Friday, 20 May 2016

Myths about Teaching English Abroad

When you think you are all ready to take up a TEFL teaching job you just need to slow down and think for a while. There is a barrage of myths related to this career option which can make you confused and direct you towards the wrong way. Plenty of people have a wrong idea of what it is like to teach in a foreign country, and unless you have done it before some of that information might not quite line up with what teaching English abroad is actually like. You need to double check these common false impressions and make sure you are not falling victim to any bogus impression.

1.    You do not need a TEFL Certification
Though for few schools a TEFL certificate is not mandatory but if you want a fulfilled career in TEFL you must pursue a proper TEFL course and get an internationally accredited certificate. This will not only help you apply for a better job but you will get a higher salary than the other aspirants. A TEFL certificate is like a ticket to the TEFL world. A TEFL course helps the aspirant to know how to teach the non natives and it gives an overview of the EFL class scenario. Having guidance in English teaching can absolutely come in handy, in particular if you are a new teacher

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2.    There aren't any opportunity in English-speaking countries
Not at all, there are several job positions for TEFL teachers in English speaking countries like South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, England, the U.S. and even the wild Tundra of Canada. In fact, it does not even need to be a country which speaks a different language. You can teach the study abroad students, new comers to those countries, and travellers who want to learn a language in a foreign country are all potential ESL students in English countries.
3.    You have to volunteer
You can surely volunteer if you want but TEFL is not only a volunteer service, it is in fact a full-fledged carer option for all those people who want to roam around the world. It can be a fruitful career path for the nomadic hearts. You can teach, learn and earn at the same time. There are several international and bilingual schools which are always on the chase for more native English TEFL teachers. They are even willing to pay very well to attract the teachers to make the move.
4.    You have to teach kids only
TEFL program allows you to choose your preference for the type of placement you would like, and you can teach both kids and adults. You will always get exactly what you want and there are opportunities out there, whether you are teaching TEFL to the kids or you are a corporate TEFL trainer looking for a global teaching career.

TEFL can go a long way towards facilitating TEFL classroom teaching where you can focus on keeping students engaged.

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