Compare Online and Onsite (Face to Face) TEFL / TESOL certification

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The upsides and downsides of Online vs Onsite (Face to Face) TEFL/TESOL courses

  1. Where do you want study to get your TEFL / TESOL certification?
  2. Where do you want to work?
  3. How much do you want to earn?
  4. Where are your friends already teaching?
  5. Etc.

These are just some of the questions that come up when you start thinking about the school where you want to take your TEFL / TESOL certification.

Unfortunately this is not the end of the story. You then have to understand the quality, recognition and validity of the TESOL certificate and most importantly, is the TESOL certificate internationally recognised and accepted by national government sponsored organisations like the British Council.

Quality, recognition and acceptance are the key to TESOL certification success and they open a door that is always there to access English teaching jobs with no constraints.

Due to COVID19, schools, language centres and international schools have become flexible in their hiring of English teachers. Deciding where to study for your TESOL certification is no longer about how and where you want to use your TESOL certificate, how much time you have and how ready you are to travel to a training centre. The door is now open for high-quality, accredited online TESOL certification.

The online Trinity College CertTESOL course is a true alternative to the onsite (face to face) CertTESOL course giving you the best choice when you decide how to do your TESOL training. The online Trinity College CertTESOL course awards the same CertTESOL as the onsite Trinity College CertTESOL course. The Trinity College CertTESOL online course  does not penalise you and close doors to jobs because you cose to study online. This is not true for most other online TEFL certificate courses.

You need to ask yourself the following:

  1. Are you looking for a long-term career or maybe a short-term job while you are on your sabbatical or career change?
  2. Do you want to get work experience straight away?
  3. Do you want to add more experience on your CV?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, look no further. The upsides and downsides of the Trinity College CertTESOL online and onsite courses are discussed on this blog article.

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Consider the upsides and downsides and then decide if the Online CertTESOL or the Onsite CertTESOL is right for you by reading through this blog, doing some soul-searching, and deciding on the right way forward.

What is the difference between the Trinity CertTESOL Onsite (Face to Face) and Online courses?

This is an extremely popular question and one that you should be clear on before taking the decision to live and work abroad.

Taking an online course does not cost as much as taking an onsite course. Because of this, online course are usually associated with being inferior, low-quality courses.

This is not true for the Online Trinity College CertTESOL course.

After successfully completing the online Trinity CertTESOL course, you get the same CertTESOL certificate that you would have got by taking the onsite course. You study the same 4 week intensive course, you teach the same number of teaching practice classes, you use the same course material and you are subject to the same quality and moderation checks. The only difference is that you learn online in a virtual classroom instead of learning face to face in a physical classroom.

As soon as you graduate, you can use our Lifetime and Worldwide Job Placement Programme to get you working straight away. However, if you are interested in studying in Spain you should consider our the onsite Trinity CertTESOL certificate course.

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Onsite TEFL course upsides

Onsite TEFL programmes have a lot of benefits.

  1. Starting life abroad is easier: You can get used to the country/culture where you want to live and work at your own pace and still get the support that EBC gives. We at EBC Trinity College CertTESOL provide services such as airport transfer, accommodations during and after the course, bank accounts, immigration procedures, translation, etc. With our housing and accommodations help, you can find long-term housing options while you are still taking the course.
  2. Your Trinity CertTESOL qualification makes getting a job much faster: Because you have a Trinity College CertTESOL certificate, you are sure your certificate will be recognised by all language schools, HR managers and Directors of Studies. With our network of partner language schools (for example: we have hundreds of connections in Madrid), you can be working in a matter of days. As an EBC Trinity CertTESOL graduate, you will be interviewing with the best schools and you will also receive invaluable advice and information form EBC regarding your possible employers.
  3. Your teaching practice classes are done in classrooms: On both the Online and Onsite Trinity CertTESOL courses, you complete 160 hours of study, 6 hours of teaching practice classes observed and assessed by Trinity College approved trainers and a final review of your performance by a Trinity College CertTESOL external moderator.
  4. Your teaching practice classes are composed of real English Language Learners:  You teach to people with English ability levels ranging from A2 (Beginners) – C1 (Advanced). The teaching practice you do is especially important to many hiring schools.
  5. Experience cultural exchange in action: The invaluable interaction and exchange that a classroom environment provides is something everyone always remembers. With your teaching practice classes and study groups with your peers and tutors, you will learn to reflect on the style of teaching you would want to use. That evolution happens as you teach more and learn from each classroom environment in which you find yourself. Many of your peers who studied with you will be your friends for life. They can be your support network as you start looking for a new life in your new country.
  6. You can get experience with local students: Your teaching practice classes will be composed of local residents giving you an idea of how your future students will be.
  7. Your Trinity CertTESOL opens more doors to jobs than most other certificates: When you get your Trinity CertTESOL, it will open the door to all entry level teaching jobs openings with language schools including those run by the British Council in over 100 countries.
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Online TEFL course upsides

  1. Fast-track your TEFL / TESOL career: The Trinity College CertTESOL certificate helps you get your TEFL / TESOL career started ASAP. With many online EFL / ESL teaching opportunities around, you can grow your CV in the safety of your home. If you decide to teach abroad, you will be a cut above the rest. Not only do you have your Trinity CertTESOL, but you also have work experience which means the school hiring you will not need to spend long hours of training time on you. This is an extremely attractive point to hiring managers.
  2. Save money: Getting Trinity College CertTESOL TESOL certification at home instead of travelling can save you a lot of money. There is no need to pay for your airfare, accommodation and local travel. You could save a few thousand US Dollars by studying at home.
  3. You can make up your mind before committing to going abroad to work: Taking TEFL courses online can be useful if you are not sure where you want to teach and start your new life abroad. You could choose the Online Trinity CertTESOL course, get some Online EFL / ESL experience and plan on getting some onsite experience in the future.
  4. You can easily fit it into your schedule: Online courses are flexible. If you are unable to free yourself for a month to travel and take an onsite course and you want to get started now, go for the Online Trinity College CertTESOL certificate course.
  5. Your Trinity CertTESOL opens more doors to jobs than most other certificates: When you get your Trinity CertTESOL, it will open the door to all entry level teaching jobs openings with language schools including those run by the British Council in over 100 countries.

Important Note

When deciding on an Online TEFL course, beware of companies that have dubious accreditations or are not internationally recognised and accepted by national government sponsored educational organisations such as the British Council.

Why is having a Trinity CertTESOL an advantage?

When you are interviewing for an EFL teaching job, the name on your TEFL certification matters. Having the right certificate can dictate whether you can apply for the job you want or not. This is understandable because all reputable schools want teachers that have quality controlled TEFL / TESOL credentials. The Trinity CertTESOL is one of the top two guaranteed, quality controlled TEFL / TESOL credentials in the world.

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