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What Can A TESOL Certificate Do To Boost Your Career?

Jul 24th 2015 at 10:36 PM

The world is far bigger than we imagine it to be and it offers countless opportunities that we are unaware of. A job that you've always dreamed of can be halfway across the globe but you don't know where to start and how to go about it. For those that love teaching TESOL is the answer.          

TESOL- Teaching English to Speakers Of Other Languages is a highly recognised and qualified programme globally. English is the most spoken language in the world. It serves as a standard instructional language for conversing countries and helps overcome the language barrier that bilingual or multilingual nations face within and outside the country. Even though many of us can speak in English not all of us possess the gift of teaching it. The TESOL programme guides you with teaching methods apart from touching up on your grammar and comprehension skills.

TESOL, founded in 1966, has been successfully teaching and employing job seekers for decades.  The course is offered to those who are above the age of 18 and serves as a qualified graduate course. The economies of Asian and Middle Eastern nations are booming. The demand for teaching English in these countries that use it as their second language is ever increasing, leading to an increase in the demand for well trained teachers. For those applying to these jobs, a TESOL certificate in hand can prove to be a great advantage.     

With increasing demand comes an increase in supply. The competition is stiff as many want to immigrate to other countries for the experience that it offers or because teaching is a refreshing career option as compared to the regular 9-5 grind. If you have years of experience on your side along with certificates to prove your qualifications for the job, having a TESOL certificate will only boost your chances. Starting afresh in a new city is not an easy task. Hence, apart from being highly qualified, your social skills matter too.         

Even though shorter courses are offered, the comprehensive 130 hour course is more recognised universally. These courses are not only available in concrete classrooms but online as well. Their very own website contains an organised list of courses that the organisation offers. TESOL training international in the U.S which has broad network connections worldwide offers certified programmers and TESOL diplomas. Trinity College in London offers TESOL courses as well. If you're looking for online courses then TESOL International Organisation offers just the basic level course whereas Intesol Worldwide which is UK based offers both online as well as classroom courses.          

Classroom courses are conducted by highly qualified teachers that impart their teaching experiences with each student. The students learn various other skills apart from just brushing up on their Lingual skills like classroom management, interacting with students, teaching methods etc. The classroom comprises of a student teacher ratio of approximately six to one, thus, ensuring that each student receives personal attention to instill confidence in teaching the language. This proves to be fruitful to both – those who have a teaching background and experience and those with very little or no teaching background as well.     

A TESOL certificate is not only limited to teaching in schools; it is valid in various commercial industries, colleges, universities, government institutions and nonprofit organisations.

A TESOL certificate can open up an array of opportunities for you within and outside your country. If working close to home is your priority then many organisations accept TESOL certifications. Before applying to any TESOL course always check whether it is recognised in institutions located near you. 

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