What is TEFL?
TEFL stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language.” The student’s native language is not English while the teacher may or may not be a native English speaker.
Demand for TEFL has never been higher with students all over the world actively seeking to learn English. TEFL used to be a mainly private sector industry, in which the student centric, communicative approach was a departure from the stiff traditional English methodologies employed in public school systems. However, that has changed in recent years with public education systems around the world seeking qualified TEFL trainers for updated programs, goals, and better results.
There are many settings in which TEFL takes place including:
- public schools
- private training schools
- summer or winter learning camps
- employee training
- government sponsored programs
What is the difference between TESOL, TESL, TEFL?
There are some subtle differences between the various acronyms. According to the British Council:
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is often used to mean the same thing as TEFL, but it is also used to describe English language teaching to people living in an English speaking country who are not native English speakers – such as refugees and first generation immigrants. In the UK, ESOL courses provide students with a level of English that will allow them to integrate into the country’s educational, work and cultural environment. There may be a need to teach basic literacy and other life skills as well.
TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. English is spoken as a common second language in the context of official communication and administration in many countries where several other language groups co-exist – such as Nigeria, Kenya, India and Singapore. Another term that may be used in this context is TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language).
How long does it take to complete a myTEFL.com course?
Our courses are carefully designed, peer reviewed and tested to ensure strict standards of quality are met. Our 120 hour course will take approximately 120 hours to complete! This includes reading each section thoroughly, completing all the exercises, quizzes and tests, keeping track of new vocabulary and definitions, and achieving a passing mark. Depending on individual learning and study habits, you may take a little less or a little more time. And remember, our dedicated tutors are always available to consult with, make suggestions, help explain difficult sections, and guide you throughout your course!
By default you have approximately three months to complete your course in. Most students finish in 3 – 6 weeks. If you require additional time, extensions are available.
Can I apply for a work permit or work visa in foreign countries with myTEFL.com’s certificate?
Yes, you can! Our internationally recognized certificates can be used to apply in countries where a successful, accredited course completion is required! Please note, most countries require a minimum of 100 hours of TEFL training in order to apply for a working visa. If you are planning on applying to a country with these requirements, you will need to complete our 120 Hour Professional Course
Can I apply for a job before I pass the course?
Yes, some students may even start applying for jobs before they start the course as many employers are happy to offer positions with the understanding that you will arrive with the course completed, ready to teach. If a letter of enrollment is required by your employer, please contact us and we’ll be happy to oblige.
Can myTEFL match or beat a competitor’s price?
We strive to provide the best value for our students. That means we feel obligated to not only match a competitor’s price, but beat it by 10%! It can be a promo or sale price as long as it is publicly advertised. *
The course must be of equal or greater hours in length, and of a comparable quality. We reserve final rights when deeming whether a competitor’s course is equivalent in nature.
If you find a cheaper course and are ready to purchase, email the link to [email protected] We will send you an invoice or a one time promo code for our equivalent course at a price of 10% lower than the competitor.
That’s the myTEFL lowest price guarantee!
* we do not price match ‘groupon’ or ‘group buy’ style promos
Does the TEFL certificate expire?
The certificate never expires. However, the longer you have been away from teaching or learning, the less attractive it might be for employers. If you’ve been away from teaching and TEFL for a while, taking a course to refresh your knowledge would be a good idea.
Can myTEFL.com help me secure a job?
Absolutely! We specialize in placing teachers within our network of schools in China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Colombia and Online. As long as you meet the basic qualifications and complete our 120 Hour TEFL, we can pretty much guarantee you a full time placement. We will place you for free! No additional costs or fees whatsoever. Check out https://mytefl.com/tefl-jobs/ for more information. We also assist with placements in other countries.
While we have a very high success rate, keep in mind that securing a position ultimately depends on you; a well crafted CV and a strong interview performance go a long way!
You will also find it quite easy to seek and secure a position independently. Once you are enrolled in our course, we provide you with listings and resources that will get you started. You can apply for and secure multiple job offers within a short timeframe. There is strong demand for MyTEFL graduates across the globe. You will also complete a section in your TEFL course that provides information on seeking, negotiating and accepting contracts overseas in various countries. Not only will you be in high demand, you will be well prepared to accept the best position available.
Is myTEFL.com an accredited provider of TEFL courses?
MyTEFL and its parent company, Footprints Language Education Ltd. (FLE) are institutional members of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), the largest and most comprehensive TEFL organization in the world. Our courses are moderated and accredited by the Online TESOL and TEFL Standards Agency (OTTSA), an independent third party standards board that is dedicated to increasing teacher training standards. Our TEFL courses have been carefully developed, rigorously tested and peer reviewed to ensure we not only meet, but exceed internationally set standards.
In addition to external validation, we have over 40 years of combined experience teaching, writing, publishing, managing, and consulting in EFL markets worldwide. As part of our internal Research & Development System, we field test our TEFL courses within our own Language Training School branches in Asia. An inexperienced teacher completes one of our TEFL courses and starts teaching English in our classrooms. We monitor and evaluate their performance on multiple metrics, including multi-party feedback, classroom strategy, lesson development, and student results. We gather and interpret the information to further hone and improve on our courses.
FLE is a progressive organization that adheres to principles of continual improvement and growth. In order to keep abreast of the latest EFL innovations and ideas, we subscribe to professional journals, network with other educational professionals, and attend industry specific conferences and events, using the knowledge we gain to better our course content, delivery methods, and tutoring strategies. Finally, all of our caring and dedicated Tutors are education professionals, holding multiple certifications and years of teaching experience under their belts. We care about our team and we care about our students. Join us today and get started on your own rewarding TEFL career!
Is a myTEFL course eligible for the CLAIR Grant (JET Program)?
Yes, it is. Our 120 Hour Course is recognized, and popular with teachers in the JET Programme. Many teachers in the JET Programme choose myTEFL as their TEFL provider, and successfully receive the CLAIR Grant. We offer the support you need (documentation required) to receive the Grant throughout, and after your course.
How do I book a course?
Click on the Courses menu button and select the online course you are interested in. You will then be asked to register and complete payment with a credit card. You will receive login details and a quick start guide. Your Personal Tutor will email you within 24 hours to ensure you are having a smooth start. If you are paying by a different method (wire transfer, check etc.) please contact us.
Alternatively you may click on the Enroll button to register first. Then you will be able to make a course selection and complete payment.
If you would like to book an onsite course, contact us with your details beforehand. We will call you back within 48 hours in order to assess your needs and ensure the class is a good fit.
What constitutes a passing score at myTEFL.com?
In order to successfully pass our course, you must obtain 65% or higher on each unit. It is Ok if you score below this on some sections or individual assignments, but your average overall must be 65% or more.
I don’t have a degree; is teaching English an option for me?
Having a degree is an obvious asset, but not necessary. Some countries will accept teachers who have only completed a 120 Hour TEFL certificate and a high school diploma.
An easy option is to join a myTEFL Internship program. We will train you, send you to a foreign country for orientation, then place you in an internship style teaching position. You do not need a degree or prior experience to participate. Upon completion of the program, you will have solid, real world teaching experience and a TEFL under your belt, opening many more English teaching options for you.
How is the final grade calculated?
Throughout the course you will encounter tests and assignments which are graded. The collective average of all the assessments make up your final score. In addition you must receive a passing score on every Unit. If you fail a Unit, you will need to reset it and complete it again. Please note you may only reset a Unit if you fail it
How do I contact my Tutor?
To contact a Tutor (if you have not kept his/her contact information on file) you may directly email [email protected] from the email address you registered with.
Be as specific as possible when emailing so your Tutor can prepare an effective and helpful answer for you.
When will I get my certificate?
Certificates are sent within 5 working days after the course has been finished, although most will be sent within 48 hours.
Do I have to be a native English speaker to benefit from a TEFL course?
No, you do not need to be a native speaker to teach English. In fact there are more non-native TEFL instructors around the world than native ones! A TEFL course will provide additional benefits to non-native speakers through the comprehensive Grammar and Functions sections in some of our courses. While many employers prefer native English speakers, completing a myTEFL.com course demonstrates professional commitment and growth, which are highly valued in the TEFL industry.
Can myTEFL certificates be notarized and authenticated for employment purposes?
As an accredited provider, myTEFL certificates can be notarized and authenticated. This is necessary for work permit applications in China, and often in Vietnam as well. If you require assistance with the process, please contact us. Please note we cannot assist with authenticating TEFLs from other organizations. You need to contact your TEFL provider directly for assistance.
Does taking a TEFL require fluency in a second, non-English language?
Absolutely not. When you teach English, you do not use the native language of the students. Your entire class will be in English!
I’m taking the 120 hr. TEFL course and can see exactly what section I’m currently in… but I would like to see the full outline for the course. Where is that available?
Go to your student dashboard and click on “course” on the dashboard bar. You will see a detailed breakdown by Unit, Section and Module.
How are my grades calculated?
Your scores are calculated based on your performance on quiz questions.
Total score is based on overall performance thus far into the course.
Units differ in length and the amount of questions. Taking an average of Unit scores will not result in an accurate total score due to the differing number of questions within each Unit.
Is there a way to review my examination answers?
You are able to review your exam results after each and every test. For the questions answered incorrectly, you will be provided with the correct answer as well.