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TEFL Courses London – Advice for Prospective Teachers

By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs London

TEFL courses in London

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There are many TEFL Courses on offer in London. If you are thinking about doing a TEFL course in London it is important to think how you want to use that course. That way you can pick the right course for your intended goal.

TEFL Courses are NOT all the same. There are now hundreds of course providers and different types of courses meaning it has now become very confusing for prospective TEFL teachers. TEFL Jobs London puts a stop to that confusion with our clear points below:

Working in London/UK

There are only 2 certificates worth considering: Trinity TESOL and CELTA .

Make sure that your course provider’s TEFL courses are accredited by Trinity TESOL or CELTA . Most UK language schools are accredited by the British Council and require teachers to have a CELTA or Trinity TESOL TEFL certificate. If you don’t your employment opportunities in London and the rest of the UK will be severely restricted.

These courses cost between £750-£1250. They take a minimum of 4 weeks to complete and include at least 6 hours observed teaching practice in the classroom with real students. If the course you are looking at doesn’t include these things it probably isn’t a Trinity TESOL or CELTA .

Working in Other Parts of the World

The Trinity TESOL and CELTA  courses are always going to be your best bet, giving you access to a greater number of better paying job opportunities worldwide. However many schools across Asia accept a broader range of TEFL certificates. It is important to do your research of what qualifications you will need for your desired TEFL jobs before signing up to a course.

Other Courses: Weekend/Online/60 hours/ETC

There are many other kinds of TEFL course. If you don’t have the time/money to do a CELTA/Trinity TESOL course and the job you are applying for doesn’t require it, then it still makes sense to get some kind of TEFL training before you embark on your English teaching career. There are plenty of quality courses costing between £150-£400.

These courses are accepted across many schools in Asia and are a useful form of preparation if you are going to spend some time abroad working as a volunteer English teacher. Also these courses are a good way to find out if TEFL is for you before you spend upwards of £1000 on a CELTA/Trinity TESOL course.


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