What CAN you do with a TEFL certificate?

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What CAN you do with a TEFL certificate?

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I’ve been reading through all these threads and it seems like you need an actual teaching degree to be able to teach in most countries. I am assuming that means a degree as in 4 years of college before teaching anywhere.

So, in that case, what exactly is the point of taking a TEFL course? What can you do after you finish it? I was looking into taking one in either Guatemala or somewhere in South America.

     
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Tefl courses are great to give you a feel for teaching.  Some countries like Korea are crying out for english teachers and actually pay you quite alot, even with a TEFL.  Teaching volunteer projects are normally cheaper as well.

     
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skyaroundtheworld - 18 September 2011 02:09 PM

it seems like you need an actual teaching degree to be able to teach in most countries. I am assuming that means a degree as in 4 years of college before teaching anywhere.

Nah, unless you are looking to teach a subject in an international school, a specific degree in teaching is not required. A 3 year degree in any field is enough to teach English in most countries.

The point of a TEFL is to give you an excellent grounding in English grammar (which is something we are not taught in depth at school for some reason), and most importantly to give you a ‘feel’ for teaching as DanQ said.

Without my TEFL certificate I would not have felt nearly as happy stepping into a classroom on my first day in my first job.

Having said that it’s perfectly possible to get jobs without a TEFL, as they are not normally required for a working visa. It’s up to you as to how much in the deep end you want to feel on your first day/week/month of teaching.

     
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Ive found that you can use it anywhere apart from OZ and America.

I got help with placements with the people I did my course with, so possibly ask the company you went for, for contacts?

     
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so just a tefl would beenough for teaching in china?

     
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No TEFL needed in most parts of Asia. Get your degree, and then go and experience it!

     
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mannyp - 03 November 2012 04:32 PM

so just a tefl would beenough for teaching in china?

Yeah I’d be interested to know this aswell. I dont have a degree, infact I dont have anything bar experience in construction where I work! Am I completely limited or are they still a few potential options?

     
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sorry, i should know this but do you mean a teaching degree from university or school degree for english?

     
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^ Any university degree is enough .

And Carragher, not that I’m advocating it but around half the teachers in my city don’t have degrees or TEFL or anything. It can be done. Just ask James1985!

     
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and if you dont have degrees, you would be doing it illegaly? What would happen if youd would get caught?

     
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mannyp - 04 November 2012 02:45 PM

and if you dont have degrees, you would be doing it illegaly? What would happen if youd would get caught?

I’ve heard terrible things about Thai jails.

     
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and china?

     
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Lunny - 04 November 2012 02:25 PM

^ Any university degree is enough .

And Carragher, not that I’m advocating it but around half the teachers in my city don’t have degrees or TEFL or anything. It can be done. Just ask James1985!

Cheers mate! Defo going to have a look in to this I think.

     
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i dont have a degree and have no problem at all in getting jobs. I do have a Tefl, which is more relevant than a degree in many subjects.

     
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UK-TEFL do 2 and 3 day Standard courses for anyone; even if you don’t have teaching experience or have a degree. If you are experienced in teaching and lesson planning, there is a 2 day Advanced course.
The 20 or 28 hour course gives you the qualification to teach English as a foreign lanaguge full time. Once you pass the course, you recieve a free one month trial to view all the teaching placements. They vary from voluntary, short term and long term placements.
UK-TEFL also offer money saving bundles that can save you upto £170. They include the accredited NCFE certificate and various teaching guides and lesson plans.

     
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A TEFL without the 16 hours classroom experience isn’t really worth anything anyway.