There are always thousands of ESL teaching jobs vacant around the world at any one time, which ensures their are potential opportunities for almost every English speaker who wants to take advantage of them. So what qualifications, background and characteristics are necessary to take a TESOL course?
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The most important things you need when taking a TESOL certification course are enthusiasm, motivation and determination. These are all essential as the training requires a significant amount of commitment in terms of both time and effort. As long as you are fully committed to teaching in your home country or overseas, you should have no problems working through the course and becoming a qualified ESL teacher.
The bottom line is that to be an effective English language teacher you need to have a good knowledge of the language. Some employers around the world will only take on native English speakers, however, non-native English speakers with a TESOL certification are also welcomed by a large percentage of schools and language centers worldwide. As long as you are a fluent English speaker, you are welcome to sign up for our courses and you will be in a position to find a teaching job at home or abroad.
While it is true that some countries and individual employers insist on teachers having a degree, there are still plenty of opportunities worldwide for TESOL certified teachers without other qualifications. Because of this, your academic background has no bearing on whether you are eligible for our training courses. As long as you are a fluent English speaker who is ready to put in the necessary study, you are welcome at ITTT.
At ITTT we have no upper age limit for any of our TESOL courses. The only restriction we have is a minimum age of 18 at the start of your training. We have trained new teachers of all age ranges over the years and have found that age is largely irrelevant when it comes to successfully completing a TESOL course. Although more mature teachers might find it tough to compete in some of the more crowded teaching markets around the world, there are still many countries where employers are more than happy to take on qualified teachers based on merit rather than age.
While ITTT has few restrictions on who can sign up for our courses, it is important to be aware of any restrictions that foreign governments and individual employers have in regards to foreign ESL teachers. Although there are a huge number of TESOL qualified teachers working across the world without a full degree, there are a few countries where this is not allowed. In recent times certain countries have set new laws stating that ESL teachers must have a degree in order to gain a work permit. There are also certain countries that only allow native English speakers to legally work as ESL teachers. The best advice we can give is to check the latest visa situation in the countries you are keen to work in before you make any solid plans. If your first choice of country turns out to be unrealistic, do not lose heart as there will be plenty of other great options available where a TESOL certification is the main requirement for finding an exciting new job.