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Re: Online TESOL training

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Friday, 24 January 2014, at 2:08 p.m.

In Response To: Online TESOL training (William)

I know some people discourage online certification because of the lack of classroom experience, but I am in my 5th year teaching college level English. I also possess a Masters in English and 9 doctoral credits in TESOL. Does anyone recommend or have experience with a good online program (e.g. Bridge, American TESOL, etc...)

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It's unclear if you're currently teaching English (as a subject) or English as a Second/Foreign Language. But if it's English, be aware it isn't the same as teaching EFL. In fact, many EFL teachers with an MA in English, education, or applied linguistics usually complete a CELTA or other widely-recognized, onsite English language teaching course to complement their degree and increase their employability. The branded certificates (e.g., CELTA, SIT TESOL, and Trinity CertTESOL) are accepted by employers worldwide because they include that critical supervised/assessed teaching practice component (with real students). That is, they're indication that the teacher has received proper teacher training in the field. There are equivalent, non-branded TEFL cert courses that meet these standards as well. You didn't state where you expect to teach EFL, but the lack of a supervised practicum is where online certs fall short and limit not only where one can teach, but also the quality and type of teaching opportunities.

If you're currently teaching EFL/ESL, then be aware that an online TEFL cert on your CV may cause prospective employers to speculate (and not in a good way) why, after 5 years of experience plus 9 TESOL credits into a doctoral program, you finally completed a teaching qualification---and a mediocre one at that. (Not a good question to be asked during an interview either.) And that's even if they take the time to consider your entire CV after seeing an online cert listed. Again, online certs may fit some teaching situations, but that won't include the better paying jobs. You'll find yourself stuck as to where you can teach, or you'll end up spending additional money and time down the road for a quality onsite teaching qualification in order to move up the TEFL food chain.

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Online TESOL training
William -- Wednesday, 22 January 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
Re: Online TESOL training
Stephen -- Friday, 24 January 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
Re: Online TESOL training
Tim -- Friday, 24 January 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
Re: Online TESOL training
nomad soul -- Friday, 24 January 2014, at 2:08 p.m.

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