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by Briona
07 Apr 2016, 18:20
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Book for new teachers
Replies: 9
Views: 10505

Re: Book for new teachers

Since I can't edit my post, I'll add an addendum here. I thought it was odd that someone might recommend a completely unknown book by an author that no-one has ever heard of, especially when there are so many great books out there for newbies. However, on the off-chance that your post was genuine, I...
by Briona
07 Apr 2016, 17:00
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Book for new teachers
Replies: 9
Views: 10505

Re: Book for new teachers

Hi there, I'd recommend "Learning Teaching" by Jim Scrivener. In the unlikely event that you can't find it, you could try "How to Teach English" by Jeremy Harmer, or "The Practice of English Language Teaching", also by Jeremy Harmer. It's also worth investing in a good grammar book. My recommendatio...
by Briona
07 Apr 2016, 16:46
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Which course should I take?
Replies: 9
Views: 6484

Re: Which course should I take?

Hi again, I don't know where in Cornwall you are, but there are two CELTA providers in Devon (Exeter and Torbay), which might be closer than Cheltenham. ;) Exeter College offers a 21-week, part-time CELTA from November to May ( http://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/Course?id=SSAL-838348dc-f61f-4ad9-811c-f8df235...
by Briona
02 Apr 2016, 21:41
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Books or Online worksheets to improve grammer
Replies: 2
Views: 6878

Re: Books or Online worksheets to improve grammer

Hi there, There are loads of grammar resources available both on- and off-line, so it's a question of taking your pick! If you'd like a simple book, try the "English Grammar in Use" series by Raymond Murphy. They are designed for students so the explanations are really clear. Buy the Intermediate on...
by Briona
28 Mar 2016, 16:04
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Which course should I take?
Replies: 9
Views: 6484

Re: Which course should I take?

As mentioned above, here are some links to country-specific forums:

Thailand - http://www.ajarn.com/
South Korea - http://www.waygook.org/
Japan - http://gaijinpot.com/
by Briona
28 Mar 2016, 16:03
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Which course should I take?
Replies: 9
Views: 6484

Re: Which course should I take?

Hi again, I just want to get as much information as I can on people's experiences but not many seem to want to come forward. I'm afraid that's commonplace. Every TEFL forum I use is full of pre-service teachers; once they get the information they need or get qualified, they rarely return, hence the ...
by Briona
28 Mar 2016, 09:49
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Which course should I take?
Replies: 9
Views: 6484

Re: Which course should I take?

Hi again, As I've mentioned before, I started by taking an online TEFL course with i-to-i. I took it as a 'taster' to see if I liked TEFL. I have never used that qualification to look for work, although I believe you would have no problems finding a job with it in China. I then took a CELTA, which g...
by Briona
25 Mar 2016, 18:15
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Recommendations on TEFL course providers
Replies: 4
Views: 3550

Re: Recommendations on TEFL course providers

Hi again, The thing is that I don't care too much about which country I'd like to go. So I'd like to choose a course that will give me a certificate that I can use in many different countries. The certificates that are most widely recognised and accepted are the Cambridge CELTA and the Trinity CertT...
by Briona
24 Mar 2016, 15:29
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Recommendations on TEFL course providers
Replies: 4
Views: 3550

Re: Recommendations on TEFL course providers

Hi there, There are two types of TEFL courses - online courses that may or may not come with a weekend element, and four- or five-week face-to-face intensive courses. Which type you should choose depends very much on where you would like to teach. Online courses are much of a muchness. If an employe...
by Briona
24 Mar 2016, 15:11
Forum: Teaching Adults
Topic: CELTA courses (Cambridge approved) - are they taught all same way?
Replies: 2
Views: 8095

Re: CELTA courses (Cambridge approved) - are they taught all same way?

Hi there, Welcome to the forum and thanks for your private messages. I'll answer your queries here so that others can benefit from the replies as well. CELTA courses - are they run same way by all of the Cambridge English approved centres? In order to become (and remain) a CELTA provider, schools mu...
by Briona
20 Mar 2016, 19:46
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: TEFL Internships
Replies: 2
Views: 6582

Re: TEFL Internships

Hi there, When it comes to TEFL, 'internship' is just a more attractive way of saying 'cheap labour'. The average salary for an EFL teacher in Vietnam is US$1,500-2,000; as an intern you'd be working the same number of hours as those teachers, doing exactly the same job and earning a paltry US$700. ...
by Briona
14 Mar 2016, 16:03
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: What is the deal with I to I?
Replies: 4
Views: 11919

Re: What is the deal with I to I?

Hi again, The course you should choose depends on where you want to work. Here in Europe the CELTA is king. Most employers insist on you having it (or an equivalent), but even those that don't frequently hire teachers with a CELTA over teachers with just an online TEFL certificate. If, however, you'...
by Briona
13 Mar 2016, 19:08
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 3436

Re: Help!

Hi again, Since TEFL certificates don't expire, it doesn't really matter when you take your course. That said, if you leave it too long to find a job after completing the course, you might forget some of what you've learned, which will make your first few days/weeks/months harder than they need to b...
by Briona
13 Mar 2016, 10:02
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 3436

Re: Help!

Hi there, As you have already discovered, a Bachelor's degree is essential for teaching in Japan. A TEFL course is secondary to this, but still required/recommended. However, any TEFL course will suffice, including online ones. The industry standard is 100-120hrs so if you aim for a course of that d...
by Briona
11 Mar 2016, 16:32
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: TEFL as non native, research towards teaching abroad
Replies: 3
Views: 8309

Re: TEFL as non native, research towards teaching abroad

Hi there, I'll be honest here. At this moment in time, given your age and qualifications (or lack thereof), you stand no chance whatsoever of finding work teaching English abroad. You haven't said where you're from or where you'd like to work, but if you need a visa, you're going to need to invest i...
by Briona
09 Mar 2016, 09:49
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Looking for a good TEFL course
Replies: 9
Views: 14869

Re: Looking for a good TEFL course

Hi there, Generally speaking, 100-120hrs is considered the industry standard, so taking a course of at least that length is recommended. Anything less that that wouldn't be worth the paper it's written on. Duration is not the only consideration though. Whether an online course is good enough or not ...
by Briona
06 Mar 2016, 10:55
Forum: TEFL Help
Topic: lesson plan submission
Replies: 2
Views: 8008

Re: lesson plan submission

Hi there, Online TEFL courses use different platforms, so without knowing which course you're taking or having experience of that particular course, it's difficult to offer tailored advice. Have you checked if it's a box that extends as you type? If it isn't, you need to write in a clear and concise...
by Briona
26 Feb 2016, 17:39
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: A non-English speaker teaching in UK...
Replies: 3
Views: 6508

Re: A non-English speaker teaching in UK...

Hi there, My question is, will I have a lot of trouble finding work, do you think, as a non-native speaker, and will I be turned away as soon as an employer sees my CV? I've lived here for 13 years (I'm Russian), have a BA in English language teaching and a PhD in linguistics (from Moscow State) and...
by Briona
19 Feb 2016, 15:35
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Europe
Topic: Non-teen summer Teaching in UK (Devon) - where to start?
Replies: 2
Views: 7648

Re: Non-teen summer Teaching in UK (Devon) - where to start?

Hi there, Advertising for summer schools starts as early as November. You can find most UK summer schools on http://www.tefl.com/ . However, as you might expect, these involve teaching a range of ages, but in particular 13-16 year olds. You might find though that they have a separate centre for olde...
by Briona
19 Feb 2016, 15:26
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Online skype jobs?
Replies: 10
Views: 13915

Re: Online skype jobs?

Try http://www.learnlight.com (formerly ispeakuspeak.com) there is a recruitment page on the website I have worked for them for nearly 2 years, friendly, reliable and professional (but you won't become a millionaire LOL) Good luck Neil is this real or fake It's real. I work for a training provider ...