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Re: Tefl accreditation bodies?

Posted By: The Critic
Date: Friday, 28 March 2014, at 2:23 a.m.

In Response To: Tefl accreditation bodies? (Owen A)

Been ages since I've been on.

It's all very well stating that if a course is fun and allegedly rigorous it's fine.

It probably is until you want to move around. Some countries ask for legal validation of certificates when they issue work permits.

The "bogusness" of this organisation isn't the main question because there are a lot of bogus accreditation organisations out there. To be honest, a lot of people don't seem to care.

The problem is portability and acceptance.

Certificates from organisations like this cannot be legally validated because they are not public documents. It works the same way as it does for degrees. A degree from a bona fide university is a public document. A degree from "Joe's university of Life" is not.

This is not to say that every country in the world will shut the door on private certificates but some will.

Regardless of personal opinions about the British Council. They have a huge network of schools around the world. They won't accept private certificates either so yet another door is closed.

There are a huge and unregulated number of cottage industry courses out there. Just be aware that if you take one, you will limit your possibilities. Whether this is a problem or not is a personal matter.

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Tefl accreditation bodies?
Owen A -- Thursday, 7 March 2013, at 2:05 p.m.
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ICAL TEFL -- Saturday, 9 March 2013, at 5:34 a.m.
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spiral78 -- Saturday, 9 March 2013, at 5:14 a.m.
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AfP -- Thursday, 14 March 2013, at 5:27 p.m.
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Martin McMorrow -- Saturday, 9 March 2013, at 3:04 p.m.
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Andrew MacPherson -- Tuesday, 7 January 2014, at 4:07 a.m.
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NickHoffman -- Thursday, 16 January 2014, at 12:03 a.m.
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Sarah Pontis -- Wednesday, 22 January 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
Re: Tefl accreditation bodies?
The Critic -- Friday, 28 March 2014, at 2:23 a.m.

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