Those who want to teach English have multiple good reasons to do that, and one of the first questions people often have is if a TEFL Certification is needed. Whether they want to start a profitable career by opening their own learning institute, help disadvantaged people to increase their employment chances, or work location independent and see the world. Being an English teacher has many advantages, and while having a good English level is an important requirement, those who want to teach wonder if they should invest in a TEFL Certification.
To understand if obtaining a TEFL certification makes sense, it is important to understand, what a TEFL certification is.
- The science behind teaching English as a foreign language
A TEFL certification provides important knowledge about classroom management and teaches you how to spread your knowledge about the English language in the most efficient and understandable way possible. This will make you more comfortable in front of students and give you the empathy needed. When looking for a TEFL course it is especially important to choose a course that provides teacher-training in front of real English students. It is a great opportunity to get experience and it is often required by language institutes.
- Most language institutes require a certification
Another important point is that most language institutes expect a TEFL certification. Being a fluent speaker is not enough. The certificate gives the organization the security that the person that is applying has the tactics, intuition and pedagogical abilities to teach students of all levels and ages. Since the TEFL-certification is accepted worldwide, it increases employment chances everywhere massively.
- It helps standing out from the crowd
English teaching jobs are highly requested. A TEFL-certification helps making the applicant competitive and stand out from the crowd. Especially for non-natives this is a great chance to prove their knowledge. In countries like China, Malaysia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates or nearly every Latin American country a TEFL certification is usually mandatory.
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- It makes teaching more profitable
Since it is assured, that the applicant has the needed skills, many language institutes are ready to pay more in order to hire the best talents with the highest qualifications possible. It is therefore a good investment that will pay off.
- It is a fantastic experience and opens a new career path
While currently presential courses abroad are only available online, TEFL courses are usually a fantastic opportunity to travel and experience a new country (that could result into a first possible teaching location). It combines the development of skills, needed for a new career path with a brand-new cultural experience. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that is worth it. However,
At BBE Languages we strive to bring you the best experience possible. Therefore, BBE offers a presential 120 hours TEFL-Course online that provides all knowledge that is needed to become a successful English teacher, including real teaching experience in front of real students. The accredited TEFL certification is the key to a new and borderless career path.
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