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Re: English First vs CELTA

Posted By: Sojourner
Date: Saturday, 16 November 2013, at 9:08 p.m.

In Response To: English First vs CELTA (katy)

Katy,

Your query re EF in China should have been posted to Dave's China fora.Also, if you were to do a search, you will find quite a few threads re EF in China.

Anyway, although some people have had positive experiences with EF, most people who have worked at EF centres are far from impressed ! Something else to keep in mind.EF is TEFL's equivalent to McDonalds - this accounts for the common description of EF as "McEnglish" or "McLanguage", meaning that the approach to the teaching of English at any EF centre that you happen to go to, will be pretty much the same ( just like Big Macs all around the world are very much the same !).Also, just as all McDonalds outlets are franchises, so is the case with EF.Thus, whether one has a good or bad experience at EF would probably depend very much on the EF centre one happens to have worked at ( the "good" or "bad" experiences would, probably, be due to the style of management at the EF centre in question, and the hours of work; rather than feelings of frustration with the EF approach to language teaching ).

If this will be your first EFL teaching experience, it is probably best that you go to a good language school, where (if you have a good DOS) you'll be given help in classroom management, lesson preparation, etc.But, unfortunately, in many language teaching chains,the approach to language teaching might be based on outmoded theories.If you want to work in a good language school, someone on Dave's China fora might be able to recommend one.After you have had some useful teaching experience, you would be much better prepared to teach in China's uni/college sectors; where, normally, one is not given much assistance in how to teach ( thus, not the best places for newbies).

You also enquired aabout CELTA.For most jobs in China, it would appear that teaching qualifications such as CELTA are usually not required.If you were to undergo CELTA training before starting in a language school, you might be expected to follow that school's approach rather than what you learnt during your CELTA course.Nevertheless, I still consider CELTA to be worth doing.

As I mentioned earlier, submit any queries that you might have re EF to Dave's China fora.

Good luck !

Peter

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English First vs CELTA
katy -- Friday, 15 November 2013, at 7:31 a.m.
Re: English First vs CELTA
Sojourner -- Saturday, 16 November 2013, at 9:08 p.m.
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Aaron -- Saturday, 16 November 2013, at 4:47 a.m.
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Stephen -- Friday, 15 November 2013, at 1:44 p.m.
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Tim -- Friday, 15 November 2013, at 12:06 p.m.
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Erica Fairchild -- Monday, 18 November 2013, at 4:50 p.m.
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Dan -- Wednesday, 4 December 2013, at 6:57 a.m.

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