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There’s a lot to be said for taking an in-person TEFL course. The training is face-to-face, you have peers to interact with, and you don’t have to worry about accountability. However, in the changing educational landscape of today, online courses are becoming increasingly desirable. Here are some signs that you should consider an online TEFL certification.
Are you busy? Do you have a partner or a family to take care of? Are you working a full-time job? If you answered yes to any of these, then an online training is probably a good option for you. For one, your study time will be flexible so that you can fit it into your packed schedule. You can work at your own pace and take as little or as much time as you need. Secondly, you can learn more about TEFL before moving yourself (and possibly other people) to a foreign country. This will save you a lot of worry and stress and help you make a smarter decision once you do have your certification.
One downside to an in-person training is the financial strain it can put on most people. There’s the cost of the training, the flights, the minimum of 4 weeks with no pay, and of course room and board. If you are like most people, this is simply too much.
Studying online has some great advantages here. For one, the training itself is typically cheaper than an in-person course. Secondly, there are no additional or “hidden costs” to consider. You can work and earn your normal salary while completing your training at night or on the weekends. Plus, you can study where you are and not incur fees for additional travel and housing. If making smart financial decisions is important to you, then an online training might be your best bet.
Sometimes your life won’t fit into the 4-week training blocks of an in-person course provider. Life’s timing isn’t always so neat and tidy. Perhaps you have an important commitment and can’t get away. Or maybe you are a student still finishing their last term at university. Regardless of what the timing issue is, you shouldn’t have to slow down or sacrifice getting your TEFL certification just because you have other things going on in your life. Taking an online course in these situations can be a great alternative that gets you the same desired result – your TEFL certificate!
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