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  • gordon
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    10 April, 2009 at 16:01
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    Hi, well I have finally made up my mind and decided to give teaching English a go. I have been wanting to do this for such a long time now and my personal circumstance’s at the moment allow me to finally go and do it.

    But, I have a few question’s that I could do with some help answering, I will try and put this down in a comprehensible format because I have so many things in my mind that I need clearing up, so here goes……..

    1. I don’t have a degree, although I have been working with a youth charity organisation here in the UK for quite a while, my role’s were to help develop new programs, run development session’s with groups of young adults aged 14-30 and also to delver training to staff, so in terms of getting up in front of a class and teaching doesn’t phase me, but I have never taught English and often thought how will I go about this, do the school’s have a syllabus they stick to? and you basically just teach what’s in their syllabus?, and would there be support?

    2.The 3 course providers i was looking into were i to i, TEFL Scotland and also Intesol, does anyone have any experience, especially lookin for info on TEFL Scotland and Intesol, all three of these organisations offer online training plus placements.

    I realise with doing an online course and taking the placement option through these companies will mean I probably won’t get the best paying jobs and restrict me to where they can place me. My thinking is that with not having much experience teaching English but having experience teaching and delivering training to groups, that the online course will do me just now and I know im taking the easy option using a placement provider but will give me the opportunity to get some experience, see if I enjoy teaching then if I do look into the Celta, what do you guy’s think of my grandmaster plan?

    3. Or, if I can save the money in time I was thinking of doing my Celta. Could someone clear up what is te most accepted, Celta, Tefl, Delta ect as im lost with all these different courses.

    If I was going to do my Celta or whatever I would b looking to probably do it in Thailand, can anyone tell me how reputable the schools are in Thailand, would a Celta gained from Thailand be worth less in employers eye’s than say one gained from the UK?

    And finally, if I decided to go down the route of getting my Celta and not using the organisations which place you and got my Celta 4 week course, that along with my own working experience would I be able to find decent paying jobs in countries like Thailand, China and other Asian countries without a degree? and if not is there anyway around it without having to go to Uni and get a degree, I mean legal not with fake certificates and all that rubbish, I wouldn’t go down that route as I care passionately about helping people and me personally im not out to fool anyone or wing my way through teaching.

    Well that’s all, im so so sorry for the long post but all these things I feel I need cleared up by people with expereience and any help on my enquiry would be so much appreciated, many thank’s for taking the time to read this, I will shut up now! Lol

    cheers

    Gordon

    gordon
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    13 April, 2009 at 19:58
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    Reply To: tefl scotland, intesol, i to i plus just need some info

    Is there anyone who can answer any of my querie’s ?

    ICAL_Pete
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    14 April, 2009 at 12:41
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    Reply To: tefl scotland, intesol, i to i plus just need some info

    … I have a few question’s that I could do with some help answering, I will try and put this down in a comprehensible format because I have so many things in my mind that I need clearing up, so here goes…

    1. I don’t have a degree, although I have been working with a youth charity organisation here in the UK for quite a while, my role’s were to help develop new programs, run development session’s with groups of young adults aged 14-30 and also to delver training to staff, so in terms of getting up in front of a class and teaching doesn’t phase me, but I have never taught English and often thought how will I go about this, do the school’s have a syllabus they stick to? and you basically just teach what’s in their syllabus?, and would there be support?

    A good online course should provide you with a general understanding of the principles behind teaching English as a second or foreign language, as well as practical ideas on how to make any lesson a fruitful and enjoyable experience for both yourself and your students.

    2.The 3 course providers i was looking into were i to i, TEFL Scotland and also Intesol, does anyone have any experience, especially lookin for info on TEFL Scotland and Intesol, all three of these organisations offer online training plus placements.

    I realise with doing an online course and taking the placement option through these companies will mean I probably won’t get the best paying jobs and restrict me to where they can place me. My thinking is that with not having much experience teaching English but having experience teaching and delivering training to groups, that the online course will do me just now and I know im taking the easy option using a placement provider but will give me the opportunity to get some experience, see if I enjoy teaching then if I do look into the Celta, what do you guy’s think of my grandmaster plan?

    Job opportunities abound in the ELT world so focus on the quality of the course rather than whether a supposedly “guaranteed” job comes with it or not.

    Also be sure you don’t end up paying more for your course just because it includes job placement. These placements are often a one off opportunity. You don’t have much saying in where you can go and what you can expect. It is basically: either this or nothing.

    3. Or, if I can save the money in time I was thinking of doing my Celta. Could someone clear up what is te most accepted, Celta, Tefl, Delta ect as im lost with all these different courses.

    CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is simply a Certificate awarded by Cambridge ESOL.

    It is a fairly intensive certificate program in terms of finance, workload and commitment, and a bit of an overkill if you are on a gap year or just trying out teaching for a while. Unless your intention is to remain within the ESL industry and build a career for yourself in this field then you could quite happily opt for a basic TESL/TEFL Certificate.

    In most places the basic requirements for entry level teaching positions are a degree plus a TESL/TEFL certificate – not necessarily a CELTA.

    CELTA is undoubtedly a popular qualification especially in Europe, but has far less clout in other parts of the world like Asia, for example.

    It really depends on where you want to teach and at what level.

    Quality online TESL/TEFL Certificates are also widely accepted.

    DELTA is a teaching qualification at Diploma level. The sequence is usually Certificate, Diploma, MA.

    If I was going to do my Celta or whatever I would b looking to probably do it in Thailand, can anyone tell me how reputable the schools are in Thailand, would a Celta gained from Thailand be worth less in employers eye’s than say one gained from the UK?

    And finally, if I decided to go down the route of getting my Celta and not using the organisations which place you and got my Celta 4 week course, that along with my own working experience would I be able to find decent paying jobs in countries like Thailand, China and other Asian countries without a degree? and if not is there anyway around it without having to go to Uni and get a degree, I mean legal not with fake certificates and all that rubbish, I wouldn’t go down that route as I care passionately about helping people and me personally im not out to fool anyone or wing my way through teaching.

    As with any job, the more you have to offer in terms of qualifications and experience, the better your chances of landing a well paid job with opportunities for advancement. Having said that not having a degree does not always prevent one from teaching and there are many teachers working around the world without it. Just remember that in some countries a degree is an essential requirement to obtain a work permit and teach legally.


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