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by Lucas
10 Feb 2010, 19:48
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Legitimacy of Training School
Replies: 3
Views: 3395

Re: Legitimacy of Training School

Ascentis is approved by the QCA (UK Government authority) so they definitely provide a good standard in TEFL/TESOL education.
The more teaching practice, the better. CELTA's practicum is only 6 hours and they are the most popular, so I guess you can go with 1 week, but try to get more if you can.
by Lucas
10 Feb 2010, 19:45
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: TEFL confusion!
Replies: 16
Views: 9810

Re: TEFL confusion!

Hi Rachel, CELTA is not really required to teach in Asia, but it's highly recommended to take an advanced course. An alternative to CELTA and Trinity is Ontesol's 250-hour online course with practicum (You can arrange to take the practicum anywhere in the world), which is recognized by TESL Canada. ...
by Lucas
08 Feb 2010, 15:29
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Incredibly Interested in Becoming TEFL Teacher...Need Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 4611

Re: Incredibly Interested in Becoming TEFL Teacher...Need Help!

To answer your questions, Korea is one of the top destinations for teaching English. The salary is $2,000-$3,500 depending on experience and teachers receive a lot of benefits and perks such as free accommodation, return airfare, and bonuses, so you'll be able to come back with some savings. We also...
by Lucas
05 Feb 2010, 19:51
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: I've been reading the forums and could use some advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 7411

Re: I've been reading the forums and could use some advice.

No, it's not an official requirement worldwide and I apologize if it seemed that way. I meant to say that if he doesn't want to get CELTA then most schools will ask for a 100-hour certificate and even if not asked, it's the minimum level of training he should get. I understand that few course provid...
by Lucas
05 Feb 2010, 19:36
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: CELTA requires experience before taking?
Replies: 18
Views: 16673

Re: CELTA requires experience before taking?

The few reasons why people take a preliminary course are that people don't want to spend $2,000 on a course for a gap-year career and many ESL schools do not hold high standards for certification requirement and hire any backpacker that knocks on the door. Many teachers are also lazy and want a quic...
by Lucas
05 Feb 2010, 16:21
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: I've been reading the forums and could use some advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 7411

Re: I've been reading the forums and could use some advice.

Systematic, there isn't any ploy here to mislead anybody. Kloker says he's "wary of over-committing myself to something that may not be the right career for me". So considering that he does not want to spend $2,000 on a course, I mentioned that the minimum requirement (as required by most schools) f...
by Lucas
05 Feb 2010, 05:35
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: I've been reading the forums and could use some advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 7411

Re: I've been reading the forums and could use some advice.

Considering that systematic posted the same message in two different blogs, I feel inclined to post the same answer to defend my previous statement "The minimum international standard is what the majority of schools worldwide ask for as a minimum qualification. If you did some research, you'd find t...
by Lucas
05 Feb 2010, 05:31
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Online Certification?
Replies: 8
Views: 5792

Re: Online Certification?

The minimum international standard is what the majority of schools worldwide ask for as a minimum qualification. If you did some research, you'd find that courses that are shorter than 100 hours do not provide all the basic elements of TEFL (Grammar, Phonology, and Methodology) so the global ESL ind...
by Lucas
04 Feb 2010, 20:07
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Online Certification?
Replies: 8
Views: 5792

Re: Online Certification?

The minimum international standard is a 100-hour TEFL/TESOL certificate and this can be done online or on-site. Some schools also ask for a 20-hour practicum. NEVER pay for job placement!!! Especially to find work in Asia where the demand for teachers is very high. The ESL school that hires you will...
by Lucas
04 Feb 2010, 19:55
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Incredibly Interested in Becoming TEFL Teacher...Need Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 4611

Re: Incredibly Interested in Becoming TEFL Teacher...Need Help!

Hello, I'm happy to hear that you would like to make a long-term career out of TEFL. A degree in TEFL is not necessary for teaching abroad, but if you would like to teach in the US when you come back, then you need a BA or MA of education or TESOl/TEFL. Here's a useful link http://www.tesol.org/s_te...
by Lucas
31 Jan 2010, 23:51
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: I've been reading the forums and could use some advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 7411

Re: I've been reading the forums and could use some advice.

The minimum international requirement for TEFL certification is 100 hours and the university degree does not have to be from any specific area. You should be able to obtain a minimum of 25 teaching hours per week. I guess that being able to volunteer would depend on the type of work and responsibili...
by Lucas
27 Jan 2010, 18:00
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Canterbury College Madrid
Replies: 9
Views: 6050

Re: Canterbury College Madrid

I don't think that College of Teachers is a bad organization because it is focused on TESOL/TEFL and members get a lot of important information so they definitely know what should be on a course. Bad organizations are those that accredit anything from knitting classes to whatever distance course the...
by Lucas
27 Jan 2010, 15:56
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Canterbury College Madrid
Replies: 9
Views: 6050

Re: Canterbury College Madrid

I take it back, they do seem to accredit courses as well and Canterbury College is accredited by them. To other TEFL candidates, if the school you are looking at is just a member, check if they are accredited by another reputable organization.
by Lucas
26 Jan 2010, 22:24
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Canterbury College Madrid
Replies: 9
Views: 6050

Re: Canterbury College Madrid

Hello,
The College of Teachers is not an accrediting organization. Any school can become a member for a small annual fee for the benefit of receiving material and information about the industry.
Lucas from Ontesol
www.ontesol.com
by Lucas
14 Jan 2010, 00:52
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: "best" TEFL certification... trinity etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 7519

Re: "best" TEFL certification... trinity etc.

CELTA and Trinity aren't hard. They train teachers, not rocket scientists. The only excuse not to take an advanced program is the cost, which is understandable if you are going to a country where wages are low. It's very untrue that it's better to gain some experience before taking the CELTA or Trin...
by Lucas
12 Jan 2010, 16:43
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: How recognised are online TEFL qualifications?
Replies: 19
Views: 14513

Re: How recognised are online TEFL qualifications?

Well, again, it's not the online method. If you could take the theoretical components of a Trinity course online and then the practicum on-site, there wouldn't be a difference in quality. This is what Ontesol offers through its 250-hour online course with practicum that's recognized by TESL Canada. ...
by Lucas
11 Jan 2010, 16:07
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: How recognised are online TEFL qualifications?
Replies: 19
Views: 14513

Re: How recognised are online TEFL qualifications?

Some online courses are horrendous, but the problem is not the online method of instruction, it's the course itself. At the same time, not because a course is on-site does it mean that it will be good or that it will be recognized worldwide. It's true that some online schools are not well recognized...
by Lucas
07 Jan 2010, 00:18
Forum: Teacher Training Discussion
Topic: Question for All, mainly TEFL teachers in Hong Kong
Replies: 4
Views: 4158

Re: Question for All, mainly TEFL teachers in Hong Kong

Hello, An alternative to CELTA and Trinity is Ontesol's 250-hour online course with practicum (Recognized by TESL Canada Professional Standard 2). This program is an extended version of Coventry House International's 5-week Trinity CertTESOL course (TESL Canada Standard 1). It also costs half of a C...
by Lucas
05 Jan 2010, 16:56
Forum: General Teacher Discussion
Topic: Contemplating
Replies: 2
Views: 3282

Re: Contemplating

Hello, Unfortunately, you won't be able to support yourself and pay your student loan while teaching in Thailand. Many people in your position teach in S.Korea for a year because they make an average of $2,500/month, receive paid accommodation, return airfare, and a lot more benefits. You could star...
by Lucas
28 Dec 2009, 18:05
Forum: Jobs Discussion - Asia
Topic: HELP - GAPY YEAR TEACHING IN CHINA
Replies: 6
Views: 8285

Re: HELP - GAPY YEAR TEACHING IN CHINA

I recommend using Teach Away Inc. This agency has offices in Toronto and Vancouver and many of our graduates have used it. As far as I know, they do not charge for job placement service and if so, then NEVER PAY FOR THIS SERVICE!!! Some TEFL schools charge over $1,000 for "hassle-free" job placement...