6 Things You Didn’t Know about TESOL Certificates

If you want to teach English abroad successfully, you need to get a TESOL certificate.

A TESOL Certificate can open many doors in your personal development!

A TESOL Certificate can open many doors in your personal development!

There are numerous certification programs for teaching English, however the most commonly recognized most popular option is TESOL. And despite being so popular, there are still some things about the process that are not well known. Here are seven facts about TESOL certificates that are not easy to find, but are quite important for soon-to-be teachers.

  1. There Are Very Few Age Limits

All it takes to teach and travel is a young spirit and that's not measured in years.

All it takes to teach and travel is a young spirit and that’s not measured in years.

Everyone is welcome to go through the TESOL certification programs, with very few age requirements. Whether you are a young graduate, are looking for a career break, or are a recently retired teacher, you are eligible for a TESOL certificate.

While there are some age restrictions for LanguageCorps programs, the specifics vary by location, and most programs are pretty flexible.  So if you’d like to try something new and exciting and teaching abroad sounds like the right path for you, get in touch with us and see what is the best fit for you.

  1. TESOL Comes from The U.S.

The TESOL International Association was founded in 1966 in Alexandria, Virginia. It partners with 109 educational organizations and in 2012, it had more than 12,000 members worldwide.

The association is actively regulating the training process, but it doesn’t stop there. They run very resourceful publication and blog pages where English teachers enjoy a vast library with ideas for the classroom, teaching techniques, and practical advises.

  1. You Can Get A Teaching Job in The U.S.

Once you teach abroad, you will always look back to it and look for opportunities to experience it again

Once you teach abroad, you will always look back to it and look for opportunities to experience it again

Although most states require ESL teachers to be licensed by the state, some states also employ people with a TESOL certificate and a four-year college degree, due to the great demand for such teachers across the nation.

Keep in mind that these jobs may come in the form of long-term substitution and you will likely be go through a state certification program if the job ends up being permanent.

  1. The LanguageCorps Way of TESOL Certification

LanguageCorps gives you the opportunity to complete the four-week TESOL training on location in your destination country of choice.

An onsite certification program allows you to become familiar with your new home, while at the same time learning about teaching methodology and acquiring the skills you’ll need to lead your own classroom. All courses also include at least 6 hours of observed teaching practice.

  1. You Can Even Get Certified Online

Being able to go through the training wherever and whenever is comfortable for you is invaluable.

Being able to go through the training wherever and whenever is comfortable for you is invaluable.

 

If you need more flexibility, online certification might be right for you. The 12-week schedule will give you enough time to complete the 140-hours of course work at your own pace, while still seeing to your other obligations (job, school, family etc).

The online training is a very popular way of getting certified, but the small class size – up to 25 people – ensures that you will receive individual help when needed.

LanguageCorps online certification options still include job search assistance, putting the pieces in place for you to teach English abroad in a variety of locations throughout the world.

 

  1. A Degree Is Not Required

Although a college degree is necessary to obtain a paid job in some locations, it is not required in order to earn a TESOL certificate. That being said, the TESOL certificate itself isn’t a university or college degree.  Whether you already have a degree or not, getting certified and teaching abroad can give you some interesting ideas for further academic advancement. You never know what you are going to fall in love with while living abroad.

Head over to LanguageCorps Programs to find out more about the certification process and how LanguageCorps can help you teach English abroad. Our streamlined process will allow you to fully enjoy the experience of teaching in exotic locations around the globe.

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Need a Life Change? Try Teaching Abroad

Many people feel the need for a professional path change

You’re not the only one feeling the need for a career change.

Let’s face it. There comes a moment in just about every adult’s life when change is necessary. More often than not, this change involves your career. If you’re feeling stuck in your current career, and starting to consider alternative paths, teaching abroad might be just the right solution.

Maybe you never really knew what you wanted to do with your life, or maybe your goals and desires have simply changed with time. In any case, if you feel that your current occupation holds you back and does not fulfill your need for personal expression, creativity and deeper meaning, it’s time to look elsewhere.

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How to Prepare for Teaching Abroad

Teaching abroad is exciting, there’s no doubt about it. However, there’s a lot of preparation involved, and some people can become overwhelmed by that process.

Planning is essential to traveling, but people often miss things. Find out what.

Planning is essential to traveling, but people often miss things. Find out what.

Not to worry though. With the right planning and knowledge, you can be off on your teaching journey in no time. The following quick tips will help you to stay organized and simplify the tasks involved in preparing to teach English abroad. Continue reading

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15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Teaching English in Thailand

I’m Happy to share this post today from Lindsay, a LanguageCorps participant in Thailand.  She offers up some useful advice about important logistics such as underwear and toothpaste (among other things), that you might not think to consider before leaving home.  And check out her ridiculously gorgeous sunset beach shot!

See Lindsay’s advice below.

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5 Things You Won’t Miss When You Teach Abroad

We all know how much fun a holiday abroad can be, but is saving up for months just to go away for a few days really worth it? This is where teaching English as a second language (ESL) abroad comes in.

Lasting friendships often start in surprising places, however fellow teachers in a exotic country seem like good suspects

Lasting friendships often start in surprising places. However, fellow teachers in an exotic country are often a match made in heaven.

You get to travel, you get to teach, and you can make your journey abroad last for more than just a couple of weeks. And while living in a foreign country for an extended period of time might seem daunting at first, being away from home may be easier than you think. That being said, here are 5 things you won’t miss when you teach abroad:

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Using New Technology in The Classroom

Technology plays a big part in our students’ lives. It brings the content they want quickly and easily, it keeps them entertained, it helps them socialize. So why not try to incorporate technology into your lesson plans in the classroom?

The benefits are numerous and can lead to improvements in very specific problems tasks that you encounter.

Working with introverted students, for example, can be difficult especially for extroverted persons such as traveling teachers. But quieter students sometimes feel more confident online, where they can easily find their voice. Incorporating such helpful technology in the classroom can make introverted students feel more at home when they share answers and thoughts.

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Hungary – Teaching and Living in Budapest

Teaching in Hungary and living in Budapest? This sounds like a dream coming true

Teaching in Hungary and living in Budapest? This sounds like a dream come true
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Szia! This is how the warm-hearted people of Hungary would greet you. These hand-shakers live in a the heart of Europe, enjoying a large network of natural mineral springs, unique lively culture, and gorgeous well-preserved nature. Although the country keeps a low tourist profile due not having many mountains or any sea beaches, Hungary and its capital city, Budapest, have a story to tell. What better opportunity to hear it than teaching in Hungary?

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How To Advertise Your Tutoring Services Online

Personal tutoring is a financially sustainable and intellectually engaging avenue of freelance employment. Moreover, due to the competitive job climate, parents are increasingly motivated to find a tutor for their child who can help them achieve reputable academic qualifications to improve their employability prospects. As a result, it is important you advertise your tutoring services effectively in order to secure successful tutoring work. If you travel or work aboard, online networking is an excellent way to remain in contact with students; offering interactive online homework sessions and educational consultations. Moreover, if you have recently moved to a new country, you can use a wealth of online resources to connect you with tutoring networks and associations within your new area. Listed below are some of the most lucrative ways in which you can market your tutoring services online, in order to successfully promote your services to a vast online audience.

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Teaching and Living in Vietnam

Exotic Vietnam has much more to offer than endless beaches. The unearthly sunset over the Truong Son mountains is just one example of the countries beauty.

Exotic Vietnam has much more to offer besides its endless beaches. The unearthly sunset over the Truong Son mountains is just one example of the country’s beauty.

Back in 2011, the Vietnamese government set an ambitious goal to ensure that by 2020 every student leaving school will have a strong grasp of the English language. The demand for English teachers skyrocketed and three years later Vietnam is still in great need of ESL teachers. Now’s the perfect time to start teaching English in Vietnam. Continue reading

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LanguageCorps Alums: Job Opportunity

Hello Current/Former LanguageCorps Teachers!

Just a quick note to let you know that EF Education First in Cambridge, Massachusetts is hiring certified ESL teachers to teach adult learners online.

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