Q. What is TEFL?

A. TEFL is an acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. TEFL courses train you to Teach English as a Foreign Language around the world.

Q. What is TESOL and TESL?

A. TESOL is an acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and TESL an acronym for Teaching English as a Second Language. Some variations may exist in course structure, but essentially a TESOL or TESL certificate is equal to a TEFL certificate: they all do the same job in qualifying you to teach English worldwide.

Q. Do I need a TEFL certificate to teach English?

A. In the vast majority of cases, yes. It is sometimes possible to secure a teaching English job without certification, but you would need to question the legitimacy of a school which takes on an unqualified teacher. There are teaching English locations, such as S.Korea, where a teaching English certificate is not mandatory, and where a university bachelor’s degree (in any subject) is the main prerequisite. However, also being the holder of TEFL certification in such locations will often start you off in a higher paid position.

Q. Which course accreditation is the best?

A. There is no international governing body which accredits TEFL courses. If a course claims accreditation then it most likely means that they have paid a yearly fee to a private, for-profit organization. Accreditation or no accreditation: it makes little difference to the school which you will be applying to for employment. Schools will only request that you have a TEFL certificate. It is generally unheard of for a school to ask whether your course was accredited or not.

Q. Should I take my course online or onsite?

A. This is really up to you and depends largely on your time restrictions and financial situation. Again, it is extremely unlikely if a school will ask whether your certificate was taken online or onsite. An Onsite (residential) TEFL course will provide you with a hands-on teaching practice component – often teaching real students, although this isn’t always the norm. An Online TEFL course, on the other hand, won’t usually provide you with this hands-on training, so you will need to weigh up your time restrictions and finances, and consider whether a 4-week Onsite TEFL course would really be worth the extra expense for 20 or less teaching practice hours. Some people prefer Onsite TEFL courses for this reason, but others prefer the flexibility and affordability of an Online TEFL course. One thing to remember is that neither an Onsite, nor Online TEFL course, will prepare you 100% for a teaching English abroad classroom. So much teaching English overseas knowledge is learned on-the-job, once you begin your teaching English career.

Q. Which course should I take?

A. Certification from practically any school will suffice when it comes to increasing your chances of teaching English abroad employment, but choosing a course with a recommended course structure and tutor/trainer support will ensure a smoother transition. Also, search for courses which offer international job guidance and employment tools, such as assistance with preparing a custom resume: unless you are already in the teaching English field, you will definitely require this additional support to get you started in the right direction.

Q. Is it easy to find teaching English jobs?

A. Yes, but you will need support to make sure that you are getting the best employment conditions. English teachers have been in high demand for several decades now and the global demand doesn’t appear to be waning anytime soon.

Q. Can I really trust the Online TEFL course providers listed on trustedteflreviews.com?

A. Yes. We make certain that each Online TEFL course provider listed on trustedteflreviews.com has had their company details verified. If a provider isn’t listed on our site then it might mean that they have failed the course submission process. In addition, we monitor each new review submitted through our website for authenticity, to ensure that trustedteflreviews.com remains a trusted source of Online TEFL course reviews, written by real people – Online TEFL graduates.

Q. I’ve noticed that some other TEFL course review websites accept paid advertisements from the course providers which they review. Why don’t you do this?

A. We believe that accepting direct advertising payments from schools on a reviews website, where the school is listed, represents a conflict of interests and undermines the overall legitimacy of such websites involved in this practice. At trustedteflreviews.com, we don’t accept direct payment from any school providers listed on our site. If you do see an advert on trustedteflreviews.com, it will be an ad from external ad networks such as Google.

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