The TEFL certificate

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  • scrubmuncher
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    16 January, 2009 at 11:19
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    What does this certificate state, online course, weekend intensive, hours, pass grade?

    I’m confused after 2 different replies from 2 different course suppliers

    ThomasTopham
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    16 January, 2009 at 11:32
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    Reply To: The TEFL certificate

    There is no "TEFL Certificate". TEFL stands for "Teaching English as a Foreign Language", and there a tonne of people offering training in this area.

    In terms of specific certificates that are recognised and carry some weight with future employers, you want to search for CELTA, Trininty, or SIT TESOL Certificate courses.

    The things that make these good: practical component, competence based (i.e., not everyone passes the course and gets a certificate), externally assessed, and experienced trainers.

    "Bob’s TEFL Course" might be quite good, but if it doesn’t have the above elements I would look elsewhere.

    Hope this helps.


    Thomas Topham Head of Teacher Training The MODERN Institute http://www.themoderninstitute.eu

    scrubmuncher
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    16 January, 2009 at 13:05
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    Reply To: The TEFL certificate

    How would I assure a future employer I had taken some form of training without some form of certificate?

    dan
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    16 January, 2009 at 13:34
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    I think any TEFL course that you take, as with any other type of training course, should provide you with a tangible certificate of some kind. If the course can’t provide this, I would question the usefulness of taking the course!!

    Dan

    scrubmuncher
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    16 January, 2009 at 17:47
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    Reply To: The TEFL certificate

    I presume from this a standard certificate does not exist. This is not as straight forward or regulated as I would expect.

    dan
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    17 January, 2009 at 18:32
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    There is a standard certificate for some qualifications, such as the CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL – you will be presented with the same certificate wherever you take a CELTA course in the world, for example.

    Other organisations which offer TEFL courses will each have their own certificate, because the courses they offer are not the same as each other.

    In terms of recognition, the CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL are probably the most recognised around the world. For other qualifications, employers will tend to look at the duration, content, inclusion of observed teaching practice within the course and so on, and have their own criteria in terms of these factors as to what to recognise/accept.

    Hope this helps.

    Dan

    ICAL_Pete
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    19 January, 2009 at 15:31
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    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 only TESL/TEFL Certificates are also widely accepted.

    There are many good schools around the world that will happily accept TESL/TEFL Certificates issued by reputable organizations other than Cambridge, so you can shop around.

    Check what course providers have to offer. Ask for their course syllabus and compare them. Check their tutors’ credentials. Make sure the course requires some actual work on your part and it is not based on “Yes or No” answers or “Read This Unit and Summarize It” type of coursework. Try and find out what other students who have taken the course say about it. Basically do as much research as you can.

    Also check the posts on independent sites like TEFLCourseReview and TEFLWatch. These are sites where TESL/TEFL courses and course providers are independently reviewed and rated.

    http://www.teflcoursereview.com/ical-on … -training/

    http://www.teflwatch.com/index.php/board,44.0.html


    ICAL Quality Online TEFL Training since 1998

    ssurgener
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    26 January, 2009 at 16:51
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    I have 18 years of teaching experience, a BS in Education, and a Masters Degreee in Secondary Educaiton. Do I need a TEFL certification to teach?

    tamzin
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    27 January, 2009 at 8:54
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    It really depends on where you want to teach. Could you be more specific?

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