This is a question that many new ESL teachers ask themselves and it is a very reasonable question because moving to a different country without speaking the local language creates a lot of anxiety. Learning a foreign language is an important part of the wonderful teaching English abroad experience, but it is not necessary to find a job or teach English effectively.
The price of an expensive on-site course is not indicative of quality. Online TESOL courses can be offered for a much lower tuition fee because the need to rent expensive downtown classrooms is eliminated. Furthermore, online education provides great economies of scale because schools have a global reach. While online courses provide a private tutor to every trainee, quality on-site TESOL courses cannot accept more than 15 students. As TESL Canada and CELTA recognize some online TESOL courses, this method of instruction is the way of the future.
The Practicum is a very important module for trainees with little or no prior teaching experience, but it comes after the TESOL course for a very good reason: You cannot stand in front of a classroom if you do not know what to do on each stage of the lesson.
During Methodology, the trainee learns about different methods for effective teaching and the structure for delivering a professional lesson. A plan is crucial as each stage of a lesson requires the use of different tools and activities depending on the type of lesson, aims, assumptions, and anticipated problems and solutions. Once you know how to create a professional lesson plan, you can stand in front of a classroom with confidence. In general, the Practicum is not required for an entry-level position, so deciding to complete the Practicum depends on your desire to obtain supervised teaching experience as well as the requirements for jobs and accreditation.
If you want to save the Practicum fee that most TESOL institutes charge (Up to $600), you can set up the 20-hour Practicum yourself anywhere in the world. All you need to do is find adult students and a qualified supervisor, who may be the DOS at a school or an experienced teacher. The supervisor must have over 2,000 hours of teaching experience and an advanced TESL, TEFL, or TESOL certificate such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, CELTA, or equivalent.
The Practicum is a separate module and is not required for OnTESOL’s 100-hour TESOL certificate or 250-hour TESOL Diploma. The Practicum, however, is necessary for applying to TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification (250-hour + Practicum). There isn’t a deadline for completing the Practicum after the online TESOL course, so trainees can wait until they get a job to take it free of charge at their employer’s premises. Although the Practicum is not required by many employers, it is highly recommended because the 10 hours of class observation and 10 hours of teaching experience provide confidence and feedback to new teachers.
Ontesol is one of the few TESOL/TEFL institutes that has a contract with EPIK, South Korea’s Ministry of Education national English program, to supply them with qualified teachers.
Applications for the next term will be considered starting on October 2011. Only those who hold a TESOL certificate or Diploma from Coventry House International, Ontesol, TESL Canada, ACTDEC (100 hours and up), Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA are eligible to apply.Please note that a university degree is also required and applicants must be native speakers, citizens of South Korea, or have completed their studies at a native-speaking country from grade 7 up to the university level.
To apply, you can request an application form via email, or send us a message through the contact form.
TESOL certification courses are continuing education programs that generally last anywhere between two and eight weeks, so there isn’t any government funding available in Canada, US, or UK.
The good news is that it is possible to pay off your TESOL course after just one month of teaching abroad. The tuition fee for Ontesol’s 100-hour course is only CAN$285 as of September, 2011. EPIK, which is a national English program run by South Korea’s Ministry of Education, offers $300 extra per month to those who have a 100-hour TESOL certificate or higher TESOL certification!
If you have taken a course with Ontesol or you are currently enrolled in one of our internationally recognized TESOL courses, we are one of the few TESOL/TEFL institutes in the world that has a contract with EPIK for helping qualified ESL teachers with the lengthy application process. Send us an email to request an application form!
In order to obtain a work permit in another country, a university degree is required unless you are a citizen of that country. The degree does not have to be on education, TESOL, or anything related to teaching. In fact, most TESOL trainees have degrees in business, history, and art.
Having a degree in an unrelated area does not indicate that the applicant can teach English. The reason immigration offices require a university degree is to avoid young backpackers who are usually irresponsible with their students, their contracts, and used wreak havoc when there were less restrictions. Gone are the days when any native-speaker could move to another country and find a job teaching English. Language institutes have established a professional industry in which a degree and an internationally recognized TESOL certification are required.
TESL Canada is the leading accrediting TESL organization in Canada and they recognize teacher training courses at three different levels:
Courses that are recognized by TESL Canada at their Professional Standard 1 require a minimum if 120 hours (including Practicum). Courses at this level meet the minimum standard for teaching English in Canada at the entry-level.
TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 consists of advanced TESOL courses with a minimum of 250 hours and a 20-hour Practicum module. Teaching experience or prior TESOL certification is not necessary to pursue this level of accreditation.
The main reasons for pursuing TESL Canada Standard 2 certification are that trainees get more training than with the standard 4-week course, greater job opportunities in the long term, and the convenience of online education because most advanced 250-hour programs are offered online.
Why are online courses more popular for Standard 2 certification? It is more convenient to complete an advance course on a part-time basis because trainees are not required to travel and they can continue to work or study something else. OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma program takes anywhere between two and eight 8 months to complete, so trainees can study at their own pace in order to learn better and meet other commitments.
Those who hold TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 are better positioned when applying for jobs anywhere in the world or when applying to a Masters program.
TESL Canada Professional Standard 3 is a Masters program in Applied Linguistics or TESOL and a Practicum module. There isn’t any other accrediting institution in the world that reaches the level of an MA program! Candidates are required to have an advanced TESOL/TEFL qualification and a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience.
For more information, visit TESL Canada at tesl.ca