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by Alex Case
17 Jul 2013, 23:33
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Exit strategy for getting out of Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 9179

Re: Exit strategy for getting out of Japan

You might be right that a first degree will make the biggest difference, although with a part-time distance first degree and then a part-time distance MA you're talking at least seven or eight years to finish both! Some employers can also be snobbish about distance qualifications - in Korea they don...
by Alex Case
16 Jul 2013, 03:26
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Exit strategy for getting out of Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 9179

Re: Exit strategy for getting out of Japan

Come to think of it, you do need a first degree to get on the Trinity Dip TESOL. However, you don't necessarily need one to get on the Cambridge Delta diploma course, and you also don't necessarily need an initial teaching qualification. As there are no courses actually in Japan, the difficulty will...
by Alex Case
14 Jul 2013, 21:45
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA in newcastle
Replies: 1
Views: 3718

Re: CELTA in newcastle

International House is probably the world's biggest supplier of CELTA courses, so that seems like a good choice.
by Alex Case
14 Jul 2013, 21:44
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Does Celta guarantee you a job? (within reason)
Replies: 2
Views: 7047

Re: Does Celta guarantee you a job? (within reason)

If you really really are willing to be flexible with location, then certainly with a CELTA and no degree you can get a job somewhere. However long you teach, though, not having a degree will regularly turn out to be a pain...
by Alex Case
14 Jul 2013, 21:42
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Exit strategy for getting out of Japan
Replies: 6
Views: 9179

Re: Exit strategy for getting out of Japan

I hear Americans put a lot of emphasis on qualifications, and certainly there are swarms of MA in TESOL graduates coming out of the US. I wonder if the best route might be to try to get on a (reputable, preferably on campus) MA without a first degree. I know people who work as full time freelance Bu...
by Alex Case
14 Jul 2013, 21:30
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA difficulty?
Replies: 1
Views: 3695

Re: CELTA difficulty?

You need to be educated up to A levels (not just GCSEs) to get on the course, and I think that is a good indication of the intellectual level of the course. If you want to test yourself, try learning the English phonemic script or learning how to identify English tenses. If you can do one of those, ...
by Alex Case
19 Jun 2013, 20:16
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Tokyo without a degree?
Replies: 2
Views: 3869

Re: Tokyo without a degree?

If you can get a working holiday visa, I think you have a fair chance, even if it means working in bars, convenience stores etc until you can get enough TEFL work together. As far as I'm aware, you'll then be able to self-sponsor for a visa in the second year as long as you earnt enough to do so in ...
by Alex Case
16 Jun 2013, 21:53
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: I need to review adjectives
Replies: 2
Views: 9066

Re: I need to review adjectives

As a British English speaker, the sentence actually seems correct to me, and even more common than "she looked good". They have different meanings though, as "she looked well" means healthy and "she looked good" means attractive, presumably meaning tanned in this case. I didn't look at the rest of t...
by Alex Case
11 Jun 2013, 20:27
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: MA TESOL
Replies: 1
Views: 4258

Re: MA TESOL

I think all your questions are answered on our FAQ page on the topic:
http://www.tefl.net/tefl-courses/faq-ma-tesol.htm

if not please feel free to post further questions here.
by Alex Case
11 Jun 2013, 20:21
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Non-native's chances in TEFL?
Replies: 3
Views: 4710

Re: Non-native's chances in TEFL?

I'm afraid in your case, it's not so much being a non-native English speaking teacher (NNEST) which would reduce you to the worst jobs out there, but not having completed high school and only having an online TEFL. There might be some jobs in China that no one else would want, but there is no chance...
by Alex Case
11 Jun 2013, 20:13
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Thinking of taking the TEFL plunge
Replies: 3
Views: 4927

Re: Thinking of taking the TEFL plunge

Well, there's not a lot of theory on the CELTA and it's only a month if you don't agree with the assumptions behind it, but that does mean there is even less time for talking about and questioning the fundamental basics of pedagogy if you do have problems with it. The CELTA methodology is even more ...
by Alex Case
11 Jun 2013, 20:08
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: HELP! TEFL job in UK - worth it?
Replies: 8
Views: 10437

Re: HELP! TEFL job in UK - worth it?

Do you mind if I ask how old you are? With both kinds of teaching, it's worth combining it with some time abroad. For example, if you teach outside the UK for at least two years after doing a CELTA and come back to the UK with a DELTA or Trinity Dip, you're options will be much improved (though prob...
by Alex Case
10 Jun 2013, 21:36
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Thinking of taking the TEFL plunge
Replies: 3
Views: 4927

Re: Thinking of taking the TEFL plunge

My advice would depend on what it was about the B Ed that wasn't for you.
by Alex Case
10 Jun 2013, 21:34
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: HELP! TEFL job in UK - worth it?
Replies: 8
Views: 10437

Re: HELP! TEFL job in UK - worth it?

I had a really fun three years TEFLing in London, but nearly half my wages went on rent and travel and I only just about saved enough for short European holidays. I absolutely couldn't survive on a TEFL wage now with a family to support. Things might be a bit more optimistic if you are very flexible...
by Alex Case
10 Jun 2013, 20:02
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Which TEFL course?
Replies: 1
Views: 3765

Re: Which TEFL course?

The Cambridge site lists 11 centres in Spain. There will certainly be courses during the summer in some of them, because people often leave university and go straight into one. http://cambridgeesol-centres.org/centres/teaching/search.do;jsessionid=ECC35A28FA0E7FC47348BE071180FBDC.node01?source=teach...
by Alex Case
01 Jun 2013, 21:42
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA - UK or abroad
Replies: 4
Views: 6792

Re: CELTA - UK or abroad

A perfect summary of the situation by rachelb, I can really think of nothing to add!
by Alex Case
01 Jun 2013, 21:39
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Specialised and Young Learner Courses - IHCYL, CELTYL
Replies: 1
Views: 4273

Re: Specialised and Young Learner Courses - IHCYL, CELTYL

The IH course sounds fine. Cambridge insist that YL-extension trainers be trained on existing YL-extension courses and do a certain number of such courses to keep their status as trainers, and this is simply not possible nowadays with the very fee YL-extension courses running worldwide. Therefore, l...
by Alex Case
04 May 2013, 13:09
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: I will see vs I am seeing
Replies: 5
Views: 14855

Re: I will see vs I am seeing

There is no such thing as the future tense, there are only future tenses. Will be + v + ing is future continuous, and is unnatural here because you need a more precise period of time than "tonight"
by Alex Case
04 May 2013, 13:07
Forum: Grammar & Usage
Topic: The, a and an
Replies: 6
Views: 14617

Re: The, a and an

As someone has already pointed out above, it is the sound at the beginning of the word, not the letter.

"am done" is not a past tense.
by Alex Case
04 May 2013, 13:04
Forum: Teaching Young Learners
Topic: How many hours of lessons does a child need per week.
Replies: 4
Views: 11862

Re: How many hours of lessons does a child need per week.

I strongly disagree. Half an hour lesson are fine with small classes (though seven year olds can easily cope with 45 minutes), but as with all learners at least twice a week is better so that they don't forget everything by the next lesson.