Online TEFL Courses for Aspirant TEFLers
Apr 24, 2017 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) 1009 Views
Pursuing a teacher training program in order to have a fulfilling career as an ESL/EFL educator is a mandate nowadays, as good schools and other educational and grooming organisations prefer recruiting trained ESL/EFL aspirants for their learners. Anyway, a trained teacher will always be better and more competent and knowledgeable than their non-trained counterparts, and here lies the primary reason for preferring trained aspirants. There are two types of TEFL training programs available for the aspirants – in the in-class mode and online mode. Both have their set of advantages and disadvantages; however, since this is the age of technology where our lives seem to be functioning highly on it, as it is making our lives easier and smoother, hence we will here focus on online TEFL programs offered by the various training institutes today.
Online TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign Language) courses are beneficial for the candidates who are all busy and occupied with their present work and commitments in many ways, one of which is that it allows the candidates to acquaint themselves with the modern teaching methodologies followed in international teaching sectors with the liberty of pursuing the course from any corner of the globe, without the need to travel to attendany classes.
Hence pursuing a Diploma program in TFEL/TESOL in the online mode is the best bet for any aspirant who will not be able to dedicate a continuous span of 8 hours of their time every day. The online programs can be done at the candidate’s own pace and time and can even be done on the fast track mode where if the candidate is in a hurry to complete the course where he will be able to complete it (with an extra cost) before the stipulated time span.
Online TEFL courses are offered in three different levels by the teacher training institutes offering TEFL as a course program for aspiring TEFLers. They are the 120 hour Certificate course, 220 hours Diploma Course, and 360 hours PG Diploma Course.All the courses are applicable for both new as well as experienced teachers; however the Diploma and PG Diploma courses comprises of research materials which is always helpful for the candidates to acquire vigorous knowledge through self-stud and research.
Those who are about to start their career will find the Certificate and the Diploma course beneficial for them. These courses will make them aware and provide them with all the necessary knowledge required to become a successful global TEFL educator, and if they are eager for better opportunities and wish to even become trainers for prospect TEFL enthusiasts can move on to pursue the PG Diploma course; while experienced educators with a fair amount of knowledge on teaching will find the Diploma and the PG Diploma course beneficial for their career growth and development.
The course curriculum comprises of training on teaching techniques, language acquisition for a mixed group of learners, lesson planning, classroom management, language communication skills, evaluation techniquesand the other nuances required to gain expertise on the subject and become a well-trained educator. The course materials are provided in written form, also accompanied with video materials, which varies from institute to institute, in order to aid the candidates in understanding the subject matter clearly.However, those who do not have experience in the relevant field are advised to opt for ateaching practicum in the local schools of the candidate’s comfort and choice. This is an ideal situation to put into practice the skills and abilities acquired throughout thecourse period in the classrooms and as well identify one’s areas of concern through these sessions whereby they will also get to experience the real classroom and the behaviour of the students and the strategies required to employ in order to hold the students’ attention in the subject being discussed in the classroom and to maintain a proper classroom environment that is without much disruption and disturbances.
Moreover, online candidates also receive thorough guidance from tutors who are online teachers present there to guide and assist the candidates throughout the course and help them with their doubts and queries. They are available to the candidates through telephone or email chat helping them complete the course successfully.