There’s been a proliferation of aspiring English teachers, not only as a result of their love for sharing the English language, but also for the international opportunities this profession brings to individuals who simply love to travel.
My passion for writing, facilitation and travel has now merged into the decision to undertake the one month Trinity College TESOL course at IALF in Bali. Though many people opt to undertake their teacher training nearer to home, I thought: why wait? Let’s go somewhere inspiring!
So – if, sometime in the future, you would like to consider doing your TESOL teacher training abroad in Bali, here are the how-to tips to get you started:
1. Get the names and addresses of two referees
2. Have a copy of your CV and passport to hand
3. Go to http://www.tesolbali.com/application.php to complete the online application form, including your academic and work history (if applicable, your IELTS score, as well)
4. Scan your University diploma, and email this over to the course administrator as proof that you qualify for the TESOL (you can also photocopy and fax this over, if you don’t have access to a scanner)
5. If successful at the application stage, the course administrator will email you a three-page Pre-Selection Task. This includes a series of grammar questions, and a short written task. Once completed, you email this over.
6. If successful, you will be asked to undertake a telephone interview which lasts for about 20 minutes. The interview questions are not grammatical in nature, but mainly focus on your motivations to attend the course and whether or not you will be able to cope with the intensity of the course. I am sure this also varies, to some extent, depending on the individual.
7. You will be told whether or not you’ve been successful immediately after your telephone interview. In my case, I was told over the phone. You will then receive an email confirmation, including an additional written task. I was asked to choose between three questions. You must handwrite this, scan/photocopy and then email or fax this back to the course administrator. This part of the application process is a Trinity College formality only; it does not serve as part of the selection process for entry onto the course.
8. The total cost of the course is $1800. You will need to pay a $400 deposit via international bank transfer no later than 6 weeks before the course begins. You can then pay the remainder upon arrival in Bali.
After these steps, the TESOL application is history – you can start planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Bali, going through all of the very exciting formalities associated with going to an exotic location for an extended period of time! (i.e. visa applications, flight bookings, accommodation booking, vaccinations, etc!).
Please bear in mind, 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course, the course administrator will also courier a course handbook to your home location to complete in advance. Sooo, there’s a bit of hard work beforehand! Happy applying!