Once you have your TEFL qualification, the learning doesn’t stop there. In a lot of ways, it’s really only just the beginning!
Let’s face it - we can all make improvements. Also, 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 ongoing training for their teaching staff but for those who don’t work in a traditional language school, or who work freelance, we’ve gathered together a list of resources to help you develop as a teacher.
It’s not just extra classes, either; there are materials across a range of media that’ll keep you ahead of the TEFL game.
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 make getting started a lot easier.
The online teaching industry has been growing rapidly yearly, but the pandemic and how it changed the educational sector saw interest increase like never before. Covid-19 drove interest in online teaching, which can be done safely from home and offers flexible working. Within a more competitive market, 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.
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.
In a lot of industries, keeping up with emergent trends and big names in the profession is absolutely vital. Yes, there are established English teaching rules, and topics that need to be covered, but the way things are taught is ever-changing, and the methodology behind teaching is always moving.
Not only that, networking is crucial. Employers are always keen to put faces to names, and if you make a good impression, it can count for a great deal. So, where to go?
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.
If attending workshops and conferences feels a bit out of reach, don’t worry! There are excellent webinars online, specifically on The TEFL Org’s YouTube channel . A whole community of TEFL teachers, aspiring TEFL teachers and others in the industry coalesce in the live comments, while excellent tutors like Carl Cameron-Day discuss a range of TEFL topics nearly every week.
These webinars are a great way to keep up with current TEFL trends, as well as actually getting started in the industry. There are webinars on job opportunities, visas, cover letters and CVs, along with countless other topics!
We’d be remiss to not mention podcasts! The TEFL Org recently launched ‘I Taught English Abroad’ ( Apple / Spotify ), in which current and former TEFL teachers discuss where they’ve been, what their TEFL career has been like, shared stories from their adventures and plenty of priceless advice for aspiring teachers across the globe.
Podcasts are a fantastic resource, whether you want to get into nitty-gritty of academia, or just want to feel inspired.
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 plenty of Facebook and LinkedIn groups that allow you to connect with other English language teachers all over the world. Reddit also has a thriving TEFL community, where people share advice and stories.
Interested in adding further qualifications but not necessarily Advanced TEFL courses? Then your best bet might FutureLearn and Coursera, where you can sharpen your skill-set in no time.
FutureLearn is a course platform 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.
The DELTA is taken over three modules, in no particular order, and can be taught in person, online or through a combined classroom experience. It’s marked through end-of-module assignments or, in stage 2, through a graded portfolio of work.
With an exceedingly strong reputation, the DELTA is worth doing if you have an eye on senior management and curriculum design.
How do you keep informed and up to date with the latest trends in ELT? Share with other readers in the comments section below.