Let's see if we can answer most of your questions:
What is TEFL?
It is a certificate that qualifies you to teach English as a foreign language to people whose first language is not English, especially in countries where English is not spoken. A TEFL course trains you how to do this, so you don't have to be a qualified teacher.
What is the difference between TEFL and TESOL?
They are the same. TEFL is Teaching English as a Foreign Language and TESOL is Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.
Are ULC's courses accredited and internationally recognized?
Yes. Our courses are accredited by the International TEFL Accreditation Council (ITEFLAC) and our candidates are working for foreign employers with our TEFL/TESOL certificates. For more information on our accreditation status, click here.
Can I teach without a bachelor's degree?
Yes and no. Some countries won't issue the correct visa you would need to teach in their country unless you have a bachelor's degree. Be aware of scammers telling you otherwise! Then again, in other countries, you are allowed to teach with only a matric and TEFL certificate. Research is key.
How long does it take to complete the course?
You can complete the course in 3-5 weeks but you have a total of 6 months before it expires.
How do I start my course?
Register directly on our website. To register, click here. Once you've registered, we will issue you with a unique candidate number and payment request. You have three payments options to choose from: direct bank deposit, EFT or a secure payment with PayFast. Follow the payment instructions and as soon as we have received your payment, you can start the course.
What are level 3 and level 5 courses?
Those levels are OFQUAL levels which British owned companies can apply for. We are a South African company so that doesn't apply to us. Our accreditation is sufficient and recognized.
Does ULC offer job assistance?
Yes, we do! Our packages include a 30-hour Professional Development for Online Teachers course in which we provide full support with drafting your CV, writing a social media bio and recording your introduction video. We also have direct access to legitimate agents in many countries for online work and for teaching abroad. We also feature our teachers on our YouTube channel and website.
Do you guarantee me a job when I'm done with my course?
No, we don't. Nobody can ever guarantee another person a job. Finding work in this industry is equally challenging than finding work in any other industry. Getting employed is dependent on teaching ability, English accent, qualifications and experience. We do personally recommend our 'pass with distinction' candidates whom have completed the 2-Day practicum course to prospect employers.
Do I attend classes?
No, the course is online and it comprises of interactive video content (filmed in a classroom). You study at your own pace - full-time or part-time. We do offer course support and are standing by to assist you.
What happens on the webinars?
Our Platinum package candidates have access to weekly webinars (every Wednesday evening from 6 pm to 7 pm). The webinars are hosted by Cambridge DELTA certified teacher trainers. You have to complete tasks during the training session and you are working with other course candidates. Important teaching concepts are discussed, applied and practiced on the webinars. Even if you complete your course in only a few weeks, you can still attend the webinars for the full 6 months (limited to Platinum package candidates)
What is the 2-Day practicum course?
Our practicum course is available only to ULC candidates. The course is delivered on Zoom over the weekend (Saturday - Sunday 8 pm - 5 pm) and course dates are emailed to you. On the first day of the practicum you will practice different teaching stages (for in class lessons) and teach real foreign students while being observed by your peers and a DELTA qualified trainer. You will receive written feedback from your tutor. On the second day you will prepare and teach an actual demo lesson for online teaching. You need to be comfortable with using technology in order to teach an effective lesson.
Can I fail the course?
Yes, you can. You may resubmit a lesson plan once after it has been failed by a tutor. If it still isn't up to standard on the second submission, you will fail your course and forfeit the course fee. This is in the interest of all our candidates and in line with our vision and mission statements to uphold the integrity of the TEFL industry and to be a brand associated with quality rather than quantity.