Char wrote:Thank you for the advice. Have you heard of ECC in Phuket? I was told that an online TEFL is not worth the paper it is written on? What is your opinion on that?
The name ECC appears on English-related schools in three countries (Japan, Korea, Thailand) yet they have no connection to each other. I couldn't really say anything about the one in Phuket, although I've been to Patong and studied Japanese at a language school.
As for my TEFL course, it was a "twenty hour course" requiring "three weeks" of study. I did the reading and pounded out my answers by email the same day, and finished the course in ten days. The only reason it took that long was I had to wait for ITTT to evaluate my responses or it would have taken less. It took longer to receive the certificate by mail than it did to do the work.
The reality is, anyone with a year's experience teaching English will know enough to ace such a course. (Unless their English is so poor, of course, that they can't spell or name parts of speech. You write English at the same level I do, so you would likely have no problem.)
Your real concern should be classroom management, something these courses do touch on, but without classroom experience you'll have to think long and hard about the answers.
I'll reiterate my advide from before: Before choosing a school, decide what country you want to work in, and then
ask the country what their standards are for employment.
Also be aware that some of these places are pushy about getting more revenue in. ITTT, which I said I got mine through, and a legal work visa
with their certificate, was constantly pushing for me to "upgrade" and pay for more classes.