Funding for Tefl

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  • Burnley2
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    15 April, 2014 at 23:42
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    Hi, i’m currently studying for a degree in language studies with the Open University, Spanish / english pathway. I have been wanting to teach English for a while and gain a Celta qualification, but the main obstacle to this for me is the fee,which currently is £999.00, i am not working at present and this is way out of reach, can anyone tell me if they know of any funding available to pay for studying for a Celta, or if not, are there any other Tefl Courses that are just as recognised and reputable as Celta, and don’t cost as much? Regards Shaun

    TEFLicious
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    20 April, 2014 at 10:50
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    Unfortunately there aren’t any other courses that are as reputable as the CELTA – maybe the Trinity Cert TESOL, but that’s just as expensive.

    I believe that TEFL UK have funding available for their courses from Prince’s Trust, Graduate Funding, etc. and they offer 20% off for unemployed people. http://www.tefl.org.uk/funding/. You can read a review here: http://www.teflicious.com/2014/03/tefl- … fl-org-uk/

    Their course isn’t quite as well regarded as the CELTA but you’ll be able to find work with it and maybe after a year or two of saving you’ll be able to afford the CELTA? You probably have more chance of passing it if you have some experience and already know a little about teaching.

    Where were you thinking of going? It’s easier to save in some countries than others.

    Burnley2
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    23 April, 2014 at 22:11
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    Thankyou for your advice, my goal is to do a Celta, but in the meantime i will contact Tefl UK and see about their courses, do you recommend any particular course? I would like to do some teaching in Spain or any other Spanish speaking country as i am studying Spanish, i would also consider other countries. Regards Shaun

    TEFLicious
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    24 April, 2014 at 9:25
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    I’m assuming you’re British? That will help, because most jobs in Spain want people with an EU passport, so that they don’t have to spend time and money on a visa. If you have any kind of experience volunteer teaching then that will help your application. If you have some spare time right now then maybe you can look around to see if you can volunteer at a local school helping kids to read or being a classroom assistant.

    I would recommend you look on a couple of job boards like http://www.tefl.com/jobs/search.html or http://www.eslcafe.com/joblist/ and see what the minimum qualification is to get a job, then just do the minimum required. There’s no point investing in more training than you need if you’re going to do the CELTA next year anyway. Don’t go for any of the jobs in Spain where you pay for a TEFL course and then they give you a job at the end; they’re almost always overpriced and the jobs are badly paid.

    ETA – I meant to add, there are quite a few places in South America that employ teachers with minimal or no qualifications, and they speak Spanish. The only drawback is that they’re usually not very well paid, and I would think that you’re chances of saving enough to take the CELTA are slim.

    Briona
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    24 April, 2014 at 14:53
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    Hi there,

    When does your OU course finish? I only ask because the British Council DOES part-fund CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL courses, but to qualify you can’t be in education.

    To find out more see: http://www.britishcouncil.org/study-wor … ate-scheme

    Briona

    Burnley2
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    24 April, 2014 at 22:57
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    Thanks everybody for your advice, yes i’m British and my Open University course will not finish for a few years yet,I’ve been in touch with Tefl.org uk and enquired about a 120 hour fully online course with a price that suits my pocket,would you recommend this for somebody who hasn’t had any teacher training or experience in Tefl? Regards Shaun.

    TEFLicious
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    26 April, 2014 at 10:35
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    It’s a pretty good course and it’s designed for complete beginners who don’t have any experience with teaching or TEFL, so I’m sure you’ll be fine. I would recommend that you look at the courses that have a classroom module, though. Employers tend to prefer courses where you’ve had some opportunity to practice teaching, even if it’s only on your classmates instead of real students. Fully online courses can’t give you that little bit of extra practice.

    Burnley2
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    26 April, 2014 at 23:50
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    Hi and thankyou for your advice, i have also been looking into 2 day courses with UK-Tefl, they have classroom based courses with 20 hours of classroom based training, this course also suits my pocket at £200.00,does this sound a good course and would you recommend it? Regards Shaun

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