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Re: Masters in TESOL?

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Friday, 24 January 2014, at 12:59 p.m.

In Response To: Masters in TESOL? (Zoe)

I have an in classroom TESOL certificate, an unrelated Bachelors degree, and I have been teaching English in China for almost a year. I have primarily been teaching speaking classes with students from 3 to 15 years old at a private school; I also have taught postgraduate university speaking classes, and speaking classes at a local high school.

In the future I want to live and teach in Thailand, the Middle East, South America, and I would like to live in Europe. Iím not sure if I would be able to do that teaching English, but it would be nice. I would also like to earn enough so that I can travel around every holiday I get (and between jobs). I love to travel.

I have been looking at options, but cannot decide on anything. I would have to do an online course and keep working during it.

Does anybody have experience in this area? Is an MA in TESOL useful? If so, then which Universities offer good online courses? Or is an MA not practical, and a Diploma in TESOL better? If so, which universities offer good online TESOL Diplomas? Or, alternatively; is the entire idea not worth much, and I should stick with my TESOL certificate?

Any advice, or suggestions about whether to choose a course, and/or which course to choose would be really good.

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You'd have to check the work permit/visa requirements as well as the qualifications needed for TEFL jobs in Thailand, Europe, and South America. But for the Mid East, you'd need a relevant MA + at least 3 years of university-level teaching experience (gained after you receive your grad degree) for the better jobs. Plus, be aware that experience teaching speaking/conversation English won't get your CV a second look; employers want to see experience teaching writing and reading---the weakest skills for Arabic-speaking university students. Additionally, an MA obtained via online learning isn't likely to be accepted for uni-level positions in Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia might be an option for you with your current qualifications; however, you'd only grab the attention of the sketchiest of contracting companies. Either way, an MA in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, etc., is a smart investment if you plan to make TEFL a serious career. In terms of which online MA in TESOL program to do, I suggest you start with an Internet search for universities in your home country that offer such a program.

Messages In This Thread

Masters in TESOL?
Zoe -- Thursday, 23 January 2014, at 8:50 p.m.
Re: Masters in TESOL?
nomad soul -- Friday, 24 January 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
Re: Masters in TESOL?
Tim -- Monday, 27 January 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
Re: Masters in TESOL?
nomad soul -- Tuesday, 28 January 2014, at 6:27 a.m.
Re: Masters in TESOL?
Tim -- Wednesday, 29 January 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
Re: Masters in TESOL?
nomad soul -- Thursday, 30 January 2014, at 1:50 p.m.

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