Accreditation is a formal, rigorous review process by a recognized accrediting body. The process includes site visits, review of program quality, review of service standards, and review of the institute’s financial stability; as well as ongoing control, reporting, and re-accreditation requirements.
The global standard for TEFL certificates includes a minimum of 120 hours of training with at least 6 hours of observed teaching practice with non-native learners. The best quality measures of a TEFL course are
a) number of hours
b) content and curriculum
c) training and instruction.
Not all TEFL courses are created equal, and it’s important you know what kind of program you’re joining.
Questions to ask TEFL training centers:
- How long have you been offering TEFL courses?
- Can you provide references for your TEFL course; can I email or phone them directly?
- How many hours of trainer contact and practice teaching are guaranteed?
- What is the maximum number of students per class?
- Can you provide the qualifications and biographies of your TEFL Trainers?
- Who accredits your institute?
- Is the accrediting agency recognized by an industry group, university, or government body?
Reviews of Maximo Nivel’s TEFL Certification Program
Who Studies TEFL?
Teaching English as a Second Language provides English speakers one of the greatest opportunities to travel, live, and work abroad.
Maximo Nivel’s TEFL graduates come from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. Many TEFLers are young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 who have recently graduated from university. We also have a number of TEFLers between the ages of 35 and 50, and still others are between 55 and 70. Our mature learners are often taking time off from their regular jobs to travel internationally, while others have left their previous careers and are seeking new challenges.
TEFLers come primarily from English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom; as well as Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa. We also have people join us from countries like Belgium, Chile, Germany, Mexico, and the Netherlands. Note that if you’re a non-native English speaker, you must pass our English qualification test before being accepted on to the TEFL program.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Must be academically prepared for university-level work
- Proficient at speaking and writing English
- Must have excellent study skills and be able to write in English at a university level
- Must be able to use computers, internet, and word processing software
Be a world class English teacher
It’s important to understand that just because you speak English, doesn’t mean you know how to teach English. Even naturally gifted teachers and those with a talent for languages must get professionally certified. Remember, a TEFL course not only makes you a better teacher, but also helps you get higher paying jobs. The best schools to work for don’t even consider teachers who aren’t TEFL certified. This makes sense, because schools are obligated to provide their students with the best educational experience possible—that’s what the students [or their parents] are paying for. Schools, institutes, and universities around the world are constantly building their teaching teams and they’re looking for serious teachers who are professionally trained.
If you doubt the value of TEFL certification, consider this… Would you really want to walk into a room of 25 people who speak zero English… and whose native language(s) you don’t speak… they’re staring at you… waiting… waiting for you to take charge and teach them English. Would you have your lesson plan ready? Would you be able to make them talk and teach them the nuances of English vocabulary, grammar, and phonology?
If you’ve been trained in the Direct Method and Communicative Approach—the methodologies utilized in Maximo Nivel’s TEFL programs—you can teach English successfully anywhere in the world. The TEFL Certification Program gives you the tools, training, and confidence to be a great English teacher!
Like many professions, teaching English abroad has its own set of jargon. Below is just a small primer of some of the most common acronyms:
TEFL—Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TESOL—Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESL—Teaching English as a Second Language
CELTA—Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
ESL—English as a Second Language
EFL—English as a Foreign Language
ELT—English Language Teaching
Some of the acronyms above are used more or less interchangeably, but they have slightly different meanings to ESL professionals. For example, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) refers to English taught to non-native speakers in a country where English is not the native language (e.g. English classes taught in Peru); while English as a Second Language (ESL) refers to English taught to non-native speakers in a country where English is the native language (e.g. English classes taught in the United States).