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Re: TESL + Library Science

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, at 7:42 a.m.

In Response To: TESL + Library Science (Kate)

I recently graduated with a Master's degree in Library Science. The job market isn't so good right now, and I'd really like to go abroad. I'd love to get some teaching experience as well, since an increasing number of library jobs involve instruction. So I'm thinking of trying to get a tesl certification. I do have some instruction experience, but mostly on a volunteer basis, and not in a formal classroom environment.

-Will not having prior teaching experience or a teaching license hold me back? Also, how could I get teaching experience...are there programs that include a lot of teaching practicum along with the theory?
-Do any teaching jobs include an opportunity to volunteer in other areas of school (ie the library!)
-For programs such as EPIK, is it better to do the program and then get a TEFL cert, or get the certification beforehand? Considering that a master's degree is technically a qualification for this program.

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Nope, "technically," an MLS doesn't come close to qualifying you to teach English as a foreign language in the same way an MA in language education, teaching, applied linguistics, English, TESOL, etc., does. Yet, some entry-level TEFL jobs require teachers to just have a degree---any degree. In terms of an entry-level, English language teaching qualification, the CELTA, SIT TESOL, and Trinity CertTESOL are at the top and appeal to overseas employers because they include supervised teaching practice with real students. Something to think about if you want to compete for the better jobs worldwide and plan to make TEFL a career. (It's best to complete the certificate course before heading abroad.) Obviously, the addition of a TEFL-related masters degree would be quite beneficial in the long run.

It sounds like you really want to find a position that allows you to use your degree, and that's understandable. Unfortunately, it's hard to say if teaching EFL offers the opportunity to do library work since it depends on the teaching situation. But frankly, if you already have a couple of years of library experience under your belt, why not consider pursuing work overseas as a librarian in an international school, public k-12 school, or higher education? A teaching license from your state increases your opportunities for school positions. Anyway, do an Internet search using: international jobs library. Similarly, Teachaway's site might have info on library positions overseas.

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TESL + Library Science
Kate -- Monday, 9 September 2013, at 7:22 p.m.
Re: TESL + Library Science
Tim -- Tuesday, 10 September 2013, at 11:53 a.m.
Re: TESL + Library Science
nomad soul -- Wednesday, 11 September 2013, at 7:42 a.m.
Re: TESL + Library Science
Erica -- Saturday, 21 September 2013, at 1:22 p.m.

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