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  • bergstedt
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    27 January, 2011 at 17:48
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    Hi. I am a Swedish resident. I looked into taking the online TEFL to study English abroad.
    I am very use to English, (English education in Sweden starts at 3rd grade upto last year of high school). So my English is better then most Europeans. I also studied one year abroad in US where my english improved. I also took a TOEFL-test to study in the US where I scored 50 out of 120 a couple of years ago.

    The problem is, there is only the online certificate available in Sweden. And I am not a nativespeaker. What do you guys think of my chances to be hired abroad as an English teacher?
    Do you know anyone else with English as a second language that are or have been teaching throuh TEFL?

    Thank you very much for responses, it would really help me out.

    PS. i have no teaching experience whatsoever.

    jen.esl
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    9 February, 2011 at 13:35
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    Reply To: Taking online TEFL as a nonnative speaker

    Unfortunately, there is still a strong prejudice in the tefl industry regarding hiring non-native speakers as teachers. Many schools advertise based on an exclusively native-speaker teaching staff.

    The only way most reputable schools will consider hiring a non-native speaker is if that person has passed an internationally recognised, 120-hour qualification with a minimum of 15 hours observed teaching – i.e. NOT an internet course.

    Your best bet is to take a CELTA or a Trinity TESOL.

    jder
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    9 February, 2011 at 20:02
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    Reply To: Taking online TEFL as a nonnative speaker

    The preference for native tutors is still very strong (as jen said) but some countries are less strict about this. It all depends on the supply of English teachers in the country where you want to teach. If you want to teach in Sweden then research what is needed there. If you want to teach in a specific country a good idea is call some language schools there and ask them what they usually look for. This will give you a good idea about your chances of going to that country and what qualifications you would need.

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