I am writing this on behalf of my wife. She has a 2.1 degree in Linguistics from University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology. For the past 8 years she has been teaching English in Italy, privately, in schools, and has a contract as a Professoressa at La Sapienza University, Rome.
We will shortly be moving to Geneva and it has been recommended that she needs a TEFL certificate in order to gain employment.
However, looking at course contents, it appears that between her degree and experience, she has more than adequately covered all the syllabi, and is somewhat loath to both spend time and money on something she has already covered - purely to acquire a piece of paper.
Given her degree and experience, is it absolutely vital to have a TEFL qualification?