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Just purchased a 120 hour TEFL course....

Travel Forums General Talk Just purchased a 120 hour TEFL course....

1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

Taiwan or Korea here I come!

Whoop whoop

Joey

2. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 7y

cool. what do you mean purchased, i thought they paid you to do it in Korea?

3. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

Hope you are doing a CELTA or Trinity Exam...They are both TEFL teaching qualifications, but the qualification that is called a TEFL is not worth the paper it's written on in Europe and even in the Far East the better schools are not accepting teachers who only have a TEFL cert or an online qualification...

Sorry to potentially be the bearer of bad news but if you have bought a TEFL course and not a CELTA or Trinity, try and get your money back asap.

4. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting monkeycat

Hope you are doing a CELTA or Trinity Exam...They are both TEFL teaching qualifications, but the qualification that is called a TEFL is not worth the paper it's written on in Europe and even in the Far East the better schools are not accepting teachers who only have a TEFL cert or an online qualification...

Sorry to potentially be the bearer of bad news but if you have bought a TEFL course and not a CELTA or Trinity, try and get your money back asap.

CELTA or Trinity is NOT needed in Korea. There are not many countries here you HAVE to have a CELTA or Trinity certificate.

5. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

Yes I know that the CELTA and Trinity is not needed in many schools in Korea or many East Asian countries, but....

My point was that if you are going to pay for a course you might as well pay for the one that you can use around the world and not be limited if you ever decide to come to Europe, New Zealand, Australia or North and South America. A 4 week, full-time course costs around the same price so it's a bit of a no brainer really.

On top of that you will probably be better equipped to teach since the TEFL cert and many online courses do not prepare you for being in the classroom adequately. There is often no teaching practice.

My point was to highlight these points and consider them before you pay a lot of money for something that may not be the best product.

6. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Th weekend course is only about £200, the 4 week course is over £1000.

7. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 7y

Yes I know, but the original post by Joey shows that he has bought a 120 hour, ie 4 week course. So I hope he got the goodun.

8. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

I will never have any intention of teaching in Europe so basically based my decision on that.

I have spent my money on a 40 hour online TEFL, 20 hour Grammar certificate, 8 specialist certificates, and a 20 hour weekend course. I paid £396 for it.

I realise that as a 'native speaker' with a degree (is that worth the paper it is written on?? seen as I spent 3 years getting pissed, stoned, eating sweets and enjoying the company of various women before scraping a 2:2) that I could all but pitch up in North Asia and find a job as an English teacher.

I think I would sooner have some kind of idea about how and what to teach so thought that a TEFL might give me a good grounding from which to build upon. I am not intending on making teaching English abroad a long term career so felt that a TEFL, although widely derided as being 'useless' and perhaps only fit for wiping one's derriere on, as adequate for my purposes.

I don't have time or the inclination or indeed, as mentioned, the need to do a week long CELTA or Trinity certificate.

If the TEFL only serves the purpose of providing me with a challenging project outside of work and something to stretch my brain then I am happy enough with that. If it helps in any way when I am in North Asia then thats a bonus I guess.

Thanks for the comments,

Joey ;)

9. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

Having re-read all posts...

I have a years experience of working as a teaching assistant in a Special Educational Needs department. During this time I actually took classes of 25 pupils so feel I have enough practical experience.

Joey

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