Wondering what to expect when signing up for an online TEFL course?
Signing up for an online TEFL course is the first step of a long, yet exciting, journey. When you begin your online TEFL course, you’ll be expected to do certain things if you want to feel confident about TEFL and begin teaching English by the end of your course. In this article, I will outline some of the things that your TEFL course is going to require and expect of you throughout its duration.
Give It Your All
Okay, so you’ve paid for the course, which in my opinion, is reason enough to give it your all. Try hard. Give it your best shot. The harder you work throughout the duration of your course, the more you will learn how to effectively teach TEFL. The more you learn about TEFL teaching, the better a teacher you will be. It goes hand in hand.
If you slack off and do the bare minimum just to get that certificate, I have a feeling you’ll be upset with yourself one day down the line. Being a TEFL teacher is hard work and if you don’t know what you are doing it’s even harder.
I truly believe that if I slacked off during my TEFL course, I wouldn’t have ever become a true, working teacher. I needed all of the information that was taught during my course and I utilize it every time I teach. There are certain things you learn in your TEFL course that are so specialized in this field. Of course, as with (almost) any course, there are some things that you will be able to pick up on using your common sense and life experiences. However, there are certain teaching methods and classroom management skills that you probably won’t be able to know from past experiences, that you will need for a TEFL profession.
So, please, if you sign up for an online TEFL course, or any TEFL course for that matter, pay attention, do the work, even go above and beyond if you can. It will be worth it.
Try your hardest.
Taking on any new endeavor will require you to give a little in the time department of your life. With an online course, it can be hard for some people to keep proper time management. Before you start your course, actually, before you even purchase your course, be absolutely positive that you have the time to do it properly. For many, that also means, be confident that you have the discipline to do it at your own time. You won’t have an instructor pushing you to be there on time for every session. In a sense, you are your own professor in some ways. You set your class time, you set your allotted homework time, you set how long you want to spend on any given section. All of this is up to you.
An online TEFL course takes a responsible person in order to do it properly. A responsible person is able to say no to certain situations that would inhibit their online course experience. It can be hard to say no to social events, hanging out with friends, watching TV or simply scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. But your online course expects you to do this! By having restraints and abiding by the commitment of doing your course, you’ll be proud at the finish line.
Set certain times up to do each module. Stick to the plan.
Finish the Course
At the very least, I urge you to finish your course. It’s easy to just stop doing something because it isn’t very much fun at the time. However, when you get to these points, when you think you’re maybe wasting your time, think back to when you purchased the course. Ask yourself a few questions:
“Why did I purchase this?” “Why did I want to do this course?” “What benefit is there if I quit?”
Once you ask yourself those questions, I think it will become clear to you that you should finish your course. There’s an old quote that says something like: “Nothing worth having comes easy”. Think of this quote as much as you need to throughout the duration of your course because it’s truth is so valuable.
It’s not easy to go through Med school, but without it, we wouldn’t have any doctors. How about becoming a lawyer? Law school must not be easy, but we need lawyers. Same goes for becoming a teacher..the journey there can be hard and tedious but, when you get to become a teacher, it will be clear why it was difficult.
I think those are the most crucial parts about what is expected during your online TEFL course. Of course, there are probably more expectations than that but I think that list covers most of the basics.
So, give yourself the time you need to do the course properly. Try your hardest from start to finish. Most of all, finish the course with integrity. At the end of it, you’ll be proud of yourself and ready to take charge in front of a classroom.