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Re: Certification: Legit or Useless??

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2013, at 3:05 a.m.

In Response To: Certification: Legit or Useless?? (Aaron Olafson)

This inquiry isn't targeted for any particular course or country of study. I see quite a few websites offering beyond the 120-hour introductory course required by most schools. The 2 main ones are individual certs for teaching young kids or teaching business professionals. I've heard both sides of the fence from different schools/companies. The ones that don't offer them say that the intro 120-hour course is applied to all teaching scenarios, and the ones offering them say they are invaluable and are offered for those who are seeking specialized training for their needs. Any feedback would be great.

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Without knowing which cert providers you're referring to, the simple answer is 'marketing.' The TEFL certificate provider business is just that: a business. In order to compete with hundreds of other TEFL cert schools, many use slick marketing ploys to grab the attention and wallets of teacher-wannabes.

That's not to say TEFL cert courses targeting young learners as well as those for business professionals lack value in terms of content; there's a marked difference between teaching children and leading classes for adult learners. It's just that there's no guarantee that prospective employers worldwide will accept them. Frankly, it's better to use the requirements indicated on job ads as your guide and not on a cert provider's website.

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Certification: Legit or Useless??
Aaron Olafson -- Monday, 25 March 2013, at 5:51 p.m.
Re: Certification: Legit or Useless??
nomad soul -- Wednesday, 27 March 2013, at 3:05 a.m.
Re: Certification: Legit or Useless??
Tim -- Tuesday, 26 March 2013, at 11:08 a.m.

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