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  • ClarisCakes
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    4 January, 2013 at 0:09
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    Hi everyone!

    I’ve been interested in teaching English in Asia for a while now, and had plans to do so after finishing my uni bachelor’s degree and an added teacher’s degree. However due to circumstances at home I had to stop after my second year of uni. Now I’ve been looking into TEFL and possibly teaching in South Korea. However, I’m not quite sure which course is best for me.

    I researched to see if there were any courses here in Belgium, and found a CELTA course in Brussels. The problem is that I can’t currently afford such an expensive course.
    I also looked into online courses, but are they reliable? Are they really worth the money? And if I study an online course, will I be able to find a job in South Korea with an online TEFL certificate?
    Or should I really just go for the CELTA course instead? (despite my lack of income…)

    ICAL TEFL
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    4 January, 2013 at 10:32
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    Reply To: Looking for the best option.

    First off, without a 3/4 year degree you won’t be able to teach in Korea. In fact, it’s required for most countries. However, there are a few places where you can teach without a degree (see here).

    As for the TEFL certificate, yes a CELTA is perhaps the best but as you say it costs a lot and is very intensive. Online courses (like the ones we run) are fine for most entry level jobs.


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    camwill
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    28 January, 2013 at 17:09
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    Reply To: Looking for the best option.

    Although I didn’t do my online course with ICAL, I did mine with i-to-i and they were fantastic. I’ve had no problems finding a job in Asia (currently working in Cambodia). I just wanted to do a short course and a relatively inexpensive course to see if teaching was for me, turns out it’s now going to be a career choice and I’m looking into doing a full CELTA course and other qualifications too. I currently have a bachelors and masters degree (although not in education).

    Hope this helps!


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    gabbi721
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    29 January, 2013 at 21:48
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    Reply To: Looking for the best option.

    Hello!

    I am a 20 year old Film and Television Production College student in Toronto, Canada. I have done a ton of research lately, talked to a ton of people, and I am about to enrol myself into a 4-week intensive course in Paris, France with TEFL International. I’ve been e-mailing them, on the
    phone with them, and investigating. They seem to be legitimate to my parents and myself.
    However…
    I just wanted one more opinion before I make things final, so, I am coming to you. I want to know if TEFL International is a decent organization to go abroad with and achieve my TEFL Certificate with.
    I should tell you that my dreams and aspirations are to live in Europe to work in the film industry, as well as teach english as a second language abroad. My biggest dream is to one day combine these two skills and teach photography/film to the developing world; to those who are not fortunate enough to gain this knowledge on their own. Eventually, I would love to teach film in Europe, as well, but I must gain industry experience before I do so. I am also looking into getting my EU Passport, as I am Italian.
    I do not have a University degree for teaching, nor am I planning to get one because I can’t afford to after attending College for 4 years.
    Moral of the story, I was advised to achieve my TEFL for my path. Is this accurate? Am I going in the
    right direction? I know there is CELTA, but those who I talked with mentioned that TEFL would suffice.

    Hope this is detailed enough for you.

    I appreciate your time and thanks in advance.

    Gabbi

    ICAL TEFL
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    30 January, 2013 at 10:44
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    Reply To: Looking for the best option.

    It is likely to be very difficult to find work in Europe without a degree.

    Possibly the only way would be to actually be in the country and approach schools directly and see if there’s one which is desperate for a teacher and willing to overlook the degree issue.

    But you will need your Italian passport for visa purposes.


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    Chris Westergaard
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    13 February, 2013 at 10:24
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    Reply To: Looking for the best option.

    A great review site to check out course reviews is http://www.teflcoursereview.com. This website seems to be biggest out there.

    It is possible for schools to drum up positive reviews, so I recommend getting in contact with actual graduates – especially other non EU teachers working in France.

    To be able to successfully land a job in France will require a lot of work. Check to see what the course actually does to help you.

    Courses can say a lot of things on their websites. Facebook and other social media outlets make it possible for you to connect a verify someone’s experience at a particular course. Most reviews only cover training, but that’s only part of the picture. You want to take a course where they actively help you find work. Not all CELTA, Trinity, TEFL courses run the same post course services, so find out exactly what they do to help you.

    If a school, in France in particular, is good at getting their non EU teachers work, they will showcase this. Check with the school and ask to get a list of recent graduates to see where they ended up and how many people in the class were able to find stable work.

    I hope that helps and good luck!


    Cheers, Chris Westergaard, The Language House TEFL Course in Prague http://www.thelanguagehouse.net

    ITTP
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    19 February, 2013 at 17:47
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    Reply To: Looking for the best option.

    I would be extremely wary of some of the TEFL review websites out there which claim to be independent, especially those which run TEFL school advertising on their sites. We had a very unpleasant experience with a couple of these sites last year after receiving some unusual negative reviews and the behavior of the owners demonstrated to us that perhaps their insistence of being independent and unbiased wasn’t exactly reflected in real terms.
    We recommend http://www.tefl-courses-reviews.com (previously tefl-reviews.com) because they don’t promote any TEFL school advertising and experience has shown to us that they really evaluate each and every review which is published on their site.

    Hope it helps!

    kylebritto
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    25 October, 2013 at 15:10
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    Reply To: Looking for the best option.

    I would be extremely wary of some of the TEFL review websites out there which claim to be independent, especially those which run TEFL school advertising on their sites. We had a very unpleasant experience with a couple of these sites last year after receiving some unusual negative reviews and the behavior of the owners demonstrated to us that perhaps their insistence of being independent and unbiased wasn’t exactly reflected in real terms.
    We recommend http://www.tefl-courses-reviews.com (previously tefl-reviews.com) because they don’t promote any TEFL school advertising and experience has shown to us that they really evaluate each and every review which is published on their site.

    Hope it helps!

    Hey Neville!

    http://www.tefl-courses-reviews.com is actually one of the review websites I would be MOST wary of, specifically because this was the website that convinced me to pay $1,111, and roughly $450 for a plane ticket, to come attend classes at your school, ITTP TEFL Prague, for the November 2013 course.

    After I arrived in Prague, I sent an email to ITTP asking about some course details. Neville responded to ask me if I hadn’t received an email notifying me that the course had been transferred to January. I had not, and can’t say whether or not one was ever sent. I wasn’t issued a refund.

    It leads me to believe that either ITTP TEFl Prague’s business ethics have been on the decline since those reviews were posted, or (dare I say it?) that the reviews themselves are inauthentic.

    Feel free to contact me at kylebritto@gmail.com if you want to verify this story is true and that I’m not working with a competing language school. We can have a phone or skype conversation.

    -Kyle

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