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11. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey, sorry to hijack the thread, but just wondering if anyone could help me out with regard to this teaching malarkey. My girlf has an i-to-i tefl qualification and a degree. I don't have any tefl qualification but have a good degree and speak "home counties" English (was told this is always a plus point when teaching abroad).

Do you think I'll have any trouble finding work if I wanted to do so in Korea? Just wondering and looking to hear from your experience. Any help is greatly appreciated.

12. Posted by Peaches (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi I know that with the type of places you are placed with at i-to-i you have to have a degree and TEFL qualification. Obviously you can find your own placements in Korea without a company doing it for you but I would think you might be required to have done a TEFL course, even if it wasn't essential I would think it would be a great benefit. You can do online courses checkout www.onlinetefl.com.
The package I am doing includes the 60 hour course but to do it sperately is only about £195, which seems pretty good to me.

13. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, that's the one my girlfriend has done. Cheers for the info though.

14. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi, i a,mm currently working for a company teaching english in Japan. You didnt need a TEFL qualification for them, all they wanted was a degree and some experience of working with kids and heaps of enthusiasm. I think there are a lot of companies out there who dont necessarily require a TEFL as long as you have some experience of teaching / working with kids in general.

Hope this is useful, and if u have any questions about the teaching in Japan or anything let me know. ONly been here 2 weeks, but am slowly getting used to it!!


15. Posted by Windmill (Full Member 125 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cheers Nicola, good to have confirmation from someone who has actually been there and done it. i have heard stories but no-one had actually confirmed that what you say is true. I have experience in coaching kids hockey for 4 years (plus have a coaching qualification) and have also been head of training for a radio station so I guess that experience is sufficient?

Many thanks for your help Nicola (and everyone else too).

16. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nicola
Forgot to mention in my previous mail to you and then realized I might be too late anyway. Well it may help millions of other so... Don`t bring much. You can buy what you need here. However, english reading material is expensive. Of course if you are not Japanese girl size, make sure you bring alot of clothes or shopping may be a chore!

17. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

In response to the hijack. I had a TESL and a degree and had no problem getting a job here in Japan but I dont think the TESL had that much to do with it. It does put you a little above others that don`t have it during the screening process. But if you have a white face(no offense to the nonwhite faces, I don`t do the hiring here in Japan) and home country english you should have no worries. I`ve heard that there are alot less teachers in Korea than Japan so if you are there in the flesh I am sure people will hire you over someone who is applying from overseas TEFL or not.

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