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by systematic
01 Nov 2010, 15:29
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Resume picture?
Replies: 4
Views: 7181

Re: Resume picture?

The recruiting department of a very large group of 43 independent schools in Thailand, states on its online application form that: A recent, fairly formal photo, full length if possible. (no holiday or party snapshots). should be uploaded with the form. As it is electronic, the dimensions are immate...
by systematic
31 Oct 2010, 06:26
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Hamline TEFL or CELTA
Replies: 38
Views: 25229

Re: Hamline TEFL or CELTA

CELTA is not an accrediting body for institutes that offer TEFL training courses. CELTA is a course maintained by a division of Cambridge University. The CELTA courses are dispensed by third party organisations that are permanently supervised by CELTA, and which are held to extremely exacting condit...
by systematic
29 Oct 2010, 14:59
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Hamline TEFL or CELTA
Replies: 38
Views: 25229

Re: Hamline TEFL or CELTA

It's not our fault that CELTA is as much a household word in TESOL as Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, and Oxford are to universities. It is though, and that's why so many scam course providers violate the Fair Trade Description Act with hype such as 'Our courses are CELTA level internationally accredited'...
by systematic
29 Oct 2010, 09:14
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Going freelance in France
Replies: 1
Views: 3205

Re: Going freelance in France

I'm not familiar with the auto-entrepreneur scheme, but when I first started teaching free-lance in France, I formed an assoc. 1901 to enable me to get a SIREN and SIRET, operate legally, declare for tax exemption, draw up an employment contract for my secretary, and contribute for my own SECU. Most...
by systematic
29 Oct 2010, 08:30
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: non native speaker job opportunities
Replies: 6
Views: 7479

Re: non native speaker job opportunities

There are a lot of Dutch people teaching English in Thailand. They are probably the majority of the non 100% native English teachers from Europe or other western countries.
by systematic
29 Oct 2010, 08:27
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Shortest TEFL contracts?
Replies: 4
Views: 5740

Re: Shortest TEFL contracts?

Most larger cities round the world have high street language institutes or cram schools. They are very often located nowadays in shopping malls too. They don't have to follow the mainstream school holidays, and they offer courses 7/7. As most English language courses are divided into modules of 30 h...
by systematic
29 Oct 2010, 08:14
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Language barriers in teaching
Replies: 4
Views: 5283

Re: Language barriers in teaching

Pretty much all TEFL teaching involves teaching to groups and individuals whose language(s) you don't know, and it's not such a challenge as you might imagine - especially with young children. Start every lesson with either a boisterous warm up such as getting them to run round the room pointing to ...
by systematic
29 Oct 2010, 07:43
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Hamline TEFL or CELTA
Replies: 38
Views: 25229

Re: Hamline TEFL or CELTA

I took to teaching like a duck to water and it was one of the least stressful episodes of my entire career. It started to become a challenge when the focus of my work moved up from the blackboard jungle to the circus director's office. Trying to tame or having to fire some of the worthless hangers o...
by systematic
04 Oct 2010, 03:04
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: weekend TEFL course - will i get a job?
Replies: 1
Views: 2821

Re: weekend TEFL course - will i get a job?

The degree is important - it will satisfy the legal requirements and get you a visa and work permit. It is also pretty much required by most of the better employers. The main kind of TESOL certification by the schools that insist on it (most do), is a minimum of 120 hours on a face-to-face course wi...
by systematic
03 Oct 2010, 03:21
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: What materials won't infringe on Copyright?
Replies: 5
Views: 6854

Re: What materials won't infringe on Copyright?

Alex is quite right - do you declare your gig to the Performing Rights Society or the GEMA if you play your guitar and sing a few Bob Dylan songs in the park among a group of friends squatting on the grass? Real copyright infringement would be when someone photocopies or otherwise digitally reproduc...
by systematic
03 Oct 2010, 03:09
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Go on then my first questions. . .
Replies: 4
Views: 4453

Re: Go on then my first questions. . .

Just a few of the larger, genuine, providers of Cambridge CELTA courses also operate large chains of branches of high street language institutes and cram schools (especially in Thailand). They will offer their CELTA graduates employment in those schools, or in some nearby state mainstream schools. I...
by systematic
25 Sep 2010, 20:09
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: how good must be your english?
Replies: 1
Views: 3068

Re: how good must be your english?

Hi, there are a lot of Germans teaching English here. With plenty of practice it's not too hard for Germans to acquire a near accent-free pronunciation, which is what you will need. Compare recordings of your own voice speaking English with recordings of the same text spoken by a native English spea...
by systematic
25 Sep 2010, 19:57
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: online degree?
Replies: 7
Views: 9072

Re: online degree?

I've been based in Thailand for many years now, and apart from needing to travel regularly for my work to India, Laos, Cambodia, and Singapore, I don't really know much about the prospects for native speaker teachers there. None are needed in Singapore obviously, while there are some native British ...
by systematic
16 Sep 2010, 07:21
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Online TEFL course wanted. Already have classroom practice
Replies: 4
Views: 3883

Re: Online TEFL course wanted. Already have classroom practi

Kirstyjay » How about giving it just a wee bit more than 24 hrs? ;)
by systematic
16 Sep 2010, 02:00
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Which CELTA course in London??
Replies: 15
Views: 19945

Re: Which CELTA course in London??

Hi, Unfortunately, although we often give tips here, people rarely report back with their experience after successfully completing a course. The consensus of opinion of the TEFL.net moderators however, is that CELTA is generally the same quality wherever you take it. Anything else that the course pr...
by systematic
16 Sep 2010, 01:52
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: MA TESOL via distance learning - worth it?
Replies: 4
Views: 6162

Re: MA TESOL via distance learning - worth it?

Hi Firefly, I would suggest first of all that you investigate the availability of MA TESOL courses, and then, above all, the cost. Bear in mind too, that even a distance course will require some on-campus presence. If the distance course is delivered by an internationally recognised university, it w...
by systematic
15 Sep 2010, 03:51
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Advice wanted re earning a TEFL certificate in Spain
Replies: 3
Views: 3593

Re: Advice wanted re earning a TEFL certificate in Spain

Paradoxically, although most people considering a short or long career in EFL think first and foremost of teaching in mainstream schools (primary/secondary), most TEFL courses are focussed on teaching adults, but offer an optional, additional TYL (teaching young learners) module. Teaching children i...
by systematic
15 Sep 2010, 02:50
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Not sure what to do/choose
Replies: 5
Views: 4738

Re: Not sure what to do/choose

Generally, a university degree is the most important passport to working abroad as an English teacher. This is because it is required by most countries in order to provide you with a work permit. Without it, you would probably only get illegal, low paid work. When you have completed your degree in E...
by systematic
15 Sep 2010, 02:21
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Saxoncourt teacher training
Replies: 8
Views: 13465

Re: Saxoncourt teacher training

Generally, all schools, colleges, universities, and other institutes of learning require pre payment of their fees. In many cases, a face-to-face course will only open when sufficient enrollments to cover costs have been made and paid. If you are paying by credit card whether online or not, you will...
by systematic
15 Sep 2010, 02:11
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Online TEFL course wanted. Already have classroom practice
Replies: 4
Views: 3883

Re: Online TEFL course wanted. Already have classroom practi

Hi, I can only speak for the LTTC course as I happen to have a copy of it here on my desk. As a theory based course I find it adequate and well structured. Additional reading is required (list provided). It does insist on a fairly solid acquisition of the IPA which some candidates feel is not entire...