5 things to do before starting your TEFL course 1

5 things to do before starting your TEFL course
So, you’ve been accepted onto a TEFL course. How are you feeling? Relaxed because you are a fluent English speaker with a good educational background. Perhaps you feel a little trepidation as one of your friends took the course and said it was one of the toughest months of her life. Maybe you’re worried that ...

10 commandments of TEFL – An accidental manifesto 5

10 commandments of TEFL - An accidental manifesto
Somebody asked  me the other day if I had a philosophy about TEFL, a manifesto if you like, perhaps a mission statement, a set of general beliefs about teaching English to speakers of other languages. I laughed and said I didn’t really believe in grand statements. Besides, I was watching a football match and didn’t ...

10 Things you shouldn’t say in an interview for a TEFL job 28

10 Things you shouldn't say in an interview for a TEFL job
Over the years, I’ve interviewed about 50 TEFL teachers. Some people walked through the door and I automatically knew they weren’t appropriate for the job: stinking of alcohol, 3 hours late with no explanation, tattoos all over their face when they were applying for an in-company position…..little things like that. Other applicants seemed fairly normal ...

Can non-native speakers of English become good TEFL teachers? 65

Can non-native speakers of English become good TEFL teachers?
This is a source of constant debate in the TEFL world. Here in Spain, many Spaniards (employers and students) request native speaker teachers. They hold beliefs, or prejudices, such as: British speak proper English not like Americans My German / Dutch /Spanish teacher of English knows grammar but speaks with a terrible accent I want ...

Am I the right age or nationality to get into TEFL?

Am I the right age or nationality to get into TEFL?
I’ve worked with and trained recent graduates who were able to manage classes without raising their voices and middle-aged former project managers who went blank in front of a group of expectant students. Most TEFL training courses will not accept trainees younger than 18 but there is no upper age limit. However, the demands of ...

What kind of people become TEFL teachers?

What kind of people become TEFL teachers?
  I’ve been in the business since 1996 and I’ve watched a wide range of people enter a classroom and teach. I’d like to present a few of my favourites – names have been changed to protect the innocents.   Bob was a favourite of mine. In his late forties, he had worked in publishing ...

10 Reasons why you should become a TEFL Teacher

The other day, I came across my old Trinity TESOL certificate. After leaving university, I took a 4-week training courses and learned how to teach English as a foreign language. I say learned, but really, the course just allowed me to dip my big toe into the world on language teaching. Many years later, I’m ...

What to ask at a TEFL interview

What to ask at a TEFL interview
You sit back, take a deep breath and relax. The person sitting opposite you has asked all of their questions and you have acquitted yourself pretty well. Your interview for a TEFL job has been a success. Your interviewer thinks you are motivated, enthusiastic, creative, professional, responsible, dedicated. You give yourself a mental pat on ...