I put this on the forums but haven't heard back yet.
Basically, I am giving serious thought to doing a tefl certificate. Was thinking of teaching in either China or Japan, partly as I've always wanted to go there and also because I heard that (correctly?) that's where the work is.
About me: I'm a native English speaker with a 2:1 Honours degree in English. Previously, I worked as a teaching assistant in primary schools and with adults in a college (2008-9) before going onto work in a childrens home for teens with autism. To communicate with them, we used simple direct sentences as well as visual aids. Also I draw comics (this may seem apropos of nothing but a friend who teaches abroad said that drawing ability came in handy sometimes in his lessons). So...
1) Is this relevant or transferable enough experience to do a TEFL course?
2) I got made redundant from the kids home in June, would this pose a problem for visa etc?
3) Which course do you recommend? I've already had a look round for good ones and ones to avoid. So far the CELTA seems most recommended...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.