Hopefully some of you may be able to offer advice. I'm very interested in studying for and obtaining a TEFL Certificate to 'formalise' my experience and 'go official' (!).
Currently I am working in a private academy in mainland Europe and teaching English as a foreign language to children, teenagers, and adults. The course material is from a leading university press. The work is very interesting and I have a background which includes training in a classroom and practical environment. This includes:
- working for a major plc in information technology, in a team leader and coach/mentor role, also
twelve years in HM Forces - general training and promotion courses (supervising/training teams of 4-6), and
15 years part time and 2 years full time (split over seasons) as a sports instructor - 40% in a classroom environment (clearly the relevant bit here). This included instructor training courses and formal practical assessments and examinations including in small classrooms, larger classrooms with OHP/MS PowerPoint etc.
So in the circumstances I do feel comfortable with the idea of taking an on-line course, as the above work history and experience backs up some of the practical aspects. I was wondering whether anyone has further feedback to offer before I further consider enrolling with a school or on-line provider.
Many thanks in advance!