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by kaithegreene
07 Jul 2013, 14:23
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: HELP! TEFL job in UK - worth it?
Replies: 8
Views: 10615

Re: HELP! TEFL job in UK - worth it?

I enjoyed the variety of teaching academic year contracts around Europe and summer school in Britain for several years. Summer schools in Britain give you experience of teaching multi-lingual classes and it all helps to build up a range of experience.
by kaithegreene
07 Jul 2013, 14:05
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA - UK or abroad
Replies: 4
Views: 6986

Re: CELTA - UK or abroad

One of the advantages of doing CELTA away fom home is that you have less distractions such as weddings and parties to attend (no time for social life during a four week intensive). On the other hand, you're more likely to experience teaching multilingual classes in the UK than abroad as students ten...
by kaithegreene
07 Jul 2013, 13:56
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: What does CELTA cover?
Replies: 3
Views: 5905

Re: What does CELTA cover?

Take a look at the website http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/ - you'll find the full syllabus there.
by kaithegreene
07 Jul 2013, 13:28
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: INTESOL worldwide
Replies: 1
Views: 3852

Re: INTESOL worldwide

Sorry if I'm being a bit thick here, but how do you do 40 hours of classroom and teaching practice on-line?
by kaithegreene
18 Jan 2013, 10:02
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: Extended state meaning
Replies: 2
Views: 9501

Re: Extended state meaning

Did you ask your tutor? She might have been hoping you would get it from her suggestions, but still be willing to help out if you don't.
Good luck with the course.
by kaithegreene
18 Jan 2013, 09:30
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Very Confused
Replies: 5
Views: 6339

Re: Very Confused

I run the teacher training programme for a language school in Hanoi, so this question comes up a lot. Our HR department tell me that, in order to get a work permit, you must have a first degree. This is regardless of whether you are working full time or part time. However, I also live here and I kno...
by kaithegreene
11 Dec 2012, 03:10
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Advice on courses for teaching in Japan? Celta?
Replies: 1
Views: 4121

Re: Advice on courses for teaching in Japan? Celta?

Dear Fairy, Are you certain about teaching in Japan? Even if you are, you might want to move on to another country afterwards. You might even make a career of EFL and work in a number of countries. I've had a very interesting time over the last twenty years working in Europe, Africa and Asia. Althou...
by kaithegreene
11 Dec 2012, 02:55
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Which Month to do the CELTA?
Replies: 3
Views: 5307

Re: Which Month to do the CELTA?

Hi pinkorchid, It depends a bit on where in Spain - if it's in the south then the earlier course might be better simply because it won't be so hot! CELTA is intensive enough without struggling with high temperatures. Both courses will leave you ready for summerschool jobs, although again, because em...
by kaithegreene
30 Nov 2012, 07:06
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: first year of TEFL teaching...feel a bit overwhelmed
Replies: 5
Views: 7768

Re: first year of TEFL teaching...feel a bit overwhelmed

It's a bit like being thrown to the wolves, isn't it! If you do nothing else read Sarah Phillips book "Young Learners" OUP - great introduction and lots of great ideas for the classroom. Take a look at the British Council's "Learn English Kids" and "Learn English Teens" websites: http://www.teaching...
by kaithegreene
30 Nov 2012, 04:05
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Finding work in Vietnam without a degree
Replies: 5
Views: 8440

Re: Finding work in Vietnam without a degree

I've worked in a number of countries and would suggest that you contact the HR/personel/recruitment departments of a couple of schools in the country you fancy going to and ask them - they should know! Alternatively, why not take a look on the relevant Embassy/consulate websites? They too should kno...
by kaithegreene
07 Nov 2012, 06:47
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Which TEFL programs have the best placement services?
Replies: 7
Views: 8176

Re: Which TEFL programs have the best placement services?

Some course providers like and are willing to take on some of their own CELTA graduates, subject to the normal recruitment process. Obviously this depends on whether they are recruiting or not when you are looking for the first job.The advantages of this are that you don't have to get used to a whol...
by kaithegreene
25 Sep 2012, 09:53
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: The real scoop on CELTA
Replies: 37
Views: 60736

Re: The real scoop on CELTA

Jascol asks "...why are there such polarised views about this course?" There do seem to be instances of polarisation, but mostly I think we all have our various shades of opinion. CELTA isn't a religion, it's a training course - and the four week version is a very intensive one. Intensive experience...
by kaithegreene
17 Sep 2012, 02:26
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: The real scoop on CELTA
Replies: 37
Views: 60736

Re: The real scoop on CELTA

No tbknown, you did not post an accurate description of either the CELTA course that I trained on or any of the CELTA courses I have tutored on.
by kaithegreene
06 Sep 2012, 07:21
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Best TEFL route 4 qualified secondary teacher?
Replies: 1
Views: 3625

Re: Best TEFL route 4 qualified secondary teacher?

Hi Marmite - two important points to consider are what qualifications future employers are likely to be looking for and whether you need an EFL qualification for a working/teaching visa. Why don't you approach one or two HR departments and ask them? Another idea would be to see if you could sit in o...
by kaithegreene
06 Sep 2012, 07:14
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: The real scoop on CELTA
Replies: 37
Views: 60736

Re: The real scoop on CELTA

You do sound as if you've had a bad experience - please consider that no course of study gives skills as such. We, as trainees, have to work at learning/acquiring those skills. Learning is a process, not an event - it takes time and practice. It is certainly true, in my experience, that some trainee...
by kaithegreene
06 Sep 2012, 05:30
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Effectiveness of TEFL
Replies: 6
Views: 5992

Re: Effectiveness of TEFL

Hi David, As a CELTA tutor we can assume that I'm biased in favour of CELTA. I also work as an in-house teacher trainer with the teachers at the school I am based at, and conduct a number of lesson observations both as a means to supporting professional development and with an element of quality con...
by kaithegreene
06 Sep 2012, 05:14
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Home alone with a child
Replies: 4
Views: 5073

Re: Home alone with a child

I think your wife has a point. What country are you in? Is this a normal arrangement in that country? I used to teach a teenage brother and sister, on separate days - and was surprised that the mother insisted that the lessons be in their bedrooms because that's where they study. I used to leave the...
by kaithegreene
22 Aug 2012, 15:10
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Diploma of International Education Services
Replies: 1
Views: 3758

Re: Diploma of International Education Services

Hi Yolmione, The most widely recognised TEFL certificates in Europe are the CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL. Take a look at the websites - Trinity College London, and Cambridge ESOL, where you will find details of the content of both courses and details of course providers. You will find a range of pro...
by kaithegreene
22 Aug 2012, 14:54
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: South Korea w.out a TEFL?
Replies: 2
Views: 3566

Re: South Korea w.out a TEFL?

Two things to look out for in South Korea - firstly, after two or three years there you might well feel like an experienced teacher and want to move on. However, an lot of organisations in other countries just can't or won't employ you without either Trinity Cert TESOL or CELTA. Secondly, you may fi...
by kaithegreene
22 Aug 2012, 07:32
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Non-native English speaking Teacher success?
Replies: 5
Views: 6522

Re: Non-native English speaking Teacher success?

I have met and trained a number of EFL teachers who are very effective at their job. What is important is that, as a teacher, you can provide good models of language and communicate/construct/convey meaning effectively to your students. As Alex says, both first and second language teachers have plen...