Tails wrote:So thinking about doing a TEFL type course I have done some reading which points to Cambridge and Trinity as the market leaders. I live 20 mins from Cambridge city, do they have an office I could drop into? I do realise the qualification is offered worldwide not just in Cambs.
You can find Cambridge ESOL's contact arrangements, as well as their course locations, here
. Though whether you live 20 minutes from Cambridge or in the South Pacific I don't think they'll be waiting for you to drop in. There are, however, four course centres in Cambridge and you could normally phone them up and make an appointment.
Tails wrote:Would I be wise doing the course in the UK as I could study anywhere?
That is not really an issue of wisdom, though personally I would say yes. You could do a course on a tropical beach somewhere, but you would be unlikely to gain any experience in teaching students from several different nationalities that way.
Tails wrote:The industry appears awash with con artists (although you only report bad news) is there a good way of avoiding this?
You seem to have answered this in your opening sentence.
Tails wrote:How long would people recommend studying for?
You can do a weekend intro course to put your toe in the water but any serious certificate-level course is about one month full-time.
Tails wrote:are the TEFL teachers helpful in getting their students gainful employment, or would I be responsible for that myself?
If you have any self-dependence - and to be a serious TEFL teacher you'll need it - you will not want to tie yourself to a course that "guarantees" employment after completion of their course. On the other hand, if you do need to have your hand held, there are hundreds of courses that are falling over themselves to offer you lifelong employment at fabulous salaries in exotic places.
Tails wrote:After completing a course am I really going to be able to express myself and the English language to a high enough standard that both children and adults can learn from me.
That depends a) on you and b) on the course. But in a word, yes.