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  • MikeyBeEasy
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    7 January, 2014 at 15:33
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    Hi guys.

    Im new to the TEFL world and have been up to my eyeballs in websites the past couple of days. I’m looking to gain some form of TEFL certification and then go work in Brazil for a couple months this year. The biggest problem for me at this point is the online course vs the in-class course issue.

    My question is are online certifications a good way to start in the TEFL field?

    From what I understand if you would like to you are able to upgrade your qualification at a later date and seeing as in-class courses go for around 3 times the price of some of the more well-known online courses it doesn’t make sense to me to spend so much more money when I’m not certain I want to do this long term.

    Of course I do understand that in-class courses will put you above those with an online certification however to be honest if I am able to simply get a taster of the TEFL life with one of these online certifications then it is worth it to me.

    Thanks amigos :D

    ICAL TEFL
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    8 January, 2014 at 9:36
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    Reply To: Online Certifications, a good taster?

    First I’m biased because I’m part of the online world. However I would say that for most entry level jobs the schools aren’t that bothered whether the cert is online or in-house. If you’re looking to get involved in TEFL it’s a good way to start and get some training.

    And then if you plan on moving up in the industry there are higher level courses to take which would be in-house such as CELTA or perhaps an MA, etc.


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    TrevLite
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    2 March, 2014 at 10:58
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    Reply To: Online Certifications, a good taster?

    Agree with iCal. There is little difference between an online and offline TEFL course (unless a CELTA); most employers will focus more on what you learnt rather than delivery method.

    Price is another big one; if you aren’t planning to do it for a very long time (or unsure if you will enjoy it!) it’s quite a risk to commit so much time and money towards a CELTA or expensive offline course. A few good online courses include the ITTT one (they do a ton of marketing, so easy to find), mytefl.net, i to i, teflexpress.com etc. I think all of these sites will offer a 100+ course for under $500…

    BTW, the CELTA is more hype and marketing than most courses out there. 6 hours of observable practice is next to nothing in the teaching world. Good luck!

    Nikue
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    5 March, 2014 at 17:30
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    Reply To: Online Certifications, a good taster?

    You might consider doing a more expensive course just to save yourself a year or two of drudgery working for schools who will take on anybody who walks through the door. A school with some qualification standards (regardless of whether you think the CELTA, et al are worthwhile in and of themselves) likely has better standards across the board including pay, working conditions, etc.

    FrancaisDeutsch
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    6 March, 2014 at 22:22
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    Reply To: Online Certifications, a good taster?

    You might consider doing a more expensive course just to save yourself a year or two of drudgery working for schools who will take on anybody who walks through the door. A school with some qualification standards (regardless of whether you think the CELTA, et al are worthwhile in and of themselves) likely has better standards across the board including pay, working conditions, etc.

    Well, if you want to teach in Western Europe, a Celta or equivalent is a basic requirement in most cases, unless you have a Bachelor’s or higher in TEFL. Spain and Portugal may be a bit more lax? If you have a degree in straight linguistics or something like that, you may get your feet in the door, provided you do a reputable TEFL course (even an online one would count).

    In Eastern Europe, they are even more lax that you’d think, even if a lot of schools say they require a Celta or equivalent (they cannot be that picky).

    In the Far East, some places just say they prefer some sort of TEFL certification, but a Bachelor’s in any degree + native English speaker status is more than enough to get you in the door. They might be more impressed with your business degree than your TESOL certification!

    Every private language school or language school chain is different in standards and pay. So be warned!

    Even if you go to Turkey (much less selective in general than in Western Europe), you should still do some reputable course in TEFL, whether it’s online of on-site. It benefits not only you, but you’re "paying" students as well. Should you find your niche, you can always do supplemental courses to pursue certain specialties in TESOL (IELTS preparation, for example).

    Best of luck!

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