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Which course to take for TEFL in France for a qualified teacher?

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  • TorqTorq
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    4 May, 2018 at 19:14
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    New to the forum and would really appreciate some advice.

    I’m a qualified Geography teacher with 10 years experience of teaching a range of national curriculum subjects and want to move to France to teach. I would like to get a position with an international school, but I realise they are few and far between so I’m also thinking of doing a TEFL course to change to teaching English as a foreign language in one of the more numerous language schools and some personal tutoring.

    I’m firstly wondering which course to choose (it will be an online one). I know CELTA is the most highly respected, but I thought I might be able to get away with a basic TEFL course considering my past experience and qualifications, or do people think that won’t be the case? To be honest I’m just trying to save myself time and money for my move.

    Thanks.

    teflonline@teachaway.com
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    9 May, 2018 at 21:46
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    As a licensed teacher, TEFL is enough

    Hi there!

    You are correct that as a licensed teacher you already have excellent teaching qualifications, so an EFL/ESL designation would be a boost to your resume rather than a required qualification.

    CELTA and TEFL are very different and unique certifications. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages) is accredited by Cambridge University and will grant you a diploma. A TEFL is an internationally recognized certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and will grant you a certificate.

    For a certified teacher like yourself, you will likely find TEFL will provide you with more than enough training on teaching ESL/EFL and will certainly be enough to get you noticed.

    Unlike CELTA, there is no accrediting body to govern the standards of TEFL courses. This means, that although TEFL is internationally recognized as an ESL teaching certification and the requirement of most jobs, anyone can design and sell a TEFL course. When choosing a TEFL certification, it is most important to select a course from a reputable provider recognizable to international employers.

    When it comes to the OISE University of Toronto TEFL course, not only is it offered by a top-20 university, but it’s also online and self-paced so you can set your own schedule and work on the course any day at any time.

    Use coupon TEFL23 to ave $50 on the 120 or 150-hour course when you enroll here: https://teflonline.teachaway.com/enroll/

    Best of luck!

    dan
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    13 May, 2018 at 6:50
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    CELTA is less important in France

    Hi TorqTorq

    In France, less importance is given to whether your course is a CELTA or not than in some other countries. That’s probably to do with how you typically find teaching work in France. It’s less common to get a full-time contract with one language school than it is in, say, Spain. What typically happens is that you build up work as a freelance teacher – a few hours with one language school here, some private hours there…

    This means that word of mouth and demonstrable ability to teach are often more important factors than the name of the course you took (for this reason, your teaching experience will help). That’s not to say that it isn’t important – all other things being equal, taking a four week classroom based course will still stand you in better stead than a more basic online course. But I’ve seen some teachers in France who have an online qualification build up a full time teaching schedule (over time) without any problem.

    I also want to comment on the previous reply:

    CELTA and TEFL are very different and unique certifications. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages) is accredited by Cambridge University and will grant you a diploma. A TEFL is an internationally recognized certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and will grant you a certificate.

    Unlike CELTA, there is no accrediting body to govern the standards of TEFL courses.

    I think this only confuses matters. CELTA is a TEFL course. It’s not the case that CELTA is one thing and TEFL is another. CELTA is one TEFL course that happens to be very well known and respected, and is accredited by Cambridge. Other TEFL courses are less reputed and recognised, generally speaking, and have different accreditation (or no accreditation at all in some cases). But they are all TEFL courses, CELTA included.

    The distinction made in the above reply between certificate and diploma is also not very helpful. Different TEFL course providers call their qualifications different things. Some call them diplomas to make them sound more grand. (Cambridge, by the way, have two different qualifications. The CELTA is what they call a certificate and is an entry level course. The Delta is what they call a diploma and is a more advanced course for experienced teachers.) This aside, what’s important is what’s in the course, not whether someone’s arbitrarily decided to call it a certificate or a diploma.

    Hope that helps.

    Dan

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