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My important questions, please help !!!

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  • Martin
    22 September, 2020 at 15:09
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    I would like to be a TEFL / TESOL instructor in the future.

    My current English level is B1, so I still have a lot to learn before I start the course.

    There are two problems I would worry about. I may not be able to find a job because:
    -I’m not a native speaker
    -I don’t have a degree
    -But do I plan to take the C2 Cambridge language exam, does that matter a little?

    Since I don’t have a degree and have more chances to find a job, I have to choose the best possible TEFL training.

    I found the following:

    https://www.i-to-i.com/ – 300-Hour TEFL/TESOL Diploma – $518

    http://go-tefl.com/ – 300-Hour TEFL/TESOL Diploma – $200

    https://www.londoncollegeofteachers.com/ – 350 Hours TEFL/TESOL PG Diploma $510
    OR 480 Hours Master in TEFL/TESOL $645

    https://www.teflcourse.net/ – 550-hour Expert Package (TEFL/TESOL Diploma, Expert) $999

    I can not decide. Which one will I choose in the future?

    Go-TEFL training is the most sympathetic and friendliest to me.

    I would also cut into London College of Teachers training, but I don’t know if a PG Diploma or a 480-hour Diploma is worthwhile or an advantage.

    The other two are not really sympathetic.

    I don’t know who has any experience with these?

    Thank you very much,

    29 September, 2020 at 13:47
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    Hi Martin

    That’s great that you’d like to be a TEFL teacher, and I wish you every success in this. It can be a very rewarding career.

    Let me try and answer your questions:

    I’m not a native speaker

    This will limit you in terms of the jobs available to you. Many employers around the world have “native speaker” as a requirement. So this means that you will have to be patient and persistent in applying for jobs, and accept the limitations in terms of locations and employers that this presents.

    I don’t have a degree

    This will also limit you, but there are still some countries where you can teach without one. Please see this article for more info on this.

    When you take not having a degree and being a non-native speaker together, of course this limits you further, because you will be competing for jobs available to non-native speakers in an even more limited range of locations. So I don’t want to disillusion you – there are jobs out there for you – but you do need to be aware that the number of jobs that you will be eligible for will be limited.

    So, with this in mind, you need to do everything possible to increase your chances of an employer taking an interest in your CV. This includes having a good quality TEFL certification. Generally speaking, classroom-based courses which include some actual teaching practice carry more weight than online courses. And among classroom-based courses, a CELTA, Trinity Cert TESOL or equivalent carries the most weight.

    Having one of thee classroom-based qualifications could just give you the edge.

    However, there are of course other factors to consider, such as your budget. Also, the covid pandemic has changed things considerably, and there is a shift in emphasis towards online training. This will probably mean that more employers will accept an online qualification than before.

    I would suggest having a look at these articles to get an idea of some of the questions to ask yourself when choosing a course:


    I hope this helps to get you started, and feel free to post here again with any other questions.

    Good luck!


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