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Wow! If you love reading, don’t miss this HOT deal on Amazon where you can score Buy 2, Get 1 Free books!
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For a limited time, Amazon is running a big Buy 2, Get 1 Free Sale on a huge selection of books! No promo code needed. Just add three books to your cart and one of them will automatically be free.
This is a RARE offer and is a perfect time to grab some of your favorite books or a few to give as gifts! There are over 1200 book titles to choose from.
The offer also includes movies, music, toys, and games. You can click on “books” on the left sidebar to see just the book titles.
Looking for book recommendations? Here are some books included in the sale that I’ve read and enjoyed in the past:
Before We Were Yours — This was one of my top 10 favorite reads from 2019.
Daring Greatly — This book impacted me deeply and has forever changed how I think and live.
Atomic Habits — This is one of the best books on habits that I’ve ever read. I listened to the audiobook for free on Libby and loved it so much that I bought a hard copy — something I rarely do!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz — This true story really drew me in and was a beautiful and heart-wrenching story.
Rhythms of Renewal — I loved this book enough to ask Rebekah Lyons (the author) to join me on a podcast episode!
Wonder — This was one of my top 10 favorite reads in 2017. This book is such a worthwhile read! I read it in two days and can’t recommend it highly enough — especially if you have kids around ages 9-12
Parenting — I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the author’s strong emphasis on the Gospel as that is often missing in parenting books.
The Giver — I absolutely loved this story and it was one of my top 10 favorite reads in 2017.
Present Over Perfect — This book is one I savored slowly and it was the perfect book for me during my Year of Rest in 2018.
The Road Back to You — If you’re interested at all in the Enneagram, I highly recommend this book as a starting place!
Hillbilly Elegy — This was a really interesting read, if you can get through all the language. You can see my complete honest thoughts here.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up — I thought I was a minimalist. Then I read this book. And the question, “Does it spark joy?” really changed how I approached so much of life! Read more of my honest thoughts here.
Uninvited — If you struggle with feeling lonely, left out, or like you don’t belong, please do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book.
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way — If you’re going through a difficult time in life, this book might be a real encouragement for you.
Lilac Girls — This is a really compelling, tragic, and gripping story of the horrors of concentration camps. It was one of my top 10 favorite books from 2017.
Crazy Love — If you’re a Christian, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I read it years ago, and it challenged me to pull out of my complacency as a follower of Christ.
Big Magic — While I strongly disagree with much of the author’s worldview and some of her insights, her book really challenged me as a creative. I especially loved her thoughts on fear.
All The Light We Cannot See — This is a well-written and deeply moving book. I really enjoyed it!
The Jesus Storybook Bible — This is our family’s favorite children’s Bible story book. It’s accurate, doctrinally sound, and not filled with nonsense and fluff. We read it out loud to our children when they were younger over and over again.
Here are some other popular books included in the sale:
The 5 Love Languages
The Total Money Makeover
The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
The Giving Tree
There are also several popular children’s books to choose from:
Llama Llama I Love You
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Giraffes Can’t Dance
Are You My Mother?
The Day the Crayons Quit
The Pout-Pout Fish
God Gave Us You
Love You Forever
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection
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English is the language of the global business world, which means demand for English teachers is high while requirements to teach remain relatively low, especially so abroad and even more so online.
In recent years, scores of online certification companies have sprouted up to train soon-to-be English teachers, offering credentials in what’s called Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). For our purposes, they’re interchangeable.
“This is a very, very rapidly growing industry,” said Jessie Smith, a former English teacher in South Korea and Vietnam who now works at the International TEFL Academy. “The demand can’t really be put into words.”
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) online is a welcomed side gig for many. Teachers get to set their own schedules, connect with students around the world and rake in between $15 and $25 an hour teaching premade lessons.
Not bad for a part-time, entry-level position.
But before you sign up — and pay — to obtain TEFL certification online, here’s what you need to know.
What to Consider Before Getting a TEFL Certification Online
You might be ready to start shopping for TEFL providers, but do this first: Determine your goals as an ESL teacher.
“You owe it to your students to be a good teacher, to be a trained teacher,” Smith said. “You need to be prepared professionally, mentally.”
Why Do You Want to Teach ESL?
Do a quick pulse check. Ask yourself what you plan to accomplish as an ESL teacher. Do you want a career change? A lucrative side gig? To travel and work in other countries?
Your answer will determine what type of TEFL certification you’re going to need.
For career changes, proper education is always a good idea. Colleges and universities are big providers of TEFL certifications, and some degrees even include them. If you don’t have a degree in TEFL, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College provide the most comprehensive certifications — referred to as the CELTA and the Trinity, respectively. These programs are only offered in-person.
(Full disclosure: I earned a CELTA before teaching English abroad. It was the most intense program I’ve ever experienced.)
But if you’re eyeing a temporary side gig, you may not want to shell out the money for an expensive, in-person certification to teach ESL online. Almost all accredited TEFL certifications will require an in-person component, usually a 20-hour teaching practicum at a local language center or school. However, as members of ESL advice forums will tell you, most online employers don’t check or require accredited certifications with in-person practicums (for now).
Lastly, one of the most effective ways to earn money while traveling is by teaching English abroad. Requirements vary by country, though it’s good to have a bachelor’s degree plus an accredited TEFL certificate with a teaching practicum. Latin American and Southeast Asian countries have laxer rules and may not require a degree or a TEFL certification.
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What Does it Take to Become TEFL-Certified?
The majority of programs simply require that applicants are 18 years old or older and have a high school diploma. Native English fluency isn’t required, as TEFL certifications are popular credentials for foreign English teachers as well. But a high level of English fluency is required to participate in top-tier programs (C1 or IELTS Band 7, for the ESL nerds).
Programs may vary slightly, but quality programs should include at least 120 hours of coursework with 20 hours dedicated to hands-on teaching to foreign-language-speaking students. These lessons should be observed by a qualified ESL professor.
CELTA and Trinity programs are graded on a pass/fail basis while some online hybrid programs may include quizzes and a passing score of 60%.
How Much Do TEFL Certifications Cost?
Depending on what program you choose and what your goals are as a teacher, costs will range widely.
A fully online TEFL certification can run for $9 on Groupon, but you should know that it’s unaccredited. Online ESL teachers tend to purchase Groupon programs simply for a certification code that they add to their job applications, which can boost hourly pay toward the $25 mark. But if you plan to teach in person or long-term, skip the bargain bin programs.
Plan to teach English in person? Get a TEFL certification with an in-person practicum to boost your confidence and gain real-world teaching experience.
The “brand name” TEFL certifications, aka the CELTA and Trinity, run between $2,000 and $3,000. These programs are internationally recognized and are more suited for career ESL teachers.
Most accredited TEFL programs are usually half that price: around $1,100.
“A true, university-level TEFL class could not possibly run under $1,000,” Smith said.
How Do You Know If a TEFL Certification Online is Legit?
Online TEFL providers are everywhere. They’re quick. They’re cheap. And most of the time, they’re unaccredited. Some companies aren’t transparent in their accreditation, which means they probably aren’t legit.
In some program listings, you’ll see the words “self-accredited,” Smith said. “Which — needless to say — means just about nothing.”
Price is another factor. The cheaper the price, the higher the chance the program is unaccredited. That doesn’t mean, however, that expensive programs are automatically legit. Shady providers can just as easily charge more money to give an air of quality.
If the program costs hundreds or thousands of dollars, confirm that it’s run by an experienced professor and that the company holds a recognized accreditation.
The most popular accrediting bodies for TEFL programs are:
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
Chartered College of Teaching (formerly College of Teachers)
Training Qualifications U.K. (TQUK)
The World TEFL Accrediting Commission
Popular accredited TEFL providers include:
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
International TEFL Academy
International Open Academy
University-run TEFL programs, including the CELTA and Trinity
You owe it to your students to be a good teacher, to be a trained teacher. You need to be prepared professionally.
The list is by no means exhaustive. If you stumble upon a program that you’re unsure of, search the website for an accreditation seal or license number. Still unsure? Contact the accrediting body directly to confirm that the provider is legit. If you’re only shelling out $9, you may decide it’s not worth your time. But if you come across an expensive TEFL program that isn’t mentioned above, be sure to check for accreditation.
Most accrediting bodies require TEFL providers to include a practicum to receive accreditation. One notable exception is International Open Academy’s TEFL program, which is fully online. The Penny Hoarder confirmed with [...]