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  • Emerald
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    7 December, 2008 at 18:05
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    First..something of my background. I am 25, with a Batchelor of Science in Finance and Economics, and work experience in Purchasing – hence, nothing to do with teaching.

    I have however decided on a career change to become TEFL teacher, since teaching is something I am suited for (not in UK – where increasing number of students are plain hooligans), and also I want to travel the world and experience new cultures.

    After all the research, I first decided to do Cambridge CELTA course as it has top reputation. Also, as I do not have teaching experience, I would want to do a complete course and not a weekend course.

    However, I have seen several other courses (mostly distant learning) offered by companies, like Intesol which are considerably cheaper or especially this one http://www.tefljobplacement.com/prices.php which offers free placement in South Korea (which is where I want to start with) and a cheap course.

    I understand that most of the time you get what you pay for. However, I would like opinions from experienced people about what option to go for. Doing Cambridge CELTA for 4 weeks, will be hard as not only it’s nearly £1300, but I would have to take time off from work, so you can see why I am tempted by the cheaper option.

    I am looking at TEFL as a long term career, hopefully in several different countries, so I want to start on the right track.

    dan
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    30 December, 2008 at 16:24
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    Reply To: Confusion about TEFL Certificate

    If you’re definitely looking at TEFL as a long term career, I would recommend the CELTA. Have a look at my post here about this.

    Hope that helps

    Dan

    tamzin
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    12 January, 2009 at 15:14
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    Reply To: Confusion about TEFL Certificate

    I absolutely agree with Dan, definitely take an internationally recognised certificate such as CELTA or Trinity Certificate in TESOL. I don’t know much about these other courses, but suspect that they will qualify you to work for their company and very few if any other places. I can’t stress enough how difficult it is to get a halfway decent job in TEFL, and to have a long-term career without CELTA or the Trinity equivalent. It is also pretty much impossible to get a job at organisations such as British Council and International House without it.
    It is expensive, and it is hard to get the time off, but it’s genuinely worth it. How about doing it in the summer and taking annual leave? The other option is to take it part time over a year, you will probably find that one of your local FE colleges will run this type of course – it depends how long you want to wait before you get qualified.
    Good luck with the future and choose carefully!

    estraining
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    15 January, 2009 at 15:16
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    Reply To: Confusion about TEFL Certificate

    In addition to the previous comments it may help to add that although an internationally recognised qualification (TCL TESOL or RSA CELTA) can be invaluable as a means of securing a first job (at The English Studio we do the Trinity Cert: http://www.the-englishstudio.com) there are some excellent alternative courses out there. Whichever course you take, the most important thing is to find out about the quality of the course: go on recommendation and ask lots of questions; do your research and try to speak to your future trainers. The industry needs inventive, empathetic and well-trained teachers, whatever their training background. Hope that helps in some small way.

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