Wednesday, 23 March 2016 09:33

20% OFF TEFL and TESOL Courses!

So, you've decided that you want to become a qualified TEFL teacher? Maybe you have a love for language, training and working with people, need to get certified for your visa application or perhaps you want to pack up your stuff and see the world, whatever your reason for teaching English as a Second language you're going to need to get yourself certified and qualified as a real TEFL teacher!
The problem is that there are so many TEFL course options out there, all at different prices and it is difficult to know which TEFL course is best for you, which TEFL course is good value for money and which courses are accredited. Choosing the right TEFL course is a crucial decision which new TEFL teachers need to make and need to get right.
RAY English Recruitment has teamed up with ITTT (International TEFL and TESOL training) to offer all of our teachers and web page visitors a MASSIVE 20% OFF discount on all ITTT courses! If you are looking for an excellent TEFL course or TESOL course at the right rice, then you have come to the right place.

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What TEFL course options do ITTT give to you?
International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT) offers TEFL teachers a range of choices which fit exactly what you are looking for, your budget for teacher training, and the hours you can commit to getting TEFL qualified. Through you can benefit with our exclusive 20% OFF coupons from the regular price on their website.
Online TEFL Courses
Choosing to study for your TEFL course online is by far the easiest, cheapest and most popular option for new English teachers coming to China and elsewhere. An on-line course gives you the freedom to study the basics of English teaching from your office or at home in your own time. We understand that not everyone can drop everything to study TEFL full-time, so the online TEFL certificate gives you what you need to start the job and to qualify for a working visa. This is also a brilliant choice for Chinese English teachers who want to get international accreditation as a TEFL teacher. The online TEFL course is accredited by Ottsa, which is an online education accreditation organization, which is dedicated to raising standards in education particularly in the TEFL industry.
Online TEFL course cost
Combined Courses 
Over the past few years, it has been the norm to offer two types of English teacher training: Online or In-house. ITTT recognize the benefits of both and so now offer a combined course where you can learn all about teaching methodologies, classroom management and lesson planning theory from the comfort of your own home or on the move, and put this online TEFL theory into real practice by actually teaching English classes in-house at one of the many ITTT training schools worldwide.

Normal ITTT price: $1195    
Our price: $956
In-House TESOL Courses
In-House teacher training courses over new teachers the most robust teacher training possible and require trainees to come to teacher training Monday to Friday over w 4-week period with full in-house tutor support and guidance. You'll be assessed continually with quality and detailed tutor feedback throughout the course. You'll also get the chance to teach real classes in front of real ESL students, giving you the best preparation possible for a career in TEFL teaching.
ITTT Price: $1490
Our price: $1192
Save 20% on TEFL certification with ITTT (International TEFL and TESOL Training)
Whatever your needs in getting TEFL certified, and ITTT have you covered and you can enjoy 20% OFF of any course with ITTT. To get started and speak to ITTT about TEFL course choices, then please click here to fill out their form.
Sunday, 24 January 2016 06:36

Starting Out as a TEFL Teacher


   by Peter Whitfield 
Starting out for the very first time as a TEFL teacher can be very daunting indeed. Not only signing up to do a TEFL course, and all the difficulty involved in the coursework and teaching on the TEFL course, but the uncertainty of finding a job at the other end and where in the world you might end up!

Maybe you have a concrete plan of where you'd like to teach, but what will the school be like? Will I have enough money to get by at the start? Will I regret becoming a TEFL teacher in another country?
The 5 Steps of TEFL
Looking back, I've decided that there are about five steps to TEFL;

1) Deciding you want to.
2) Taking a course.
3) Actually completing the course.
4) Getting a job.
5) Going.
Step 1 is the easy part, from then on it's gets a lot harder.
Anyone reading this will know that searching TEFL will bring up a multitude of sites offering you a varying array of courses, intern-ships and jobs. Choosing who to trust, who is best and what's best for you is likely to be your biggest challenge.
In my own experience I've found that having a degree is a big plus. Many places do require a degree as a Visa requirement, but it's not essential in all places.
Step 2 - Taking a TEFL Course and knowing the differences between a CELTA, TESOL and TEFL Certificates.

There are differences in the type and cost of the courses you can choose from. The one you choose will depend on your budget, the time you have to do a teaching course and how seriously you want to get trained and come across to employers. To choose between these can simply depend on where you want to teach. You can find out more about TEFL course differences here.

Most English speaking countries require a Celta (or equivalent) as a minimum, the same is true for most European countries and Japan.
I myself have a 150 hour combined course and I am on the verge of taking up my first paid position in Jakarta, Indonesia. My friends on the same course currently reside in Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam and China, so it's plain to see it is possible to find work without the top Celta or TESOL qualification.
Step 3 - Completing Your TEFL Course
Once you've decided on your TEFL course, you must complete it. Which is probably will not be as easy as you would have thought. Many people enter the process with the attitude of “I speak English, therefore I can teach it.” This is far from the case and at times you will find yourself; as you once were in the back of a French classroom with the stuff of schoolboy nightmares - “verb conjugation and past participles” wondering why you've subjected yourself to this torment.
All I can say to you is, persevere and don't be too downhearted, because I can guarantee you won't be alone. In this instance I can really recommend a combined course, because I really found the classroom based learning more productive than many of the online modules.
Step 4 - Finding Your ESL Job
Finally you must find a teaching job
To help in your job search I suggest; a complete rewrite of your CV highlighting all your the reasons why you'd make a fantastic teacher,  attaching a professional photo of yourself,  something always asked for from Asian countries and finally, downloading Skype for your Skype interview if you don't already have it, because how else are they going to interview you?
Come Armed with Questions
Moving onto the interview process, remember this is as much you testing them. You should be armed with questions for your TEFL interview not only for your own information, but also to show them that your taking the process seriously, but that your organised and interested in it as well.
Some ideas for questions would be - “How many students to a classroom”, “what age (and skill) ranges will there be” and even “what are the facilities like” these really are essential questions to help you decide if this move is right for you.
Once you've decided on your job, then you've got to book those flights and get out there, which is exactly where I am now. So wish me luck and keep your eyes peeled for how I get on – fingers crossed!
By Peter Whitfield

Peter wrote this as a brand new teacher   just moving out to Jakarta in 2011. He is now an IELTS teacher and free-lance writer still living in the Jakarta area.

Peter welcomes ELT teachers to contact him and you can contact him through Linkedin here.

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