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Which online TEFL course should I take?

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  • Unassigned
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    28 June, 2016 at 10:43
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    I’m looking to teach in South Korea after I receive a university degree in K-12 French Education w/ certification next May.
    Since I already have teaching experience, I am looking for a widely recognized, affordable 120 hour course that will get me certified in TEFL so that I’ll be able to find a good job in Korea by the time I graduate next year. There are a lot of wacky online certifications out there so I’m looking for one in good-standing that will get me to where I want to be.

    thank you!

    Steven Morris
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    26 August, 2016 at 9:23
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    Unless you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Education OR a teaching license you will need to become TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified to qualify for the Teach in Korea program. I am sharing a link with you, hope this could help you in choosing the right online TEFL course. For more information visit here: http://bit.ly/2bFrme2

    dan
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    28 August, 2016 at 12:14
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    Steven Morris – I think the OP knows that they need to become TEFL certified, the question reflects this,

    Ibsmnr – which online courses have you narrowed it down to?

    Seyi
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    10 May, 2017 at 9:21
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    Hi. I teach English in Nigeria and I want to take the CELTA course to boost my career prospects but there’s no center in my country. Pls does anyone know where I can enroll in west Africa? Thanks.

    dan
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    10 May, 2017 at 9:24
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    Seyi

    You can find a list of centres offering CELTA here:

    http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/find-a-centre/find-a-teaching-centre/

    Hope that helps.

    Dan

    lip420
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    31 May, 2017 at 7:26
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    Do you want to teach in a hagwon or in a public school? In a hagwon it doesn’t really matter what one you get. For EPIK it might matter. They say that they may prefer a course with 20 in-class hours.

    On paper pretty much all certificates look the same to most employers. “Widely recognized” is a misnomer same with “internationally recognized”. Those terms don’t really mean anything. What matters is what you learn.


    Taught English in Taiwan, China & Korea. Here’s an online TEFL course that you’ll probably like especially if you teach kids in Asia: http://www.course.eslinsider.com/

    Promise Opens Doors
    Participant
    1 June, 2017 at 17:41
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    There is an online, TESOL Core Certificate program, http://www.promiseopensdoorstesol.org. That program is totally online and complete in 4-6 months, 145 hours, practicum included…check it out!

    As for all certificates looking the same to employers, I would counter that a recognized name with a +120 hour certificate offering practicum hours is far more marketable, especially in Europe or the Middle East.

    flyeogh
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    1 June, 2017 at 20:40
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    Promise Opens Doors can you please offer a little as to why you believe that to be true? For example how many years has the course existed and what tracking you have done to monitor progress in the real world?

    From the web site I see “On July 21st, 2016 we signed a license agreement to provide TESOL International Association’s Core Certificate”. What did you provide before as clearly you cannot have feed back on this TESOL Certificate in less than a year.

    Promise Opens Doors
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    1 June, 2017 at 21:45
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    Thank you for visiting our website, we are happy that you took the time to learn about us. Admittedly, we are new to the TESOL/TEFL certificate world. http://www.promiseopensdoorstesol.org

    Any internet search for tesol/tefl programs will yield many programs, from as little as 20 hours to as many as 145, with and without practicum, in person or online or blended.

    My point is this: a high school graduate with a 20 hour certificate, no practicum vs a college graduate with a 120+ hour certificate, practicum included….WHICH would get the better job offer?

    A CELTA program certificate or a TESOL program certificate certainly garners more respect from a prospective employer than a certificate from an unknown institution. When lip420 stated “On paper pretty much all certificates look the same to most employers”…..I disagree.

    flyeogh
    Participant
    2 June, 2017 at 6:37
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    Promise Opens Doors first many thanks for coming back.

    I don’t think lip420 was suggesting the number of hours of on-line and classroom was not important. Many suppliers offer a range from 20 (introduction) through to 150+. As he says, what is important is what you learn, and to me it is very evident that getting a piece of paper has a very tenuous connection with that.

    But from your website I see that although recent to TESOL/TEFL you have a strong pedigree in teaching/education.

    And your method of getting the practical done I think will appeal to many.

    So good luck with that.

    Sorry to sound sceptical but having tried 3 courses: a free 20 hour introduction that was OK, a scam, and one that clearly hasn’t even been proofread, my view of the whole industry is tainted.

    WendySmiles
    Participant
    24 June, 2017 at 14:35
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    It took me so long before I actually found the right one. I was very cautious as well since I heard there were so many scams.
    I currently am completing ITTT since my friend who is teaching here said it was okay.
    There are a lot of teachers but yeah, it is easier if you have a TESOL/TEFL cert.
    Most of my friends here who are teachers say it’s not necessary though.

    But I have to get one since I look Asian and they don’t prefer me as a teacher because I am not a Native Speaker.

    Promise Opens Doors
    Participant
    29 June, 2017 at 18:41
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    I’m glad to hear you took the time to research the many programs in the tefl/tesol world. I would agree that so many are scams, and that is unfortunate, both for the legitimate programs and for the students looking for the program which will be the right fit and the best “bang for the buck” in terms of cost.

    http://www.promiseopensdoorstesol.org could be a perfect fit for anyone who wants to get their certificate totally online..even the practice teaching is online, so no searching for a local school, that is a big plus! And I see from their website that now they are running a discount….

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