Anglo Centres TEFL is an official training centre for INTESOL Worldwide, a well-established TEFL / TESOL course provider with branches worldwide.
INTESOL’s courses are accredited by ALAP (Awarding Language Acquisition for Professionals), a UK-based independent international organisation that specialises in English Language Teaching and whose mission is to ensure that courses run by their affiliate centres meet quality standards for education and training.
All of INTESOL’s certificates are internationally recognised as valid teaching qualifications. The big question is ‘Which course is best for me?’
The answer to this question is ‘it depends on your goals’.
If your goal is to be a strong candidate for TEFL / TESOL jobs on the international market then you should choose a course whose estimated length is 120 hours minimum. This is what is generally accepted as a full initial TEFL / TESOL certificate and employers around the globe usually expect this minimum number of hours.
It is also an important consideration whether the course includes a minimum 6 hours’ teaching practice and is accredited by an external independent TEFL-TESOL accrediting body. Employers tend to look more favourably upon courses that meet such requirements.
If you are considering English Language Teaching (ELT) as a long-term career, you are strongly advised to take the 190 or 220 Hour Certificate in TEFL / TESOL with Teaching Practice. This CELTA/Trinity Equivalent qualification covers the theory and practice of English Language Teaching comprehensively and can be the key to many job opportunities worldwide.
If your goal, however, is to gain an overview of current methodology and practice in the world of TEFL / TESOL then a shorter introductory course might be appropriate.
Here are a few questions to guide you in your search
‘Do you already have proven teaching experience?’
‘Are you mainly interested in obtaining a qualification that will allow you to teach English as a Foreign Language?’
If the answer is ‘yes’, then the 120 Hour or 150 Hour Online TEFL / TESOL courses may be what you are looking for.
The 120 Hour TEFL / TESOL Certificate is a good introduction to teaching English as a foreign language, whilst the 150 Hour Certificate in TEFL / TESOL covers the theory and practice of English language teaching in much more depth, including how to design and deliver effective classroom activities and lesson plans and enjoys a higher level of recognition with employers worldwide.
‘Have you never taught English as a Foreign Language before but you would like to become a strong candidate for teaching positions worldwide?’
If this is you, then a purely Online course may not be what you need. You are strongly advised to take either a Combined or an In-class course. If your course does not include ‘real’ observed and assessed Teaching Practice you are likely to lack the confidence and skills necessary to start teaching. Further to that, employers are generally reluctant to hire candidates who have no previous teaching experience.
The 140 Hour TEFL / TESOL Certificate with Teaching Practice (which can be taken as a Combined course or intensively as a 2-week face-to-face course) is a good starting point for those new to the teaching profession who do not plan to embark on a long career in English Language Teaching. Those candidates who would like to have a long-term career as English language teachers and aspire to teaching positions in reputable schools as well as advance in their teaching careers are strongly advised to consider the 190 or 220 Hour Certificate in TEFL / TESOL with Teaching Practice.