Many TEFL courses are offered as packaged, assignment-based online courses that are convenient, accessible and often cheaper than classroom courses. But teaching is so much more than knowing about psychology, methodology, grammar and vocabulary... Here's why an interactive, in-class TEFL course offers some significant advantages - especially if you want to do the job properly:
At bli, you'll do plenty of teaching practice with actual foreign students! Online or blended courses cannot easily offer teaching practice, and students miss out on the essential art of contact teaching. During your TEFL course at bli, you will not only get input from our experienced teachers, but you will also benefit from teaching practice with actual EFL students, under the supervision of our staff. This special training will help you to get used to the everyday life of an EFL teacher, and will stand you in good stead when you apply for a job - most employers prefer to see that your programme included Observed Teaching Practice.
We believe that producing great teachers is best achieved in a contact/in-class learning environment. Having numerous students learning in the same classroom has the added benefit of allowing students to exchange ideas and questions with one another, providing a valuable learning medium that online environments cannot replicate. First-hand interaction with the tutor also allows for ideas to be exchanged freely and without any communication barriers.
Another advantage that only an in-class course can offer is the chance to start building a collection of teaching materials and create a portfolio of proven lesson plans, while still working closely together with peers. This fact can ease the start to your job as an EFL teacher significantly.
Having good connections can be vital! By participating in an in-class course, you automatically have real contact with fellow students, sharing interests and plans. Not only will you benefit from this direct exchange with like-minded people, but you can also take advantage of this network once you find yourself teaching in a foreign country - either for professional advice or for the comforting effect of having English-speaking friends right there.