Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TEFL Certificates can be gained through completing a TEFL course (also known as TESOL or Teaching English to speakers of other languages); the course usually involves practical teaching experience and can lead to a job teaching English to those whose first language is not English, either in the UK or overseas.
TEFL teachers can work in the UK or overseas in schools and institutions of further and higher education, or commercial language schools.
A TEFL teacher can be self-employed or work as an employee within industry. Working with students of all ages, in various size groups and with differing skill levels, the job can be demanding but also very rewarding.
TEFL courses can be taken in many countries around the world, and offers you the opportunity for travel education and a career.
The most prevalent courses are available in the UK, with many providers nationwide, however they are very popular and book up very quickly, so it is recommended you book early. Take a look at http://www.cactustefl.com/tefl/ Cactus TEFL for a list of TEFL Courses around the globe.
Most TEFL Courses require English to be spoken as a first language, or fluently as a second language (you will most likely be tested on this). You will need a good education, usually to Higher Education entry-level status, though you do not need any previous teaching experience.
You will need to be at least 18, though in some countries you may need to be 20.
Courses can have different entry requirements, so it is always worth checking out other courses, you may still be able to apply, even if it is not to your first choice.
TEFL Course Length
There are a variety of differing courses; some offer a 2-day/ 1 week intensive course (around 20 hours) that may limit your chances of finding a job in certain areas.
It is recommended to take one of the longer courses (120 hours), as this will give you the best, most thorough experience.
How much is a TEFL course
Course prices vary enormously depending on your location, in the UK expect to pay at least £300+ for a short intensive course, and up to £1500 for a longer course.
You will need to take accommodation, and travel costs into account depending on where you would like to take your course.