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You might be wondering...

What can I do with a TEFL certificate?

A TEFL certificate can be useful for teaching English abroad as it can be added to your resume to make it look like you know something (even if you don't) and it might also be required to get a job in some schools abroad. It's usefulness is mostly confined to teaching English abroad or possibly teaching ESL students, but it does not compare to a teaching license or even a degree.

It simply does not carry much weight so...


This is a sort of sarcastic or comedic type of post created Urs Truly and if you don't pick up on the sentiment here then I'll explain it at the end, although post #8 might be useful in selling yourself as a teacher (at least in Asia).

1. Be proud and make a crowntefl certificate crown

You earned it. Be proud and show your new certification off by wearing it on your head. C'mon now don't be too uptight your students might like this.


That teacher is cool he's wearing a crown. 

2. Eat on it

TEFL certificate placemat

Don't be afraid of making a mess. Go ahead eat on it.

3. Use it as a medicine

TEFL certificate used as marijuana rolling paper

Just keep in mind that wherever you try to use it as a medicine probably has different laws than where you live now. So you may end up in jail. Asia is not a very tolerant place when it comes to marijuana. 

But things are changing. In 2018 Thailand legalized medical marijuana and in 2022 Thailand decriminalized marijuana and cannabis cafes are popping up.

4. Cool down with it

Use your TEFL certificate as a fan

It's hot in the summertime in Asia. Use it to cool down.

5. Fly to Asia with it

Make a TEFL certificate airplane

Make an airplane with it.

6. Stay warm with it

start a fire with your TEFL certificate

If times get tough start a fire with it and keep warm.

7. Advertise yourself with it

wear your TEFL certificate

This might work if you are on the ground searching for a job locally. This would immediately showcase your skills and interests.

8. Make a business card with it

TEFL certificate used as a business card

A business card may seem kind of retro (circa 1993), but it's pretty common in Asia for professionals to introduce themselves to you and hand you their card.

This is a more subtle way of using it to find a job. It would work great to look for privates, jobs, dates, etc. This is the great thing about a digital file. You can make it any size you want. This small business card sized certificate would pack a punch in your introductions if you are on the ground (in Asia or possibly elsewhere) looking for a job.

9. Use at as a dart board

Use your TEFL certificate as a dartboard

You can always hang it on the wall. And if your days as an ESL teacher are over then you'd might as well have fun with it.

10. Get people's attention with it

use your TEFL certificate as a megaphone

You could make a megaphone out of it. This might help project your voice in the classroom.

Is this NONSENSE?!

Okay, so it was mostly nonsense, but it's also a sort of satire on education, degrees, certificates and chasing the carrot. To go a little deeper on this concept see posts 1,3 and 5 below.

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  1. Is TEFL certification worth it?
  2. Can you make a career out of TEFL?
  3. 5 things that matter about TEFL courses and 1 that doesn't (more sarcasm)
  4. How do online TEFL courses work?
  5. How the $#@! is education useful anymore?