Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between TEFL and TESOL?
The terms basically mean the same, with TEFL more common in the UK, and TESOL more common in America. There is a slight technical difference since TESOL refers to learners whose first language is not English, although they may speak English in their daily lives. TEFL refers to 'foreign' students, learning English as a foreign language. These students do not use English regularly and therefore have different usage and comprehension problems. The course covers both aspects.
My grammar skills aren't the best - this makes me a little nervous to do the course...
We understand that it may have been a while since you studied grammar at school. However, as a native speaker, you already know grammar quite well, it's more the terminology that you may not know. We can send you an easy-to-use grammar workbook before you start the course, so that you can brush up in your own time prior to the course starting. During the course we work through this material to ensure that you are familiar with grammar as well as its terminology before you become a teacher.
Do I need knowledge of other languages?
No. Destination TEFL/ TESOL uses the international standard communicative approach to teaching, where English is the only language used in the classroom. These methods are thoroughly explained and practiced during the course. This means that you will be able to use your new TEFL qualification to travel the world, and finance this wanderlust by teaching.
Can a non-native speaker of English take the TEFL Course ?
Applications are welcomed regardless of first language or nationality. However, as we believe that in order to teach English well, you need to KNOW English well, the only requirements are a proficient level of both spoken and written English and an understanding of the intensive nature of the course. Please be aware that some schools will only employ NATIVE English speakers (NES). We cannot guarantee placements for non-native speakers (NNES). If you are unsure, let’s set up a Skype interview before you sign up so we can see your level of English and therefore employment prospects.
Is there an age limit to do the TEFL course?
We have no official upper age limit, but you must be 20 years of age or older for your application to be considered. If you are wanting to do the course but do not require job placement, we may consider school leavers aged 18-19 years, based on a Skype interview. If you are a person of 'more mature years', don't let this put you off applying. If you are receptive to learning, you should have no problems. We have many mature students taking 'Golden Gap Years', not quite ready to retire yet.
NOTE: Some employers may have an upper age limit, especially if the job is with younger children, due to the energy level required for this kind of teaching, therefore our job guarantee for NES has an upper limit of 55 years of age, due to restrictions at some schools.
Will my Destination TEFL certificate be recognised around the world?
Yes. Upon successful completion of our 4-week TEFL course, you will receive a certificate which is recognised worldwide. Destination TEFL's course meets and exceeds the basic international criteria, as we offer 140 hours of classroom time and observed teaching practice. You will also receive a detailed report card, and those who obtain a merit or higher, will receive a personalised letter of recommendation.
Where can I work with a TEFL certificate?
Work is available almost anywhere in the world where English is not the native language. There are many opportunities within Asia specifically, but not exclusively. Some countries require teachers to have a degree (any) as well as a TEFL qualification. A list can be provided on request. Many of our graduates choose to teach online after the course, which is a good option for those travelling - a good internet connection is required, and we supply a list of online agencies to our graduates.
Will I find work after the course?
If you sign up and are accepted onto one of our ‘course plus placement programs’ and pass the course, we offer teaching placement assistance. This applies to both degree and non-degree holders for jobs in Cambodia. Degree holders will obtain a higher salary and have more options. Interested in teaching in Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam? Placement assistance is offered, should you meet the following criteria:
If you’re from one of the official native English-speaking (NES) countries (only UK, Ireland, USA, NZ, Aus, Canada and SA), if you have a university degree, and are under 55 years old, and if you obtain at least a high merit on the course.
Please note: Legally, to work as a teacher in a government or international school in Indonesia Thailand or Vietnam, you also need to have a university degree in order to obtain a work permit. This isn’t required for language schools or to teach in a business.
What salary can I expect to earn as a teacher in South East Asia?
As a native English speaker without a degree and your TEFL course complete, you can expect to earn approximately $900 to $1200 a month in Indonesia. Degree holders can expect more, sometimes even double that. In Thailand, most of the jobs we list are between 33,000 and 45,000 baht, and we've had some exceed 50,000 baht (degree holders only). If you have a PGCE or Ed degree, expect more. In Vietnam, Salaries are usually paid with an hourly wage – with salaries averaging US$1,500 per month.
Is the TEFL Course intensive? Will I have time to see the sights?
Yes, the course is intensive, and you will need to commit yourself to some independent study and lesson planning time outside of the classroom, but we schedule quite a bit of time within the 4-week TEFL course for planning and preparation. If you balance your workload and make good use of your time in the classroom, you will have weekends to enjoy the sights.
What should I bring with me to the course and to Bali.
• An open mind and sense of humour!
• Your ORIGINAL degree and transcripts if you are a degree holder, so we can apply for the best jobs according to your qualifications.
• Your prepared CV/resumé, and we’ll assist you in tweaking it for the local job market.
• A police clearance certificate/criminal background check is now required to apply for a work permit as a teacher.
Please ensure you get one before coming to Bali, as it’s easier to get this in your home country than while here. For the police check for UK Citizens, we now recommend going through DBS Scotland, as it is easier and cheaper!
It will take you to the Basic Disclosure application, which is what most people from the UK use to get the visas sorted in Asia. It costs £25 and takes around 14 days to be sent to you by post. It does not ask for any reasoning for the application, so will be much easier than the ACRO option. South Africans can apply via VeriSource, details to be provided.
For USA citizens, FBI check.
• We provide all stationery. Bringing a laptop or tablet (whichever you find easier to work on) will make your time on the course, as well as afterwards as a teacher, MUCH easier. You'll need to do research and resource for lesson plans, type up lesson plans, etc. We do have 2 computers at the training centre, but these are for printing purposes only. Afterwards, you will really need one for teaching, so we strongly suggest you bring something with you.
• Everything else as per normal travel requirements and personal effects.