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Re: would appreciate any advice

Posted By: spiral78
Date: Tuesday, 11 December 2012, at 10:17 a.m.

In Response To: would appreciate any advice (Jon Jeter)

This is a very international forum and it's unlikely anyone will want to phone you. We need to consider time difference; mine to NYC is +6, for example.

I notice that ICAL is advocating for online courses, stating that 'most' employers will accept these. It's true for some regions (Asia) and not for others (not-Asia). Take care when considering advice given by course providers, obviously!

As another poster has noted, the basic course that is recognized everywhere is 120+ hours onsite (usually 30 days) and includes actual supervised teaching practice with real students, not peer trainees.

Take note that being proficient with the language, as you likely are from your background, doesn't imply that you'll be proficient at conveying what you know to non-native speakers. The courses aren't mostly about the language, but about how to go about teaching it; an important distinction.

There are some good reasons to take a course in the country where you want to start teaching. Your practice teaching students will be really representative of those you'll be working with when you start, your course provider can give you invaluable info regarding reputable local employers, and the other trainees on the course can provide your first social network in country.

As others have said, it's a good idea to move over to the Job Discussion board and to read through some posts on the country-specific forums, to get a better idea of what certification will work for the country(ies) you are interested in, and how best to approach successfully finding work there.

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would appreciate any advice
Jon Jeter -- Monday, 10 December 2012, at 8:56 a.m.
Re: would appreciate any advice
ICAL TEFL -- Tuesday, 11 December 2012, at 3:11 a.m.
Re: would appreciate any advice
StringerBell -- Monday, 10 December 2012, at 8:31 p.m.
Re: would appreciate any advice
Stephen -- Monday, 10 December 2012, at 10:35 a.m.
Re: would appreciate any advice
Global Teacher -- Tuesday, 11 December 2012, at 9:49 p.m.
Re: would appreciate any advice
spiral78 -- Tuesday, 11 December 2012, at 10:17 a.m.

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