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.

TEFL Courses

Teaching Beginners: Simplify the Language of Instruction

Teaching beginners simply the languageSimplifying the way we word the language of instruction, especially when teaching beginners, is very important. As teachers, we have to remember that we are talking to learners of the English language, not to native speakers. The more difficult the words are and the longer and more complex the sentences are, the less our beginner students will understand our instructions, or explanations.

  –TESOL 101: The Free TESOL Course by OnTESOL

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Activities With a Focus

When you plan to use an activity in any section of your lesson, make sure that it has a focus. Let’s consider, for example, a listening activity. One of the most common mistakes made by a teacher is to play a recording and then ask the students to say what it is about. There isn’t any focus in such activity. The students may get lost as there could be a lot of information in that recording. When you focus the activity on certain information, for example, “Listen and complete the chart with all the numbers you hear” you are helping your students improve their listening skills in a very measurable way.

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