Updated: Jun 8, 2020
*If you don’t know what a TEFL is see my post "Getting a TEFL*
Taking a 120-hour course may seem intimidating, but I promise it's not. Here's 3 things to keep in mind when getting your TEFL Certification.
Do not stress over the course. Pass your tests and assignments. That's literally all you have to do. I promise nobody I going to try to check your knowledge on Unit 7 or ask to see your test scores. From my experience, companies and schools only wanna know that you completed the course and got the certification.
Understand that getting the certification is not going to make you a pro in the classroom. The course gives you techniques and different tools you can refer back to, but ultimately you’re going to be learning on the go. Being a teacher is not something you can learn how to do from a book. You need time with real students in a real classroom with real life situations. Getting a TEFL can help you think like a teacher and give you some tools to help with various things like lesson planning.
Work at your own pace. Just because somebody else finished their TEFL in three weeks doesn't mean you have to. I took my time. If you have other things to do or you can’t make time for a lesson that’s perfectly fine. The certification that most teachers get is online and you move on when you’re ready. There aren't deadlines for things to be submitted and when I did it my tests were automatically graded when I finished them.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not you want to get the certification. Let me be very blunt… You don’t have to get a TEFL certification to teach abroad. There are plenty of companies and schools that do not require you to be TEFL certified to teach their kids. Keep in mind having the certification will give you a leg up on the competition especially if you don’t have prior teaching experience and it lasts FOREVER.
Y'all tryna to be coworkers orrrrrr?
Below is the link to ITTT, the company I used to get certified. With ITTT, I was able to work at my own pace and keep all my materials when I finished the course. Upon completion, I received a physical copy of my certification, an emailed pdf version and a bunch of resources to help me find a teaching job abroad.
• Link to ITTT: https://www.teflcourse.net