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  • mojothehelpermonkey
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    21 January, 2014 at 23:43
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    I have researched certifications, it appears either Oxford or Trinity is the gold standard for TEFL certification. For purposes of my question assume a student will choose a school accredited by one of these universities.

    Does the location of your schooling geographically limit where you can teach, particularly during your first year?

    I know the technically correct answer is, "No, the school location does not limit where you can teach geographically." I am looking for the pragmatic answer based on people’s experience. For example, is a first year teacher generally limited to placement based on their school contacts, which one can assume are geographically close to the school.

    Thanks,
    Nate

    Briona
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    22 January, 2014 at 10:52
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    Hi there,

    If by Oxford you mean Oxford Seminars, then I would have to question how much research you’ve actually done! They are about as far from being ‘gold standard’ as you can get!

    The most recognised and reputable courses have one thing in common. They all include a supervised teaching practicum where you are observed and assessed teaching real students (as opposed to your fellow trainees), and it is this that many employers look for. Courses that offer this include the Cambridge CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL and SIT TESOL.

    The Middle East excepted, with any one of these qualifications, subject to meeting visa requirements*, you should be able to teach just about anywhere in your first year.

    *Visa requirements vary around the world. The passport you hold and whether you’re a native English speaker will have some bearing on where you can work, e.g., to teach in Western Europe you MUST have a passport from an EU member state.

    In some countries the issuance of a visa will depend on you having a Bachelor’s degree. Other things that may be taken into consideration include criminal records, general state of health and mental health issues.

    The best thing to do is to look at places you might like to teach, and then check that country’s requirements.

    Briona

    eflsensei
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    24 January, 2014 at 8:12
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    I agree with Briona. In my experience, the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL have been the most widely recognized certifications.

    The location of your school doesn’t necessarily limit where you can work. I got my CertTESOL in Bali and then taught in Thailand my first year. It really depends on where you want to work and how proactive you are about applying for jobs.


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    mojothehelpermonkey
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    24 January, 2014 at 16:10
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    Thanks for your replies.

    That was my mistake; I was referring to the CELTA certification when I typed Oxford; I just confused my schools. But that mistake did clarify my confusion on the exact Certification offered by Trinity … so thanks :D

    I do have a question regarding the Bachelor’s requirement in some countries. Generally speaking is the requirement only for a Bachelors Degree; or does the degree need to be in a teaching related field.

    I asking this question because I have degrees in Civil Engineering and Geology & Geophysics. Again, I understand the answer can only be a generalization.

    Thanks

    eflsensei
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    25 January, 2014 at 3:33
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    Generally, a Bachelor’s degree in anything will do. At the very minimum, employers are looking for someone with a Bachelor’s degree (in any field) and a teaching certificate.

    Of course, the more credentials you have, the better the job you can get.


    EFL Sensei – Free EFL/ESL Lessons for Teaching English Overseas http://www.eflsensei.com

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