Why Should I Get TEFL Certified?

puzzled-look-copyWe’ll for starters if you ever wanted to live overseas in a completely new country, totally immersed in the culture and customs of the people… there is no better way of doing it then by becoming an English Teacher ? 
Getting TEFL Certified is the fastest way to start YOUR new adventure!

FACT: hundreds of thousands of others just like you who have made the move abroad to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).With hundreds of millions of people taking English classes around the world each year, the demand for fluent and native English speakers is the highest in history. Globalization and the growth of international business, travel and education means that tens of thousands of schools in countries throughout the world are hiring hundreds of thousands of English teachers each year!


Nations Abroad Consulting can get you trained in 1 or 3 months to be a professional English teacher with our Online TEFL Class  or Chicago TEFL Class. Because we specialize in providing premium jobs in China because… that is what we do. If China is not where want to go at first , we help with too….Want to travel EuropeAsiaLatin America or the Middle East, you are one decision away from making this dream happen.

Why TEFL Certification With Nations Abroad?

We are a one-stop shop from start to finish. We work hard to provide you the best service through the whole process and guarantee that all of our partners will do the same.

Through our special business partnership we can now offer the “Best Pricing Available” when it comes to TEFL Certification. Nations Abroad Consulting, LTD and International TEFL Academy, one of the largest TEFL schools in the world, are working to together to bring you the best of both worlds in the industry .

Contact us by phone at 630-708-8348 and talk to an advisor today.  Learn about the job opportunities in each country, requirements, international hiring processes and TEFL TESOL certification class options that will get you closer to living and working overseas.

What Is TEFL?

Dictionary_Icon“TEFL” is the acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language…”

Or simply, English language instruction for non-native speakers. Also known as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English Language Teaching (ELT), and teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) the field of TEFL/TESOL is one of the fastest growing educational fields in the world, presenting thousands of excellent professional opportunities in all corners of the globe to native and fluent English speakers who achieve their TEFL/TESOL certification.

In practical terms, when these terms are applied to the field of teaching English abroad, there is little or no difference between “TEFL” and “TESOL.” They are both acronyms that essentially mean the same thing: teaching the English language to non-native speakers. Likewise, in the vast majority cases, when it comes to teaching English abroad, a “TEFL certification” and a “TESOL certification” are the same and the terms are interchangeable.

On a more technical level, TESOL is the term applied to the teaching of English to non-native speakers in native English speaking countries, so those who will earn degrees and work domestically in the field in the UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa and US will typically use the term “TESOL.”To Teach English as a Foreign Language in a foreign country, a TEFL Certification is typically required as schools and language institutes want to hire teachers who have received proper training.  Internationally recognized standards hold that professional-level TEFL certification must meet certain standards established by the British Council and other leading bodies in the field.

How Does It Work?

6 Steps To Teaching Abroad As A Professionally Trained English Instructor

    • Download a brochure and chart of country options for teaching English abroad. Read further and learn about the world of English teachingTeacher writing on the board and TEFL/TESOL Certification
    • Speak to a professional TEFL Admissions Advisor with a list of questions. Your advisor will explain all of the TEFL course options,teaching requirements,job interviewing procedures to help make this a reality for you.
    • Chose a TEFL/TESOL Class: Either Online TEFL  or Chicago TEFL Course  Regular Tuition ranges from $1,495 – $1,995 for an onsite TEFL course to $1,350 for an Online TEFL Course.
    • Register for the TEFL TESOL course.
    • Complete our TEFL/TESOL Class and we begin conducting a job search for you and set up interviews for English teaching jobs
    • Live abroad, and have the most amazing adventure of your life Teaching English Abroad!

 Where Can I Get TEFL Certified?

“What Are My Options When It Comes To Courses Offered?”

Currently we only offer two options to become TEFL Certified. Our training is thru our Online TEFL Course or Chicago TEFL Course. Other options can be explored with your advisor when you request your brochure.

In a few months, you could be a Certified TEFL graduate telling your friends how great it is to live and teach English abroad! The first way to see if teaching abroad with a premier TEFL certification is to talk to an advisor and get the ball rolling.

What to consider when looking at TEFL / TESOL certification options?

Not all TEFL / TESOL classes and companies are the same.

As they say, “you get what you pay for” and cheap courses are cheap for a reason.

Learn about our external Accreditation through NCFE and ODLQC, and why it is important to have a credible, externally and well-known international authority oversee your training and certification process. It seems like a lot of alphabet soup while looking at TEFL schools, get straightforward answers about what is accepted and recognized versus a lot of fluff. A good TEFL school will be able to explain why they invest time and money to offer the highest quality certification. How do I know this is a real class?

Still Not sure how to choose a TEFL training school? Read this short article on… 


Two Primary Areas To Consider:TEFL TESOL accreditations
1 – Academics: The standards of the class and credentials of the school
2 – Jobs search guidance: The school’s ability to assist you in actually procuring employment overseas as an English teacher 


Tip#1  Length of training:

“Is the TEFL TESOL certification course at least 120 hours?” 

50-s-electric-clock-blackThe minimum standard for accreditation is 100 hours of academics is 6 hours of observed practicum (from your instructor) of live ESL students (not class peers) for accreditation.  (Most of the reputable employers with the highest standards, tend to be the best places to work and will not recognize any lesser certification).  A standard in person course Chicago TEFL Course orInternational TEFL courses is 4 weeks long (20 days).  A comparable Online TEFL with structure can last 2-3 months part time.

*TEFL / TESOL training courses with fewer than 100 hours or no practicum will not provide you with an internationally recognized certification.   Be wary of schools that tout the terms “120 hour class”but lack practicum.

There are many TEFL TESOL certification courses of different lengths of content.  Schools are divided into those that meet the 100 hour standards and those who do not.  Schools with lesser amount of class hours do not indicate the content of their training is insufficient, it simply indicates it is simply the amount of that content is limited.  A standard amount of time for a full time 100 hour course is 20 days (4 weeks).  A weekend class of 2 days and 20 hours is simply one tenth the minimum standard for a certified teacher to obtain.

Tip#2  Accreditations:

“Is the TEFL TESOL certification internationally recognized and accredited?”

International-TEFL-Academy-TEFL-Certificate-medThere are accrediting bodies and there are memberships.

Accreditation entails a formal and rigorous process of review by a recognized accrediting body, which is an independent third party that examines a school’s academic and professional standards.

Well known TEFL / TESOL accrediting bodies include: NCFE, College of Teachers, Open & Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC), ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.  Courses offered directly through an accredited university will also be considered accredited.   Note that some TEFL / TESOL schools without a true accreditation have set up their own “accrediting body” (usually with its own website and other trappings like an impressive sounding name) to provide them with a faux accreditation that is not actually recognized in the TEFL field.  An accrediting body with only 20 or 30 organizations and opened a few years ago is likely not going to be respected.

Memberships in academic associations are not based on any criteria and should not be considered the equivalent or a substitute for accreditation. Most schools can simply join an organization by paying annual fees, with no independent review of their educational and professional standards.  Examples of memberships include TESOL, NAFSA, etc.

Tip#3 Professor:

“Is The Course Taught By A Highly Experienced, University-Level Instructor?”

A university level class should be taught by a highly qualified instructor with the equivalent of a master’s degree in TESOL or a related field, and a minimum of 10 years teaching experience. Be waryTeacher_Kids_Classroom of courses taught by a “tutor” or “mentor” whose qualifications have not been clearly spelled out.

Tip#4 Student Teaching:

“Does your TEFL / TESOL course include a practicum/hands-on element to the class?”

-This is necessary for two reasons.

1 –  You really need it to actually gain the necessary skills to be an effective teacher.

2 –  Most potential employers around the world will not recognize a certification that does not incorporate a practicum.

*note: Some schoools say student teaching but are by your fellow TEFL student peers.  Some schools have “observed” teaching but are not observed by the qualified instructor who signs off on your class and provides qualified feedback to you.  Acrediting organizations required your instructor to be the observer and provide feedback, not simply a staff member.

Job Search Guidance 

Tip#5 Assistance from Professional Advisors Prior to Registration:

Will you receive the attention of an expert Admissions Advisor?…

Who will provide honest and straightforward information about courses and working abroad before you even put down a dime for a course?”

Investing your time and money in a TEFL / TESOL Certification and going overseas is no small matter and it is critical for you and all aspiring teachers to fully understand such critical issues as what are the qualifications to work in certain markets, when are the hiring seasons, how much start-up money will I need when I go abroad, and what sort of pay should I expect?  A live professional advisor should cover all of these issues (and many more) with you before you commit your time and money to a particular TEFL / TESOL certification course.

Tip#6  Free Lifetime Job Search Guidance:

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Will you receive FREE lifetime job search guidance, including personal attention and service, from experienced career advisors, who will provide you with insight and knowledge regarding every matter related to finding a suitable job from writing an international resume and cover letter to negotiating a contract and understanding visa regulations? 


    • Are you working with a “real live” person?
    • Is the school charging you extra money for job search guidance and placement?
    • Does the job search guidance expire?

Tip#7  Finally…What About The Price?

“When looking at different TEFL / TESOL courses, ask yourself, does this price/offer sound too good to be true?”


Can I really learn the skills I need to teaching English at a professional level, by taking a self-paced, solo online course ora two-day weekend course in a hotel room? If I get certified, will I also be provided with the guidance, knowledge and personal assistance that I will require to navigate job markets around the world?  The range of a professional TEFL TESOL 120 hour course will range from $ 1,600 – $ 2,000 USD depending on the country location (difference in price is real estate).


Do you feel that you can receive a university-level educational experience and a legitimate, internationally recognized professional teaching certification to teach in more than 80 countries around the world for only $ 200 or $ 400 or $ 600?

There is no secret that you get what you pay for.  You should consider your education as an investment of your time and money that will never diminish in value. You will get out of it what you put into it and investing in a quality certification will pay off both in your ability to gain employment during economically challenging times, and the satisfaction you will enjoy from knowing that you will provide your students with a rewarding educational experience.

Okay…When Can I Get Started?

You can get started now! Listed below is our regular pricing for TEFL courses that we offer. All promotions currently running will be reflected when you sign up… So hey, DON’T WORRY, you won’t lose out on any promotions. Still not convinced?… Pickup the phone and talk to an advisor today! Call 630-708-8348


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Location Online Chicago, Illinois
Course Length 11 Weeks 4 Weeks
Job Placement Yes Yes
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