SMRT wrote:The first degree is often a requirement for obtaining a residence permit in many countries. The certificate is required by many schools, but it is not an absolute must to get a good TEFL job.
The British Council take on gap year students. We all know this.I have even met people at the British Council who do not even have a basic university degree.
The certificate does not guarantee you a decent job (whatever that means).
Niall wrote:SMRT wrote:The first degree is often a requirement for obtaining a residence permit in many countries. The certificate is required by many schools, but it is not an absolute must to get a good TEFL job.
Many schools is enough to convince me it improves my chances.The British Council take on gap year students. We all know this.I have even met people at the British Council who do not even have a basic university degree.The certificate does not guarantee you a decent job (whatever that means).
Yes, everyone can see that there are jobs available without qualifications. When I left high school, there were jobs in IT that didn't require a degree, but I still went to uni, because I wanted a better job, and I got one.
Same applies here. I'm looking at reputable independent schools in western European cities, not the larger chains in China with their own standard training scheme. No, there is no guarantee I'll get what I'm after, but there is a chance that I might, which I wouldn't have without a certificate.
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floydma wrote:My questions...is what can and/or should I do to get started? Are there other sources I should investigate? Online or classroom? ect.
marko wrote:I have to disagree with you on that one.
The majority of people who try to teach without a certificate will fail. The piece of paper you get is not why you go to a TEFL course. You go there to get trained and you go there to make contacts. For the price you pay it is very much worth it. Everyone I know here in Germany has a TEFL and the ones who kind of just dropped in to wing it, never got anywhere. Telling people not to get a TEFL is not good advice at all and 95 percent of them will be going home in a month with a the training
SMRT wrote:To save your money you can also attend FREE or almost free conferences where you can sometimes get practical knowledge and make a lot of contacts.
SMRT wrote:floydma wrote:.
Well, if you want to get started in EFL then why not enter a country as a tourist and offer private lessons (let's say conversation classes). By cutting the middle person (namely so called private language schools) you would earn much better. And it is all cash in hand! In your free time study websites or books on methodology, etc, seek advice from others in forums, etc. Don't worry about not having a degree since most TEFLers do not even possess one and it is not necessary for the job.
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