One of our latest blog posts gave you seven reasons why it’s not smart to consider teaching English abroad without a TEFL certification, and now we’re back to let you in on seven little ways to take care of the cost of that TEFL certification course (you’re welcome). The benefits of TEFL certification (as outlined here) are plenty, but we also understand that almost every endeavor worth its salt comes with a necessary upfront investment. Sometimes that can be difficult to come up with, and we thought of a few ways to help you out. Continue reading
If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad but don’t yet have a TEFL certification, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can make it work without one!
It’s tempting to jump in with both feet before being fully prepared, but thinking you’ll just figure it out along the way might actually set you back.
Here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t consider teaching English abroad without certification: Continue reading
So, you know you want to teach English abroad, and you’ve done the preliminary research and realized that being TEFL certified will put you above other applicants who aren’t…which brought you to this question: where do I take my TEFL certification course? There are two options: you can complete the TEFL certification online in your home country, or you can complete it abroad in a specific country—one you know you’re interested in, or one you want to learn more about.
Here’s a list of pros and cons to help your weigh options, getting you closer to choosing the best type of TEFL course for you! Continue reading
Moving overseas to teach English abroad is something that most people often dream about — and taking a TEFL certification course is an easy way to get you started.
But with so many options available — like getting certified online, or at home, or in your country of choice abroad, it’s hard to narrow down your decision. I’ve been teaching English in Thailand for the past year, and I love it! But narrowing that down wasn’t easy.
Deciding you want to move overseas to become a teacher is hard enough already; now just imagine deciding WHERE you should go. The world’s a big place, and picking a destination can be very overwhelming.
On the daily, people at various stages in their lives inquire about short-term teaching English abroad programs, and most are surprised to find they actually exist.
The beauty of the teach abroad industry is that there really is a country and a program for everybody, whether you’re a high school graduate, college student or recent graduate, working professional or retiree. Continue reading
When it comes to any job, we all know it pays to be properly trained. That’s why those who want to teach English abroad — whether they want to do it simply to support their travels or for a career change — like to take a TEFL certification course.
In these courses, you’ll learn how to teach English as a foreign language by discussing grammar points, lesson planning, how to deal with cultural sensitivities and more, as well as gain hands on teaching practice before you ever step foot in the foreign classroom. If you read our Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best TEFL Course for you and decided on the Online TEFL course option, here are seven ways to get the most out of it. Continue reading
Now that I’m a professional writer, I see the immense value in making outlines before I dive into an article. They help me organize research that I’ve gathered and find a logical progression for the information I want to present to readers.
But I wasn’t always this way. For many of my pre-college school years, I thought outlining writing assignments was basically extra work.
As time went on and my assignments became longer and more complex, I realized that actually writing outlines rather than simply creating a paper’s structure in my head could make a big difference. This seems a bit tangental, but I promise it’s relevant to your life as an ESL teacher. Continue reading
We know choosing the best TEFL certification course for you can be almost as overwhelming (or more!) as choosing a country where you want to teach English abroad. While the onsite courses certainly have their appeal, we think the Online TEFL course might be what you’re looking for if you haven’t yet decided on that country, you’re still working or in school, or you simply want a high quality course with maximum flexibility. Continue reading
The most important decision you’ll make while teaching English abroad is where. Teaching English might appear to be the same across the world, but the country you choose will have a great impact on your work and personal life. What’s our personal favorite right now? Teaching English in Nicaragua.
If you have ever envisioned yourself teaching abroad in an easy-going, fun-loving country with tons of beaches and great food, Nicaragua should be at the top of your list. Continue reading
Warning: don’t choose a TEFL certification course until you read this.
I’m guessing you’re a little lost on how to get started teaching English abroad. You’re probably emailing multiple program providers and following them on Facebook. Maybe you’ve even talked to a few on the phone, and you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different offerings out there.
I get you.
I was in your shoes once, too.
And that’s why I started globalU — to make it easier to help people like you get started on their teach abroad program.
Something I’ve learned in the process of my own trial and error is that choosing a training course (commonly referred to as a TEFL certification course) can be one of the biggest challenges to getting started.
Do you study online or onsite? What are the things to look out for? Are all courses accredited? Will they help you find a job?
So I wrote this handy guide to help you navigate the process and ultimately find the best TEFL course for YOU!