Why do I need TESOL Certification?

There are several answers…

1) If you are going to teach overseas, most schools require at least a TEFL Certification.  English for Life Academy’s TESOL Certification is much more comprehensive than most other TEFL or TESL certification programs available today. Currently, there is not a national standard for certification for a position teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to adults in the United States. However, with the demand for qualified teachers increasing as urban international populations increase, and with the world becoming one interconnected global community, certification standards are on the way.

For a part-time adult education teacher not interested in pursuing a lengthy and more expensive Master degree, English for Life Academy’s International TESOL Certification program is an excellent option. Our program adheres to the highest standards for teachers who wish to teach both within the United States and internationally.

2) In countries like South Korea, where some 22,000 native speaking English teachers are employed, TESOL certification brings along a salary increase.

3) You want to be prepared for this…

The first hint that my principal placed an inordinate amount of confidence in my teaching abilities was the sound of the door slamming shut behind me.  Except for the 14 sets of beady little eyes staring back, I was alone.  For the first time.  In a foreign country.  12,000 miles from home.  Alone.  To say I was shoved into the classroom kicking and screaming would not be far from the truth.

Not 24 hours ago my wife and I were fresh off an airplane and standing outside Incheon International Airport awaiting the director of the recruiting agency through whom I had secured employment for the following 12 months, and now we found ourselves in the middle of the countryside in the tiny rural farming community of Buseok.  This was my first time outside of the United States, and the swirl of Korean conversation around me caused a bit of light-headedness.  My burps were reminiscent of the fish, seaweed, and kimchi I was served for lunch only half an hour ago, and I was still not quite myself after the standard medical examination for foreign workers I had undergone that morning.  Blood was drawn.  Not my favorite activity, as this procedure generally causes me to squirm like an embarrassed school girl.

But the door to my classroom shut nonetheless.  (I could have sworn I heard a dead-bolt fasten from the outside.)  I was given simple instructions: Teach.  But…

What grade is this?
What do these students already know?
Is there a textbook?
What about a curriculum I’m to follow?
What time does class end?
Wasn’t a co-teacher promised in my contract?
Is it too late to rethink this?

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About The Author


Jake Hollingsworth is a 2010 graduate of English For Life Academy. Find him at www.JakeHollingsworth.net