CELTA, CELTYL or TEFL

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  • wojodaddy21
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    7 June, 2011 at 6:00
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    Hey guys,

    I am looking to teach English in China next year and was wondering which certificate I should earn? I would like to receive a certificate from Cambridge but am not sure if they off a TEFL.

    I want to go to China and teach for a year or two while learning Chinese.

    wojodaddy21
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    7 June, 2011 at 7:15
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    Also, If anyone can guide me towards a TEFL program in China. I’m so scared because I see so many places that people say are horrible and a "scam".

    TEFL World Wiki
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    7 June, 2011 at 7:39
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    You are probably best off taking a TEFL course outside China (where are you?) and then going to China fully qualified.

    wojodaddy21
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    8 June, 2011 at 20:14
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    I am in the US. I found i-to-i classes in Raleigh, N.C. (20 minutes from where I live) that start in October. Has anyone taken this class? 20 hours in class practice and 120 hours online.

    I am only looking to teach for a year in China so I don’t see the need for a cambridge or trinity. I have a college degree.

    FrancaisDeutsch
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    11 June, 2011 at 18:03
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    That course is fine for entry-level teaching in English in Asia. You just need something that gives you a base and a little "feel" for the profession. Even if a TESOL certificate weren’t necessary, I would very much recommend one for your own good (don’t want to walk in a classroom without knowing virtually anything ).

    A Celta certificate, which is also fine, is geared more for those who want to teach in Western Europe (asked for only sporadically in other parts of the world).

    The qualifications needs for entry-level jobs in TESOL vary from region to region and country to country. Someone can go to Japan or South Korea on basically a Bachelor’s degree and make more money than someone planning on teaching in Western Europe with both a Celta and Bachelor’s degree (not saying that money is everything, just pointing out how much qualifications can vary depending on where you are in the world).

    Best of luck in your future ventures in China! :D

    wojodaddy21
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    11 June, 2011 at 20:40
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    Oxford seminars offers TESOL. Would that be a better option? It is a little more expensive.

    FrancaisDeutsch
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    12 June, 2011 at 20:49
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    I’m not familiar with that course, but for entry-level teaching in Asia, I wouldn’t put lots of money into any course if you already have a university degree (some are very expensive and end up unnecessary to boot). Imho, don’t "overdo" yourself for Asia, unless a specific school requires it, or you feel that just need to do some particular course for your mind’s sake.

    I did a very thorough online course in TESOL through InlinguaEdge (no regrets). I didn’t do any "hands-on" teaching (still can do a practical component through them anytime I want, though), but I learned enough to feel somewhat confident in the classroom (but I have a MA in linguistics, so that may be helping things along).

    Again, best of luck!

    (Don’t hestitate to ask more questions)

    wojodaddy21
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    12 June, 2011 at 23:15
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    [quote]I’m not familiar with that course, but for entry-level teaching in Asia, I wouldn’t put lots of money into any course if you already have a university degree (some are very expensive and end up unnecessary to boot). Imho, don’t "overdo" yourself for Asia, unless a specific school requires it, or you feel that just need to do some particular course for your mind’s sake.

    I did a very thorough online course in TESOL through InlinguaEdge (no regrets). I didn’t do any "hands-on" teaching (still can do a practical component through them anytime I want, though), but I learned enough to feel somewhat confident in the classroom (but I have a MA in linguistics, so that may be helping things along).

    Again, best of luck!

    (Don’t hestitate to ask more questions)[/quote]

    Thank you! I have a few friends who are teaching in China and Korea and the never took a TEFL class. They even asked their recruiter at the school and the guy had no idea what a CELTA was and barely an idea of TEFL. I will take a class just because I have zero teaching experience. I have a ton of coaching experience with kids and I feel I can lean back on that for guidance. A class starts here in September for 3 weekends which I believe I will sign up for. If nothing else, it can help me develop lesson plan skills and become better prepared as a teacher.

    Lucas
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    14 June, 2011 at 2:32
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    Most schools in China don’t ask for an advanced program. The general standard is a 100-hour TESOL certificate, but research if the school teaches how to effectively create lesson plans as this is the most important section of any TESOL/TEFL course. In South Korea, a 100-hour TESOL certificate would qualify you for earning another $300 per month, so spending $300 for a good 100-hour course is a sound investment.

    katemarie
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    16 June, 2011 at 14:39
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    I don’t think China is too worried about whether you have a CELTA, TEFL, CELTYL, TESOL, since they are all very similar. I think you’ll be fine as long as you have completed a course that is recognized and is at least 100-hours long and has at least 6 hours of teaching practice. I took my TEFL course in Prague at TEFL Worldwide Prague (http://www.teflworldwideprague.com) more than two years ago, and have been living and working here ever since. The Expat community is quite small in Prague, and I have met many graduates from TEFL Worldwide that have gone onto work in China. If you feel like living and studying in Europe for a month prior to heading to China, I would definitely recommend TEFL Worldwide to you.

    Rachel Wells
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    14 July, 2011 at 3:03
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    If you want to do an online TESOL i would go with TEFL Express. I had the same question before and i thought i might want to do their course but it was 369 pounds and i didn’t want to spend that much, but this discount site has tons of awesome discounts on stuff (headphones, travel guides etc.) and they are doing a promo for tefl express that’s only 69 pounds so I think i’m going to do it. it’s 300 pounds less…that’s like a couple months of an apartment in another country probably

    here’s the link if you guys want to check it out

    http://www.kgbdeals.co.uk/national/ever … –national

    like i said good deals on other stuff too :P

    AAL
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    24 August, 2011 at 15:59
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    I would advise anyone interested in teaching English to seriously consider either CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL.

    Bisis
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    3 September, 2011 at 9:39
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    It’s true, the schools in China are not concerned with what type of certification you have as long as it’s internationally accredited and not a course someone came up last week in their garage. The better the program the more comfortable, confident and effective you will be as a teacher. You will also be more prepared for your interviews.

    Global English in the UK has a great program. If you go through my company you get 10% off any course you choose. You can learn more here [url]http://www.teachingnomad.com/TESOL_certification.html[/url]

    Like the other person said, you’re probably better off taking the course and arranging employment before going to China. This way you will arrive with a legal work visa.

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