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TEFL, CELTA or other – which is best to teach in Italy?

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  • Jake
    16 April, 2018 at 13:05
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    Hi there,

    I am British, but I have my heart set on going to Italy to teach English as a second language, but I would really like some advice, as this is all new to me.

    What would be the best course to take? After a bit of research, CELTA seems to be the preferred option, but it does appear very pricey. Not that I want to do it on the cheap, but I do have a budget.

    Would doing a 120/130 hour TEFL course be sufficient? It does seem to be a bit more affordable, but am worried if having a TEFL qualification would limit my chances, as opposed to other qualifications.

    I don’t mind if I am teaching children or adults, in a school or privately, and I don’t mind whereabouts in Italy I would go.

    I am worried about taking a qualification/course that might not help me to find any work.

    Furthermore, I have been learning Italian, and also I am on a short waiting list to do some volunteer work as a classroom assistant at a language school in Scotland, would this enhance my prospects also?

    So if there is anyone out there who can give me some advice on the best course to take it would be massively, massively appreciated, because I really want to get started with this!

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    13 May, 2018 at 6:55
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    Hi Jake – sorry, just seen this.

    All other things being equal, having a CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL will open more doors than another 120 hour course. But not hugely so – not many employers are that strict if they see you have done an equivalent length course from a reputable course provider.

    And, all other things are not equal – it sounds like you’re doing your best to maximise your chances – having some Italian and some teaching experience under your belt (the volunteer work you’ll hopefully be able to do) will help a lot. Any experience you can get as a newly qualified teacher can really help.

    Hope that helps.


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