Once you have your EFL teaching qualification, the learning doesn’t stop there. It’s only just the beginning!
We can all make improvements and it’s good practice to keep on top of new developments in English language teaching. Not only will this help your students with their English language studies, but it can also help you develop as an EFL teacher.
Some schools may offer on-going training for their teaching staff but for those who don’t work in a traditional language school or work freelance, have a look at these options to keep you in the loop.
Industry press, websites and blogs
This is probably the easiest way to keep updated with the latest news. It’s also worth getting these sent to your email – they normally highlight any announcements, reports and events.
EL Gazette – a monthly publication (£33 for an annual subscription). Digital download and postal options available
BusyTeacher.org – share lesson plans and resources
The Digital Teacher – English learners have access to a wealth of resources outside of the traditional classroom. The Digital Teacher allows you to test your own digital skills, has reviews of language learning software and apps, and lesson plans you can try out in your class.
Workshops and conferences
There are regular conferences and events held throughout the year for teachers both here in the UK and abroad. It’s a great opportunity to hear from experts in the field of ELT and course development, as well as meet other English teachers from all over the globe.
IATEFL conference (Brighton from 10-13 April 2018)
ELT Innovate Conference in Barcelona every May
Memberships, associations and groups
Being a member of a professional body can include benefits such as access to exclusive webinars, courses and papers on EFL teaching as well as discounts.
IATEFL – International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
SATEFL – The Scottish Association for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
TESOL-Spain – Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages in Spain
There are also tons of Facebook and LinkedIn groups available allowing you to connect with other English language teachers all over the world. Even if it’s just to share resources.
There are a whole host of flexible online options if you are unable to attend a physical course due to time constraints or where you are based in the world.
Advanced TEFL Courses
Teaching English over online platforms like Skype and Teachable is becoming more and more popular for both students and teachers.
For those interested in early years education and child psychology.
If you are already teaching adult learners, you will understand the demand there is for business English – whether it be for their current role or for a position they are looking to get into.
FutureLearn is a great online course platform where you can study a short course over a month or two. They recommend setting aside two hours per week for six to eight weeks depending on the content of the course/complexity of the material. On completion of a course, you can pay extra for unlimited access to course material and a course completion certificate.
Some of the options available to English language teachers:
Coursera offer free and paid courses. There are specific start dates – around two intakes per year for popular courses. Provided by well-known universities and organisations. Combination of reading tasks and group assignments over six to 12-week periods. As well as accessible online, they do have an app that you can download for study on the go.
How do you keep informed and up to date with the latest trends in ELT? Share with other readers in the comments section below.