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There are a dizzying number of TEFL course providers and the recognition, or validity, of their TEFL and TESOL certificates vary considerably. However, there are only a few international organizations that are truly well established, recognized and internationally accredited—one of them is ITTT.
The vast majority of English language schools and institutes around the world require 100 hours of training completed by an externally moderated and accredited organization that meets international regulatory standards.
In order to meet these standards laid down by organizations such as TESOL in the USA and the British Council in the UK, TEFL or TESOL courses must include at least six hours of observed and constructively critiqued TEFL lessons with non-native speakers as their students.
Believe it or not, many providers simply have trainees delivering lessons to fellow trainees!
The course should also offer dynamic lessons for the trainees themselves, covering all aspects of TEFL, including methodology, language awareness, phonology, and have a grading system based on performance teaching as well as on a final exam.
International TEFL and TESOL Training
By holding certification from a well-known organization such as International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT), potential employers can see that you’ve completed a reputable TEFL course which included six hours of observed teaching practice, that you completed all projects and assignments outlined in the course, and that the delivery of your lessons was of a high standard.
Many providers offer shorter, weekend courses that don’t meet international standards. If you take these courses and your potential employer asks about your certificate, they’ll easily see that your course did not offer the same features as those needed for meaningful certification. If you take one of these courses, it’s important to understand that a certificate from this type of course may not get you many job offers from decent employers.
Therefore, if you plan to teach English abroad, it is to your benefit as well as the benefit of your students, that you enroll in a course that meets international standards and ITTT not only meets those standards but is one of the world’s leading organization to do so.
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When selecting a TEFL/TESOL course, you should ask yourself, does the course:
- meet international standards for the regulation of acceptable English language teaching certification?
- include 100 or more hours of training and input?
- include lessons that cover teaching skills, classroom management, language awareness, phonology and how to apply, prepare and teach these skills effectively?
- assess trainees continually during the course through projects, assignments, teaching practice and also include a final exam?
- have moderation and inspections by an independent teaching body or professional?
- meet the approval and recognition of respected, independent professional bodies and individuals?
- update its input to reflect developments in language teaching?
- offer a certificate at the end of the course that is valued and internationally recognized?
The ITTT teaching program is one of the few courses that meet all of the above criteria.