We get it; staying at home for such an extended period of time can be tough. If you live alone, it can get lonely. If you live with a partner, your relationship will be tested like never before. If you have a family, it’s challenging for everyone to be productive at the same time, let alone play happy families. But it is what it is, and the best we can do is make the most of it. Here’s how.
Now is the time to embrace online learning. Yes, you can while away your hours by binge-watching series or sleeping, but why don’t you engage your brain in something worthwhile? You can watch videos that will teach you how to crochet, learn a language, or take a course to learn how to teach English as a Foreign Language. A TEFL course will teach you all about theories of learning English as a second or foreign language and methods for teaching it. You will learn how to plan lessons, manage a classroom and assess your learners. You will be given a crash course in English grammar and an explanation of the different skills involved in reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English. Basically, if you need to know it to teach English, it will be covered in your course.
The next logical step once you have done a TEFL course is to find a job. With a TEFL certificate in hand, you will be qualified to teach both abroad and online. If you cannot travel at the moment, then focus your energy on teaching English online. All you need is a laptop, a stable internet connection, a microphone/headset, and a quiet space. As you can imagine, the last twelve months have seen a massive upsurge of students looking for online English lessons, which is good news for all TEFL teachers. Sign up with one of the hundreds of online companies, and soon you could be earning money teaching English online to learners in China or Chile, or Chad.
3 Plan your future
It’s no secret that one of the big attractions to teaching English as a Foreign Language is the opportunity to work and travel abroad. So once you have your TEFL certificate – and maybe even some experience teaching online – you can decide on your dream TEFL destination so that when borders open up again, you can book your ticket and get there as soon as humanly possible.
To help you decide, download the TEFL World Factbook 2021 from The TEFL Academy. This book of magic gives you all the info you need on over 100 popular TEFL destinations. No matter where you want to go, it’ll tell you how much you can expect to earn, the average cost of living, visa regulations, where you can travel on holiday, what the weather is like, and even which local food dishes you should try.
So yes, we might be stuck at home for the minute, but that’s no reason you shouldn’t be taking advantage of the situation and preparing yourself for when our lives can return to normal – whatever and whenever that may be!