Many new entrants to the TESOL profession experience real difficulty in funding a course which includes six hours of observed and assessed teaching practice. One result is that a considerable number of new entrants to the profession complete a distance only programme and simply head abroad in search of a teaching post.
There is of course, no substitute for teaching practice. In the case of experienced practising teachers it is not always necessary though there is little doubt that they too would benefit from a professional course that includes observed and assessed ESOL teaching practice.
However, ACTDEC — the Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses — firmly believes there is no reason why teaching practice should not follow distance-training; quite the opposite! Most of our members offer their own teaching practice programmes and ACTDEC would encourage students to take up the opportunity.