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Re: IDELT or Anaheim?

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Sunday, 9 June 2013, at 11:07 a.m.

In Response To: IDELT or Anaheim? (Tesolator)

I'm 57 years old, with a BA in English Lit. I worked as a healthcare educator for over eight years. Two years ago, I closed that door to pursue a career in ESOL. I've been tutoring ESL and TOEFL students since then, enjoying it immensely, and wanting to move forward.

The problem is that I just don't want to go through the MA program. I'm hoping if I can find the right path to walk,then my past experience, my age, and a program that teaches the "meat" of ESL education, would give me what I need to pursue opportunities in and outside of the U.S.

I read alot of good things about the "BridgeTEFL" program (IDELT), and for the money (1000 online/2600 in person), I see what appears to be a strong program (Both courses are endorsed by the University of Northern Colorado). I have also come across a year-long program in California at Anaheim University. They call it an "Undergraduate Diploma," but it is not accredited. Their tuition is 10,000 for a year. Their classes look pretty good, but they make it available to "non-degreed" people only (Which I'm sure I can get around).

So, what do you think? Is the IDELT recognized and is it enough with the experience I already have? Or does the year program make more sense, even though they are not accredited, but seem to offer an academic approach to ESL education?

What's really frustrating for me are the MA programs at anywhere from 500 - on up per credit. I just think it's ridiculous,especially now, when the last thing people my age want to do is get saddled with school loans through a government already comfortable with their hands in my pocket.

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Make this a no-brainer for yourself and get either a CELTA or SIT TESOL---both are recognized worldwide. Let the focus be on the validity of your teaching qualification and experience and not on your age.

By the way, once you have your certifcate and start job hunting, definitely look at ESP opportunities such as English for Medical Purposes, if your knowledge of basic medical terminology and illnesses is still solid.

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IDELT or Anaheim?
Tesolator -- Saturday, 8 June 2013, at 1:26 p.m.
Re: IDELT or Anaheim?
nomad soul -- Sunday, 9 June 2013, at 11:07 a.m.

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