Pros of a Practicum

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All teachers can describe two very important moments in their career: the first time they stood in front of a class, and the first time they succeeded as a teacher. Practicum takes CIEE TEFL trainees beyond the theory and into an authentic learning environment where you can finally put what you’ve learned to the test. Don’t worry, we won’t take off the training wheels until you are 100% ready.

So why is practicum so essential? Let’s break it down:

It’s required by many schools abroad and at home.

The international standard for TEFL certificates around the world is 100-120 hours of coursework combined with at least 20 hours of practicum with ELLs. A credential that complies with these requirements will give you flexibility as an applicant and world traveler.

It helps you find your footing.

If you’ve ever taught before, you’ll know firsthand that this is a hands-on profession. Acquiring the knowledge and skills that TEFL will provide is one thing, but applying them is another. Practicum allows you to get your feet wet, work out the nerves, and see what teaching English is all about. It’s a safe space for you to learn, grow, and gain confidence before starting a paid position.

See your coursework in action.

You’ll work hard on your TEFL assignments for a good reason. Practicum helps you to apply concepts and approaches used in EFL classrooms around the world.

It’s crucial for professional development.

Your course hours should give you an idea of where you want to go next professionally. This is a time for you to establish career goals whether it’s exploring a specific area of English, getting to know different learning styles, or working with a certain age group.