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What's the best way into TEFL for an NQT primary school teacher?

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  • ToThisDay1234
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    30 December, 2016 at 21:19
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    I’m a 21 year old male who has graduated from university with a 2:1 in primary school teaching. I’m currently working as an NQT in a primary school but not enjoying it. I like the teaching but not all the added bureaucratic stuff and also want the opportunity to travel and try new stuff.

    I’m looking into courses and have no clue what to go for however. I’ve read that online courses are widely regarded as rubbish and no school will look at you when applying, but then I see that others have said this is only when the person doesn’t have experience teaching in a classroom, which I do have.

    I’m therefore asking what would be my best course of action. Should I try and go for a course that has a practical element as overall it looks better, or go for the online course because I already have the practical experience?

    Any help welcome :)

    Cheers

    Keith
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    3 January, 2017 at 20:21
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    I’m therefore asking what would be my best course of action.

    It depends a bit on your plans. Where are you thinking of teaching? There are some very good online courses out there, and some not so good ones. The reason many employers don’t recognise them is because of the lack of a practical element. So you really need to think about where you’d like to teach and have a look at the requirements of employers in those countries (have a look at some current job adverts). If all of the employers in your preferred country say “CELTA, Trinity Cert TESOL or equivalent” or “Classroom based course” or something like that as a requirement, then taking an online course will severely limit your employment options, regardless of the quality of the online course. The fact that you have teaching experience will help a bit, but probably not all that much as it is not TEFL teaching.

    Hope that helps?

    Keith

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