Teach English Abroad – Online TEFL Programs

A myriad of questions

Increasingly I receive emails with questions from people interested in leaving the “rat race” and in a more interesting and rewarding way of life. They want to teach English, their mother tongue or first language, as a foreign language in another country. Their reasons are as varied as the people themselves; executives who want stress relief, bored housewives, divorced, retirees looking for a new purpose in which they can apply their hard-earned experience and knowledge, recent graduates who want some fun and adventure under their belt before “settling down “in a more permanent career. Then there are the travelers who can “see the world”, for free, touring the planet as they see fit. (They wait) Finally, there are teaching professionals who simply want to practice their craft on foreign soil while soaking up as much local color as possible. They often become professional expats, like me.

Are you interested and curious about the possibility of teaching English as a foreign language in a foreign country? What do you need to know? How do you start? Do you have to know a foreign language? How to choose a good training program? Where can you go to teach? How much can you earn? Will you be able to travel? What about health and other benefits? This second article in a series will continue to help answer these and other questions and hopefully keep you pointed in the right direction to get started in this fascinating and rewarding field.

TEFL programs online

First, many online TEFL programs are not internationally accredited, so you may run into trouble in many countries if this will be your only teaching credential. An online program may also not have such a strict requirement for graded and observed teaching. In fact, some may not even have an observed instructional requirement in the classroom. You simply will not be prepared to enter a classroom to teach a group of students with whom you cannot speak in their native language. Not only will you be (legitimately) scared to death, but you may completely fall for your “whatchamacallit.” Any good CELTA or TEFL certification program will provide you with immediate “hands-on” experience working directly with learners of English as a Foreign Language.

Second, online TEFL certifications are NOT accepted in various countries in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. For example, the Colombian Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and most high-level schools, institutes and universities WILL SEE this thoroughly. It is very likely that you will not be able to work legally with just a TEFL certificate online. Be sure to ask about this first, before spending hundreds or thousands of your hard-earned dollars.

Think carefully about this.

Otherwise, you may be wasting time and money.

Want more sensible information?

In this series of articles I can hardly scratch the surface. You can get additional information by going to http://www.ezinearticles.com and looking there for my name, “Larry M. Lynch.” You will then be directed to my free article posts on teaching English. Finally, don’t get me wrong, I am not “attacking” any organization’s TEFL program. You just need to scrupulously check and compare what you will receive and whether it will be accepted where you plan to teach. With over 17 years in the field working on both sides of the interview table, I have seen too many things go wrong that could have been avoided with more careful scrutiny of TEFL training programs. Yes, most internationally certified CELTA or TEFL certification programs cost more and are much more difficult to complete successfully, but as the saying goes, you generally get what you pay for.

Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Good luck.

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