Dyslexia and TEFL

EFL teaching is really about being enthusiastic and positive in the classroom. In interviews, as long as you come across as sure of yourself and your abilities, and make a positive impression, you should not really be at a disadvantage. I would also ensure that the spelling etc. in your CV, Covering Letter and application forms is perfect – although I am sure you would do this anyway!

If you are worried about the actual teaching, remember that you will be able to organise your lessons in advance. You will have access to the course syllabus and resources prior to the lesson and so you can familiarise yourself with everything. Your students will usually have quite a low level of English and so probably won’t even realise if you were to make a mistake. If you are unsure of spelling or anything you should always use a dictionary.

After the TEFL course, and your first couple of TEFL classes, your confidence will improve vastly and you should feel more and more comfortable in a classroom setting.

For the online course, you will have a dedicated online tutor who will be marking your work and giving you feedback throughout. They are there to answer any questions you have and to offer support. The exception to this is the grammar course, this is an automated course and so you won’t get constant feedback but there is a grammar tutor available should you need any help.  If you do find that you need a little bit of extra time to complete the course, you  can extend it for a fee.

If you would like us to inform the classroom tutor that you have dyslexia prior to the classroom course we can also do this.

There are quite a few of our students taking a TEFL course who are dyslexic who go on to complete their course and find work abroad successfully so don’t be put off – you can do this too!

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