It’s a Process

I didn’t make MUCH progress over the Summer. It is the busiest time of the year at my work. I was not, however, without some success.

I researched a few more online TEFL certification programs, completed a Basic Teacher Training for a Community English Class, and, perhaps most importantly, after 22 years of living in this great country, I became a United States citizen! Little by little I am approaching my goal.

Of all the online programs I read about, the one that stands out to me the most is TEFLOnline.com. They also provide lifetime job placement assistance, but they are a heckuva lot cheaper than the International TEFL Academy. I suspect the reason for this is that they do not provide any practicum opportunities. Still, I am impressed with their ACCET accreditation (Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training) and the fact they are associated with Cambridge University. I am planning on starting their 120-hour course in the next couple of days. They are worth a look.

teflonline

http://www.teflonline.com/

Recently I  attended a weekend training for volunteers involved in a Community English Class at a local church. The training was offered by the North American Mission Board, hosted by the Florida Baptist Convention, and covered basic training for teachers of English language learners. I had a great time learning different techniques for teaching vocabulary, types of activities to encourage conversation, games to inspire critical thinking, and essential steps in lesson planning. Overall, a very great introduction for me to the world of teaching English.

Once I complete my online course, not only will I feel more confident in my eligibility for the TAPIF, but I will also have access to job postings world-wide to jumpstart my new career. Now that I am a US citizen, I believe the visa and hiring processes will be a bit easier. (I hope!) One way or another, I am going after this dream!

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Decisions, Decisions

OK. You know you want to teach English in another country. Now what?

You may have narrowed it down to which countries you’re interested in, but how do you GET there? I’ve been researching a few different organizations and programs that offer opportunities to either apply, go, and teach or give you a TEFL certification and help you find a job. I haven’t necessarily narrowed it down myself just yet, so I will have to make some calls, do a bit of reading, and try to make things clearer for all of us.

I have a particular interest in France since I’ve studied French since the eighth grade and spent a semester abroad in college. Some of my first internet rovings uncovered a great program through the French government called the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). Upon acceptance, assistants are assigned a region and one or more schools to assist. You would not be the main teacher, just an assistant, though I’ve read several blogs that say how much preparation you will do really depends on the class and the teacher. There is also a limited amount of time you’d be teaching: approximately 12 hours per week!

This program, though, requires a minimum of a B1 level proficiency in French, which should be fine for me if I just brush up my skills a little. It has been about 4 years since I’ve really spent time speaking it. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be available in October.

http://highereducation.frencheducation.org/teach-in-france

Should I not be accepted to the program, my other option would be to get a TEFL certification and find my own job in any country that wants me. I’ve read most about the International TEFL Academy, and I have to say, the thing I like most about them is that they provide lifetime job search guidance. They even provide a nice Country Comparison Chart which lists many useful bits of information like approximate salary, chance of making a profit, peak hiring season, estimated startup costs, and more.

http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/

I will have to research more before I make a decision, and I would like to know more about other schools as well.

So, until next time!