TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Along with other acronyms, such as TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and ELT (English Language Teaching), TESOL is used to describe situations where non-native English speakers are taught the English language. Although these various acronyms may have slight technical differences, for the purpose of teaching English abroad, they are generally used interchangeably as their meaning is essentially the same.
Due to a steady increase in student numbers in many parts of the world, the demand for qualified English language teachers continues to rise every year. By completing an accredited TESOL course with ITTT you too can join the many thousands of our graduates who are using their specialist skills and knowledge as professional language teachers at home or overseas.
For teachers, employers and teaching organizations around the world, the standard qualification for teaching English to non-native speakers is known as either a TESOL or TEFL certificate.
As previously stated, these two common acronyms are generally used interchangeably, however, technically TESOL refers to situations where English is being taught in a country where English is the native language. In contrast, TEFL is used when English is being taught in a country where English is not the native language.
For many years the only qualification required to land a teaching job in some countries was simply the ability to speak English, but that is no longer the case in most parts of the world. Due to an increased level of competition and a greater level of expectancy from students, most employers now demand that their teachers hold a professional teaching qualification. Having a recognized TESOL certification is also a requirement in many countries when applying for a work permit or working visa.
Teaching English Online with a TESOL Certificate from ITTT
A TESOL certificate is also the perfect gateway to creating a lifestyle of teaching English online. In fact, a TESOL certificate from ITTT can open the door to full-time teaching positions or opportunities to earn a little extra money on the side via online teaching.
This is why we have specifically designed the 170-hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language with Online Specialization. This course is perfect for anyone wanting to gain a qualification to enter the TESOL employment market - both online and offline.
Due to rising education costs, e-learning is the perfect solution for many of the 1.5 billion English learners worldwide who are looking for an affordable and accessible alternative.
What is also great about the 170-hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language with Online Specialization is that it can be completed entirely online from the comfort of your home. At the same time, you can study at your own pace and have up to 12 months to complete the course (most people complete the course in 3-4 months). You can choose to take the course with or without the support of a tutor. If you choose the tutored option, you can contact your tutor at any time with any questions or problems you may have. We recommend the tutored version of this course as it also includes a free extra course in teaching business English (CTBE) or teaching young learners (CTEYL).
We do not only have excellent partnerships with English language schools and recruiters around the world, but also with online teaching platforms who are looking to hire online teachers immediately. Apply today and start teaching online in a matter of weeks!
Am I eligible to take a TESOL course?
At ITTT our only requirement is that you are at least 18 years old at the start of your TESOL certification program. Other than that, a strong desire for adventure and a willingness to embrace new ideas is all that is required.
There are no upper age limits on any of our courses. As long as you have a thirst for new experiences you are welcome to join the thousands of people from all walks of life who have gained their TESOL certification through us and then gone on to build an exciting new career teaching the English language across the world.
Although it is true that some countries require teachers to possess a university degree in order to qualify for a work permit or visa, there are many others that have no such restrictions. Accordingly, we do not require any specific level of formal education to enroll on any of our courses.
It is also true that there are some countries where teaching jobs are restricted to native English speakers only. However, there are also many exciting destinations worldwide where employers are more than happy to hire non-native English speakers with a TESOL qualification. With this in mind, all our courses are open to non-native speakers who have a good level of English comprehension.
Another common concern is how can you teach English if you do not understand the local language? The good news is that our courses are based on the communicative approach to language teaching whereby the only language used in the classroom is English.
What kind of people become English language teachers?
This question is impossible to answer as the huge number of people teaching English across the world come from every conceivable background.
Each individual has their own personal motivation for wanting to teach English. For many it is the simple desire to travel the world and to get paid while doing it. While for others it offers the means to leave behind the daily grind of the modern world in favor of new adventures in exotic locations.
Regardless of your own reasons for seeking a TESOL qualification, at ITTT we are committed to providing all the help you need to make your dream of teaching English abroad a reality.
Where can I teach English abroad?
The great benefit of earning a TESOL certification is that it qualifies you to apply for teaching positions in virtually every country throughout the world.
Once graduated, your options are limitless as you can follow all manner of exciting paths. Many graduates see it as the first step on the road to a long and successful career teaching in international schools or private companies, while some will even go on to set up their own language schools.
A TESOL qualification can also provide the perfect preparation for volunteering as a teacher in the developing world or for earning some spending money as you travel from country to country.
For many newly qualified teachers the intention is to head overseas for either a short or long-term adventure, while for others there are plenty of great teaching opportunities to be found within their home country.
The graphic below provides an insight into some of the most popular international destinations for teaching English abroad, but there are also plenty of other great options to explore:
How to get TESOL certification
When deciding which TESOL certification program to enroll on it is important to ensure that it meets the requirements of your personal situation.
There are many short-format TESOL courses available, including via ITTT, that can be completed online in as little as 60 study hours or even less.
While many of these courses are of a good quality, they are generally aimed at providing an insight into teaching that is ideal for anyone who is planning to volunteer teach on a short-term basis.
For anyone who is planning to teach on a long-term basis and is looking for a good income, a more in-depth TESOL qualification is highly recommended.
The minimum standard that is generally accepted by international employers is an online TESOL certification that includes at least 100 hours of study time. Although each syllabus will vary, they should contain a range of essential subjects such as assessment strategies, classroom management and English grammar.
As these are distance learning courses, they do not contain any in-class teaching practice. However, an online TESOL certification course from a respected provider such as ITTT is enough to apply for teaching positions in many countries around the world.
In order to have the option of applying for as many jobs as possible, including those offering the best salaries and extra benefits, it is recommended that you consider an in-class TESOL certification program.
These intensive four-week courses include invaluable in-class teaching practice with genuine language learners that provides a comprehensive preparation for teaching English abroad. Some providers also offer a combined course option that blends online study with a shorter period of in-class study.
When choosing a TESOL course provider it is important that you ensure they meet the following criteria that has been specified by the leading English language teaching associations:
- Advertised courses must meet all international standards for the regulation of English language teaching certification.
- The provider should offer online courses containing a minimum of 100 hours of training and input.
- In-class courses should include a minimum of 6 hours of observed teaching practice with genuine students of English.
- The course materials should cover a range of essential subjects, including classroom management, language awareness (grammar), phonology subjects, and clear instruction on how to effectively apply them in the classroom.
- Online tutors and in-class teacher trainers should have a high level of qualifications and experience in the classroom.
- Courses should be moderated and regularly inspected by an independent professional or teaching organization.
- Teaching materials and training methods should be updated regularly to keep pace with developments in language teaching.
- Completion of a course should result in the award of a high-quality certificate that is recognized by employers worldwide.
There are many TESOL course providers available; however, at ITTT we are confident that we are one of the few who comfortably meet all of the above criteria. We also constantly strive to exceed the requirements expected by employers so our graduates have a clear edge when applying for their first teaching position.
TESOL course options
Our wide range of high-quality TESOL courses is designed to offer the right solution for each trainee’s individual needs.
All our course options come with professional standard study materials and instruction, although the duration, cost and method of study varies from course to course.
Our accredited TESOL courses can be categorized into two distinct formats: TESOL certification online and in-class TESOL certification. Whichever form of training you choose, you can be certain that you will receive the leading certification in the world of English language teaching.
In-class TESOL courses
Our in-class TESOL course is an intensive four-week program which provides a comprehensive preparation for life in an international classroom. This course format has many great benefits, including:
- Input sessions on a wide variety of important subjects led by professional teacher trainers.
- Multiple hours of teaching practice with genuine language learners in an authentic classroom environment.
- Individual feedback and constructive criticism on your lessons from trainers with years of international teaching experience.
- The location and duration of in-class training can often lead to job offers within the local area.
- In your free time you can enjoy the local attractions on your own or in the company of your new friends and classmates.
To ensure we offer a wide choice of in-class course options, we have dozens of training centers throughout the world. We have many centers right across the US, as well as international centers in some of the most popular teaching destinations, such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, Spain, France, and Costa Rica. If you would like more information on our in-class course, please visit our in-class TESOL course page or click on the interactive map below.
As we have a large number of training centers in different parts of the world, there is a good chance that you can complete your course in the same country or region where you would like to teach. This will not only allow you time to acclimatize before starting your first teaching job, but it also means you can take advantage of our local staff knowledge of employers and other contacts in the area.
Online TESOL courses
Although our in-class TESOL course provides a thorough training experience, not everyone is able to afford the expense and inconvenience of a four-week attendance at a training center. With this in mind, our online course options have been developed to provide great flexibility and value for money. Completing a TESOL certification online has many advantages, including:
- As they are conducted entirely via distance learning, the overall TESOL certification cost is considerably less than an in-class course.
- Online courses can be taken from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, at any pace you choose.
- All online courses come with the option of an online tutor to provide help and guidance throughout your training.
- If you choose a tutor support option, you will also receive access to a wide range of instructional videos that complement the written materials.
- Our standard online TESOL course comes in a 60-hour or a 120-hour version depending on your requirements.
For further information, please visit our online TESOL course page.
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Combined TESOL courses
Our combined TESOL course option is a popular choice for many as it blends the flexibility of online study with the practical benefits of in-class training. During the first part of the course you study the theoretical side of language teaching online at any pace you feel comfortable with. Once you have successfully completed the online section, you then complete the course by attending one of our training centers where you will receive valuable teaching practice under the guidance of experienced teacher trainers. You can complete the in-class training in any of the following locations:
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Barcelona, Spain
- London, England
- New York City, USA
- Paris, France
- Phuket, Thailand
- Rome, Italy
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shanghai, China
To complete the in-class section of the combined TESOL course you will need to attend one of the above centers for either 8 or 10 days depending on the location.
By successfully completing both the online and in-class sections of the course you will receive the same certification that is awarded for the full in-class TESOL course.
For further information, please visit our combined TESOL course page.
Advanced TESOL courses
For anyone who is looking to add a higher level of qualification to their teaching portfolio, we also offer an advanced 250-hour TESOL Diploma course.
This research based course is completed via 100% distance learning and results in a qualification that allows you to apply for management level positions within the language teaching sector.
For further information, please visit our TESOL Diploma course page.
TESOL course packages
In order to provide the most comprehensive and value for money TESOL training possible, ITTT has put together three great course packages that will get your teaching career off to a flying start.
Our three course packages are:
- 220-hour Master Package
- 470-hour Professional Package
- 550-hour Expert Package
All three course packages include the 120-hour online TESOL certification course, the 50-hour course in teaching business English (CTBE) and the 50-hour course in teaching English to young learners (CTEYL).
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For further information on our Master Package, please visit our online course page.
The Professional Package and the Expert Package also include these same three courses, plus our advanced 250-hour TESOL Diploma course. In addition, the Expert Package also comes with the 50-hour course in teaching English online (CTEO) and a 30-hour certificate of teaching practice recognition (CTPR).
Both packages come with the option of an online tutor to help guide you through your studies.
You can also choose how you receive your certification. You can opt to receive a single certificate that covers all sections of the package, or an individual certificate for each course you complete.
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For further information on our Professional and Expert Packages, please visit our TESOL Diploma course page.
Other TESOL course options
One of our main goals at ITTT is to provide course options to suit as wide a range of needs as possible. As well as the courses outlined above, we also have an Observed Teaching Practice (OTP) course for TESOL graduates who would like to add a teaching practice component to their portfolio but are not in a position to visit a training center.
Our unique OTP option requires no attendance at a training center and is therefore completed entirely online.
For further information, please visit our OTP courses page.
If you want to get your teaching career under way as soon as possible, but would also like the benefit of face-to-face instruction, we have a 5-day combined TESOL course option.
After completing an initial online section of the course, you then attend one of our many training centers across North America where you will receive 5 days of professional teacher training. This course option is available at over a dozen locations, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Toronto to name just a few.
For further information, please visit our combined TESOL course page.
Once your TESOL training has been completed you can then start applying for teaching positions anywhere in the world, including within your home country.
Asia is always a popular choice due to the large number of jobs available. Demand for teachers in China is so high that you can generally pick from multiple job offers. Other popular destinations such as South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam all offer plenty of jobs throughout the year.
Latin America is another popular choice due to a strong demand for teachers and a low cost of living. There are many great destinations to consider across Central and South America, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.
The modern infrastructure and popular culture of Europe also attract a large number of teachers to countries across the continent. In the west, destinations in Italy, Spain and France are among the most popular. However, more and more teachers are now looking towards Central and Eastern Europe where jobs are abundant and living costs significantly less.
If your prime motivation for teaching overseas is to earn as much as possible, then you might want to consider the Middle East region. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates routinely offer high paying positions with a range of extra benefits thrown in. However, it is worth noting that experience and qualifications are usually required for the most sought after jobs.
For further information on the international TESOL job market, please visit our TESOL jobs page or click on the interactive map below.
You can also visit our tips for teaching abroad page which hosts a wide ranging collection of information regarding countries worldwide where you might consider teaching English. The individual sections for each country contain all kinds of facts and figures, language and culture guides, tips for travel, and lighthearted content that you might find interesting before you start your journey.
Why choose ITTT?
A simple online search for TESOL certification will bring up a multitude of options. So why should you choose ITTT? As one of the longest established course providers in the field of TESOL training, we believe there are many reasons why we offer the best TESOL certification:
- Our wide range of high-quality courses are designed to suit the needs of students in a variety of situations.
- Regardless of the course you choose, you are guaranteed to receive the same high-standard of study materials, tuition and support.
- Our inclusive courses are open to anyone over the age of 18 providing they have a good level of English language comprehension.
- We provide wide ranging support services to all our trainees both during their training and after they have graduated from their course.
- All our graduates can take advantage of our extensive post-course job support services for as long as they require them.
- We have regular special offers that often include additional free TESOL certification courses when you sign up for a popular course program.
- If you sign-up for our in-class course you can choose from a wide range of exotic and exciting locations in all corners of the world.
- In-class course trainees also benefit from extensive teaching practice with local language learners, all under the guidance of highly experienced teacher trainers.
- If you choose an online course you can study from any location in the world at any pace you prefer.
- Our online TESOL certification programs do not involve any formal exams as they are assessed via automated online tests.
- ITTT is affiliated to and accredited by several leading individuals, institutes and schools in the field of English language teaching.
With all these reasons in mind, we are confident that ITTT offers the very best a TESOL certification currently available. However, you do not need to simply take our word for it. Our TESOL certification reviews page gives you the chance to hear what our graduates have to say about their own experience completing a TESOL certification with ITTT.
The following video also offers an interesting insight into our courses as it features newly qualified teachers from all over the world speaking about their own TESOL journey, from the initial training to finding work and beyond.