These days it seems TEFL training courses are everywhere. You can earn a TEFL certificate in just about any country in the world, or you can earn a certificate online. Some programs offer weekend certification, while others offer intensive four and eight week study. Some programs even offer job placement assistance.
With so many programs to choose from, the process can become a bit overwhelming. One of the best ways to narrow down your choices is to speak directly with a representative from the program. It's a good idea to find out the history of any given language program, as well as their placement record. The last thing you want to do is pay for a course only to find out that you have to fend for yourself in the competitive world of ESL instruction. Another great way to narrow down your choices in certificate programs is to figure out where you want to teach, and what age level students you want to work with. Many ESL training programs specialize in preparing teachers to work in certain nations. These programs often have connections with language schools in these countries. This relationship typically helps administrators negotiate the best possible pay for new teachers.
One of the most important things any TEFL training program can offer potential teachers is lesson plan preparation. The key to working around a communication gap is organization. You don't need to know a foreign language to teach English in a foreign country, but you do need to know how to present lesson plans that students can relate to. If you don't want to find yourself in front of a class of students with blank stares on their faces, you need to have a game plan for teaching. The right training program will take you through the steps to help you develop effective lesson plans.