How to turn the COVID19 EFL challenge into an opportunity

How to turn the COVID19 EFL challenge into an opportunity

Since March of this year, many countries have imposed a lockdown and as a result many schools have closed their businesses, have put a temporary hold on all classes and a vast numbers of tech-shy teachers are have had to learn very quickly how to teach remotely.

EFL and ESL teachers found themselves delivering lessons using virtual classrooms, giving their ELLs (English Language Learners) material for self-study and limiting their teacher contact time to a lot less hours. All of these are new modes of teaching for many EFL/ESL teachers and many have found themselves having to adopt to them quickly. Words like Zoom, break rooms became household terms and this difficult relationship between the English Language Teacher (ELT) with technology seemed to have found a compromise.

The internet has been around since the start of the 90’s and many ELTs have been hesitant in incorporating digital ways of teaching. Some felt that they were not given proper training in the use of technology. They have been resistant to the digital wave which affected, revolutionised, and helped all of us in all sectors of life. Some teachers felt that with technology, human interaction and the personalised attention given to ELLS are being lost. There is also the fear that teachers will lose their basic skills and that artificial intelligence could make teachers redundant.

However, as it is in all walks of life, surprises happen and with COVID 19 came the high demand for Online English teachers.

With the lockdown in many countries and the downturn in travel abroad, the EFL and ESL market saw a global increase in the demand for online English teachers. Teaching English online could be the solution for many English teachers who find themselves struggling to make ends meet.

Many companies that match up teachers with ELLs do not have enough qualified and trained teachers to cope with current demand.

There are currently thousands of online teaching jobs available to teachers with the proper qualifications. Unfortunately for those who do not have a certificate recognised by the British Council, looking for an English teaching job, pre or post Covid may not be as easy as for those with the Trinity College CertTESOL certificate or one of an equal standing.

What this boils down to is getting the proper qualifications Online and starting to teach the online classes that suit you.

Teachers must be proactive, innovative, and ready to think about ways to teach EFL/ESL outside of the face to face box. Having the proper TEFL qualification allows native and bilingual English speakers to earn money from home.

In terms of working hours, teachers can choose what is convenient for them as peak teaching times vary. Most Online classes are done during the working week, Monday to Friday, and if you do want to teach on weekends, many companies based in Asia offer weekend online classes.

Another way of finding Online teaching work is by setting your own teaching and adding yourself and your qualifications to an existing agency database where ELLs (English language learners) all over the world can easily find you.

For a qualified EFL / ESL teacher to teach English from home, all that is needed is a Trinity College CertTESOL certificate or another certificate of an equal standing, a stable internet connection, a pair of headphones, a microphone, a webcam and a method to receive payments.

Many surveys state that there are currently more than 3million people globally trying to learn English.

A big plus to the online teaching industry is that parents now prefer their children to learn from home.

A major challenge for the industry will be the proliferation of unregulated TEFL courses which require fewer hours to obtain the certificate and are not accepted by many language schools. You must look out for these unregulated courses. You do not want to spend all that time and money and later be told that your certificate is not recognised. This is a problem that you will never encounter with your Trinity College CertTESOL certificate.

There is an opportunity to discover and learn different things. In times like this, widening your teaching repertoire, allowing yourself to learn new skills will prepare you for the inevitable. In some months from now, travel abroad will become popular again so why get your accredited qualification then when you can do it now? With the Online Trinity College Certificate course, getting that accredited TEFL / TESOL qualification is possible.

The tried and tested, already trained, already TEFL / TESOL experienced get the pick of the jobs. Most schools do not have time to go through arduous and lengthy training schemes for their incoming EFL teachers. There simply is not any time. The ELLs are there, they want to start their classes right away and this demand must be met by experienced teachers.

Now is the best time to self-reflect and open yourself to different opportunities. Getting your Trinity College CertTESOL now not only gets you a credential that will open doors for you but it will always be there to show your sector, the EFL / ESL sector that you are a serious professional, making sure you are adequately equipped to take on the education of your ELLs (English Language Learners).

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