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TEFL versus CELTA for employment in Rome, Italy

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  • Mel
    12 June, 2013 at 7:55
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    I am new to this forum and I have just commenced reseraching the different options and certifications required to teach english in Italy.

    I have researched some job sites and have realised that the CELTA certification is the most recognised however it is so expensive!!

    If there are any teachers in this forum or anyone with some knowledge and experience in this field, i would really liek to know if this is a prerequisite in getting placed in schools, learning centres. Would i be more likely to be employable with a CELTA qualification.

    Also do the employers help with visa applications when employing a person? Or is this a whole other process separate to gaining employment.

    Looking forward to hearing some feedback Thanks!

    8 July, 2013 at 15:40
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    Reply To: TEFL versus CELTA for employment in Rome, Italy

    Hi Mel,

    You asked “different options and certifications required to teach English” – the problem is that required is the wrong word.

    There’s no state regulation in Italy that requires certain qualifications, like in Ireland, but it depends on the employer.

    Some schools will hire you if you’re a native speaker and have a pulse – needless to say they tend to be the schools that teachers avoid, normally for good reason. Most schools have requirements, which are more or less flexible depending on your profile and on how pushed they are for staff availability. Other schools also have requirements, but they are more of an absolute bare minimum.

    There’s a good chart half-way down this page which explains what schools here require and what they prefer in terms of teaching certificates, degrees and NS vs NNS:

    There are also some hard numbers about which teaching qualifications are best on one of the other pages there.

    Hope it helps,

    http://www.tjtaylor.net/english/ – TJ Taylor – Business English in Milan for companies and professionals since 2003

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