How To Become A Certified English Teacher
I’ve been teaching part-time for quite a while now and I love it! I never thought I could be a teacher let alone that I would enjoy it as much as I do. Therefore, I decided to step up and become a certified teacher! It’s really easy and doesn’t cost you a fortune!
Why should you get certified?
There are many good reasons to get a teaching certificate. First of all, the job opportunities rise tremendously and new doors open up for you. Going abroad and working as an English teacher is the dream of many. It’s relatively easy. That’s why there are MANY applicants. The thing is, schools are looking for people who take the job seriously and don’t want to stipe someone’s travel year abroad. You need to be unique and stand out. One way to do that is to have a teaching certificate, such as TEFL.
Secondly, the salary for teachers with experience AND a teaching certificate are much higher. On top of that, most schools provide free housing for their full-timers which are located close or even next to school. Your housing costs are almost 0 (you might have to pay for utilities) and transportation costs are very low!
If you have a teaching certificate, you’re on the safe side. Many countries, including China, require a teaching certificate for issuing a working visa for teachers. However, a lot of schools are bribing local authoroties and give you “fake certificates”. This can be risky and you have to pay a fine or worse if they catch you.
TEFL by ITTT
I found a great program by an organization called ITTT. They offer online, in-class and combined TEFL and other courses all over the world. I read lots of positive reviews about ITTT online and gave it a shot. I am going for the 120-hour TEFL with tutor and video course.
This course doesn’t only offer the full 120-hour TEFL in 20 units, but also full tutor support by real English teachers, as well as job guidance after course completion, a letter of recommendation as well as another fully accredited course of your choice (either Business English or Teaching English to children) for completely FREE! You can also go for the 3-in-1 with 120-hour TEFL + Business English and + English for Children.
120-hour TEFL starts at $349 (including one free course), which is lower than most other institutes.
ITTT was so kind to offer a 20% discount for all my readers! Enroll in a course and use dicount code LINDAblog to save 20% on your course! That’s the best deal you can possibly find! You’ll see your discounted price on the ‘thank you page’, right after submission of the application.
I’m also doing short review videos on each unit to keep you updated on my progress and the course itself. The TEFL 120-hour course has 20 units which are categorized into strictly grammar units, covering the most important English grammar topics, and classroom/teacher units for the theory of teaching, being a teacher and students. Each unit is around 20 pages long, comes in PDFs and conclude with a test of usually 20 questions about the unit content.
It’s fairly straightforward and easy to work through. They recommend taking 1 Unit per day, which let’s you complete the course in 20 days! However, you can also do more than one unit at a time if you like! It’s all up to you!
Unit 1 Review