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Re: TESOL certification online?

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Sunday, 16 March 2014, at 7:28 p.m.

In Response To: TESOL certification online? (z)

I have a PhD in English Literature from the top research school in Auckland, NZ, and I've got lots of teaching experience at the university level, but I only have a little ESL experience. I'd like to get TESOL certification so I can apply for temporary work overseas or in the states (I'm a US citizen). I wouldn't mind working in China, the UK, etc. So what's my best option? I found an online course that's 120 hours for 250 and another similar course from a different organization for 295. But nothing about these certification programs encourage a sense of commitment -- I'm still sceptical about paying for something that doesn't really get me the credentials I need to apply for jobs that I see online (like at www.jobs.ac.uk).

Any (non biased) advice would really help, and I'm on a limited budget because I'm out of work right now.

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Ditto Spiral's comments about focusing on Asia. Whether you're able to get temporary work is another matter; short-term contracts aren't that common. Full-time and even part-time temporary TESL jobs in a university ESL program in the US are near impossible to get. Moreover, your (unrelated) PhD is very likely to turn off employers who would perceive it as overkill for someone newly qualified for an entry-level TESL position. I suggest you take a look at the Cafe's general jobs discussion forum; there are threads about teaching short-term.

As you think about which countries to teach in, keep in mind that students (and employers) expect instructors with "Dr." in front of their name to really know their stuff. Unfortunately, a low-budget, online TEFL cert won't give you the right stuff nor do they scream "credible" or "serious." As Spiral mentioned, a good TEFL cert course should entail 120 hours of on site instruction and include supervised practice teaching with real students. The CELTA, SIT TESOL, Trinity CertTESOL, and even some non-brand TEFL cert courses meet that criteria. And yes, they also cost more than those bargain-basement, online and adventure-focused TEFL cert courses. You say your funds are limited, but that's the reality of landing the better teaching jobs abroad.

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TESOL certification online?
z -- Friday, 14 March 2014, at 7:07 p.m.
Re: TESOL certification online?
spiral78 -- Sunday, 16 March 2014, at 3:59 a.m.
Re: TESOL certification online?
nomad soul -- Sunday, 16 March 2014, at 7:28 p.m.

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