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Credentials Needed to Get a Business English job?

Posted: 13 Mar 2017, 18:40
by Keaneytron
Hi guys,

I've nearly completed a standard TEFL qualification (120 online + 20 classroom) and have worked in a corporate environment for several years. I'd really like to teach Business English in either China or Korea.

Where I'm really lacking though is with regards to i.) not having a CELTA/DELTA and ii.) having no teaching experience.

Do I have a hope in hell of landing a Business English teaching role if I simply take a further specialist certificate in teaching Business English, without any actual teaching experience or a certificate that focuses on teaching adults?

Any info would be greatly appreciated - many thanks.

Re: Credentials Needed to Get a Business English job?

Posted: 12 Jul 2017, 00:27
by John V55
Keaneytron wrote:Hi guys,

I've nearly completed a standard TEFL qualification (120 online + 20 classroom) and have worked in a corporate environment for several years. I'd really like to teach Business English in either China or Korea.

Where I'm really lacking though is with regards to i.) not having a CELTA/DELTA and ii.) having no teaching experience.

Do I have a hope in hell of landing a Business English teaching role if I simply take a further specialist certificate in teaching Business English, without any actual teaching experience or a certificate that focuses on teaching adults?

Any info would be greatly appreciated - many thanks.
Hi K,
You don’t need the rest, a TEFL cert’ will do. I presume you already have a degree.
Your problem is lack of experience and all the certificates in the world won’t make up for that.
It’s not simply a matter of walking in and teaching business, it doesn’t work like that.
Start off by teaching ordinary TEFL for a year in places like Thailand, or Cambodia. After a year you’ll have experience and a reference. Then you specialise and start looking for Universities in your chosen location. During this sort of ‘apprenticeship’ time, prepare a syllabus, sets of lesson plans, hone up on your public speaking . . . It takes time.

Re: Credentials Needed to Get a Business English job?

Posted: 06 Oct 2017, 03:16
by Murphy
John's advice is solid, but don't forget you will also need a bachelor degree (a real one!) and a Z visa to legally work in China. Don't cut corner on your legal compliance or you may end up like these foreign teachers...

https://www.reddit.com/r/tefl_blacklist ... _all_need/

http://opnlttr.com/letter/china-visa-po ... l-teachers

If you have any doubts about current legal requirements for teaching in China, check with your own embassy, SAFEA.gov.cn, or at http://reddit.com/r/chinatefl.