Do tefl courses really work?

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Do tefl courses really work?

Unread postby christa » 04 Aug 2006, 05:36

My name is Christa and im 27 years old.The reason i ask is that The course is a lot of money and i dont want to pay if its not worth it.The course im thinking of taking is The Oxford Seminars TEFL program,if anyones taken it and can tell me if it really adequetly prepares you to teach abroad?
How do you teach students that dont speak your language?That question has been going through my head recently.And what are the chances of actually getting a good job?I have a college dipolma not a University degree and no teaching experience at all.
Can someone help me here?
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Unread postby ForumAngel » 01 Oct 2006, 15:20

I believe a TEFL certificate is invaluable and will certainly help getting a job, not to mention what you will learn that will make you a better teacher.

Also TEFL is recognised the world.

Even someone with a PGCE (post-grad qualification to become a teacher) would benefit from a TEFL because you learn the specifics of teaching English.

You also learn how to handle multi-national classes where you cannot explain anything in the mother tongue, but have to use diagrams and actions to get your message or concept across. For example, learning how to explain verbs using time lines is very useful.

The chances are you'll learn some things about the English language you were only subconsciously aware of, and you look at the language with a view to teaching it, not just knowing it as your native tongue.

So all in all, well worth getting the qualification!

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