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Re: Experience or TEFL Certificate?

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Monday, 28 January 2013, at 12:50 p.m.

In Response To: Experience or TEFL Certificate? (Jesse)

I've been teaching nearly full-time business English for over 3 years in Germany without a TEFL certificate. I do have a B.A. in a non-related field, but I'm interested in gaining some relevant training and certificate in English training. Originally, I was looking at CELTA or Trinity, but it looks mostly for inexperienced teachers/trainers. I want something more advanced, but also internationally recongnized, particularly in the U.S. where I come from. Of course there's an M.A. at a university, which is likely very expensive, but does anyone have another suggestion?

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The CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL, and even the US-based, SIT TESOL cert aren't just for inexperienced teachers. Their major selling point is the supervised practice teaching and constructive feedback they provide, which is crucial for those who have been teaching without a valid TEFL cert. Plus, teaching ESP isn't the same as teaching EFL. However, if you're looking for something with more substance but without the price tag and long-term commitment of a full-blown MA, you might consider a graduate cert in TEFL/TESOL from an accredited US university. The best grad TEFL cert programs will be taught on campus and will include a practicum component. Additionally, since the courses are part of a master's degree, you would gain credit toward an MA, if that's something you want to pursue later on. An Internet search of government and private universities in your target state(s) will indicate where such programs are offered.

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Experience or TEFL Certificate?
Jesse -- Sunday, 27 January 2013, at 10:54 a.m.
Re: Experience or TEFL Certificate?
oobe3 -- Tuesday, 29 January 2013, at 7:03 a.m.
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Chris Westergaard -- Monday, 28 January 2013, at 2:23 p.m.
Re: Experience or TEFL Certificate?
nomad soul -- Monday, 28 January 2013, at 12:50 p.m.
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Tim -- Monday, 28 January 2013, at 11:08 a.m.
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spiral78 -- Monday, 28 January 2013, at 8:12 a.m.
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Gab -- Thursday, 31 January 2013, at 8:29 a.m.

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