By Ann Leonard on Wednesday Jun 7, 2017
If you are you considering an academically rigorous online TEFL certificate course, read on! This second blog in the series, “Is the Bridge IDELT Online Course Right for Me?”, gives you the opportunity to more deeply examine our highest-level e-learning course, the Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching. IDELT Online instructor, Ann Leonard, addresses some of the most common concerns students have before enrolling in the course, to help you decide if it’s a good fit for your TEFL plans.
Committing to an Online Course Isn’t Easy!
Have you bought a pair of shoes recently? I bet you tried them on before paying for them. And when you made a more significant purchase, like a mountain bike or a high-end tablet, you probably rode the bike and used the tablet before paying. It’s what savvy consumers do!
Then why is it that, as savvy as we are, making the final commitment to an online course feels so stressful? One reason is because a course isn’t physical like shoes or a bike and you can’t “try it on” or “take it for a spin” before buying it. And, while you have easy, online access to facts about the course (for price, number of certificate hours, and a course overview – HERE), there are common questions that students have prior to registering that are not answered by the facts. As an IDELT instructor, I can address those concerns!
“Can I work full-time while taking this course?”
Yes! IDELT Online is rigorous yet completely possible on a full-time schedule.
If an intense learning experience that has you thinking like a teacher in only 12 weeks sounds exciting, but you need to balance that with a full-time job, this is your course. About 90% of IDELT students work full – time while taking this course, and more than 90% complete successfully. These students were able to commit to weekly due dates and meet them with no problem! One such student, Michelle McCrossin, who worked full time while taking her IDELT Online course, even shared tips she picked up along the way for other busy students! (Read Michelle’s tips here.)
“What is the course work like?”
Beginning with discussions on language acquisition theories and teaching methodologies, the first units of the course form the basis of your development for teaching vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, and writing in an adult context. Assignments and deadlines are the same every week for less stress. As you reflect on your professional teaching philosophy, you gain an understanding of what an effective teacher does every day in class. At the same time you are growing a professional network through your relationships with students in your cohort. Built in job support!
“I am new to online learning. What if I don’t like it?”
The course is 100% online, but you are never alone!
Expert instructors get to know you and guide you through the entire 12-week course. If you haven’t taken an online course before, you might imagine that “online” means working in isolation, but not so! Your dedicated teacher trainer has an M.A. in TESOL, years of experience teaching in diverse contexts, and expertise in online learning, so you feel connected from day one.
The atmosphere of the online course is no accident, purposefully managed so that each individual feels valued for his or her unique perspective. For many, the online format can be an improvement over a classroom because when writing for online you have time to formulate your ideas and opinions related to the content before submitting them. Often students feel more confident sharing in this environment. You might, too!
“I’m not very technical. Will I have trouble with the class being online?”
Our learning platform is simple!
Learning happens online because of solid learning theory, thought-provoking content, and strong teaching presence. We use a simple platform that allows for all of this without the technology getting in your way.
Hopefully this helps you see clearer whether the Bridge IDELT Online course is right for you. Be sure to check out the companion posts in this series to learn even more about the course: IDELT Online Graduates – Profiles, Testimonials, and Research and, finally, IDELT Online Instructors – TEFL Experts Guiding You to Success.
About the AuthorAnn Leonard
Ann Leonard has a B.A. in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Ann has been in the field of adult language education since 1991, starting as an EFL teacher in Germany and then in Japan. In the States, Ann has taught academic English and ESL to an adult immigrant population and has presented at International TESOL and her local Colorado TESOL conferences. Ann’s special interests lie in the area of curriculum development for effective pedagogy in online instruction. Ann has a passion for learning (language, piano), traveling, and people. She is a Bridge TEFLOnline.com trainer and an instructor for Bridge graduate-level, online TESOL course, the International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT Online).