March 31, 2017

FAQ’s

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What TEFL/TESOL courses do we offer?

We offer both a full-time and a part-time Distant-Learning TEFL/TESOL course.

2. What is the difference between the full-time and the part-time courses?

The full-time course is our flagship course and is offered in Knysna over a 4 week period. TEFL trainee teachers attend classes 5 days a week, Monday to Friday from 9 to 1. The full-time course is very intensive and interactive with many classes and trainee teachers teach,  interact and do a lot of group work. Trainee teachers start teaching in real life situations in Kindergarten, primary schools, high schools as well as adults from their first week. This is a face-to-face course and employers prefer this course. (Affordable accommodation is also available, see below).

The part-time course is a distant learning course over a period of 3 months. We supply all study material on a flash drive and printed material and students do not need permanent internet access. You only need internet access when you send assignments to us. The part-time course also requires that you do practical classes and teaching. We do this in all the big cities like Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. You can also attend the practical training in Knysna and some of our Distant Learners join the Full-time students for 5 days for the practical interaction and teaching experience.

3. Will I get a job if I only can do the part-time course?

Yes. Employers, however, prefer the full-time face-to-face course. You will also, as part of your part-time course do 3 days full practical. You will physically teach during this time which will equip you to be good TEFL teacher. Your teaching is also recorded by us which we put on our Youtube channel and your playlist so that overseas employers can see how you teach practically.

4. Why do your TEFL qualified teachers seem to get jobs overseas easier than people from other language schools?

Our language school and TEFL division are run by a husband and wife team who are passionate about people and education. It is extremely important for us to render an excellent service and equip our TEFL teachers well. We also built in many extra modules and walk next to them when they apply for jobs overseas.

Our school has an excellent reputation overseas and we will not issue a TEFL Certificate if we are not of the opinion that the TEFL trainee teacher is not yet up to standard. We will rather spend extra time with such an individual until they are ready to go and teach overseas.

Our qualified teachers are special to us and we will go to great lengths to assist them in securing a TEFL job overseas. We also have a sister company, TEFL Placements which assist our qualified TEFL teachers, at no cost, to find a good job.

5. Does the course cost the same for your full-time and part-time courses?

The cost is the same. The full-time course cost R 6 900. The part-time course can be paid off over the three month period of the course by way of  3 x monthly instalments of R 2 300 per month, totalling R 6 900.

 

More questions…..

Here are some questions asked by a prospective TEFL teacher and our answers:

Your course seems to be well accepted by the wealth of positive testimonials posted. However, I do still have some questions regarding the course.

Do you only present TEFL or do you have a TESOL course as well?
My understanding of other similar schools is that the TESOL is becoming more sought after.

Answer:

Our Certificate is both a TEFL / TESOL qualification and this appears on the qualification Certificate.

TEFL refers to teaching English as a foreign language: programs in countries where English is not the primary language and is not a lingua franca. TESOL, which stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages, is a general name for the field of teaching that includes both TESL and TEFL.

 

Is your course registered with any certification body? If so, which body is that?

Answer: We did not register our school as there is no formal TEFL governing body. We can register our school as a Cambridge CELTA training facility but then we have to pay high royalties per student which makes the course financially out of reach for too many students. We work through the complete CELTA Book and have added many modules to our course curriculum such as Educational Psychology, a complete grammar book, 150 Teaching and Learning Styles, Wholebrain Teaching methodology, Marketing knowledge required by a TEFL teacher and very important real-life teaching practical teaching (Kindergarten / Primary School / High School Learners and Adults). The full-time course is a month of very hard work but our qualified TEFL / TESOL Teachers are ready and equipped to teach after that. See on our Facebook page how many are teaching overseas!!

Most overseas teaching positions require either a CELTA or TEFL / TESOL qualification and in only in a few cases is CELTA specifically required. This (CELTA) is normally when the qualification required for a specific position is a BEd or Bachelor plus a PGCE (Post Graduate Teaching Certificate) and Council of Educators registration and a minimum of 2 years teaching experience. (Emirates or some high-end private schools or institutions).

What are the annual course schedules for online training?

Answer: We do not have an online training course but we do offer a Distant Learning course with a strong practical component.

You can start at the beginning of any month with the 3-month Distant Learning Course and you must attend 3 to 5 days practical teaching classes depending on your location. We also offer the practical training in the large centras.

Our Course dates for our 1 month full-time courses are:

Course Dates

Full-time course dates are as follows:

COURSE DATES 2018:

5 Feb – 2 March (Course full)
5 March – 30 March
9 April – 4 May
7 May – 1 June
4 June – 29 June
16 July – 10 August
13 Aug – 7 September
10 Sept – 5 October
15 Oct – 9 November
12 Nov – 7 December
You can start the distant learning course at any stage.

 

What does the course cost and what does this include?

Answer: R 6 900. We furnish you with all your course material (e.g. study guides, textbooks, lectures, etc.)

Should I opt for the distant learning course, how will the teaching practice and assessments be conducted?

Answer: The part-time course requires that you do 5 full days practical classes and teaching or as arranged with the course director.  You can also attend the practical training in Knysna and some of our Distant Learners join the Full-time students for 5 days (8 to 5) for the practical interaction and teaching experience.  We however strongly recommend the full-time course as this prepares you well and many employers make it very clear that they are not interested in ‘on-line’ qualifications. Our distant learning course is fortunately NOT AN ONLINE COURSE, it is a distant learning course WITH A PRACTICAL COMPONENT.

Should I opt for the full-time study, what are the options for accommodation close to the learning centre?

Answer: We can recommend affordable accommodation in Knysna where the Guesthouse owners have offered a special 4-week tariff to our previous TEFL trainees and we have had wonderful feedback. We provide this information via e-mail on request.

 

Could you provide me with a comprehensive quote for the full-time study including accommodation for the period of study?

Answer: We will furnish you with contact details for affordable good accommodation in our area – you would probably look at about anything between R3 000 and R 5 000 (depends if you share) accommodation costs over and above your course fees of R6 900 depending on where you decide to stay.

After completion of the certificate at your institution, what does the complete process (activities and time-frames) entail to commence overseas placement?

Answer: You must ASAP apply for an international Police Clearance from a Police Station. This costs approximately R 97. You need a valid passport. Many of our students received contracts while they were still busy with their 1 month full-time or 3-month Distant Learning courses. We have a TEFL Jobs Whatsapp group for our students and connections with schools and placement agencies overseas. Visas depend on the country where you will teach. Turkey is easy and China takes a bit longer.

What placement costs can I expect to incur to enable commencement of employment at a suitable overseas location?

Answer: None

 

Do you help with placement, accommodation, flights etc?

PLACEMENT:  When our students start with the course, we encourage them and give them examples to immediately prepare their TEFL CV. We also assist them in making an introductory video which accompanies their CV. Also, whilst on the course we video short clips of the students teaching and put this on our school’s YouTube channel so that prospective employers can see them in action. 

We also guide our students as to where to send their CV’s to and as we also have a TEFL Placement division with contacts, if there are any requests from schools abroad for TEFL teachers, we will put TEFL students that fit the profile in touch with them.

Most of our TEFL students that submit their TEFL CV’S already start getting offers from the 2nd & 3rd week on the course.

Most TEFL offers provide a salary plus a furnished apartment or a housing allowance (on top of the salary)

You pay for your own flight tickets and in most cases, the employers offer to refund you these flight costs on contract completion. We give you guidance as to how to go about with your visa application, book flights etc.

 

How long are the contracts we get with the schools?

Contract periods vary but most are at least 1 year. Depending on the company, you can also negotiate the possibility of renewal of your contract after a year.

 

Are the schools/environment we go to safe?

When you receive an offer, we guide and assist you by looking at the contract to see if we pick up anything of concern. All our current TEFL teachers abroad are in safe environments and loving their jobs. It is obviously impossible for us to know/guarantee exactly what every situation will look like but we have not had any situations or problems until now.

 

Which countries do you have which we can choose from?

There are many many countries you can teach TEFL. However some countries like the European countries and places like South Korea and Japan require that you have a Bachelor’s degree plus a TEFL certificate and other are satisfied with a TEFL certificate only. So you can apply for any of the TEFL jobs advertised depending on their requirements. We have teachers in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Istanbul, South Korea, Germany, Kirzikstan and even South Africa! Most of our teachers go to China because the remuneration is the highest there, so it depends on what your needs are…..to save money, or to merely travel and live?

 

If I have a friend who wants to do it with me, is there any possibility that we can get placed together?

Yes. We have many couples and friends that have applied for jobs together. They are normally placed in the same city or sometimes even same school. You can then ‘upgrade’ your apartment if you are sharing instead of each having his/her own apartment, unless you want to stay separately.

 

How much will our salary be? Will it be enough for us to live comfortably, or will we just make it through?

Salaries vary depending on where you go. You can earn without a degree between R 18 000-00 to R26 000-00 per month plus you get a furnished apartment. You pay for your own utilities which are not expensive. Most of our teachers save a large portion of their salaries.

 

Last question, how easy is it to get placed? I’ve heard of a few people who completed their TEFL complain that they do not get placed as all the schools require you to have 2-4 years of experience.

Our school has an excellent reputation and if you are serious and send out your CV (we will guide you) you will get a job. All our TEFL teachers that applied are currently teaching abroad.

Some more questions.….

What other value-added services do you offer to your TEFL/TESOL teachers?

We assist them in the following way:

a) We check contracts that they receive from schools/institutions abroad;

b) We have a TeflTeacherPlacement division that assists them in obtaining jobs overseas;

c) We introduce them to a network of TEFL Teachers and Schools;

d) We keep in touch with all of them and support them wherever we can. We motivate and encourage our teachers. They become part of our TEFL TEACHER family. Our institution is very relationship based.