March 31, 2017

FAQ’s

Yes, absolutely. We have had many couples or close friends do the course together. During your interview and in your cover letter, you indicate that you are a couple or two or three friends that would like to teach either in the same city/town or the same school. You can also negotiate to have a larger apartment together instead of each having his/her own apartment. Couples or friends normally end up sharing a larger apartment and teaching in the same area and some even at the same schools.

We assist them in the following way:

a)     We guide our students as to whereto to send their CV’s to obtain job offers;

b)     We check contracts offered by employers to the TEFL teacher.

c)     We assist our students to make a professional introduction video;

d)     We assist our students with a professional CV;

e)     We guide TEFL teachers about work requirements abroad as well as online teaching opportunities;

f)     We support and guide our TEFL teachers after the course on matters that they need our assistance with;

g)     We do one-on-one mock interviews with our students to prepare them well for interviews.

 

 

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.

Contract periods vary but most are 1 year. Depending on the company, you can in many cases negotiate the renewal of your contract after a year with an increase in salary.

PLACEMENT:  When our students start the course, we encourage them and give them examples to immediately prepare their TEFL CV’s. We also assist them in making an introductory video which accompanies their CV. We also do “mock interviews” with our TEFL students to prepare them for their job interviews and also to guide them with regards to the questions they can ask or expect to be asked during their interviews.

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

FLIGHT COSTS: You pay for your own flight tickets and in most cases, the employers offer to refund you these flight costs on contract completion.

You must ASAP apply for an international Police Clearance from a Police Station. This costs approximately R 115.00. You also need a valid passport. Many of our students received offers and/or signed contracts while they were still busy with their 1 month full-time or 3-month Distant Learning courses. Visas depend on the country where you will be teaching.

We will furnish you with contact details for affordable good accommodation in our area where previous TEFL Trainees stayed during their 4 weeks Full-time training. You would probably look at about anything between R3 900 and R 5 000 accommodation costs for the period of your training (depends on whether you share with another student) . These costs are additional to your course fees of R6 900.

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.

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.

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

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 either overseas or on-line!!

Most overseas teaching positions require either a CELTA or TEFL / TESOL qualification and in only in a few cases CELTA is 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).

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 TESOL and TEFL.

It all depends on what qualifications you have. Many countries require you to have a Bachelor degree with 2 years teaching experience but there are also countries where you can go and teach with just your TEFL qualification. Some countries are not that strict when it comes to a non-degree holder as long as you have a TEFL certificate from a reputable institution with a practical training component like our courses. We have trained hundreds of TEFL teachers over the last 2 years that are teaching abroad and online.

We have different course options for differently qualified students as some students can do fewer modules as a result of their qualifications. These options are detailed on our website.

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.

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.

We give our TEFL students our all and are always there to assist them, even long after they completed the course.

Yes, employers, however, prefer the full-time face-to-face course. You will also, as part of your part-time course do 5 days practical to ensure that you can effectively apply the TEFL methodology and that you have the necessary practical skills required by employers. You will physically teach students of different ages during this time which will equip you to be a good TEFL teacher.

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. (Some days we finish at 14h30 if there are practical teaching sessions scheduled in the afternoons) 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 and can be provided via e-mail on request).

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. You attend the practical training in Knysna where our Distant Learners join the Full-time students for 5 days for the practical interaction and teaching experience.

We offer both a full-time and part-time Distant-Learning TEFL/TESOL course as well as a “Teach TEFL on-line” Distant Learning course.

Click on the Course Options button on our website for the course details and select the option of your choice.

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