Why Do I Need a University Degree?

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.

What Are TESL Canada Standards?

TESL Canada is the leading accrediting TESL organization in Canada and they recognize teacher training courses at three different levels:

Standard 1

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.

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Standard 2

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.

Standard 3

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

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Where Are The Best TEFL Jobs?

If you are new to the world of TEFL, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, parts of China, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Chile offer the best opportunities for entry-level teachers. A university degree and a TESOL certificate of at least 100 hours is required. Europe is off limits to those who do not have a EU passport, but the best entry-level positions are found in France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and Germany.

Each country offers a completely different experience, but South Korea is the top destination for those who wish to save some money. EPIK is the largest employer as it is a government funded program that hires native-speakers for teaching at public schools. Pay starts at $1,800/month plus accommodation, bonuses, and other benefits. An internationally recognized 100-hour TESOL certificate automatically qualifies applicants for a hire pay level, starting at $2,100/month.

Difference Between TEFL Online and On-site?

In essence, there shouldn’t be any difference between online and on-site courses. Thanks to current technologies, it is possible to deliver top TESOL/TEFL training online without lowering the quality of the course. TESL Canada has been accepting online TESOL programs (many of which are offered by the most reputable Canadian universities) for almost a decade, CELTA is about to launch its own online TEFL course, and both Cambridge and Trinity College of London have been offering a large online component for their diploma courses, DELTA and Trinity DipTESOL respectively.

The main problem with most online TESOL courses is not the delivery mode, but the content of the course and the level of the assignments. Few online schools have experience delivering advanced programs such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA. Their courses are quick and easy and they offer poor training in lesson planning, which is the most essential component of a TESOL or TEFL course.

Coventry House International is the first Trinity CertTESOL center in North America and offers quality online TESOL courses. You can choose from the 100-hour TESOL certificate program or the advanced 250-hour TESOL Diploma, which is recognized by TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 after a 20-hour Practicum is completed and is more advanced than any 5-week on-site TESOL course.

Your Online TEFL Tutor

OnTESOL provides a qualified teacher trainer to every trainee so the online experience is as close as taking an on-site TESOL or TEFL course.

Tutors are available to correct assignments, provide feedback, and answer any questions the trainee may have. To take the most advantage of your personal tutor, ask questions before submitting an assignment or exam, take a close look at the feedback provided on your work, and ask further questions on that feedback.

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Why TESOL Certification?

Logically, the main reason for taking a reputable TESOL course is qualifying for the best teaching positions. In the past decade, schools have become stricter when it comes to TESOL certification. Nowadays, the minimum requirement for an entry-level job is a 100-hour TESOL certificate, while the best schools ask for an advanced TESOL or TEFL certificate of at least 120 hours of advanced training and a practicum module, such as TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA.

Some schools do not ask for any kind of certification, but you must consider that learning English is not a luxury. People make a significant investment of time and money to improve their lives, so those who are interested in earning a living while traveling should seriously consider their responsibility towards their students and take a reputable TESOL or TEFL course.

An advanced program such as Ontesol’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma, which is recognized by TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 (Practicum required) and ACTDEC UK Level 3, is highly recommended. This program covers more than an on-site Trinity or CELTA course after a 20-hour Practicum is completed and costs half as much because of the convenience provided by online education.

Ontesol also offers the best 100-hour TESOL course in the industry for those who are interested in taking a standard program without spending a fortune.

Does The 100-Hour TESOL Count Towards The 250-Hour One?

Ontesol’s 100-hour TESOL certificate covers some of the material from the TESOL Diploma, but the assignments and exams of the 250-hour course are more difficult, so trainees must take the full course when they upgrade their credentials with us. A $100 discount applies to those who have graduated from Ontesol’s 100-hour TESOL course.

How Long Does it Take For the TESOL Diploma?

Trainees have 6 months to complete the 250-hour TESOL Diploma, which can be completed in 2 months if pursued full-time. Trainees who have completed at least 50% of the course by the deadline are eligible for a free 2-month extension, which is valued at $300.

For those who wish to obtain some teaching experience and/or pursue TESL Canada certification, the Practicum is a separate module and comes after the online TESOL course.

Using Photos To Tell Stories

Photos or pictures are excellent tools to integrate writing and speaking skills in a lesson. You know how the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Choose a picture or photo that shows a place and one or more people. Divide the class into two groups. One group has to write the story of what happened before the photo was taken and the other group has to write the story of what happened after it was taken. Then, the two groups put the two parts together to make one story.

Using Flashcards

Flashcards are excellent tools to use with classes of all levels.

They are simple to use and you can use them to present or review vocabulary, grammar topics, practice pronunciation, play games, get your students to make sentences, or write stories.


You can create your own flashcards with cut-outs from magazines, photos you can find online, or have your students make them as a task when practicing vocabulary or any grammar topic.


Another good thing about flashcards is that once you create them, they can be reused with different groups of students for different topics.

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