I’ve just finished my first year of a Bachelor of Languages where I’m minoring in TESOL and I’m trying to work out if I need a TESOL certificate on top of it. The one that I can find in my city is the CELTA -its frigging expensive- and all the online ones seem very dodgy. For example how do you get the 20 hours of teaching experience when your doing it online? On top of this no one advertises who they are accredited by or what qualifications their instructors have. I even looked up the one Korvia advertised thinking that since they recruit for EPIK it would have to be good but that seems disreputable too (only $300- thats a 1/10th the CELTA’s price).
I am also considering doing the Trinity CertTESOL (http://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=212) as there seems to be a place in thailand offering it (http://www.trinitysis.com) and it’s cheaper than my local’s CELTA which includes accomodation and food and I could get some good local referees. Obviously there would be other costs such as flights and setting myself up in thailand after the course but does it look reputable to people?
2 December, 2016 at 20:27
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the CELTA -its frigging expensive-
It can be, but it’s a very good course. If you’re thinking of teaching for quite some time it can be a good investment.
all the online ones seem very dodgy
Some are, some aren’t. Do your research if you’re thinking of doing an online course – search online thoroughly for the name of the course and read reviews. You can find out a lot from a few hours of digging.
how do you get the 20 hours of teaching experience when your doing it online?
You don’t! That’s one of the drawbacks to online courses. Some offer a weekend practicum or similar. It all depends on where you’re thinking of teaching – have a look at job ads to see the requirements of employers in the countries where you want to work. If all the job ads say they require “CELTA, Trinity or equivalent” or something like that, then they’re looking for a 4 week, classroom based course with the teaching practice, and an online course won’t get you a job. But in some countries it will – check the job ads…
but that seems disreputable too (only $300- thats a 1/10th the CELTA’s price).
Low price doesn’t always mean disreputable. There is a lot of competition between online course providers which drives prices down. Research and digging is normally a better indicator of reputation.
On top of this no one advertises who they are accredited by or what qualifications their instructors have
If there is no accreditation, ask them. Ask them too about the qualifications of their instructors. If they avoid the question or you don’t like the answer, look somewhere else!
I am also considering doing the Trinity CertTESOL as there seems to be a place in thailand offering it … but does it look reputable to people?
Trinity Cert TESOL is equivalent to CELTA in terms of reputation and recognition. All centres offering it have to adhere to stringent requirements in terms of content and quality, so if it is an authorised centre (check the Trinity College website to see if it really is an authorised centre) then you can pretty much guarantee the quality of the course.