I am EMT (English Mother Tongue). Do I really need special training or a special TEFL certificate?

First, a good TEFL certificate will open a lot of doors. Secondly, with the experience gained by working for a TEFL certificate you will be well-equipped to teach under many different conditions. You will have much more confidence, not to mention competence. However, some schools do accept untrained teachers. Be prepared to accept a lower salary without training, and perhaps to be taken advantage of. If you are serious about a TEFL career, especially in more competitive countries, you would be well advised to get yourself a good TEFL certificate.

How quickly can I get a TEFL certificate?

Very quickly, comparatively. Even the world's most widely acknowledged TEFL certificates take only about 4 weeks if you do them as intensive courses. There are other TEFL certificate courses that can be accomplished in less than 4 weeks, or even over a weekend in the case of introductory or refresher courses. Some of these courses can also be done part-time over, say, a year or 18 months.

Are there any online (distance-learning) TEFL courses?

Yes, there are, and they are becoming increasingly common and popular. Their advantages are price and convenience, and they can be very useful as an introduction to TEFL. But you should recognize that an important component of any serious TEFL course is teaching practice with real, live students. Institutions that offer onsite training usually also offer language courses to students, and so have a ready pool of guinea-pigs for their trainee teachers. With online courses, teaching practice may or may not be included. Some online courses do arrange teaching practice for you locally with partner schools or require you to provide video-taped demos of your own lessons (if you are already teaching) to satisfy many employers' practicum requirements.

How do I find a TEFL course?

You can look in the our courses, which lists TEFL-type teacher training courses worldwide, including online courses.

iTTi India

What does the Fee for the program cover?

The total program fee is INR 75000 (+GST) for Onsite /Online courses. It includes an initial deposit / booking payment of INR 15000 which is non-refundable and the rest of the amount which includes the tuition and moderation fees. The fees do not cover the airfare/travel and cost of food and accommodation. iTTi India can assist in finding good Accommodations near the centres.

What is the mode of payment for the course?

The initial deposit payment of 15,000 INR can be paid online either through credit card or through bank transfer.

What is the average schedule for the program?

The classes usually begin at 9 in the morning and continue till 5 in the afternoon. This program schedule also includes mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks. The first two weeks are devoted to learning and the last week involves the teaching practices and preparation of lesson materials.

What is the average student strength for the program?

The usual class strength is 10.

What are the teaching practice students and classes like?

The teaching practice classes are conducted in government or private schools. The class size is usually 30-40 students or maximum 50-60 students in case of larger group.

Can I have things shipped or mailed to me at the school?

Yes you can do so in the below mentioned address. But before sending any mail, please confirm with the concerned person.

Can I bring in my laptop?

Yes, you can bring your laptop, but the internet connections may not be available in the accommodation provided to you. You can avail the internet connection via cable for which you have to pay a separate charge. Lots of internet cafes are also there near the PGs.

The job market and teaching in India; Paperwork and documentation

What is the TEFL job market in India like? Will I have trouble getting a job?

The TEFL job market in India is excellent now. Finding employment is only difficult if you wait until the last day of the course to begin job-hunting. If you have patience and take our assistance in creating an effective CV and look for right employers, you will certainly locate work in no time, usually in the area of your choice. However, iTTi certified candidates can easily find jobs anywhere in the world.

When do I need to start looking for work in India? Where do I start?

We suggest you begin setting up interviews and sending resumes in the second or third week of the course.

What would iTTi India do to help me secure employment?

iTTi India can give you a list of schools in India and help you with resume and interview preparation. We guarantee job placement assistance, but please note that iTTi India does not provide any job guarantee to its graduates, but it provides 100 percent job assistance to its trainees in every possible way to find employment. This job placement assistance program is an integral part of the course and is available for as long as you may require it. However, in government schools you can find volunteer jobs easily for short term which may get you the first-hand experience teaching Indian students.

What is the average salary like?

The average salary in India is about 15,000 to 20,000 INR per month. This varies depending on what type of school or company you work for and whether you work full or part-time.

Do most schools provide accommodations for their teachers?

No, but there are schools that do this. For example, some schools may provide a room for you, either shared or single, probably in an apartment with other teachers and it may or may not be on the school's premises.

How many of the TEFL/TESOL graduates find work in India?

Most of TEFL/TESOL graduates who have desire to work in India will be able to secure teaching positions.

Do schools provide health insurance?

Once again it will depend on what type of organization you will be working with. However, if you pay Indian income tax, you are entitled to Social Security, which gives you medical coverage at a local specified hospital.

Do schools provide work permits?

Your school should help you secure a work permit. In order to apply initially, you get the job offer in writing from your future employer, along with copies of his business registration and Ministry of Education documents. You can then convert your tourist visa to a Business Visa, or you may leave the country and go to the nearest Indian consulate. Most people go to Singapore and Thailand (Bangkok) it takes 4 days to 6 days to collect your Business visa that you use to come back into India. It is then converted to a work permit after a considerable amount of paperwork is completed.

What is a typical teaching position like in India?

It varies from school to school, but you may be expected to teach a variety of courses, ranging from children to business professionals at all levels, in groups or in private sessions.

Can I return to my own country and teach with my certificate?

Yes, it's possible though the requirements for working in ESL or TEFL in many western countries are different and sometimes need graduate education in ESL or TEFL.

Questions about living in India

What are the average housing and living expenses in India?

India is an affordable country to live in. For boarding and lodging per month in India would cost around 100-200 USD. Most likely you will rent a room in an apartment or house with other teachers or with Indians, and of course it depends on where you choose to live. A pleasant, small 2 to 3-bedroom house in India is about 5,000 to 9,000 INR per month. Apartments are available for less. It is fair to say that TEFL teachers are very well paid by local standards in India, which means they can afford a comfortable standard of living. A local (Indian) teacher in India earns around 6,000 to 8,000 Rupees (about 130 - 180 dollars) while a TEFL teacher at the same school can expect to earn 15,000 INR - about $350 per month. While this may not sound a lot by international standards, it means you can live very comfortably in India.

What's the climate like? What kind of clothing will I need to bring?

Clothes are very inexpensive in India, so you may want to travel fairly light. Many visitors to India like to take advantage of some of the "Polo" or "Nike" goods that are so widely available.  You will also need to have in hand some really smart clothing. Men: no need for a suit and tie, but something other than jeans. Button-down shirts, nice shoes that aren't trainers/sneakers... something you'd wear to a job interview, "dressy-casual." Women: Shoulders should be covered; sleeveless shirts are acceptable, but very thin straps or tank tops are not. No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Bare midriffs are not acceptable, even when lifting arms up. Open-toed shoes are acceptable.

What if I get sick in India? Are there western-standard medical facilities?

If you find yourself requiring medical attention, India has a number of very good hospitals and clinics with well-educated, helpful doctors. There are plenty of clinics and pharmacies everywhere. If there is any serious injury, please inform the Course Director or one of the staffs and transportation will be provided to Hospital for treatment.

Do I need Vaccination before traveling To India?

Vaccinations for cholera, meningitis, tetanus and diphtheria, typhoid and gamma globulin should, however, are considered. It may be a good idea to get a complete check-up before departure.

What's the public transportation system like?

The public transport system consists of government buses, private buses, taxis and auto rickshaws. Almost every nook and corner is connected by a road network. Prices are set for standard routes. Ask before you get in. Luxury, Semi-luxury coaches and tourist taxis can be hired.

What to do before departing for India

How do I get to Ahmedabad?

Getting into our destination is very easy it is very well connected to the rest of the country. We have paid Airport pick up from nearest International Airport to the guest house. Please Email at info@ittiindiatefltesol.com to know more about the pickup details.

Where is the Training Centre located in Ahmedabad?

iTTi India Ahmedabad centre is located on famous Science City Road. The centre is at Sundram Arcade (Door No. 121). It is 16 Km from International Airport and 12 Km from Ahmedabad Railway Junction. It is very close and easily approachable from SG Highway and SP Ring Road.

What documents do I need to bring?

You need your passport and 2 copies of passport size picture. When you join a work, you may be asked to provide notarized copies of your birth certificate, college degrees and transcripts. You might also consider obtaining an international driving permit if driving in India should be necessary for you, although the requirement of a driving license is widely ignored.

What else should I bring with me?

Please if possible, bring a voice recorder, pen, pencil, colour pens, pastels, rubber, and ruler. In the PG we don't have any cooking facility; please bring your own bath towel, Adapter for mobile charge and/or laptop.

Do I need Insurance to travel to India?

While traveling abroad, a travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment is always recommended.

A Few Ethics and Etiquette That May come Handy in India

Indian cultural etiquettes may sometimes appear unusual to visitors. However, a handful of tips could acquaint visitors with these otherwise strange practices.

  • • The form of greeting in India is 'namaste' performed by joining palms together which is appreciated and shows respect for Indian customs.
  • • As a mark of respect Indians usually take off their shoes before entering someone's home, temple.
  • • Indians generally allow an arm's length space between themselves and others. Don't stand close to Indians. Indians value personal space.
  • • Public displays of affection between man and woman are not permissible.
  • • Using your right hand to touch someone, pass money or pick up merchandise is the usual practice.
  • • Do not touch anyone's head. The head is considered sensitive.
  • • If invited to an Indian's home for a meal, it is not necessary to bring a gift, although one will not be turned down. It is not the value of the gift, but the sincerity with which it is given, that is important to the recipient.
  • • It is recommended that women should dress conservatively in suits or dresses.
  • • To avoid conflict photography is carried out after receiving permission from the object or person.
  • • Men may shake hands with other men and women may shake hands with other women; however, there are seldom handshakes between men and women because of religious beliefs. If you are uncertain, wait for them to extend their hand.
  • • Indian men may engage in friendly back patting merely as a sign of friendship.
  • • Apologize immediately if your feet or shoes touch another person
  • • Ask permission before smoking. It is considered rude to smoke in the presence of elders. When an Indian answer, "I will try," he or she generally means "no." This is considered a polite "no."