yoshi wrote:How can a student make a well informed decision on choosing the best online certificate?
yoshi wrote: Almost every online course has different accreditations.
yoshi wrote: I would be happy to hear anyone's recommendations!
Lucas wrote:Ontesol's 250-hour online course ... take the 20-hour practicum... CELTA's is only 6 hours.
ONTESOL website wrote:You can complete this module at any TESL Canada course provider which provides the Stand-Alone Practicum, or at any ESL school -public or private- in the world which can offer you the Practicum. Ontesol's Director of Studies must confirm that the Practicum you complete at another school meets TESL Canada’s requirements (even if it is completed at a recognized TESL Canada course provider), as it is Ontesol which will accord you with the Practicum certificate and transcript. Please do not arrange the Practicum without the approval of Ontesol's Director of Studies, as TESL Canada may require you to re-do the module if they deem that not all required administrative procedures were followed correctly.
For a list of TESL Canada course providers in different provinces, please check TESL Canada's website at www.tesl.ca
yoshi wrote:After going through post after post it appears most students can't get a straight answer on TEFL online certificates. Most recommendations come from recruiters or employees of these online organizations. How can a student make a well informed decision on choosing the best online certificate? I am not interested in reading non-biased reviews of these online schools b/c in my opinion there are not enough reviews to make a decision anyway. So, how does a potential student know what the accreditations mean? Almost every online course has different accreditations. This alone is overwhelming! So, if someone on this forum can't recommend an online certificate then can someone tell me what online certificate to avoid? I would be happy to hear anyone's recommendations!
Lucas wrote:Canada has one of the biggest ESL industries in the world, where thousands of international students come every year, and teachers must be well-qualified to teach here. Anybody who can teach here can do so in the best paying schools in Europe, Australia, Dubai, and Hong Kong as many of our graduates from Canada, the UK, and the USA are currently doing so. We work with recrutiers from North America and get contacted on a weekly basis by Asian recrutiers although we prefer not to use them for our job placement service, but you can tell these lazy recruiters you mention to do more research so they can provide their schools with better teachers.
If by that you mean me, in Thailand, irrtum. A genuine, well qualified TEFLer (probably not a backpacker seeking a short paid vacation), can expect a salary of up to £20,000 p.a. that's more than a lot of people earn in the UK. Taking into account that the cost of living here is also only one-third of the UK, a serious teacher can live like a king, buy a car, and have a nice house built. All for cash.Lucas wrote:You're also working in one of the lowest paying countries in the world...
systematic wrote:It's interesting to note however, that out of the nearly 10,000 job applications I have vetted over the last 6 years, not one was accompanied by a certificate from your organisation in one of the "biggest TEFL industries in the world".
You read all the reports on this board about the different courses, and you read all about the accreditations.You weigh it all up very carefully, then you draw your own conclusions. In doing so , check out the quality of their webs sites. If they are full of sales hype or are obviously trying too hard to attract punters, consider delving deeper or avoiding them completely. Take a good squint at the websites that look too clean, uncluttered, and professional. Avoid the ones that won't disclose the course fee until you have 'signed on' for more free information. Check out the ones that appear to be the largest worldwide with dozens of branches, and see if all their toll free numbers all reroute to the same call centre. Take a careful look at the ones whose prices are considerably above or considerably below those of the majority of the competition. QAnd then add a pinch of common sense :)yoshi wrote: So, how does a potential student know what the accreditations mean?
I haven't written that computer programme yet, but one thing you can be sure of: it wasn't Canada. The other thing you can be sure of is that we get sufficient applications from teachers with previous experience, that we rarely, if ever, have to employ anyone direct from TESOL school whether online or otherwise. Thus as one recruiter (or school owner) remarked, what their TSOL certificates are and where they were obtained is not one of the major criteria.yoshi wrote:Since you have seen lots of job applications, then where have most of the students earned their online certificate?
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