ESLinsider's Advanced Online TEFL (A Course That You Will Actually Remember)

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ESLinsider's advanced online TEFL course is a multi-media course that's designed to make teaching English especially to kids in Asia easier and more fun!

How does it do that?

It takes you from where you are now and right into the classrooms in Asia to train you via a virtual online learning experience.

You'll learn by "watching" other teachers and by interacting with online content that is more fun and memorable.

This course uses a lot of video. Seeing something being done versus just reading about it is incredibly better for retention purposes.

And why do you want to take a course?

I hope that the main reason is to learn because if otherwise I think you are wasting your time.

Is your "Engrish" good enough to teach abroad?

Haha. What's the difference between "English" and "Engrish"? Here is an example from the advanced course's entrance exam.

Teaching and learning should be fun! 

engrish exam question

How will you know if you are lesson planning correctly?


Lesson planning is the preparation that you do before you start teaching a class. Writing out your plan is getting closer to doing it. If you don't know what you are doing then teaching can be tough. 

In the course you will learn how to lesson plan, but more importantly you will create lessons based on a pages from a student book like below and then get feedback on them so you can make them better.

The advanced course includes 4 assignments that include feedback. These are based off of student books like the pic below, however, if you are currently teaching you can send pics of your student books and we can work with those instead.

This is from one of the assignments. But don't worry before you are given any assignments you'll learn what to do in the course.

lp2 assignment

Then you get feedback on it and try it again if it needs to be revised.

Here's an example.

karolina's feedback on one of ESLinsider's course assignments

There are 18 levels (topics)

  • Introduction (30 teachers share their experiences on video in Asia)
  • "Engrish" entrance exam
  • Teaching methods (7 different methods of teaching explored)
  • The teacher as a public speaker (How to captivate your students)
  • Learning styles (Learning styles and if they are accurate)
  • Lesson planning (Learn 2 different preparation methods + easy planning)
  • Presenting language (Learn how to introduce language to your students)
  • Teaching reading
  • Teaching speaking
  • Teaching writing
  • Teaching listening
  • Teaching pronunciation & phonics (Learn pronunciation tips that can be applied to all levels)
  • Midterm
  • Grammar
  • Using games & activities (for enhanced learning & engagement)
  • Teaching with songs (How to use music to teach)
  • Dealing with problems in the classroom (Solutions to common problems)
  • Classroom management (How to handle the most difficult students w/ little known tricks)
  • Classroom management tips
  • Writing your resume (Outshine the competition even without experience)
  • Finding jobs (Where to look, how to avoid scams and crappy employers)
  • Culture shock
  • Final exam
  • TEFL certification

It's a multi-media online TEFL course

Here is a sample of some of the content used in the course.

a video from the course

So for example, after you watch the video you will then answer the questions on the following page.

Interact with it

These questions can be Q&A, true or false, fill in the blank, etc.

A question in the course

It's fun!

This is a review game used in the course. quizgametefl

Videos, so you can learn by watching other teachers

This course uses a lot of video. Video is more memorable and these videos mimic being in the actual classroom. These videos were filmed in public and private schools primarily in South Korea.

If you are planning on teaching there or somewhere else in East Asia these videos will provide great context to the environment that you will be teaching in. Some of the videos include footage of adult classes, but most of the videos are of young learners aged from about 6-14 years old.

Above is a how-to video that follows the "PPP" method of lesson planning. It was shot in a kindergarten in Busan, Korea. This video breaks down the lesson into 5 parts and uses a lot of activities to keep the students interested, active and learning. People have short attention spans and children have even shorter ones!

Teaching young learners is the largest part of the market in Asia for teaching jobs. You can teach virtually all ages, yet most jobs are for teaching children. Most TEFL/TESOL courses focus more on teaching adults. Most of the content in this course can be applied to both adults and children, but there is more of a focus on teaching children.

Quality checks

You will need to maintain an 80% or higher through the course. If you don't then you will not be able to proceed to the next topic.

So that's a close look at what the courses are like. You can see the course outline for yourself after you register and log in.

UPDATE: 2020. FYI. This course has evolved a bit since this post was first published. The course name has also changed over the years. The first version of this course appeared around 2015.

120 hour course--->Advanced course--->TEKA

Get totally prepared to teach English (especially to children) in Asia

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