundreds of schools, several accredited courses and various levels and ways to study. However, they will all cost you money and take a couple of months (or longer) of study to complete. Those...

Certificates for Teaching English for Business

There are a number of different examinations for teachers who would like to train to teach English for business: Chauncey group, LCCIEB, Pitman and University of Cambridge ESOL all offer specialist qualifications. These are covered in detail...

TESOL Certificate Qualification Providers

When you look at the different courses on offer you will find they provide a range of different certificate courses. There are a number of certificates awarded by different organisations – they have different names, provide emphasis...

British Council

The British Council has over 60 language teaching centres, offices in over 100 countries and is the by far the biggest ELT employer in the world, with over 7500 staff (most of whom are involved in teaching). The Council is funded by the British...

Before you go – Travel for TEFL and TESOL

If you are thinking of teaching English in another country, you should have a lot of questions on your mind. Here are some of the most frequent questions asked by prospective teachers and the answers. When Should I Plan To Go? This depends on...

Introductory TEFL Courses

Introductory courses are designed for prospective teachers who want to experience teaching before making the decision to train formally and obtain qualifications. The courses usually last from a week up to four weeks. These are not certificate...

Introduction to TEFL and TESOL

This section offers a comprehensive guide to achieving one of the teaching credentials that will be essential for your working career. Although the profession is not governed by a single body or a single qualifying entrance exam, there are...