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In-Class TESOL vs Online TESOL Courses

Which one is right for you?

After making the invigorating decision to teach abroad, you usually need to pursue a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course. Two options for the class are available: in-class and online. The abundance of opinions on which course is better can prove helpful, but overwhelming.  Overall, both options present countless benefits, but the best way to choose which course will be the best for you is to think about it is you need from the course. An in-class TESOL course offers learning through observation, invaluable time practicing teaching, and deep-rooted friendships, while an online TESOL course supplies nomadic freedom and exposure to fundamental teaching strategies. There really is no wrong choice! So which one works for you?

In-Class TESOL Advantages

 

A participant practices teaching in his in-class TESOL course

When you observe a class, you often can spot issues others may be having while teaching before they even know it themselves, allowing you to perfect your teaching strategies.

It may sound obvious, but watching others teach can make you a better teacher. When you observe a class, you often can spot issues others may be having while teaching before they even know it themselves, allowing you to perfect your teaching strategies. Observation is a key element in learning how to teach; it allows you to watch, understand, and review yourself on what is done well and what needs to be improved, even before you stand up to teach yourself. And when you do practice your teaching skills in front of the class, you can put into play the observations you made and adjust accordingly. Plus, you are an extra person for others to observe and improve their own techniques from. Observation is the first element in everything humans do, whether it be learning how to walk, learning a skill, or learning how to play a sport, so why should it be any different in learning how to teach? It may seem a bit awkward at first, but awkwardness will soon turn to insight and improvement for not only yourself but your peers in the course as well.

The other most helpful element within an in-class TESOL stems from practicing your new skills in a real school environment. Participants of XploreAsia’s in-class TESOL course are given an opportunity to instruct a group of children in a school setting. This aspect of the in-class TESOL course proves extremely valuable for both veteran and non-veteran teachers. After learning instructional techniques, behavior management strategies, cultural “do’s” and “don’ts,” and lesson plan construction, you are able to gage your ability level by instructing in a classroom. Additionally, when you practice teaching in a school, monitoring from the TESOL professor and your peers will ensue. This allows for constructive critiques and assistance if needed. The opportunity to be critiqued while actually teaching during the in-class TESOL is clearly one word…awesome! Successful teaching takes practice! This component of an in-class TESOL adheres to this; no one is perfect. Therefore, the in-course TESOL helps you practice, practice, practice!

A participant practices teaching at an English camp during her in-class TESOL course

The opportunity to be critiqued while actually teaching during the in-class TESOL is clearly one word…awesome! Successful teaching takes practice!

A class graduates from XploreAsia after successfully completing their in-class TESOL course

The common thread of actively pursuing a teaching career abroad seamlessly sews participants together.

The last distinct advantage that comes from an in-class TESOL course is the friendships that come from it. The common thread of actively pursuing a teaching career abroad seamlessly sews participants together. Like-minded people join this course, and after spending so much time together and dealing with the struggles and accomplishments in the course with each other, you will create strong friendships that last throughout not only your time teaching abroad, but beyond. Shoulders to cry on, future weekend excursion partners, and travel buddies are created during the short time you are together on the course. Meet ups, social media, and sometimes even placements near one another cement the comforting bonds created within the in-class TESOL course.

The friendships, the practice teaching in an actual school, and observation are the elements of an in-class TESOL course, but another option does exist; the online TESOL course.

Online TESOL Advantages

 

An online TESOL provides countless positives, but the nomadic freedom accompanied with this option unveils the true definition of convenience. Like many people, you might find yourself constantly busy with prior obligations. The lack of leisure time may forbid you from enrolling in an in-class TESOL or you might just enjoy learning from the comforts of home. Whatever the case may be, the ability to enter the virtual classroom from any place in the world accommodates any sort of wanderer lifestyle.  Airports, coffee shops, and your own home transform from ordinary places of habitation into an enriched classroom at the click of your fingertip. This ability to pick an online TESOL that fits into your schedule provides accessibility to anyone and everyone in the world. The convenience of constant availability paired with flexibility from an online TESOL course appeases anyone’s calendar… so grab any electronic device and go!

A woman completes her online TESOL course at a coffee shop

Airports, coffee shops, and your own home transform from ordinary places of habitation into an enriched classroom at the click of your fingertip.

a participant completes the online TESOL course from home

The differentiated instruction mentioned above helps all learners succeed. And if you still need extra review, no problem! The materials are available online whenever you want them.

To become an accomplished educator, you must learn, comprehend, and implement the fundamentals of teaching. These important strategies are explicitly taught, tested, and reviewed within an online TESOL. The written details, videos, and resources assist an individual during this process. The differentiated instruction mentioned above helps all learners succeed. And if you still need extra review, no problem! The materials are available online whenever you want them. The continuous access to all materials helps you construct a sturdy base upon which to build your knowledge of teaching abroad. The foundation you build will ultimately assist you throughout your teaching career. This benefit paired with nomadic freedom makes the online TESOL course undoubtedly desirable. At the end of the day, each journey usually starts with one step, but you can now begin yours with one click!

Overall, choosing a TESOL course is an exciting start towards career advancement and adventure. There are many advantages available from both courses; the important observation, the invaluable practice teaching, and the deep-rooted friendships developed from an in-class TESOL course helps an individual flourish in multiple ways, while an online TESOL course allows the desirable nomadic freedom and vital exposure to fundamental teaching strategies. So which one should you choose?  Future teacher, the choice is yours!

Written by Chelsea Cullen. Follow her adventures at http://educatedexplorer.blogspot.com/

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