The TEFL is awarded on the basis of 120 hours of training and practice, which takes into account upwards of 70 hours of teaching and lesson planning, as well as the 50-hour online course, delivered via PDF prior to and during the projects.
If you aren’t able to complete 70+ hours then the certificate will still be awarded for the number of hours you do complete. However, it would be advisable to aim to complete 70+ hours, which would mean being in China for 3-4 weeks or more. This is because 120 hours is seen as the basic gold standard for most good TEFLs. For example, 120 hours is the amount that is required as a prerequisite for Chinese work visas.
Currently, our shortest programmes run for 2 weeks and include a TEFL certificate of less than 120 hours (usually 80 hours). The exact amount accounted for will be clarified once the award is offered. In certain cases, on intensive programmes, we are still able to issue a 120-hour award for a 2-week programme.
Our TEFL is offered in-house. This means we deliver and tailor the training segment to suit the needs of our programmes and our participants. The TEFL is awarded on the basis of 120 hours training and practice, which takes into account upwards of 70 hours teaching and lesson planning, as well as the 50 hour online course, delivered via PDF prior to and during the projects. Many schools also give you basic TEFL refresher training prior to beginning your teaching. Our TEFL will teach you TEFL’s core principles and enable you to get much more out of your programme.
There are nine chapters to the PDF training course covering different aspects of teaching in the classroom, with tips for resources, activities and on joining programmes in China. There are short questions to work through at the end of each chapter. At the end of the summer, once you have completed the questions and hours in the classroom, you will need to complete the short exercises and send them in for review. We will then issue you with your TEFL certificate.
The majority of TEFLs available on the market are offered by private institutions such as ours. Unlike degrees and some other certifications, there is as yet no overall accrediting body applicable to TEFLs, just a few larger institutions that provide awards—such as Cambridge (CELTA) and Trinity London (TESOL).
TEFL is a generic acronym that means Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. A TEFL certificate is the prerequisite for English teaching jobs all around the world. A TEFL certificate and China teaching experience is also something that is highly regarded by graduate employers in diverse industries.
Previous Gotoco participants have used our TEFL certificate and their China teaching experience to get a broad range of excellent jobs all over the world in diverse fields—particularly in teaching. The process of learning about and getting experience for TEFL certification is highly enjoyable, intellectually stimulating and very valuable.