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Re: Good online course to teach online?

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Monday, 17 February 2014, at 12:38 p.m.

In Response To: Good online course to teach online? (Maryann)

Hi, I'm hoping someone can offer me advice on which training program would be best for me. I live in the US. I have a college degree and graduate degree, plus years of work experience. I would like to start teaching English and/or business English via the internet to foreigners. The income does not need to be a supportable wage; I'm just interested in doing this work. I am looking for a TEFL/TESOL online course that is good and decently reputable. I researched CELTA, SIT, and Trinity on the internet, but they all seem quite cumbersome and probably overkill for my goals since I don't plan (right now) to teach overseas. But I'd hate to have to redo my training if I did decide later that I wanted to teach overseas. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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As tedious as the CELTA, SIT, & Trinity courses may seem, be aware these branded TEFL certs are reputable, widely-recognized entry-level teaching qualifications that aren't for just teaching English abroad. But in response to your question, no, an online TEFL cert course that's "good" and "decently reputable" doesn't exist if you plan to represent yourself as a good, reputable teacher whether online or in a physical classroom in the US or overseas. That said, a mediocre (AKA online) TEFL course is better than nothing. Just be prepared to upgrade to one of the branded three or an equivalent non-branded cert if you decide to head abroad.

Another option, however, is to do a few months of volunteer teaching a few nights a week at one of your local, non-profit ESL literacy or refugee organizations. There's usually training involved as well as the opportunity to work in tandem with seasoned ESL teachers who can guide you with lesson planning, classroom management, etc. This obviously isn't a substitute for the standard, 120 hours of onsite teacher training, but it does entail classroom teaching with real students. By the way, I was a volunteer teacher at an ESL literacy program for my practicum for my master's degree. I still use some of what I learned from the other teachers in my current teaching situation.

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Good online course to teach online?
Maryann -- Saturday, 15 February 2014, at 6:13 p.m.
Re: Good online course to teach online?
nomad soul -- Monday, 17 February 2014, at 12:38 p.m.
Re: Good online course to teach online?
Martin McMorrow -- Wednesday, 19 February 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
Re: Good online course to teach online?
Martin McMorrow -- Thursday, 20 February 2014, at 2:53 a.m.

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