Realistic TEFl training and career advise please....

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Realistic TEFl training and career advise please....

Unread postby gorilllla » 01 Jan 2009, 02:06

Hello. I have been looking into teaching English overseas and the relevant qualifications etc. My main concern is that I do not have a degree(I'm 28 and have no plans to start a degree anytime soon).

Am I right in thinking this will not stop me from obtaining a Trinity Cert TESOL or CELTA? More importantly, is this seriously going to hamper my chances of finding work even if I have a TESOL or CELTA and I am a native speaker(British)? I know some countries will ONLY allow TEFL teachers with degrees but would I have enough opportunity elsewhere to build up experience overseas which would hopefully become impressive enough for more and more employers to take me on? It should also be said that I am not exactly fussy about where I go to teach and would be willing to stay for whole terms or years at a time.

Any advise would be hugely appreciated.
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Re: Realistic TEFl training and career advise please....

Unread postby Alex Case » 02 Jan 2009, 09:46

I just answered a very similar question on Yahoo Answers, although being an EU citizen will make things a bit easier for you than for Americans:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid= ... 426AAc3SR4
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Re: Realistic TEFl training and career advise please....

Unread postby gorilllla » 03 Jan 2009, 03:47

Hi Alex. I just read your reply on Yahoo, thanks for the pointer.

From everything I've read so far it seems that teaching English abroad without a degree is harder to get into but not impossible. I still think the preference for teachers with degrees is a little odd seeing as this doesn't really have any bearing on how good a teacher they may be.

Thanks again.
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