FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
First of all, why should you choose AICE?
AICE work in partnership with a global organisation that prides itself on the quality of tuition and support we lavish on all of our trainees, whether they be studying onsite or by distance learning. AICE may not be the cheapest provider of accredited TESOL courses but we do provide the greatest value for money. Providing an excellent service is about more than just quality course materials (although this is of upmost importance of course!), it's also about the level of support you receive as a student and as a graduate. The support network of AICE and partner organisation is second to none. When you need help with any aspect of your course, a friendly Advisor is only a phone call or email away.
Are AICE courses internationally recognised?
Yes. accreditation with NCFE, an Ofqual regulated UK awarding body, means AICE and our partner organisation will provide you with a fully internationally recognised qualification recognised and respected by employers worldwide.
On completion of the course what will be my teacher status?
You will be an accredited international English teacher, qualified to teach English to anyone who doesn't have English as their first language, in any country around the world.
Is my course is through accredited course provider?
Yes, our accreditation with the NCFE means that you will gain a professional, internationally recognised TEFL certificate.
Our accreditation with the ODLQC means that the course provider has achieved the high standards required as an Open and Distance Learning provider; Learning with an ODLQC-accredited provider means being sure of good service.
Are your distance learning TESOL/TEFL courses as equally respected as your onsite TESOL/TEFL courses?
The course materials are the same but the method of study is different. The online TEFL course with teaching practice, Flexible TESOL and 4 Week TESOL all lead to the same award - NCFE Level 5 Certificate in TESOL with Teaching Practice.
Issued certificates do not mention the method of study you have opted for, but those who have attended an onsite TEFL course that involved teaching practice will receive an additional Teaching Practice Certificate with performance report.
What are the most widely recognised and respected accreditation/validation bodies for TESOL?
Your qualification needs to be proven to have a solid foundation when checked by employers. When choosing a TESOL/TEFL course, whether it be onsite or online, you should make sure it is externally accredited/validated by one of the following to ensure it is most widely recognised worldwide:
You will come accross other validation bodies (the actual validity of some being disputed), but for your own peace of mind we recommend you choose one of the above.
I've seen short (20/40/60 hour) courses that say they are accredited. Do these courses meet the requirements of employers who require certification?
In a word, NO. To access the best jobs and give yourself the best opportunities you should choose a course that fulfills the following criteria:
What qualifications do I need?
Do I have to be a native English speaker to teach English?
No. Many non native English speakers are currently enjoying teaching English. A good command of written and spoken English is essential. Many schools like to employ non native English teachers because they feel they understand what it is like to learn English as a second language and this enables them to explain and empathise with their students. We request a minimum TOEFL score of 280.
What are the entry requirements for the INTESOL Diploma?
The Diploma in TESOL is designed for those wishing to access positions such as Lead Teacher, Assistant Director of Studies, Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer. An accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate* and at least one year of EFL/ESOL teaching experience is required.
*Please note that one-day, weekend, and 1 week TESOL/TEFL courses are not sufficient. Your certificate should have contained at least 100 hours of tuition and must be accredited by a professional educational body. All government regulated awarding bodies in the UK are listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications. If the awarding body a course provider claims to be accredited by is not listed on the Register, then it is not regulated by the UK government.
What are the entry requirements for the Teaching Practice Programme?
The teaching practice programme is only available to existing students and is designed to follow the distance learning online tefl course.
Students that enrol in their teaching practice at the same time as their online TESOL course will be registered onto the level 5 Certficate in TESOL, instead of the level 4 Certificate in TESOL, so for a small deposit it is definitely worth doing!
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