Caz wrote:When should I take a course in order to achieve this?
You should aim at holding your Certificate by the time you leave. So I guess you could well start now on a course.
Caz wrote:I have been looking at courses offered through Oxford Seminars and the Anglo-Hellenic Teacher Recruitment (Via Lingua course in Corinth) as well as the online i-to-i course.
Anglo-Hellenic Teacher Recruitment (Via Lingua course in Corinth) has been blacklisted on the TEFL Blacklist see http://teflblacklist.blogspot.com/2007/ ... tment.html
Before you make any decision, I’d advice you take a good look at what has been said by people who registered with this company.
Caz wrote:Does anyone know which of these courses would be best?
It really depends on how much time, money, and commitment you are prepared to invest. There are quite a few good courses both online (online being the most economical option) and onsite to choose from. You could start by taking a look at TEFLWatch.org. This is a site where TESL/TEFL courses and course providers are independently reviewed and rated.
Caz wrote:Are there other programs out there that would guarantee my employment?
Simply stated there are no certificate courses that will automatically guarantee you employment. Unfortunately there is no Independent Board of Accreditation for TESL/TEFL Certificates and Diplomas. This means that each institute, school, or organization recognizes their own Certificate and accreditation comes from good practice, professional standards and reputation.
All our ICAL Certificate holders who now work in various schools around the world, including Greece, have greatly benefited from their ICAL Certificate training and related papers. However if you are concerned about the validity of the certificate, then the only sure way to find out is to talk to the school(s) where you'd like to work. They will have their own preferences.