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Re: Legitimate Certificate

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2013, at 3:37 p.m.

In Response To: Legitimate Certificate (Chris)

I live in the Washington, DC area and am interested in obtaining a certification in TESOL/TEFL. Beyond attending a university, who are the legitimate organizations offering a certificate? Is TESOL.org legit? Oxford seminars? There are so many organizations offering certs, it's difficult to determine what is recognized as legitimate by potential employers.

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Without knowing all the course providers you're referring to, I suspect they're legit companies unless there are numerous complaints about their business practices. It's odd you mention TESOL.org (TESOL International) because it's a major professional association with member affiliations located all over the world. You should consider becoming a member.

Your use of the term 'legitimate' is misplaced. The issue is that entry-level teaching qualifications (AKA TEFL certs) obtained online aren't accepted by every overseas employer because they lack a key element: supervised/observed teaching practice with real students. That is, that you've been properly trained and that your teaching practice has been supervised and assessed. However, inexpensive online cert courses are fine as a taster or refresher for those who want an introduction into TEFL. Ditto for seasoned, licensed content (k-12) educators teaching in a non-English language/cultural environment---notably, in international and public schools overseas.

If you're a newbie expecting adequate training to teach EFL to adult learners, an online TEFL cert may be enough to get you into an entry-level job depending on your target country. (Some employers don't require a TEFL cert because they provide their own training.) However, you're likely to find an online TEFL cert limiting where you can teach and subsequently, you'll end up spending more money down the road for a more suitable teaching qualification that opens doors to more opportunities and boosts your competitiveness for the better-paying jobs.

In terms of onsite TEFL courses, the CELTA, SIT TESOL, Trinity CertTESOL and even some non-brand name, 120-hour TEFL cert courses provide that crucial supervised teaching component. Obviously, the three branded certifcates in this list are the most recognized and thus accepted by employers worldwide. Similarly, university TEFL certs or degree programs that entail a teaching practicum highly appeal to employers.

The CELTA course is offered in the DC area. Another option is to complete the course in the country you want to teach in. Do an Internet search on cambridge CELTA for more info.

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Legitimate Certificate
Chris -- Wednesday, 19 June 2013, at 6:53 a.m.
Re: Legitimate Certificate
nomad soul -- Wednesday, 19 June 2013, at 3:37 p.m.

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