I've tried to read as many messages and topics as possible on this forum, but unfortunately I still have questions which I hope someone could answer for me.
I'm 27 years old, turning 28 this year and am working full time within the NHS (government Health organisation in the UK, as an hospital administrator). I have studied a degree in Biology many years ago.
My parents are from Hong Kong and I am Ethnically Chinese, but my first language is English, second being Cantonese and I am looking to teach English in Hong Kong. I've always wanted to teach and wanted to work in Hong Kong and feel this could be an opportunity for me to do so.
Having looked at all the courses on offer (online and on-site), I would really love to do a Trinity or CELTA course but do not feel experienced enough in Teaching to do this nor able to quit my job in order to go on a 4-week intensive course, hence I am looking at the 20 hour weekend Courses. I am thinking of avoiding the 40, 65 or 120 Hours online courses as it appears that these only look good on Paper, but have little benefit towards the knowleged for the User?
I'm guessing that the benefits of the 40, 65 and 120 hour courses is that you stand out better when handing in the Job applications or that you will get into the better schools? Another problem that I have is the work experience. Would it be advisable to slug it out in a school for a fix period of time and then reapplying for a better school once I have the experience under my belt?
My question for the users of this forum are mainly for ones who have taught in Hong Kong. Is a TEFL enough to find a job in Hong Kong or do I need to complete the CELTA?
Former Native English Teacher in Hong Kong for 3 years.
British Born Chinese.