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  • Annavictoria
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    20 October, 2007 at 19:54
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    Hi, my name is Anna. I am currently a student at James Madison University and I will be graduating this December with a degree in International Affairs and a minor in Spanish. I am a Substitute Teacher through Fairfax County Public Schools and I was a Teacher’s Assistant this past summer for an Elementary TESOL program. I plan on getting my TEFL certification this Spring through this website but I don’t know which one to take. I really want to teach English as a second language and would like to leave in early summer or at the beginning of next year (2008) but I want to go through a trustworthy program. I was hoping there was someone I could talk to, to make sure I am following the right steps to accomplish my goal. The jobs on this site are dated by when they were posted right? So that means that in order to apply for jobs next year I would have to wait until closer to that date and in the meantime get my certification? Or should I start contacting employers anyway? I’m new to all of this but I am very dedicated and in need of advice. Any thoughts?
    Thanks,
    Anna

    ICAL_Pete
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    22 October, 2007 at 16:37
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    Reply To: In need of advice

    I think you can safely wait till you are close to getting your certificate mainly because employers don’t usually know that far head if and when they will need a new teacher.

    As for which course to choose it really depends on how much time, money, and commitment you are prepared to invest. There are quite a few good courses both online and onsite to choose from. Start by asking the course provider for their course syllabus and compare it to others. Check their tutors’ credentials. Make sure the course requires some actual work on your part and it is not based on “Yes or No” answers or “Read This Unit and Summarize It” type of coursework. Try and find out what other students who have taken the course say about it. Basically do as much research as you can. There are quite a few good teacher training courses to choose from. It’s worth taking the time to look around.

    Online courses are a good option particularly if you have a limited budget to further your studies or if you have other work and/or family commitments that restrict the amount of time you have available to study. You can find good online courses that provide quality training and allow you to work at your own pace. Having no deadlines but those which you set for yourself is a great advantage. Working on a course with a flexible schedule where your personal tutor can be contacted 24/7 or your coursework can be submitted whenever ready has allowed many of our students – teachers to complete successfully their TESL/TEFL Certificate course, further their knowledge and gain better prospects of employment.


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    Cde
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    23 October, 2007 at 19:56
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    Reply To: In need of advice

    Pete’s right… make sure you take a look around at all the courses that are available. I did i-to-i’s online course (http://www.onlinetefl.com) and it was great for me. Make sure that whichever course you choose issues internationally recognized certificates.

    Chris

    ICAL_Pete
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    24 October, 2007 at 14:25
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    Reply To: In need of advice

    Make sure that whichever course you choose issues internationally recognized certificates. Chris

    I’d be careful with the "internationally recognized certificates". As you know there is no Independent Board of Accreditation for TESL/TEFL Certificates and Diplomas. This means that each institute, school, or organization recognizes their own Certificate and accreditation comes from good practice, professional standards and reputation. Indeed, some certificates are more accepted than others but unfortunately there is no independent international body that can give a seal of approval to these Certificates. It is, in fact, the individual language schools that have the last say on this issues. So, if you are concerned about the validity of a certificate, then the only sure way to find out is to talk to the school(s) where you’d like to work. They will have their own preferences.


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