Thank you in advance for any advice you can give. I am a 22 year old italian Philosophy graduate, and am in need of employment to continue paying for my studies in Milan. I am a "native english speaker" (bilingual, actually, went to english schools) and have taught english to adults and children in Italy for years, but always at a private level. Only recently have I come to realise that not only is such experience not mentionable on my c.v. but it also pays much less than language schools do! I have been told that some institutes don't require certification, but the ones which pay best do.
My problem is the following: I can't afford the courses! (And they require too much time away from my studies) The only training schools in Milan I found online offer CELTA at around 1600 euro, which is 4 months rent for me! On the other hand I don't want to throw away the 200 euro some online TEFL centres want (for course material + online test) for what might then turn out to be an un-recognised certification.
Having worked in neighbouring France, do you know of any path to serious certification which doesn't cost a fortune (which to me is more than 500 euro!) or last more than a week, and is not shunned by employers in Language schools?
I realise I'm a desperate case! I greatly appreciate any tips you can spare.