non-TEFL teacher in Europe?

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  • testuser
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    24 November, 2007 at 18:26
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    Hello. I am looking to try teaching English abroad. In my search I’ve come across some schools that didn’t explicitly say that they need a TEFL-certified teacher, and I do have ample teaching experience in the U.S.
    I was wondering if a TEFL-certificate is absolutely necessary?
    Has anyone done the Oxford Seminar series with a 60-hour TEFL-cert. course? Is 60 hours enough for teaching in Europe?
    Is it possible to get an English teacher job without a TEFL certificate?
    Is it possible to get a Science teacher position at an English/bi-lingual school without a TEFL certificate?
    Also, does anyone have comments on teaching in Thailand? Go or no-go?
    Thanks,
    tu

    dan
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    17 July, 2008 at 19:01
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    Reply To: non-TEFL teacher in Europe?

    [quote]In my search I’ve come across some schools that didn’t explicitly say that they need a TEFL-certified teacher[/quote]

    Yes, you will find the whole range, from schools who require a high level qualification and several years of experience, to those who require niether.

    [quote]I was wondering if a TEFL-certificate is absolutely necessary? [/quote]

    It depends on your perspective. As my first comment shows, purely from the point of view of securing employment, it isn’t strictly necessary, although your employment options will be severely limited without one.

    The other thing to think about, however, (and I’ve written this before in a couple of other posts) is providing your students with good quality English language training (which is, after all, what they are paying for), and getting the most out of the job yourself. I would argue that you are more likely to achieve both if you are qualified.

    Of course, getting qualified does not automatically mean you’re going to be a good teacher, and vice versa – I have met many extremely good, unqualified teachers, and many extremely bad "qualified" teachers. But put yourself in a student’s shoes. if you were paying a lot of money to learn Spanish, say, would you rather be taught by someone who just thought they might give it a go, or someone who had been through a course in effective methodology and teaching practice?

    [quote]Is 60 hours enough for teaching in Europe? [/quote]

    See above – it’s better than nothing of course but I would recommend a 120 hour course such as the CELTA.

    [quote]Also, does anyone have comments on teaching in Thailand? Go or no-go?[/quote]

    Have a look [url=http://www.eslbase.com/countries/teach-english-in-thailand]here[/url] to get you started.

    Dan

    jaycz
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    7 August, 2008 at 8:25
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    Reply To: non-TEFL teacher in Europe?

    Well as far as whether you need the tefl certificate to teach in europe the short answer is no, well at least not in private language schools in Poland – the largest of which is ‘Empik’ which has branches all over Poland – empik.edu.pl. I started working there prior to getting my tefl cert, and loved it. I really reccomend Poland.

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