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Where should I start?

Unread postby haleyw » 25 Oct 2012, 20:44

I've decided on doing a CELTA course abroad in January or February. I am quite flexible about where, but, I would prefer a Europen city, initially.

I'm considering Prague or a Spanish city. EBC appear to be a very good and credible. They don't have courses in Prague though, but they do in Madrid. They do offer a guaranteed job placement, which is very reassuring. Has anybody used EBC?

Also, I don't have a degree and I'm wondering how this would effect my chances of finding work, in either of theses places, if I didn't go with EBC. If so, is there anywhere else that anyone can recommended?

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Re: Where should I start?

Unread postby Josef » 26 Oct 2012, 07:44

What's your nationality?
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Re: Where should I start?

Unread postby haleyw » 26 Oct 2012, 09:00

British.
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Re: Where should I start?

Unread postby Josef » 26 Oct 2012, 20:20

In general, and if you are seeking work in a language school rather than a university say, when a degree is required it is to enable you to get a work permit. As a citizen of the European Union you do not need a work permit to work anywhere in the EU.
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Re: Where should I start?

Unread postby Alex Case » 26 Oct 2012, 21:52

EBC offers is own course, not the Cambridge CELTA. Especially in Spain, you'd be better off with a CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL. I'd also be very cautious of guaranteed job placements.
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Re: Where should I start?

Unread postby haleyw » 26 Oct 2012, 23:27

Thanks both.

Alex, why would you be cautious of this?
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Re: Where should I start?

Unread postby Alex Case » 27 Oct 2012, 12:46

I'm not saying all guaranteed jobs are bad jobs, but there are plenty of reasons to be suspicious:
- If somewhere will offer jobs to anyone with a TEFL cert, is that the kind of place anyone should want to work?
- Most of those jobs will actually accept people without certs too
- With some guaranteed job placements it is very difficult to be fussy about the job once you sign on the line
- No CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL providers offer guaranteed jobs that I know of, but you are most certainly assured of a job if you have one of those two certs

That specific provider also has other reasons for suspicion on its website, e.g. there seem to be some courses in which none of the trainers have higher qualifications that are specific to TEFL, and it even looks as if some places are one man operations.
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Re: Where should I start?

Unread postby haleyw » 27 Oct 2012, 16:23

Thanks for your response Alex.

If I do the CELTA (most likely) or TESOL in January or Feburary in Prague or Spain, how easy or difficult, do you think it will be for me to find a job? If you think it will be difficult in these places at this time of year, is there anywhere else you would recommend?
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Re: Where should I start?

Unread postby Alex Case » 27 Oct 2012, 22:03

That means you'll be looking for a job in spring, which is far from ideal in Europe because a lot of schools basically shut down for the summer. April is the beginning of the school year in lots of Asia, though.
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