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  • Canadian Teacher
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    11 October, 2016 at 13:29
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    Greetings!
    I am a Canadian certified teacher (BA in Education) with 11 years teaching experience in the elementary school setting in Canada.

    I have only taught native English speakers and children. (Hence, no ESL training nor teaching teens/adults).

    I am a Canadian citizen with no EU standing.

    GOAL: I would like to teach in Europe (first choice would be southern Italy) and Asia (2nd choice). I would prefer to work in a language school first and then, International Schools.

    QUESTION: CELTA or TESOL??

    CELTA training is about 2x the price ($2,500 Cdn) and full time in day (which means one can’t hold a daytime job). 4 weeks in total.

    TESOL training is about $1750.00 Cdn, during evenings, (3x/week plus each Saturday- so one can have day job). About 6 weeks in total.

    BOTH are accredited and accepted as official certification programs by TESL Canada. BOTH are 100 hours theory and 20 hours practicum. BOTH ensure I get training hours with “real” adult/teen learners (not pretend students).

    So, which is better given my goals?
    1-It seems CELTA is much more welcomed in Europe or will TESOL be “okay” given I already have a degree in Education and teaching experience?
    2- If I go the way of International Schools (since I do not have EU passport and it seems Language Schools have to legally give preference to EU citizens), do these schools prefer CELTA or TESOL? OR, does my training & experience as a teacher count as “enough” in International Schools??

    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! I totally want to acquire ESL skills but I want to invest my $ wisely!

    dan
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    20 October, 2016 at 15:00
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    QUESTION: CELTA or TESOL??

    For teaching in Europe, your main hurdle will be the lack of EU citizenship, not whether you have a CELTA or TESOL. If the TESOL course you’re referring to is a 120 hour course with teaching practicum, then this will be almost as accepted as CELTA by language schools. I say almost because there are some employers who, either overtly or covertly, still have a preference for CELTA, even if you can show that your TESOL course is to all intents and purposes the same. But as I say this will be, at most, a minor limiting factor, compared to the bigger one of not being an EU citizen. Now, there are a very large number of Americans and Canadians working in language schools in Europe so it’s far from impossible, just more difficult.

    Your background in education may give you an edge over other teachers with no ESL teaching experience, but won’t give you the edge over someone with one year or two years of ESL teaching experience (all other things being equal).

    As for international schools, I don’t know I’m afraid. I’ll have to leave that part of the answer to someone else…

    Hope that helps.

    Dan

    Canadian Teacher
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    22 October, 2016 at 4:40
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    Thanks very much for your reply Dan.

    I’ve decided to go for the CELTA and take the route of a one yr contract in an International School in EU where ESL training will give me a bit of an additional edge (some International Schools have a high population of local students- hence it’s more ESL teaching). International Schools, it appears, do not seem to be “as bound” to hiring EU citizens- but I need to investigate this a little more. Then, as I teach on the premises, the plan is to check-in with language schools and see what can be done- if anything.

    Oh, I have also been thinking- it depends on how Brexit plays out… perhaps in the near future, English teachers will also be considered foreign. This may therefore open the door to more American, Australian & Canadian teachers in EU. Time will tell.

    Be well,
    Cdn Teacher

    dan
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    24 October, 2016 at 8:53
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    Oh, I have also been thinking- it depends on how Brexit plays out… perhaps in the near future, English teachers will also be considered foreign. This may therefore open the door to more American, Australian & Canadian teachers in EU. Time will tell.

    It’s certainly a possibility! Good luck.

    Dan

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