SO YOU WANT TO GET A TEFL QUALIFICATION





07.05.2018



Many who are looking for a way to escape th e9-5 and more of an adventure lifestyle usually teach online, but how do you get into it? what should you know before you begin and where should you go?





So I thought I’d let you hear from AJ today. Last week he completed the Trinity Cert TESOL and is now a qualified TEFL teacher. For many people who choose to be location independent, teaching English is one of the main ways that they are able to fund their travels. For us, whilst we have a number other income sources that we are developing, we decided that teaching would be an additional source that will help to boost our income. I’m a firm believer of the saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and we should all have multiple ways of making money. It’s said that the average millionaire has 7 sources of income, so go figure! If you’re interested in teaching online, there LOADS of websites that you work from. I will share the ones that work for us in due course as one thing I’ve found in my research is that there’s also a number of crap companies out there with poor salaries and treatment of their teachers. I’ll try to weed out those before sharing the best of what we find so you don’t have to spend hours trawling the internet as I have. Now you don’t necessarily need a qualification to teach but it definitely helps increase your chances, especially in order to demand a higher salary but for many sites, just being a native English speaker is enough. Anyway, enough from me, over to AJ


So...we moved to Spain and you all know about the interesting not so glamorous portal we have encountered thus far by way of the Empress. Our plan was to move here and as a back up, for me to study a TEFL course which would allow me to teach online throughout our travels regardless of location. So let us rewind, back in the UK, the Empress found the course for me and the application was a short form & written task then I had an interview with the marketing officer for the company. The lady was bubbly, chatty and so friendly, she told me straight that the course was hard and that it was very demanding. I appreciated the bluntness, she was very honest, so of course I said yes I am prepared to put in those sleepless hours if I need to (and boy did I need to)


Fast forward to the first week of the course, I had to learn Greek! Friggin Greek! The objective was to allow trainee teachers to have a feel of how it is for students learning English. That first week I was so lost, Greek was an alien language, I barely remembered anything, but I guess they drove their point home, one must really take into consideration the students and how they feel as well as how difficult this is for them. Anyway, we are now in the middle of the week, and can you believe it I had to teach a full on lesson? I mean, I only started the course on Monday, I am just about getting my bearings together and on top of that there deadlines flying in from left right and centre for 3 different pieces of coursework as well as write ups for each class that was given, not to mention observing and writing up summary for the classes given by tutors.


Now let me be very clear and start with the tutors, most of them were great, but the material they flew threw, no time to digest properly and I wasn’t taught grammar in school like most of us so it was a bit challenging. Sometimes the tutors didn’t really give the level of support that was enough to deem sufficient especially from the first week. Most of the support started to arrive at the end of the third week. One particular tutor didn’t take to me and I knew it because I could feel it regardless of him masking it… you know, you can just tell but I didn’t let that stop me.


The workload is INTENSE, ridiculously intense, I slept on average 2-4hrs maximum on a daily basis. I also ate rubbish food to keep me afloat as taking lunch would have been wasting time I didn’t have, and that also extended to not eating breakfast in the morning because I had no time.


So would I recommend the course? From a more global point of view based on what I want to achieve, yes. In addition if nothing else you would have learned the rules and structures to English. I learned however, at the end of the course about discrimination that has been happening within the employment sector of the course where countries like Spain and China in particular have been known to discriminate against non native British English speakers.


And by that I mean blonde hair with blue eyes, this is not a dig it’s a fact, the tutor herself told of her experience because she is from Greece and one interview where it was suggested that they could change her name for her to get the job (bearing in mind she's a TEFL tutor so qualified to teach others how to teach). But there are campaigns going on to tackle this discrimination so in closing, the course is beneficial on multiple levels, however the content is heavy and will keep you up at night, and you may face some form of discrimination to some degree if you are not you know… yeah. So make of this blog what you will. It was a journey, it was a process, it was…. INTENSE ​