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Re: ESL certification

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Saturday, 22 December 2012, at 4:11 p.m.

In Response To: ESL certification (Frederic Straight)

I am looking for a good (at least recognized by most ESL teachers) ESL institution from which I would like to pursue a course and be certified as ESL teacher. I know that CELTA and Trinity are probably the two top ones but the cost of the certification course from these institutions are beyond what I can afford. Since I have had about 3 years' experience teaching EFL at a language school in Seoul, Korea, I believe an online course would be sufficient for me to get my EFL teaching certificate. I have been getting e-mails from Bridge TEFL on-line Master Diploma and the American TESOL Institute. If anyone has had experience with any of these two institutions I would like to hear from you. For that matter, if anyone has completed a TESOL certification course and feel they benefited from such institution, I would also like to hear from you. I am located in the northwest part of Washington State...right next door to Vancouver, BC.

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There's no such thing as a "good" or "recognized" online TEFL cert; neither label adds credibility. (I think you also mean recognized by most employers, not ESL teachers.) The CELTA, SIT, Trinity, etc. are industry standards; however, there are even some general, onsite 120-hour TEFL cert programs that are just as valid (i.e., that also entail at least 6 hours of supervised practice teaching with real students).

There are employers that are only interested in candidates with proof of supervised teacher training. But there also are places that accept online TEFL certs as well as those that don't require any cert at all. Know that an online cert will get you some sort of average TEFL job, but you'll be limited as to where in the world you can teach, and you're not likely to have a competitive edge for the better-paying positions. It all comes down to where you ultimately want to teach and in what type of situation.

Messages In This Thread

ESL certification
Frederic Straight -- Friday, 21 December 2012, at 10:08 p.m.
Re: ESL certification
spiral78 -- Sunday, 23 December 2012, at 4:18 a.m.
Re: ESL certification
nomad soul -- Saturday, 22 December 2012, at 4:11 p.m.
Re: ESL certification
ICAL TEFL -- Saturday, 22 December 2012, at 4:39 a.m.
Re: ESL certification
Frederic Straight -- Wednesday, 26 December 2012, at 1:07 p.m.

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