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Re: International Tesol BA, is it reputable?

Posted By: RK <>
Date: Tuesday, 30 November 2004, at 10:07 a.m.

In Response To: Re: International Tesol BA, is it reputable? (Scott Sommers)

I am a graduate of the International TESOL Program, have worked for a well-known private school in Mexico for three years, as well as International TESOL and recently taught a course in teacher training for the International TESOL B.A. program. I currently work at a respected university in Mexico and have been involved with arranging a joint venture program with the university and the International TESOL College. ITC is also working with a university in Korea and has plans to build a world-wide network of affiliated universities.
The worst thing I can say about the International TESOL organization is that it is completely non-discriminatory and open to anyone with a highschool education, over the age of 18. This can lend itself to graduates who are ill-suited by their personalities and life experiences to teach and live in foreign cultures.
The Bachelor's and Associate Bachelor's programs have been designed for people with life and teaching experience to give them the opportunity to work abroad. To my knowledge, the degrees are accredited through a university in Houston, Texas. One of the things we need to look at in any post-secondary education is the student's willingness and desire to learn. No matter if a course is the finest in the world, if the student has neither the desire nor the ability to do his or her best, then the course itself is of little use. What is it they say about geniuses? A genius is a person who takes the same thing as everyone else and uses it differently, more effectively. So is it with those who succeed in their desired career of EFL teaching.
Teaching is a somewhat altruistic career and if one has the desire and vocation, one will succeed.
I have hired many graduates of the International TESOL certificate course, some of whom were excellent; others of whom left much to be desired.Unfortunately, in today's world, that is to be expected. People have a tendency to have selective senses - they hear and see what they want to, regardless of the facts. I also know many graduates of the International TESOL certificate course who are in various parts of the world and are successful teachers. These certificates and degrees open the doors for a graduate; it is up to the graduate to succeed.
Remember, International TESOL has only been offering degrees since early this year. The degrees are accredited for use overseas. The organization itself is reputable.

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International Tesol BA, is it reputable?
Bryan Corbin -- Tuesday, 12 October 2004, at 7:36 p.m.
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B.R. de B. -- Thursday, 14 October 2004, at 2:56 a.m.
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The Critic -- Wednesday, 13 October 2004, at 3:57 p.m.
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Guy Courchesne -- Wednesday, 13 October 2004, at 10:15 a.m.
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Scott Sommers -- Thursday, 14 October 2004, at 7:35 a.m.
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Stu -- Saturday, 16 October 2004, at 2:24 a.m.
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Ross Kayed -- Thursday, 11 November 2004, at 9:34 p.m.
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Susie Kearns -- Friday, 12 November 2004, at 11:26 a.m.
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Scott Sommers -- Saturday, 13 November 2004, at 4:18 p.m.
International TESOL College, B.Ed in EFL program
worried -- Saturday, 27 November 2004, at 11:19 a.m.
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Bryn Madoc -- Tuesday, 30 November 2004, at 7:38 p.m.
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Ross Kayed -- Sunday, 28 November 2004, at 6:29 p.m.
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Scott Sommers -- Monday, 29 November 2004, at 7:19 a.m.
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RK -- Tuesday, 30 November 2004, at 10:07 a.m.
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Guy Courchesne -- Wednesday, 1 December 2004, at 7:48 a.m.
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Scott Sommers -- Wednesday, 1 December 2004, at 5:54 a.m.
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Harry Swindells -- Wednesday, 1 December 2004, at 12:15 p.m.
Re: International Tesol BA, is it reputable?
Worried -- Tuesday, 30 November 2004, at 9:03 a.m.

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