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Is a Trinity or Cambridge necessary?

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  • jami.lemonde
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    5 October, 2010 at 4:16
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    I have been doing research on different TEFL/TESOL certification courses for months now and I feel like I have not gotten any closer to choosing a program than I was when I first started!

    I want an internationally recognized certification that will get me a job teaching english abroad! I have read that the Trinty and Cambridge are the best, but are they totally necessary or is it possible to get a good teaching job with a TEFL certificate from another program? I also read that as long as the program is at least 120 hours with a certain number of hours of observed teaching time, then it is going to be good enough. I am just so overwhelmed with all of this information on different programs it would be great to hear from someone with personal experience.

    I am really interested in getting certified and eventually living/teaching in the Mediterranean, perhaps Spain, France or Morocco, does anyone have any suggestions for good programs? I was looking at the Language House which has programs in France, Italy, Turkey and Morocco, has anyone had any experience with this institution?

    Any info or suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks for looking!

    ICAL_Pete
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    5 October, 2010 at 9:39
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    Reply To: Is a Trinity or Cambridge necessary?

    Firstly there is no single internationally recognised certificate. The bottom line is that it depends on the school doing the hiring.

    CELTA and Trinity are the most well known but for a first job almost any decent and reputable TEFL Certificate will usually suffice (along with a degree, of course).

    You could always try contacting the schools directly and asking if XXX certificate is sufficient for them.


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    Hangernaid
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    8 October, 2010 at 9:40
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    Reply To: Is a Trinity or Cambridge necessary?

    I’m in the same position as jami. My job is seasonal and is about to end for the year. My debate is CELTA or Trinity. I’m 55 years old, and will finish a BS in Secondary Education (Social Studies) next year, MA in Education the following year. And I’m am American that has been learning Russian for about 2 years and have traveled throughout eastern Europe off and on since 1977. Sometimes I think I’m more comfortable in Europe than in the US.

    My target job would be at a school/university and not so much a private school. That is so that when I return to the US I have experience teaching at college level.

    So CELTA in Budapest? Trinity in London or Madrid? Which would make me more employable? I need to decide within the next 10 days.

    Lucas
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    8 October, 2010 at 16:22
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    Reply To: Is a Trinity or Cambridge necessary?

    Hi Hangermaid, it’s unlikely that you’ll find a university position in Europe without having a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. As for certification, both CELTA and Trinity are very well recognized in Europe.
    Maybe CELTA is a better option for you because it’s offered in many US cities. Coventry House International is the only center recognized by Trinity in North America and it’s based in Toronto, Canada.


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    Hangernaid
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    8 October, 2010 at 17:30
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    Reply To: Is a Trinity or Cambridge necessary?

    I probably will go with the CELTA, probably in Budapest. I’d rather travel than to do the class in the States. I called Coventry House, and they suggested CELTA if I did not go to their 250 hour course. Either way, the CELTA Certification is only a temporary measure. Upon completing my BS in Secondary Education, I will begin working on a MA in Education with a focus on ESL.

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