Five reasons to avoid cheap TEFL courses

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Do you want to be a TEFL English teacher?

Congratulations on taking the first step to change your life!

So you may be considering taking a TEFL course. After all, this is your ticket to travel and adventure life. And teaching, of course! But if you start thinking about your different options, you'll notice that there are actually thousands of different TEFL courses. This could be overwhelming, to say the least. Deciding which TEFL course is best for you is tricky.

Let's look at the different choices you make when choosing TEFL courses, see how you make sure you choose the TEFL course that suits you best, and why you shouldn't choose a cheap TEFL course.


What is TESOL course?

TEFL course is a course that provides you with teaching certificate. In TEFL's world, you don't need a specific teaching degree to teach English as a foreign language. Some countries will require you to obtain some kind of bachelor's degree, but not necessarily English or education, and some don't even need a degree. But most TEFL jobs require TEFL certificates.

Basically, TEFL Certificate does not need to use your brain. But it is not easy to decide which foreign language course to choose. If they are all the same, of course you can choose a cheap TEFL course?

The simple answer is: No. But let's take a look at the long answer. Here are five reasons why you shouldn't choose the cheapest TEFL course

1. Not all TESOL courses are long enough

As you may have noticed, TEFL courses come in various shapes and sizes. Some are long and some are short. Some are full-time and some are part-time. Some are face-to-face, some are online, and some are a combination of the two.

If you want to find a TEFL English teaching job, the most important thing is that your English course needs at least 120 hours. It doesn't matter whether you're part-time or full-time, face-to-face, online, or both. What matters is the length and content of the course.

A cheap TEFL course is usually cheaper because it only takes 20 or 50 hours. In such a short time, you can't accept and learn all the knowledge you need to know about TEFL English teaching.

2. Not all TEFL courses can teach you enough knowledge

Think carefully about how well you need to prepare for this course in sol. If you have no teaching experience, or if your English knowledge is not up to standard, this is a high order. Speaking English is different from teaching English! So your TEFL course needs to teach you everything you need to know.

Although many TEFL courses may look the same on the surface, you need to examine the content very carefully. A cheap TEFL course may not offer as much content as other courses - that's why it's cheaper!

3. Not all TESOL courses are certified

Since there is no gold standard for TEFL courses, the TEFL courses you choose must be certified. There are many different certification bodies, which are internationally recognized and have a good reputation. You need to ensure that your program is regulated and certified by one of these institutions.


4. Not all TESOL courses can support you

120 hours doesn't seem to be a long course, but any TEFL course worth trying is tense and comprehensive. If you have no previous teaching experience - most TEFL teachers don't - it's not enough to rely on yourself. Even if you study TEFL online, you should be able to find qualified instructors who will answer any questions you may encounter.

If you are doing a face-to-face course, you will naturally accept it because you will be in the same room as your mentor. But you still need to make sure they are qualified, experienced and know what they are talking about! Cheap TESOL courses may have mentors who are inexperienced or unable to provide you with the support you need.

5. Because you deserve it

Last but not least, the last reason why we should not choose cheap TEFL courses is not about courses, but about you!

Taking TEFL is investing in yourself and your future. We know that times may be difficult, but your education and training are not what you want to live frugally. If you choose a cheap TEFL course, we can assure you that you will not be ready to enter the classroom, let alone find a job.

In short, you will waste your time and money. If you are serious about TESOL teaching, you have to do it again anyway!

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