1. Can I get a Job Without a TEFL Certificate?
These days, anyone looking for a teaching job without a recognised TEFL certificate is in for a nasty shock. There are still a few countries in which unqualified teachers may find employment, but this is becoming rare. Also, unqualified teachers can expect much lower rates of pay than those who do hold a TEFL Certificate – basically they will only be offered jobs that qualified teachers wouldn't want to take.
Most reputable schools and organisations around the world now insist that their teachers hold a recognised TEFL qualification such as a CELTA or TESOL. Proper training and certification, as opposed to a BA degree, will greatly increase the opportunities open to you.
To put it simply, you wouldn't attempt to drive a car without first taking some driving lessons and gaining the necessary skills in advance. Well teaching is much the same. Like driving, if you try to 'wing it' without really knowing what you're doing, the chances are that it will all go wrong.
More importantly, you should remember that most students are desperate to learn English and it's costing them a small fortune. It’s only fair that you should know what you are doing and that you can take the money knowing you haven’t just ripped them off to increase your travel funds!
2. What is TEFL, CELTA, TESOL?
TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Is the name of the industry which encompass two major certificates, the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) and the Trinity College Certificate TESOL or similar (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) such as WTA.
TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - A more modern term which encompasses both TEFL & TESL. All of the above are used interchangeably in practice worldwide, they all mean virtually the same. This term refers to the certificate you will receive on most TEFL courses.
A WTA approved course is Ideal for beginners and especially for those whose grammar isn't strong. You will learn how to teach all levels (children, adults, beginner, advanced, business, one-on-one) giving you multiple employment options.
CELTA = Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults - A very intensive TEFL course where the qualification awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the University of Cambridge. Generally speaking, you should possess a good level of grammar before enrolling on a CELTA course.
2b. Are your courses accredited by CELTA or Trinity College?
No. Only a few of our approved courses are accredited by CELTA, such as in South Africa, and this is detailed on each location page and map listing. Most of our TEFL courses are self-moderated by our dedicated staff and we maintain a very high standard of training. All other courses are operated by the World TEFL Association or our affiliate TEFL training centers, all of which have been carefully vetted and approved by us. TEFL training centers are usually privately- owned no matter which body they are accredited by.
2c. What about your Cambridge ESOL (TKT) Qualification?
The Cambridge ESOL (TKT) course/exam focuses on the teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners of English, anywhere in the world. It can increase your confidence and enhance your job prospects. Because it is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the University of Cambridge, TKT is internationally recognised, highly respected and a benchmark for quality. This is an excellent addition to your TEFL/TESOL certificate course and will greatly enhance your job prospects, confidence and even your earnings.
You can take Cambridge ESOL exams at authorized centers all over the world. There are over 2,700 centers in 130 countries. They must meet high standards of professional integrity, security and customer service, and are subject to inspection by Cambridge ESOL. To take an exam, we will register your place directly with an exam center 6 weeks in advance. We will try to arrange your exam to fall right after your TEFL course ends but this will depend on the location and availability. You can find your nearest exam center here: http://cambridgeesol-centres.org/centres/teaching/index.do
3. What about the job placements and what are the job prospects like in general?
All WTA approved TEFL certificates are accepted throughout the world by reputable organisations who employ English-language teachers. This means that you will most likely secure a teaching job before, or shortly after, you complete your TEFL course.
4. Is my job placement guaranteed?
If you follow our step-by-step guide then you will easily find a job placement. It's really down to how you perform at any job interview. As long as you hold a WTA certificate, present yourself properly and show some enthusiasm for teaching, you won't have any problems finding a teaching job in virtually any country around the world. If you however arrive at a job interview late, looking like you just fell out of bed, wearing flip flops, shorts or you look like you got mugged on the way to the interview - the chances are you'll never get a teaching job, regardless of what TEFL certificate you hold! We strongly advise that you should apply for any teaching job in person rather than by email. It's ok to call first and get the name of the school director or head teacher. On average 93% of all course graduates, who followed our instructions, were offered a teaching job within 8 weeks of completing their TEFL course.
5. How do the WTA courses compare to other TEFL courses?
The WTA is fast becoming the worlds largest network of reputable TEFL course providers. Our goal is to be the leader in advancing trust in the TEFL industry.
We intend to accomplish this goal by:
- Creating a community of trustworthy TEFL/TESOL course providers
- Setting standards for trust and ethical business practices
- Building trust in the TEFL/ESL marketplace
- Encouraging TEFL training providers to deliver results in accordance with our standards and addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner
You will gain a 120-hour, TEFL (TESOL or CELTA) qualification in two or four weeks and your certificate will be internationally-recognised and accepted throughout the world. We have added a comprehensive job club service to our package so now many students manage to find employment before they complete the course! No other TEFL organisation can offer you such an outstanding platform that allows you to confidently choose from a variety of TEFL courses around the globe, with the knowledge that each one is guaranteed to provide you with both quality training and international recognition.
6. I've heard that these courses are really tough, can I really make it through?
These TEFL courses are quite intensive as they contain a great deal of content in a few weeks. However, If you approach the course with the right attitude and do your homework, you wont have any problems. You will enjoy a fun high impact TEFL course and you will gain an internationally-recognised qualification for life! Our TEFL trainers have arranged the course schedule so that you will have most of your weekends free to relax and explore the local area.
7. Where can I teach with these certificates?
Virtually anywhere throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, Central and South America.
8. What are your requirements to join the TEFL course?
• Be fluent in written and spoken English
• Be at least 20 years of age
• Have a desire to teach people to speak English
• Be positive and flexible with a sense of humour
• Have the ability to produce a high standard of work
No experience or qualifications are required to enroll on our TEFL courses. Applicants may be subject to a telephone interview by the host school director.
9. Do I have to be a native speaker to take the course?
No, but you should have native or near native fluency in written and spoken English.
10. How do I join the course?
Please complete the on-line application form in full. We will process your application and confirm your placement within 48 hours.
11. Will I get a certificate after the course?
Yes, depending on what location/course you choose, you will receive an internationally-recognised TEFL (TESOL or CELTA) certificate upon the successful completion the course.
12. Do you offer career advice?
Yes. Knowing where to look for work abroad is very important. We will provide you with advice on how to apply for jobs, where to look and what to expect. You will also receive a FREE lifetime membership to the WTA Job Club which offers you full online support, advice on travel, visas and current Job vacancies whenever you need it.
13. What about accommodation?
Following acceptance of your enrolment application, a representative from your host TEFL school will contact you to assist in arranging suitable accommodation that is within your budget. You are assured that accommodation booked through us will be clean, comfortable and secure. Alternatively, you are free to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of your course.
14. Will this certificate get me a PAID job?
YES – Our members have thousands of graduates who are working with these qualifications all over the world.
15. Are there any added costs?
Yes. Accommodation and living costs for the duration of your course, flights and/or your travel expenses to and from the TEFL training centre are NOT included. Initial visa fees, vaccinations, insurance cover costs should also be considered.
16. Do I need to have a BA degree to enrol or to teach abroad?
No - you do not need any qualifications to enrol on any of our TEFL courses. Also you don't always need to have a degree in order to find a teaching job in many countries. Private language schools will usually employ applicants who hold a recognised TEFL certificate. Universities and government schools normally require a BA degree and a TEFL certificate.
Authorities in many countries, such as Thailand and China, now state that a BA degree is required to teach legally. In reality, this rule is disregarded if an employer can convince the local authorities that there is a teacher shortage and/or that students in the local community will be deprived of English tuition if their non-degree teacher is not granted a permit to teach. This is often the case. The regulations in Europe can change without notice so its better to always check the legal requirements when applying for jobs. Unfortunately, many ESL teachers continue to work illegally in many countries due to the BA degree requirement.
17. Is there an age limit?
Yes, you should be at least 20 years old. There is no upper age limit!
18. How much do the TEFL courses cost?
Prices start at around £1,000 /$1600 depending on the location but you will earn 10 times that amount in your first year of teaching. Please check the Dates & Fees Section for more details.
19. What shall I bring on the day?
A positive attitude, a copy of your passport, a notebook and some pens.
20. How many members does the WTA have?
We currently have 15 members worldwide and we are negotiating with one major TEFL organization who plans to join us in 2013, which will make us one of the world's largest TEFL organizations. A full member list will be made available once the legal obligations have been met by all parties.
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