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Re: TKT VS Tesol VS EFL

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Sunday, 13 October 2013, at 10:29 a.m.

In Response To: TKT VS Tesol VS EFL (Leonardo)

I am teaching English full time and would like to get certified. The closest certification that I can get which I can do on weekends is the TKT from Cambridge, however I am planning in teaching abroad next year. Is the TKT certification as good or well recognized around the world as the Tesol, EFL etc....? Any feedbback would be appreciatted.

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You really need to conduct better research; there is no such thing as a "TKT certificate" that trains you to become a teacher. The TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) is an exam designed solely to test an individual's basic teaching knowledge, as it's so aptly named. In other words, it's not a course. Additionally, an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) certificate isn't likely to exist either. However, there is such a teaching qualification as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) cert. It's similar in content to a TESOL certificate despite the acronyms.

So what TEFL cert should you get? The most widely recognized are the brand-name certs: CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL, and SIT TESOL. Plus, individually, these teacher training courses are generally available worldwide, which gives you the option of completing your training in the country you plan to teach in. There are acceptable, non-branded TEFL cert courses as well that follow a similar content and structure to the branded certs. Anyway, I suggest you use the job ads in the countries you're interested in to guide you as to which teacher training certificate course you should pursue. The ESL Cafe's country-specific jobs discussion forums are also very informative for teachers expecting to head abroad.

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TKT VS Tesol VS EFL
Leonardo -- Saturday, 12 October 2013, at 12:21 p.m.
Re: TKT VS Tesol VS EFL
Stephen -- Sunday, 13 October 2013, at 3:57 p.m.
Re: TKT VS Tesol VS EFL
majeh -- Monday, 14 October 2013, at 10:06 p.m.
Re: TKT VS Tesol VS EFL
Tim -- Sunday, 13 October 2013, at 3:09 p.m.
Re: TKT VS Tesol VS EFL
nomad soul -- Sunday, 13 October 2013, at 10:29 a.m.

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