How do I choose a TEFL course?

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  • Motier Haskins
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    2 January, 2007 at 14:38
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    I’m very new to this entire scene but I’m certain my wife and I are ready to begin. I have taught social work for years with a masters degree, I’m 54 years old, my wife and I are looking at Dubai UER. How do I choose a ESOL or TEFL course? should I register for an In class course or on line?.

    Keith
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    23 February, 2007 at 13:53
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    Reply To: New guy on the block

    Hi Motier

    Welcome to TEFL! For teaching in the Middle East, I would recommend a classroom-based course, something like the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL. These are 120 hour courses and include some observed teaching practice – they get you in front of students during the course!

    You’ll find nowadys that more and more employers are requiring one of these courses, or an equivalent in terms of length and content. generally speaking, the shorter and less classroom-based your course, the more limited your employment options will be. And you’ll almost certainly feel better prepared and equipped as a teacher if the course gives you a chance to put into practice what you learn!

    This is especially advisable for job in the Middle East – many schools require a Diploma level qualification (the next step up, usually taken after 2 or more years of teaching) as well as several years of experience. So a CELTA or equivalent is very important.

    I would have a look at some of the [url=http://www.eslbase.com/jobs/]jobs[/url] advertised in the Middle East to get an idea of typical requirements and take it from there.

    You can find a [url=http://www.eslbase.com/courses/]TEFL course here[/url].

    I hope this helps.

    Keith

    Motier Haskins
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    23 February, 2007 at 15:25
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    Reply To: New guy on the block

    Thanks my friend, I’ll take your suggestions as I make a decison on this venture. Will it be OK to pick your brain form time to time?

    Keith
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    23 February, 2007 at 16:02
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    Reply To: New guy on the block

    Of course! Any time.

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