I’m hoping someone might be able to offer some advice to me…
I’m wanting to commence a course so I can teach English in Italy, and I’m very confused as to which course I should take.
I’m currently working full time as a trainer and will come with 2 years experience teaching adults in a classroom environment. Because of my full time employment, I am looking at studying a course predominantly online. The qualification is called an Advanced TESOL Dioloma which consists of a foundation course plus 5 elective subjects. I’m assured by the reputable (in Australia) training provider that this is a recognised course in Italy and employment will not be difficult. Before I go ahead and commence this course, I was hoping to also get the confirmation from someone “in the know” that TESOL courses are a recognised qualification to carry in Italy? I know CELTA is also recognised however their delivery options won’t suit my situation.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance,
8 October, 2015 at 22:39
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Before you choose the best course for Italy, you need to make sure you’re eligible to work there. If, as your post might suggest, you are Australian, your chances of finding legal work in Italy or anywhere else in Western Europe are slim to none. This is because EU hiring law dictates that employers can only hire a non-EU citizen if there were no suitably-qualified EU citizens who could do the job. For more on the law and finding work in Europe, have a look at my advice guide: http://toiberiaandbeyond.blogspot.com.es/p/teaching-in-europe.html
TEFL, TESL and TESOL are simply acronyms for the industry as opposed to being recognised courses. As you have discovered, the most recognised course for teaching in Europe is the Cambridge CELTA. The Trinity CertTESOL comes a close second. What differentiates these from other courses is that they include a minimum of 6hrs of observed and assessed teaching practice where you teach real students rather than your fellow trainees.
Having had a quick look at the Advanced TESOL Diploma, I can safely say that it’s not the same sort of course and that the schools who insist on a CELTA (or equivalent) will not give that one a second look. It’s little more than an online self-study course which attracts participants with the ridiculous promise of a guaranteed job at the end of it. No provider can guarantee you a job (unless they are prepared to offer you one), and they certainly can’t find you a job abroad if you don’t meet the requirements.