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  • Lillytuft
    21 July, 2013 at 20:56
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    As the title suggests, I am new to the idea of teaching English abroad. Like many people, I got interested in TEFL as it appeared to give me the opportunity to travel and work at the same time. As I already work in the education department of a national museum here in the UK, the idea of teaching English abroad was an attractive one.

    However, the more I get into my TEFL course and my research, the more concerned I get about ensuring that, regardless of where I go, I do the best job I can. So I have come on here to seek advice on a few areas of concern. So if anyone can help with these questions, it would be greatly appreciated!

    1)I am currently doing a online TEFL course, obviously this means I lack any real classroom experience. I understand this limits me somewhat, what options have I got to gain experience to support this theory based certificate?

    2) As a beginner teacher, what countries and/or type of school environment (public/private) would be most suitable. I had originally been interested in going to Korea, however the horror stories have made me hesitant about applying there.

    These are my main sources of confusion at the moment, and I really would appreciate any help people are willing to give.


    25 July, 2013 at 8:25
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    Reply To: New to TEFL -seeking advice

    1) Either some voluntary teaching work in the UK (if you’re in the UK that is!) or a first teaching job with a school that is happy to accept teachers with an online cert.

    2) I’d recommend a private language school. If you’re interested in Asia, I’ve recommended Indonesia several times before as a good country to start out in and I’ll recommend it again here.

    Hope that helps!

    18 January, 2014 at 14:15
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    Reply To: New to TEFL -seeking advice

    I’ve re-kindled my interest in TEFL and have just joined this site,so any advice is probably a bit late.
    I’d go with Dan.I did a w/e plus online course in 2007 and it was of no use whatever.I did some self-directed teaching in India and Nepal but was never happy or confident.I reckon its ESSENTIAl to get some decent teaching practice in and to go on a CELTA course.
    I’m currently looking now-anyone out there have experience of NILE in Norwich?

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