Why complete a TEFL courseWhile everyone has a different reason as to why they are taking a TEFL course, everyone can agree that there are countless benefits in completing one. I have a strong belief that understanding one another can only be accomplished by engulfing oneself into anothers culture. That being said, I have always dreamed of living in another country and found teaching english as a great way to earn an income, simultaneously. To accomplish this goal, I sought out to earn a tefl certification
. While this reason was my own, others will always have their own reason to be TEFL certified
. The chance to go to another country, their love for teaching, learning another culture, the list goes on and on, and I assure you never-ending. Thus, the question, Why complete a TEFL course? can be answered with many different variations. However, after completing the course, I have found that many of my initial reasons have changed. I have found that completing a TEFL course has provided a strong foundation of english grammar and properly prepared me for the challenges a teacher faces.
As a native english born speaker, speaking english comes natural; so one would think. I have been studying english all my life and practice it every day for 25 years what can I possibly learn from an english course? Then I got the learning material and opened it up to find present tense, past tense, future tense, modal, phrasal verbs, parts of speech, etc. I thought to myself, What is all this. The foundation of english grammar is something we use everyday yet we lack a strong understanding as to how and why we use it. The basics of a native language, in my case english, may have never been taught and just expected to just know. TEFL course taught me the foundation of english. While I will always be learning new information, I feel very comfortable with sharing and teaching this information to new learners. Without TEFL, I would have been facing many difficult and embarrassing challenges ahead of me.
I was very impressed that TEFL did not just focus on english but, also, the challenges a TEFL teacher
would face. From managing a classroom to ESA lesson planning, TEFL course covered it and more. From past experiences shared by other teachers overseas, I have found motivating students and classroom activities were paramount in making their classroom successful. Lesson 10s video focused on how both motivating and classroom activities play a key role in the success and failure of the example teacher. TEFL used the video giving great insight and keys to overcome many challenges that a teacher would face.
Quite frankly, without the requirement that teachers must be TEFL certified
, I would have never taken the course. Quite frankly I am extremely happy it became a requirement. These schools entrust you to teach their students a new language. Students put their faith into you as an english expert. Would it be fair to schools and teachers to go there completely unprepared? Absolutely not! Completing a TEFL course lays the foundation of english that is expected of you and as for first year foreign language teachers; you get a profound understanding of the expectations that lay ahead of you.