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May 20, 2013

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Travel the world teaching English!

May 16, 2013

Teach English Overseas!
What is TEFL and Why is it Right For Me?

In contrast to popular opinion TEFL is not a range of non-stick pans, but a qualification that will allow you to teach English abroad. To avoid confusion, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) can also be referred to as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) – acronyms aside, both result in a qualification that will allow you to boost your CV, learn new skills, and get paid to travel the world!

If you’re new to TEFL, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the world of teaching English abroad:

Why do I need a TEFL qualification when I already speak English?

You might speak fluent English but what about when a student asks you to explain the rules of the present perfect tense? A TEFL qualification will not only guide you through the tricky bits of English grammar and how to teach it but it is also a requirement demanded by TEFL employers.

Getting involved in TEFL is becoming extremely popular meaning that it is also becoming quite a competitive market. Gone are the days where you can jet-off to an exotic destination and pick up a teaching job no problem, you now need to set yourself apart from the crowd! Many employers (especially those based in Middle East) are now demanding a minimum of 100 hours of TEFL training from a recognised TEFL provider. It’s therefore really important to make sure that you use an established TEFL course provider (look at how long they’ve been in the industry and also their accreditation).

How Can I Get Qualified?

There are three ways to get TEFL qualified – online or classroom-based courses, or a combination of the two.

Why online?
Getting TEFL qualified online means you can study for your TEFL course at a time to suit you, there aren’t any classes to attend or submission deadlines – you can study from anywhere in the world at your own pace! Perfect for a busy student!

Why classroom?

Classroom courses are the best way to put your hard-earned teaching skills into practice! The relaxed atmosphere amongst other TEFL teachers in training acts as a trial run before you get out there and take up your first teaching position.

TEFL is measured in hours; a qualification can therefore be anything from 20 hours to 140 (or more!) meaning you can choose how qualified you are.

Do I need to speak the local language?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions – and the answer is no! Although it might sound like a daunting prospect – moving from your home country where everyone around you speaks a language that you understand – the main aim for English language learners is to be totally immersed in the new language. It also provides YOU with the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new community and culture!

How do I get a job?

Once you’re qualified you can start applying for teaching positions all over the world, including the Middle East. Teaching contracts tend to be from 8 months to a year which you can apply by visiting http://www.m2rglobal.com/, emailing info@m2rglobal.com or calling 0845 3884145.

Which TEFL course provider should I choose?

m2r recommends i-to-i TEFL (based in the UK) and have agreed a rolling 10% discount on all course enrolments via m2r Ltd. Simply visit their site and enter the code M2R when prompted during the checkout process (please note, this code is valid for bookings made online). Click here to get qualified!

• Experience
o Established in 1994, they pioneered the 20hr weekend classroom TEFL course and launched the first ever online TEFL course in 2001; therefore their TEFL qualifications are internationally recognized and respected and if needed they shall be around to re-issue your certificate if you lose it or require additional copies.
• Scale
o They have trained more than 135,000 TEFL teachers since 1994, and approximately 20 TEFL teachers graduate with i-to-i TEFL each day
o They have 65 tutors, each with over 5 years’ experience
• Global Reach
o They provide 20hr weekend classroom courses in 65x cities across 13x countries, including 39x towns and cities across the UK and Ireland.
o They have students from over 100 countries currently taking their online TEFL course
• Accreditation
o All of their TEFL courses are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC) and they are an institutional member of IATEFL (Member ID 13848). IATEFL stands for the ‘International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language’
• Social Reach
o Their online ‘Chalkboard Community’ has more than 23,000 members, read other i-to-i TEFL’ers stories and feel free to share your own!

m2r recommends i-to-i TEFL (based in the UK) and have agreed a rolling 10% discount on all course enrolments via m2r Ltd. Simply visit their site and enter the code M2R when prompted during the checkout process (please note, this code is valid for bookings made online). Click here to get qualified!

Finally…why should I TEFL?

Teaching English abroad will really set you apart from other students and graduates when it comes to finding full-time employment after college. Here are a few skills that you’re guaranteed to pick up whilst teaching abroad and that are valued by employers worldwide:

• Management – teaching English abroad and commanding the attention of students will demonstrate that you have leadership skills.
• Patience – this might sound like a silly one – but your ability to see a task through and listen to your students (no matter how many times they ask you the same question) will go a long way for you in the world of work.
• Delivering a lesson – public speaking is one of the most feared activities but after a few months spent delivering lessons you’ll be an absolute expert on the matter!

To find out more about teaching English abroad visit www.onlinetefl.com (don’t forget to enter the offer code M2R during the checkout process to obtain a 10% discount on all TEFL course enrolments).