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1. Posted by Loraine (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi all, Just wondered if anyone has done an online tefl and put it too use am considering one due the reduction in price. I am travelling in six weeks so need to saved the old pennies.
Any advice greatly received. Thankyou, Loraine

2. Posted by Futureguy4 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Do you already have a Bachelor's degree? If not, the TEFL is useless. You might be able to score an under-the-table job, but with no degree, you won't get a work visa...

In my experience, TEFL qualifications will improve your chances of getting work only if you have no teaching experience.

If you're young, white, and female (assuming you have a degree), don't sweat it. Save your money. Send out a resume with a nice picture and you'll be set.

Korea is a breeze to get work, plus they throw in round trip airfare and an apartment. As a second choice, I recommend Taiwan. Forget Japan -- too many teachers there already, fighting for crumbs from an ever-dwindling pie...

Good luck!

3. Posted by deanvent (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

-snip-I dont think you always need a degree, some countries will let you teach (legally!) with the Tefl certificate if you are a native speaker. good luck!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

4. Posted by sj_mb (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

I also did the online TEFL cert with i-to-i. In Hong Kong it was necessary (plus having a Bachelors Degree) for getting sponsorship. It really depends on where you're going though, each country has different rules.

As a Brit you could get a WHV for Japan and then you won't necessarily need a degree to teach as a Native English teacher (in some language schools).

All depends on what you want to do. It was definitely necessary for me in Hong Kong, but I actually found it fairly irrelevant to my job as a kindergarten teacher. My experience with kids was far more useful.

In Japan you don't need it to get a job, but if you have no experience it might help you feel more confident about what you're getting into!