Preface: I’m SUPER new to this. I’m a Canadian citizen. I want to head to Southeast Asia, Morocco, or Spain to teach. I do have an undergrad in English Lit, and a Masters in Environmental Studies, but I don’t have a CELTA/TEFL/TESOL at the moment but I want to get one. I am partial to a CELTA but it’s quite pricey and I’m looking for an organization that will take me on as a teacher or trainee while I learn. I looked into English First but then I read the reviews and am not so impressed. Does anyone have suggestions for organizations I can look into? Should I do the CELTA/TEFL/TESOL first? I hear that there are places in Vietnam that don’t require the certification but there is higher pay if you have one. Could I start there and obtain certification from a reputable place there? Does anyone have any suggestions? Help a newbie out please!
3 January, 2017 at 20:52
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I’m looking for an organization that will take me on as a teacher or trainee while I learn
I think there are a few organisations who do this kind of thing, like this one in Austria. Not the country you’re looking for I know but it gives you an idea of the kind of thing that might be available. Check out all the courses listed at http://www.eslbase.com/tefl-courses/ and see if any of them offer this kind of thing too.
Could I start there and obtain certification from a reputable place there?
That’s certainly an option if you can find an employer who will take you on without a certification. You’d need to make sure that your employer was okay with you having the necessary time off to take a course, if you’re thinking of a classroom based course.
I am partial to a CELTA but it’s quite pricey
It can be pricey, but there are some good quality equivalent 4 week courses out there – again have a look at http://www.eslbase.com/tefl-courses/. You’ll want a course that is 120 hours or more and includes at least 6 hours of observed teaching practice. Always fully research any organisation you’re thinking of training with to check its reputation, etc.