CIEE Launches Innovative Online Course to Help Aspiring Educators Teach Abroad with Confidence
CIEE proudly announces the launch of its Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification courses – online courses that provide optimal preparation to teach English in classrooms around the world.
In keeping with its mission to help people thrive in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, CIEE TEFL courses prepare new teachers to enter classrooms with knowledge of TEFL theories and pedagogical practices, plus keen cultural awareness. The professional-level TEFL certification course exceeds the requirements of competitive hiring institutions and fulfills the visa terms of local and national governments.
“We want to give people all the tools they need to explore the world and its many diverse cultures,” says Matthew Redman, director of CIEE’s Teach Abroad programs. “CIEE TEFL is an important addition to our company’s offerings – it provides practical skills and knowledge and allows people to go abroad with confidence that they’re completely prepared to make the most of their time overseas.”
As a leading provider of teach abroad programs, CIEE has helped thousands of college graduates participate in CIEE Teach Abroad programs all over the world. By working closely with participants from the time they decide to go abroad until well after they’ve returned, CIEE has discovered that success abroad directly correlates with the sense of readiness program participants have.
In 2013, CIEE set out to build TEFL courses that would prepare participants more thoroughly than traditional TEFL courses by third-party providers. CIEE’s program developers consulted with intercultural experts, ESL professionals, education programmers, and academic peers to develop and optimize curriculum, produce content, and achieve accreditation from the World TEFL Accrediting Commission. The result is an innovative approach that addresses the needs of CIEE TEFL trainees, hiring institutions, and international English learners.
CIEE’s two TEFL courses are conducted via a convenient, cloud-based learning management system that can be accessed anywhere with computers, tablets, and mobile devices. Students participate in asynchronous discussions and receive feedback on assignments from experienced EFL tutors. Students who choose professional-level certification also attend weekly meetings and complete a 20-hour practicum in their communities or virtually, giving them a valuable opportunity to practice what they’ve learned and build confidence.
A pilot course produced positive feedback from students, who appreciated the convenience, flexibility, engaging interaction, and variation of this online format. “I liked being able to move through the modules at my own pace, and the ability to connect with my peers through discussions and tutorials,” notes a tester from Massachusetts.
Equally important, students confirmed that the course gives them more confidence. “I feel more comfortable about teaching now than I ever did – and I’m only halfway done!” says a tester from Utah, who departs soon for Thailand. “For the first time, I really began to believe in myself as a teacher,” adds a student from Michigan, who soon will be teaching in Spain.