Once you have your TEFL qualification, the learning doesn’t stop there. It’s only just the beginning!
We can all make improvements and it’s good practice to keep on top of new developments in English language teaching. Not only will this help your students with their English language studies, but it can also help you develop as an EFL teacher.
Some schools may offer on-going training for their teaching staff but for those who don’t work in a traditional language school or work freelance, we’ve gathered together a list of resources to help you develop as a teacher.
Further training with advanced TEFL courses
Once you’ve gained your initial TEFL qualification you can complete further training in specific areas of TEFL with an advanced course. They’re a great way of boosting your CV and, particularly when it comes to more competitive niches, will making getting started a lot easier.
The online teaching industry has been growing rapidly each year, but 2020 saw interest increase like never before. The coronavirus pandemic has driven interest in online teaching, which can be done safely from home and offers flexible working. With a more competitive market – see our previous post – it’s important to stand out to be in with the best chance of securing online work, which is exactly what our Teaching English Online course offers.
Aiming to work with children? This course is for those interested in early years education and child psychology. Particularly relevant if you’re hoping to teach English in Asia or online where you’ll find a large number of jobs involve working with young learners.
If you’re already teaching adult learners you’ll understand there’s a demand for business English – whether it be for their current role or for a position they are looking to get into. Business English is a lucrative area of TEFL, which means it can also be competitive. Specific training will help put you in a strong position for getting started.
TEFL conferences and workshops
Conferences are a great place to learn about developments in the teaching and language learning field as well as offering the chance to network.
IATEFL conference – this is one of the biggest TEFL conferences in the world and is attended by over 3,000 TEFL professionals every year.
Asia TEFL – running since 2005, the Asia TEFL conference takes place annually and focuses on – you guessed it – teaching English in Asia. It’s been held in many different Asian nations, such as Indonesia, Thailand, China, South Korea and more.
The best place to see what TEFL conferences and events are coming up is to visit ELT events, which keeps an up-to-date list of what’s going on worldwide.
Memberships, associations, and groups
Being a member of a professional body can include benefits such as access to exclusive webinars, courses and papers on EFL teaching as well as discounts. Joining a body focused on the TEFL industry in the country you’re working in/aiming to work in can help open up opportunities as well as put you in touch with other teachers.
IATEFL – International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
TESOL-Spain – Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages in Spain
KOTESOL – Korea TESOL
JALT – Japan Association for Language Teaching
There are also tons of Facebook and LinkedIn groups that allow you to connect with other English language teachers all over the world.
There are lots of great online platforms for career development. FutureLearn is one of them, where you can study a short course over a month or two. They recommend setting aside two hours per week for six to eight weeks depending on the content of the course/complexity of the material. On completion of a course, you can pay extra for unlimited access to course material and a course completion certificate.
Some of the options available to English language teachers:
Coursera offer free and paid courses. There are specific start dates – around two intakes per year for popular courses. These are often delivered by well-known universities and organisations and, as well as being accessible online, they do have an app that you can download for study on the go.
How do you keep informed and up to date with the latest trends in ELT? Share with other readers in the comments section below.