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by systematic
16 Jun 2012, 01:06
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Criminal Records checks
Replies: 13
Views: 14978

Re: Criminal Records checks - translations

Getting quality translations at an affordable price has become a real headache. We recently tested an applicant who wanted to join our professional translating agency and discovered that the translations from English to Thai (the applicant's mother tongue) had been done with Google Translate.
by systematic
14 May 2011, 04:03
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Newbie and important question about Spain schools
Replies: 4
Views: 7023

Re: Newbie and important question about Spain schools

DELTA is generally considered a higher qualification after CELTA, but CELTA is not strictly a prerequisite. From the Cambs site: Ideally you should: - have at least two years' full time (1,200 hours) experience of teaching English to adults within the past five years - have a range of teaching exper...
by systematic
14 May 2011, 03:24
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: HELP!:(How to deal with a super pernickety adult student
Replies: 4
Views: 4014

Re: HELP!:(How to deal with a super pernickety adult student

I persevered with this 23 year old girl in Avignon for 2 x 2 hrs/week for a month. Another trick of hers was not to do her set homework, but to write pages and pages of essays in terrible English and expect me to correct them. That kind of work is neither remedial nor does it teach new language. Bef...
by systematic
12 May 2011, 11:55
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: HELP!:(How to deal with a super pernickety adult student
Replies: 4
Views: 4014

Re: HELP!:(How to deal with a super pernickety adult student

I had an almost identical situation in Avignon about 20 years ago. Believe me - I remember it well. What you don't say is whether this is a purely private arrangement or a one-to-one student at a language institute you work for. I was fortunate, the language institute belonged to me and I didn't dep...
by systematic
13 Apr 2011, 14:08
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Can I teach English abroad with a SPED degree?
Replies: 2
Views: 3801

Re: Can I teach English abroad with a SPED degree?

Perhaps if we knew what a 'SPED' degree is we could give some advice.
by systematic
13 Apr 2011, 14:04
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Male with Long Hair
Replies: 2
Views: 3570

Re: Male with Long Hair

Short answer: Yes. But there is nothing to stop you asking the school. I cut my very long hair off just before I came to Thailand nearly 13 years ago. Until you know, best thing to do is to tie it back so it doesn't show on your pass and CV photos.
by systematic
13 Apr 2011, 14:01
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Typical Start Dates in Asia
Replies: 3
Views: 3404

Re: Typical Start Dates in Asia

Well, this has been answered many times before, and I remember answering a similar question very recently. In Thailand and most SE Asia countries, mainstream schools start on or around 5 May. High street language institutes operate all year round and one can start anytime.
by systematic
13 Apr 2011, 13:56
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: INTESOL Worldwide Combined Course v CELTA or Cert TESOLl?
Replies: 1
Views: 3113

Re: INTESOL Worldwide Combined Course v CELTA or Cert TESOLl

Very briefly, although Intesol has a good reputation, CELTA is obviously the best known and most respected. Getting work in Germany is not so easy because many Germans nowadays speak reasonably good English learned in school, and most German teachers speak perfect English. There may be chances in Be...
by systematic
13 Apr 2011, 13:52
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Thailand agencies
Replies: 1
Views: 3017

Re: Thailand agencies

The best advice I can give you about agencies in Thailand is: avoid them. The best way to get a job here is to be here and ready for an interview. Most schools up country will offer some kind of reasonable fully furnished accommodation. You will need a bachelor degree to get a work permit, but you c...
by systematic
19 Mar 2011, 03:10
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: online degree?
Replies: 7
Views: 7870

Re: online degree?

Thailand also requires a degree for visa and work permit but can be from anywhere, but only from fully accredited and recognised universities. Beware of degree mills - they will quickly be found out.
by systematic
15 Mar 2011, 12:18
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: English First in Indonesia
Replies: 4
Views: 4855

Re: English First in Indonesia

I have to echo Alex's words. I had some personal experience with EF 12 years ago in Thailand and it was the worst I had in my entire 30 years experience in education. 'Nuf said.
by systematic
15 Mar 2011, 12:13
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Length of contracts
Replies: 2
Views: 2854

Re: Length of contracts

It depends on what kind of organisation you want to teach in. Obviously mainstream schools and universities prefer teachers to sign for a full school year, but many will give a contract on a one semester basis. High Street language institutes are more flexible because they operate all year round.
by systematic
04 Mar 2011, 04:34
Forum: Games & Activities
Topic: Terrific New Vocabulary Game Site
Replies: 7
Views: 13339

Re: Terrific New Vocabulary Game Site

Yes, as I said before, there are many ways to increase vocabulary that are far more efficient than the lists we had to learn by heart at school 40 or 50 years ago. If you are fortunate enough to own an iPod or a smart phone of almost any kind, the Ultralinua dictionary software mentioned above is no...
by systematic
04 Mar 2011, 04:20
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Where can one teach without a degree?
Replies: 4
Views: 5782

Re: Where can one teach without a degree?

Teaching without a degree is always more difficult. [...] however in private language schools it is definitely a possibility. In most cases, the degree is required not by the schools, but by the government. You won't get a visa without one, you won't get a teacher's licence without one, and you won...
by systematic
14 Feb 2011, 03:10
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Diploma in Tesol (LTTC) vs Certificate in Tesol (Intesol)?
Replies: 18
Views: 16506

Re: Diploma in Tesol (LTTC) vs Certificate in Tesol (Intesol

I've worked with Harmer (not online, but side-by-side). He has never suggested that his book(s) should replace TESOL courses. Harmer's books however are a major course component of many, if not most TESOL courses. If we are going to look for cases of money grubbing, then we need to start sifting thr...
by systematic
14 Feb 2011, 00:35
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Diploma in Tesol (LTTC) vs Certificate in Tesol (Intesol)?
Replies: 18
Views: 16506

Re: Diploma in Tesol (LTTC) vs Certificate in Tesol (Intesol

I am not connected with LTTC in any way. I have employed dozens of teachers who have come to the interview bearing LTTC certificates. I know the course content intimately. I have no idea who assesses the assignments. For all I know it might be Sally herself. One thing is for sure, anyone doing the c...
by systematic
13 Feb 2011, 06:55
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Diploma in Tesol (LTTC) vs Certificate in Tesol (Intesol)?
Replies: 18
Views: 16506

Re: Diploma in Tesol (LTTC) vs Certificate in Tesol (Intesol

There's a lot to be learned from reading this thread from the top, and all the other threads that mention LTTC (use the search box). Whatever their accreditations are and whatever their affiliations are, they have this in common with all online courses: - There are no international accrediting syste...
by systematic
28 Jan 2011, 08:02
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: supply vs demand (teachers vs salary+benefits)
Replies: 16
Views: 15171

Re: supply vs demand (teachers vs salary+benefits)

Probably Lom Sak or somewhere. Know the area well !
by systematic
28 Jan 2011, 06:09
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: supply vs demand (teachers vs salary+benefits)
Replies: 16
Views: 15171

Re: supply vs demand (teachers vs salary+benefits)

Thanks for that Simon. Any chance of letting the cat out of the bag and saying the name of the town (or at least the name of a nearby big town)? Is it in Isan by any chance?
by systematic
24 Jan 2011, 12:56
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Which CELTA course in London??
Replies: 15
Views: 17982

Re: Which CELTA course in London??

Thanks and good luck with your course. Please do consider coming back to TEFL.net to let us know how you got on. The Trinity is one course on which up to now we have very little feedback; your information would be of great interest to our readers.