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Are Cheap TESOL Courses Too Good to be True?

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Are Cheap TESOL Courses Too Good to Be True

Choosing the correct TESOL course is vital to ensure you start your career with the best training, qualifications and skills to find the ESL teaching position that you want. Job support and quality training materials are key to employability and employment is the outcome of your TESOL studies. It’s not worth enrolling in a cheap TESOL or TEFL course to save money initially, only to realise that the cheap course does not qualify you or correctly prepare you for the ESL teaching classroom and does not provide any educational or ESL job support. You will end up saving time and money in the long run by choosing a reputable and award-winning TESOL college like ATA TESOL College from the very beginning.

Here are 3 mistakes to avoid when choosing a TESOL course:

1. Buying cheap TESOL or TEFL courses from international companies, Groupon, or other group-buying sites

Did you know that to sell on Groupon and other discount sites, TESOL/TEFL Schools must reduce their price and then give up to 50% of the profit to that discount site. At those prices, it isn’t possible for that school to offer the high level and quality of ESL job support, tutor support, and educational quality that a reputable provider like ATA TESOL College can offer.

International TEFL companies and academies claim to be based in the UK and Ireland but use these addresses as a “physical address” for their completely online operations. ATA TESOL College has a physical head office here in Brisbane that you can walk into at any time. So, you can be rest assured that your qualification is being delivered by an Australian owned and managed college. This means that our educational standards meet Australian standards as our programs were developed, are delivered, and provide you employment support from right here in Australia.

TESOL and TEFL courses are like anything else – if their price seems too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Choosing a TESOL course that does not meet international employability standards or claims to be accredited or recognised by government bodies

Taking a course that is not developed based upon graduate employability will hinder your employment opportunities and earning potential when teaching ESL overseas, online, and locally.

Reputable schools overseas and online require you to have a TESOL certificate.

With a TESOL certificate you will be have higher employability and earning potential because you will be qualified to teach English overseas. You wouldn’t hire an electrician without an electrical license, so why would an English Language School hire an English teacher without an International TESOL Teacher’s License?! The answer, a reputable school wouldn’t.

Our ATA TESOL Courses have been developed by TESOL qualified educators who have taught overseas in the industry for a combined 25 years. Therefore, they know what schools are looking for when they hire teachers and they developed and wrote our course materials from scratch to make sure you have all the skills as an ATA TESOL qualified ESL Teacher to meet and exceed the international employability standards.

Cheap TEFL and TESOL courses provided by international providers claim to be accredited by international government regulated bodies. These bodies are not recognised in Australia and hold little weight for international employment. These international providers are unable to deliver Nationally Recognised Qualifications like the CERTIV in TESOL that ATA TESOL College can offer, as we are an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO31228) that is governed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.

Before you enrol in a course, remember to check the RTO registry, to see if your chosen educational institute is an RTO. Remember, if the educational provider isn’t an RTO, they are a reseller of TESOL/TEFL courses and therefore, have a resell markup in their price that covers their time to help you resulting in lower quality of their service for you as the student and higher fees for you. ATA TESOL College is registered here https://training.gov.au/Organisation/Details/31228.

3. Signing up for a TESOL course purely based on the “cheapest” price

Only seeing the initial financial cost of a TESOL or TEFL course limits the quality of your education and support which will limit your employability and earning potential outcomes. Cheap TESOL and TEFL courses are merely certificate factories that have limited personal service and interaction resulting in a lack of support and feedback. We pride ourselves on being leaders in the TESOL training industry and therefore, we have exclusive industry contacts that we have formed a relationship with for over 16 years. These contacts are priceless and our level of service coupled with our lifetime ESL job support guarantee is unbeatable in the industry.

Here are the 8 key reasons to choose a quality TESOL college:

1) Partnerships
We are the only private TESOL Course Provider to partner with Seek Learning, Australia’s largest employment website, since 2005. Seek is a publicly listed company on the Australian Stock Market and therefore, you can be assured that the quality of our TESOL training is second to none.

2) Course Access
The industry norm is 6 months’ access to TESOL and TEFL courses. ATA offers a 12 month timeframe to complete the TESOL course for every student, with lifetime access to your course materials and our unique lifetime ESL Job Support guarantee.

3) Pathways for further studies
As we are a Registered Training Organisation, we offer pathways to upgrade your TESOL qualifications to Australian Recognised Courses like the 10557NAT Certificate IV in TESOL.

4) Employability
Our qualifications were developed with employability and earning potential as the main factor for studies. Therefore, with higher earning potential you are able to recuperate your initial course costs after only a couple of months teaching overseas. Our trainers have even developed articles to give you tips on how to save and earn more money as an ESL teacher so you can start as soon as you graduate.
TESOL Teacher Pays off $16000 Debt – Here’s How
How to Earn More Money as a TESOL Teacher

5) No Student Loans means No Debt
Most university and VET sector courses will cost you at least $40000, of which majority will become a debt you will have to pay off. So, choose our TESOL courses instead, because you can pay upfront or structure a part payment plan to suit your needs. This means that you will graduate without a student debt that you may never be able to pay off. Plus, you will earn back your course fees in as little as 2 months teaching overseas, or even faster when using our tips in the blog article below.
How to Save Money as a TESOL Teacher

6) Turn Your TESOL into a Business Opportunity
ATA TESOL College prides itself on developing our graduates’ TESOL careers. Therefore, we have many graduates who have made businesses by using their TESOL certificates. Tutoring businesses are in high demand and are one of the most lucrative parts on the ESL industry. Therefore, make sure to choose ATA TESOL College, as we offer the industry leading Private Tuition elective and we are the only CERTIV in TESOL on the Australian Market to have a specifically developed Private Tutoring unit of study as well. These units were developed to increase your employability and earning potential overseas, online, and locally.
Check out the article below to find out more.
Turn your ATA TESOL Certificate into a Business

7) Exclusive Jobs from our ESL Industry Contacts
We have over 25 000 graduates teaching ESL around the world, online, and locally. These graduates have opened their own schools around the world and knowing the value and quality of our TESOL courses, continually come back to us directly to recruit ATA graduates like themselves for their schools worldwide. We have these exclusive ESL industry contacts recruiting from us because they know that ATA TESOL qualified ESL teachers are leaders in the ESL teaching industry. To further support our students we have an exclusive Closed Facebook Group for ATA students and graduates only and our lifetime ESL Job Support Guarantee.

8) No Hidden Cost for Job Support and Placements
Many cheap TEFL and TESOL courses have hidden costs for job support and placements to make up for their initial cheap enrolment fees. This will end up costing you the same, if not more, to obtain your TESOL certificate and employment. And honestly, what good is a qualification if you get charged more to or can’t even use it.

When choosing your TESOL course, remember that TESOL certificates vary in quality.
Make sure to study with a highly rated and award-winning TESOL College like us.

This way, you will have access to Australian support when you need help with your studies. Also, make sure that your TESOL college has industry contacts with schools overseas. Many TESOL schools have job boards where they post any job that they can find. We pride ourselves on being different and we have over 15 years of direct industry contacts with schools and corporations all around the world, so we can help you find the job for you. Once again, what good is a qualification if you can’t use it.

The best way to start your English teaching career is to become a TESOL teacher with ATA TESOL College.
Make sure to check out our courses page to find out about TESOL.
Or email us at marie@ataonline.edu.au to find out more today!
Want to learn how to choose the best TESOL Course? Email us today.

TESOL Teacher pays off $16000 debt – Here’s How

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TESOL Teacher pays off $16000 debt – Here’s How-ATA TESOL College

There are numerous factors for the rising amount of debt in Western countries. Many countries cite wage growth slowdown and a rising cost of living as the primary reasons for an increase in household debt.

An article from the ABC about ‘rising costs of living in Australia‘ states:

‘It’s impossible to even move out of home’ May said she was 27 and that about half of her friends were still living at home with their parents.

One young couple, May and Ben, said they had been spending increasing amounts of their money on food, rent and transport.

A retired couple from Switzerland, the country with the world’s highest living costs, said Australia was heading in the same direction as their own country citing Sydney is nearly as expensive as Switzerland now.

A similar article highlights the struggles that ‘Canadians are facing to save money‘ as well:

“Originally we were following the prescriptive path that our parents gave us, which is get a job, buy house, work until you’re 65, and retire,” Shen said. But exorbitant housing prices in Toronto made it impossible to follow that path.

So, you want to know how to free yourself from this financially draining cycle and start paying off those debts?

Become a TESOL teacher and join thousands of other ESL teachers around the world who are now financially free!

Here’s some great examples of how TESOL teaching overseas can help you drastically reduce your cost of living, save money, and still travel.

A car salesman making $30,000 a year quit his job to become an ESL teacher and was able to save more than 65 per cent of his salary. Or, Sarah decided to move overseas to pay down about $16,000 of credit-card and student-loan debt and still be able to travel.

Her salary was about $35,000 a year, and her employer paid for housing, so she was able to drastically reduce her cost of living and put money toward her debt.
She ended up loving her experience so much — and saving so much money — that she moved to China afterward to teach for another eight years.
I bumped up my savings rate to about 55%. In that one year in South Korea, I saved about $9,000. Throughout the years, I’ve been able to use this cash for things like investing, paying for a wedding, and having a baby.

Tips for paying off debt and saving money as an ESL teacher that Sarah used

Obtain a position that includes housing in the contract – eliminating the need to pay rent. The housing is usually close to the school so you also save money on transport. Calculate the cost of the rent and transportation money that you are saving and put that amount towards your debt repayments – you will be surprised at how fast that money adds up and you will have paid off your debt in no time.

Eating out in Asia is very cheap. Cut your food costs by eating at local restaurants and grocery shopping at local markets where food prices are far cheaper than Western countries. The average meal in Asia will cost you $2 to $10 – a bargain compared to home.

Being an ESL teacher in Asia gives you the luxury of being able to travel while still saving. That’s because flights around Asia are much cheaper and you can stay in smaller hotels and eat out for much less than other countries around the world. For example, in Thailand, a nice clean hotel will cost you around $30-$50 per night and eating some of the world’s best street food, like Michelin starred Noodles in Chinatown in Bangkok, will cost you a mere $3.

After you have paid off your debts, continue saving the rent and transportation costs and put it into a savings account to use for other things you may need in the future.

Check out some of ATA’s exclusive ways to save money as an ESL Teacher

Grocery shopping hacks – Shop where the locals shop, look for catalogues and coupons, and go supermarket shopping at the end of the night when hot food items and baked goods are discounted.
Choose to teach in a smaller city – The demand for teachers is higher and the living costs are lower so you can save even more $$$
Live like a local – Eat where the locals eat, use rideshare and food delivery apps that the locals use, and get to know locals so they can give you insider tips for the cheapest and best options in your city

While you are saving, make sure to add a side hustle if you want to earn more too – Earning more means saving more

Refer students to ATA TESOL College and affiliate programs

We offer a great referral and affiliate program for anyone to join. You will earn up to $200 for every successful referral that signs up to our TESOL Courses. Simply go to our link http://www.atatesolcollege.com/ambassador/ to join the program. Then just by sharing your unique link and referring the people you know, you could be earning even more money as an ESL teacher, just for spreading the word.

Get an ATA TESOL certificate before you go overseas or start teaching online

Reputable schools overseas and online require you to have a TESOL certificate. With a TESOL certificate you will be paid more because you will be qualified to teach English overseas. You wouldn’t hire an electrician without an electrical license, so why would an English school hire an English teacher without an International TESOL Teacher’s License?! The answer, a reputable school wouldn’t.

When choosing your TESOL course, remember that TESOL certificates vary in quality. Make sure to study with a highly rated and award-winning TESOL College like us. This way, you will have access to Australian support when you need help with your studies. Also, make sure that your TESOL college has industry contacts with schools overseas. Many TESOL schools have job boards where they post any job that they can find. We pride ourselves on being different and we have over 15 years of direct industry contacts with schools and corporations all around the world, so we can help you find the job for you. Once again, what good is a qualification if you can’t use it.

The best way to start your English teaching career is to become a TESOL teacher with ATA TESOL College.
Make sure to check out our courses page to find out about TESOL.
Or email us at marie@ataonline.edu.au to find out more today!
Want to learn how to choose the best TESOL Course? Email us today.

How to Earn more money as an ESL teacher

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Earning more money as an ESL teacher isn’t as hard as other professions. This is because the demand for native English teachers is so high and the number of English learners overseas is increasing more and more every year. Plus, English teaching can’t be automated so you don’t have to worry about a robot replacing your job. That’s why TESOL teaching is such a great career choice to secure your future.

We know that you learned how to save money as an ESL teacher on this blog. But now you want to increase those savings by earning more money. Well, here is the post you’ve been waiting for. EARN MORE MONEY AS AN ESL TEACHER -ATA TESOL COLLEGE

Here are our tips to earn more money as an ESL teacher.

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How to Save Money as an ESL Teacher

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According to Finder.com.au , Australian debt is the highest in the world, with Australians relying heavily on loan products like credit cards and car loans. The debt has increased from 104% in the 90s to over 212% per household in 2015. This means if the average person earns $80,000 net, they are spending $169,600 per year.

So, most Australians have no way to save money while living and working in Australia. That’s why many of our ATA TESOL teachers made one of the best decisions of their lives to become conversational English teachers overseas. Many have thanked us for opening up a world of travel, career opportunities, and increased savings or ways to eliminate their debt for them.

SAVE MONEY AS AN ESL TEACHER -ATA TESOL COLLEGE

Here are our tips to save money as a TESOL teacher overseas.

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How to be a great English (ESL) teacher from DAY ONE

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You’ve just completed your TESOL certification with ATA TESOL College and you are now qualified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) overseas.

You have contacted our amazing job support team and landed yourself your dream job in China. You have no more rent to worry about, because your accomodation is included, you have so many exciting new cuisines to try, and you have met some other ESL teachers who are with you in your apartment or at your new school. But you have never taught conversational English before and you are feeling a bit nervous.

Don’t worry! There is nothing to be nervous about. Being a TESOL teacher is a rewarding and exciting experience, even if you are an introvert like me. You have to remember, everyone was new to a job at least once in their lifetime. And the schools understand that you are new to teaching.

For beginner TESOL teachers, we have some handy tips for you. Lin Nyunt, an ATA TESOL graduate, is currently teaching in Japan and has combined his love for travel and teaching to become a TESOL teacher and a Vlogger in Japan. Make sure to watch his video at the end of this post and subscribe to his channel here.

Here is a recap of some of his great tips for first-time teachers and we have added some of ours to the list as well. Feel free to comment with any additional tips that you may have.

 

Build rapport

Smile – As cliche as it sounds, a smile is one of the simplest ways to make your students feel more comfortable in you class.

Use your students’ names – You will probably have many different classes and many different names to remember but if you can, try to learn as many of your students’ names as possible. A handy trick to remember names is to pick an identifying feature of that student and associate with their name. E.g. Gary with the green glasses

Ask them about themselves – Engage your students in conversation during the breaks or before class starts. Find out their likes and interests and use this information to tailor some of the activities to their interests.

 

Be energetic

Don’t take yourself too seriously – The students have difficult classes all day long that account for their formal grades. English lessons with TESOL teachers are known to be more engaging than grade focussed. So, try to make your lesson fun and more light-hearted. This will give your students a break from the monotony of grade based learning and they will be more inclined to learn English if they get to have fun learning it.

Try to be energetic to engage students – Even if you are an introvert, try to be energetic in class. This is where the Total Physical Response (TPR) method that you are taught in our TESOL Course comes in handy. Use your whole body when demonstrating new vocabulary and encourage your students to do the same. Don’t just stand in one spot at the board while lecturing to your students. Move around the classroom to hold their attention and keep them engaged.

Students learn from animated actions – I like to say that being a TESOL teacher sometimes feels like being an actor. This is because the students enjoy animated and lively facial expressions and vocal tones. They also love to laugh at my over-exaggerated actions in the classroom. The students will laugh and participate more and as we all know, happy learners are better learners.

 

Be approachable

Be silly and have fun – The students will be more relaxed and will want to talk more to you in class and outside of class.

The goal of an ESL teacher is to get your students to talk more. You are a native speaker and the best way to improve their English is by talking with you! So, the more comfortable they become with you then they will speak more.

 

Kick start your career as an English (ESL) Teacher with ATA TESOL College.

We offer Internationally Employer Recognised and Australian Nationally Accredited TESOL courses.

Email us at enquiries@ataonline.edu.au to find out more today.

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How to choose an ESL teaching niche

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ESL Teaching Niches - ATA TESOL College

Having an ESL teaching niche is important

In the ESL industry, general English classes are the most common and therefore, the most competitive to find employment. In order to stand out from the competition, a great ESL teacher has at least a couple of ESL teaching niches. An ESL teaching niche is a specific area of English learning that you specialise in. ESL teaching niches include, but are not limited to, private tutoring, business English, and English examination preparation. Having an ESL teaching niche is important because it makes you more marketable as an English language teacher and provides you with the opportunity to earn more money.

The ATA TESOL College Director of Studies describes ESL teaching niches in terms of areas of study:

“From a more practical perspective, study and training is about job readiness so the question to ask when considering different courses from different institutions is – will I be ready for the job when I’ve completed the course? A course with greater breadth and variety in its training will obviously better prepare a candidate for the workplace, especially if that person has no previous experience in that field. To put it simply, the more you do, the better you will become, or, even more simply, practice makes perfect. ATA’s programs offer more areas of TESOL study than other courses, giving ATA graduates an edge in the job market, particularly with the unit on private tuition which is an increasingly large chunk of the TESOL market these days.”

 

Common ESL teaching niches

Our ATA TESOL College electives equip you with the skills to master the most common ESL Teaching niches such as:

Private Tuition

Private tutoring is a lucrative niche. Private tuition gives you the opportunity to earn a higher hourly rate than salary teaching, flexible teaching hours, and opportunities to supplement your income or start your own tutoring business.  We believe so strongly in this niche that private tuition studies feature in both our internationally recognised and nationally accredited TESOL courses.

IELTS and TOEFL Examination Preparation

English language examination studies are becoming very popular with international students. Many Asian countries require examination scores to enter universities, study overseas, and for employment both internationally and domestically. Therefore, the need to improve their scores means that IELTS and TOEFL examination preparation teachers are in high demand.

Business English

With increasing globalisation, business English is needed for international students to increase their chances of employment. Therefore, business teaching niche is a common niche that many teachers choose.

Age-specific English

Age-specific teaching niches are great supplements to the niches above if you want to have more than one teaching niche. Teaching English to Pre-school children is in high demand in Asian countries as they begin to introduce compulsory English curriculum in all kindergartens resulting in an increase in bi-lingual kindergartens. Other age-specific teaching niches encompass children, adolescents, and adults.

 

Benefits of ESL teaching niches

  • Increase your chances of employment in competitive environments
  • More areas of study mean that your educational qualifications are of higher value to employers, especially for teachers without experience or a degree
  • Increase your salary and earning power in your teaching niche
  • You will be more qualified compared to the many other teachers with basic TESOL/TEFL certificates
  • More opportunities to start your own teaching/tutoring business
  • The opportunity to target employers and direct your skills to obtain better ESL teaching jobs

 

How to choose an ESL teaching niche

Choosing an ESL teaching niche is just like choosing a major or minor for your Undergraduate studies at a university. It is best to study many different electives to find the niche that you enjoy and suits your teaching style best. From there, you can find employment in that niche to gain experience and eventually become an expert in your teaching niche.

 

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We can help you choose your ESL teaching niche and map out a study pathway for you to develop your teaching niche. Simply email us today and we will organise a time that suits you.

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