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by Briona
29 Apr 2011, 21:27
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Is my TEFL course enough
Replies: 6
Views: 6146

Re: Is my TEFL course enough

It really depends on which schools you intend to work at. I can't speak for all schools but the big names (International House, ILA and Language Link) won't consider candidates with online certificates, even if you have experience. To work at one of those schools you will need a CELTA or Trinity Cer...
by Briona
28 Apr 2011, 22:45
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA courses in Europe?
Replies: 11
Views: 13888

Re: CELTA courses in Europe?

Hi Elliot, I took the CELTA with Cambridge School in Granollers (a 40 min train journey from Barcelona Sants). For further info see http://www.cambridgeschool.com/ and click on 'Teacher training CELTA/DELTA on the far right. The CELTA is THE most intensive thing I have ever done, and mine was a five...
by Briona
04 Mar 2011, 21:27
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Has anyone taken an online TEFL course?
Replies: 2
Views: 4225

Re: Has anyone taken an online TEFL course?

Hi Wendy, I took an online TEFL course in 2009 so I can offer some advice. Note that I took the course simply to help me decide if TEFL was for me, and having completed it, I then did the CELTA. Having done a fair amount of research, I went with i-to-i. I did their 120hr combined course (100hrs onli...
by Briona
21 Feb 2011, 10:55
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: TEFL Courses and Qualifications
Replies: 3
Views: 4656

Re: TEFL Courses and Qualifications

Hi Graham, Whether you need a degree depends very much on the country's visa requirements. AFAIK you don't currently need a degree to work in Thailand. This may change though. TEFL certificates are different and some are more recognisable and accepted than others. If you are serious about a career i...
by Briona
28 Jan 2011, 12:09
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA courses in Europe?
Replies: 11
Views: 13888

Re: CELTA courses in Europe?

Europe's a big place! Care to narrow the field a little bit?! FWIW I did my CELTA in Spain. I looked at schools in the Barcelona area and, having narrowed it down to just two, I opted for the five-week course rather than the four-week one (and I'm very glad I did!). Was it cheap? Well, to be honest,...
by Briona
22 Nov 2010, 11:48
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: CRB checks for TEFL jobs in Asia
Replies: 4
Views: 7206

Re: CRB checks for TEFL jobs in Asia

Hi Laura, I worked for a school in Vietnam this summer who advised me to get either a Subject Access Request from the police or clearance from Disclosure Scotland. I opted for the latter as I could do it online and I didn't need to send my passport off! I chose the basic disclosure (even though I kn...
by Briona
10 Sep 2010, 12:58
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Wanted: impartial advice on coursebooks for 1-1s
Replies: 5
Views: 5784

Re: Wanted: impartial advice on coursebooks for 1-1s

Thanks a lot for these replies, that's all I was looking for... I'm now dithering between New English File and New Headway...slightly leaning towards New English File, as the topics look fresh and relevant, though I like the way New Headway tells the students clearly what grammar/language they are ...
by Briona
08 Sep 2010, 13:41
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Wanted: impartial advice on coursebooks for 1-1s
Replies: 5
Views: 5784

Re: Wanted: impartial advice on coursebooks for 1-1s

Well... one month and one week has gone by since I posted this, and not a single person is prepared to offer an opinion on any coursebook. I was only looking for an couple of honest opinions, based on experience, not an essay! I'm not very impressed, especially as this was a first post to this site...
by Briona
05 Sep 2010, 20:33
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Non-native speaker, what is the best country to start in?
Replies: 11
Views: 23248

Re: Non-native speaker, what is the best country to start in

You're welcome! Let me know if you have any problems with the links (I typed them quite quickly!) or if you need any further assistance! Best of luck finding a job, and remember, perseverance is key! ;)
by Briona
05 Sep 2010, 18:51
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Non-native speaker, what is the best country to start in?
Replies: 11
Views: 23248

Re: Non-native speaker, what is the best country to start in

The system wouldn't let me post the list of schools in Poland with no preference for nationality as my post "contained too many URLs" so here goes: POLAND Ability Es Ltd: http://www.ability.com.pl Adam Mickiewicz University English Language Centre: sjauam@main.ed.pl (email) Cosmopolitan Private Lang...
by Briona
05 Sep 2010, 18:50
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Non-native speaker, what is the best country to start in?
Replies: 11
Views: 23248

Re: Non-native speaker, what is the best country to start in

Please help, I prefer Europe - Poland, France, Portugal - but from what I have seen, not all of them are keen on Romanians fluent in EN :-) Having had a quick nose through my "bible" aka 'Teaching English Abroad' by Susan Griffith, while there are undoubtedly a number of schools in Poland, France a...
by Briona
02 Sep 2010, 18:41
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Celta Interview
Replies: 13
Views: 9236

Re: Celta Interview

Do an online TEFOL i-to-i etc this year and try to find work in taiwan with that (and degree ofc) early next year. Then once im settled - at some point do the Online celta? There is no such thing as an 'online CELTA'. The CELTA is a classroom-based course, and unfortunately there are currently no p...
by Briona
31 Aug 2010, 20:02
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Teaching English in Aleppo, Syria
Replies: 3
Views: 4675

Re: Teaching English in Aleppo, Syria

I've never come across anyone looking to teach in Syria before! The following is taken from 'Teaching English Abroad' by Susan Griffith: The opportunities in Syria are expanding and improving. The Education Adviser at the small British Council office in Damascus is willing to advise individual enqui...
by Briona
19 May 2010, 10:52
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: new member...a little confused re CELTA/TEFL
Replies: 10
Views: 6672

Re: new member...a little confused re CELTA/TEFL

Hi Henny, You still seem to be confused! As I said earlier (and pokedmund reiterated) there are NO EXAMS in either the CELTA or online TEFL courses, so in that respect there is nothing to prepare for. As the name suggests, online TEFL courses are conducted online. You pay for the entire course upfro...
by Briona
17 May 2010, 17:27
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: new member...a little confused re CELTA/TEFL
Replies: 10
Views: 6672

Re: new member...a little confused re CELTA/TEFL

Hi Henny, What course you should choose depends very much on what you hope do after it. If you intend to have a career in TEFL, I would definitely recommend a CELTA as it's reputable, recognised all over the world and gives you the all-important teaching practice. For those simply wanting to teach a...
by Briona
07 May 2010, 14:11
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: TEFL Online Recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 5034

Re: TEFL Online Recommendations?

When it comes to online courses you will always find as many negative reviews online as positive – only you can decide which course sounds right for you. Of the three you've mentioned, I have only heard of iCAL but that's probably because one of their people pimps his courses in response to almost e...
by Briona
07 May 2010, 14:01
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Headway and TEFL Online
Replies: 2
Views: 3226

Re: Headway and TEFL Online

Recently I had an interview. The company was seeking only certified English teachers with knowledge of the teaching method "Headway". Does anyone know if this method is taught in any online TEFL course? Thanks in advance for your help. 'Headway' is not a method per se but a series of coursebooks wr...
by Briona
03 Apr 2010, 21:21
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA Interview
Replies: 4
Views: 10683

Re: CELTA Interview

Hi Oscar, Two hours! I don't think so! Mine took around 40 minutes. Initially the interviewer asked me to tell him a bit about myself, e.g., what I had been doing to date, why I wanted to do the CELTA, why I chose the course at that particular centre, etc. We then discussed some of my answers to the...
by Briona
29 Jul 2009, 21:00
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Can you review my business English lesson plan?
Replies: 2
Views: 4001

Re: Can you review my business English lesson plan?

Hi jenchantc Your tutor's comment at the bottom of the page refers to the lack of opportunity in your lesson plan for students to practise using the target language (TL). Ideally you would introduce the TL, and give students a controlled practice exercise BEFORE the production exercise, in this case...