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LanguageCorps Programs

LanguageCorps offers several different TEFL programs for adventurous people interested in living and working in a different culture. The programs vary by location, and an overview is given below. Please refer to the individual country pages for specific details on the International TEFL program(s) offered in that location.

TEFL CERTIFICATION

Traditional programs in TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA certification are four-week, intensive courses that range from 120 hours to 150 hours—this is the international standard for certifying ESL teachers. TEFL certification courses are detailed and thorough. During the teaching certification program, you learn about ESL teaching methodologies and techniques and you hone the skills you need to be comfortable and competent teaching English abroad. Most people are somewhat surprised by how intense and hard-working the courses are designed to be. Throughout the TEFL course, you are supported by your TEFL Trainer who provides you with feedback, mentorship, and all the support you need to be successful. Our TEFL program comes with lifetime job-finding assistance. We make sure you leave the program ready to start your international teaching career and will always be available for support along the way!

COMBINED TEFL

Our Combined TEFL Certification Course is the perfect blend of our Online and the Onsite course. Participants of the Combined TEFL course complete the first half of the course online through self-study. You will receive support and feedback from your in-country TEFL trainer through email and 7 hours of Skype tutoring. This part of the course is very flexible and you can finish it on your own pace. For the actual teaching practice and completion of the course, you will either come to Costa Rica, Peru or Guatemala to join the traditional TEFL program in the third week of the course. As with all our programs, lifetime job-finding assistance is included!

TEACHING INTERNSHIPS

Our Teaching Internship Program is a two-month program that includes the traditional four-week TEFL Certification course followed by a four-week Teaching Internship where you join the professional teaching team of a local educational institute. Our Teaching Internship Program is available in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru. Please refer to the individual country pages for specific details on what is included.

ONLINE TEFL

The LanguageCorps Online TEFL Certification Program is a flexible way to start your adventure in teaching English abroad. Perfect for working professionals or full-time students who are unable to commit to an onsite course, the online TEFL Certification allows you to log in and go to class whenever you please, and work at your own pace. Best of all, you earn your TEFL Certificate from the comfort of your own home or your favorite café.

LanguageCorps’ Online TEFL Certification program includes 150 hours of course work that is completed over a schedule of four to sixteen weeks. Throughout the Program you complete reading and writing assignments, take quizzes and exams on course content, and receive one-on-one tutoring from your TEFL Trainer by Skype. The online TEFL course is carefully designed to be the best online TEFL course available. The content perfectly mirrors our regular onsite TEFL programs and unlike any other online TEFL, the LanguageCorps online TEFL includes a teaching practicum where you teach 6 hours of online classes to a real English learner! We make sure you’re truly prepared and set-up for success.

What is TEFL

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is the umbrella term for different types of certification courses, of which one is also called TEFL. The other two most common types of TEFL certification courses are TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA courses are all considered ‘TEFL courses’. Eventually, the content of all these courses is more or less the same. LanguageCorps offers  TEFL, TESOL and CELTA programs and does not recommend one over the other. All certifications offer excellent job opportunities, as long as they meet the right standards.

WHY WERE TEFL COURSES DEVELOPED?

So, you’ve started your search into the world of TEFL! Whether you’re already becoming sort of an expert on what’s out there, or you’re completely new to the field, it’s probably no surprise to you that English is one of the most important languages in the world. It is the language of business, science and education, traveling, the internet, and so on. Currently, over a billion people are studying English, and as globalization continues to grow, this number will continue to increase rapidly.

As a result of the increasing demand for English teachers, there aren’t enough ESL professionals. TEFL is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing fields of education in the world; jobs are available all over Asia, Latin America, Europe, and The Middle East. Some African countries also have a high demand for English teachers.

Although there’s a large population of native English speakers, this doesn’t automatically qualify them as quality and effective teachers, the same way that knowing how to count wouldn’t qualify you as an accountant, either. The example might be a bit simple, but just ask yourself some questions.. What do you actually know about English grammar? Would you be able to explain the grammar rules to an individual or group of students? Would you be able to plan lessons for different levels of students for a whole week, month or semester? Realistically set goals for their progression? How do you keep the English language interesting and fun? How do you get your students to interact and do most of the talking (you already know the language, so even though you’re their ambassador of the English language, you want to get THEM to speak!). And, would you be able to manage a classroom that gets distracted, confused or maybe even frustrated with the English language?

Without TEFL training, the answer is: probably not. The good news is, it isn’t impossible to attain, and we’re more than happy to guide you through the process of getting TEFL certified!

TEFL courses were designed to respond to the need for English teachers worldwide. It is a thorough and rigorous training -usually 4-weeks- that doesn’t require previous teaching experience. An accredited TEFL certificate qualifies you to be an effective teacher of the English language. TEFL training helps you to develop very specific skills that enable you to find paid teaching jobs abroad. An accredited TEFL certificate is recognized by language schools all over the world and makes you very marketable as a teacher. Schools will be happy to hire you and provide you with a salary, which allows you to fund your life abroad. While you’ll serve the global ESL community and give back to people in need of learning English, you yourself can absorb new cultures, explore, enjoy, make new friends and last but not least, develop a professional and valuable career that will boost your resume!

A TYPICAL TEFL COURSE COVERS THE FOLLOWING TOPICS

– Introduction to learning and teaching theories
– Introduction to different resources and materials
– Critical ESL techniques
– Understanding English language structure
– Learning methodologies for teaching grammar, reading, writing and conversation
– Classroom management skills

– Engaging and motivating learners
– Lesson planning
– Assessing learner’s English level
– Error correction
– Career assistance and job finding workshop

Courses may also include a component on using technology in the classroom and International Exams like TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge.

CHOOSING A TEFL PROVIDER

There is a bedazzling amount of providers out there. Some are excellent, established and highly respected in the field. Others are not, but it’s not always easy to see the difference. That’s where LanguageCorps jumps in. LanguageCorps has years of experience working in the field and exclusively selects the best programs out there.

There are a few things you want to learn more about before investing in your teaching career. Your goal is to get hired and make an international living out of it, right? So, make sure you’re considering only quality TEFL training programs.

When you choose your TEFL Certification, it’s important to check if the course meets the international standards for TEFL certification. These standards are:

  • At least 120 hours of in-class training
  • At least 6 hours of observed teaching practice (with REAL English students, not your peers)
  • Accreditation by a recognized, independent body in the field
  • Qualified TEFL Trainers with longstanding International experience

The hands-on experience of the practical teaching sessions is extremely valuable and absolutely necessary to help you grow into the role of a teacher. You can read about TEFL techniques, but they will only make sense when you experience a real-life situation. From there, you can start building your skills and improving your teaching style.

Furthermore, it is important to gain insight into the kind of job finding assistance the TEFL provider offers. A good TEFL provider will not only help you find jobs in your training location, but also in other locations around the world. They will work with you in writing a strong, TEFL-proof resume, share the best-interview-practices with you, provide you with lists of language schools in your preferred destinations, the best and most reliable online resources including recruitment agencies, and can give advice on job offers and contracts. The best providers provide this service for as long as you want or need it, at no extra cost to you!

YOUR TEFL CERTIFICATE LASTS A LIFETIME

Once TEFL certified, you’re TEFL certified for the rest of your life. There’s no need to do a refreshment course at some point. Just like a college or university degree, your certificate does not expire. Whether you want to start teaching right after your certification course, or years later, you can always fall back on your TEFL certificate. This means that it’s no issue if you’re not in the position to go abroad long-term now. If teaching abroad is something you’re planning to do in the future, it’s never too early to get qualified and have that certification in your pocket. Many people participate in a TEFL course during their Summer break, go back to school and teach abroad at some later point in their lives.

LIFETIME JOB FINDING ASSISTANCE

Along the same lines, LanguageCorps graduates can count on lifetime job search assistance. We are always available to graduates looking for jobs in almost every corner of the world. Often, people that have stayed to teach in their course location are curious to explore other countries and reach out for advice and contact information for schools to apply to. We have a big network of schools and companies worldwide that are always looking for teachers, and they will be happy to receive resumes and cover letters from LanguageCorps teachers. Whether this is 6 months or 6 years after completing the TEFL course, we are here to help you succeed in your job search. Should you have any questions about hiring seasons, salaries and job requirements, feel free to reach out; our advisors will get in touch with you with the answers!

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