Our TEFL Journey
Updated: Mar 28
We’ve had so many questions about how we started our TEFL journey we thought we would share a mini-blog for those interested in taking a TEFL course but would like a little more insight into what it’s all about.
Back in June 2017, after months of “umming” and “aahing” and a little bit of saving, we decided to finally start our TEFL course. We went with tefl.org and chose a 140-hour premier combined course which usually costs around 400 pounds but tefl.org always have lots of offers on. At the moment they have 50% off some of their courses! Our course consisted of 120 hours of online learning, coursework and exams covering different elements such as English grammar, methodology and different teaching techniques. For the online part of your TEFL course, you have access to a personal TEFL tutor who can help with any questions about the course and the work involved.
The remaining 20 hours were spent in a classroom. We chose the weekend course at the Jury’s Inn in Liverpool in September 2017. Our tutors' name was Mikaela and she was fab. At the time we were both working full time, me as a support worker and Rich as a delivery driver, so we both had to book the weekend off for the course. We spent two 10-hour days in the classroom reviewing our course and learning hands-on teaching methods, such as classroom management, warm-up activities and presentation skills with a group of fellow TEFL learners. Our final assignment was to present a lesson in front of the whole assembly. It was very full-on and tiring but so worth it! We would definitely recommend booking a combined course if convenient for you.
After 6 months of studying, we completed our TEFL course on New Year’s Eve of 2017. When you complete your course, you are sent an online and paper copy of your TEFL certificate, and if you complete a classroom course you also receive a letter of reference for when you apply for any TEFL jobs.
Initially, we were hoping to teach in Europe, but with no teaching experience, it can be hard for new TEFL teachers to find work. So we decided to go for a job with a teaching agency in Thailand. To be able to teach in Thailand you are required to have at least a degree-level education and have completed at least a 120-hour TEFL course. By April 2018 we were on a flight out to Thailand to start our new teaching journey and we have never looked back. Our agency provided a weekend TEFL refresher in Bangkok that we decided to attend just for a little extra confidence for when we started our brand-new jobs. We have been working at our school in Chainat, Thailand for over two and a half years now and it is one of the most rewarding jobs we have ever done.
Doing our TEFL qualification was hard work, but it is one of the best decisions we have ever made.
If you guys have any questions about our TEFL journey feel free to get in touch, and if you want to take a look at information about TEFL courses available now head to tefl.org.