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Nov 17, 2008

Dear all, looking for a a certified TEFL provider in the UK I came across the following:
TEFL Training LLP
www.tefltraining.co.uk
Has any of you attended their TEFL course via Distance Learning and can share their experience?
Was it valuable?
Furthermore, on their site they state that:"TEFL and TESOL are acronyms and do not indicate a specific organisation or qualification".
I always thought only the Cambridge Examination Board could certify these exams.
Looking forward to hearing your input and/or experience
Best


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Elin Davies  Identity Verified
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Celta, Tesol, TEFL... Nov 17, 2008

As far as I know there are two bodies in the UK offering a highly respected certification in this area, namely Cambridge (Celta) and Trinity (Tesol), with courses lasting a month to five weeks of intensive training and teaching practice. TEFL is a general term and some courses are offered lasting a weekend only, which doesn't seem to give you much time to learn the fundamentals of teaching, but are quite a bit cheaper than Celta and Tesol (over £1,000 last time I looked) and enable you to have some sort of a qualification to go on to learn on the job.

I have a Trinity Tesol certificate if you want any information on this. The most tiring five weeks of my life...


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Nicole Y. Adams, M.A.  Identity Verified
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i-to-i Nov 17, 2008

Good morning,

i-to-i also offer online and weekend TEFL courses. http://www.i-to-i.com/tefl/

I completed their 60 hour online course plus two specialist module a few years ago. Not because I wanted to become a teacher but really 'just for fun', so I chose an affordable course. It was enjoyable and in parts quite challenging.

I can't comment on how recognised or valued it is, as I've never practically used it. However, they claim they provide
"Respected TEFL qualification, recognised around the world
Accredited and international recognition! "


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ingoociukas  Identity Verified
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CELTA Nov 17, 2008

It depends why you want to do a TEFL course. If you want to improve your teaching English skills then you can choose i-to-i where you can learn new skills. However, if you want to go to teach abroad then you should try to do CELTA or TESOL which means 5 weeks of intensive training (it's not that tiring and can be fun). CELTA and TESOL are recognized worldwide so you could go teaching basically anywhere in the world. Whereas, i-to-i provides you with basic skills only which is definitely not the same as getting training in class.

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Phillippa May Bennett
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CELTA Nov 17, 2008

I did CELTA in January 2007 - I'd definitely recommend it - it's definitely hard work, but what's the point in doing an easy course?!?! Generally most places run a 4 week intensive course and a part time one - usually once a week. I did the 4 week intensive and do not regret doing so. If the course is expensive in the UK, try doing it abroad (if you can) as there tends to be quite a variation in the prices. I did mine here in Rio and it was a lot cheaper than doing it in the UK!

Good luck!


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Phil Bird
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TEFL Certification Nov 21, 2008

I had a quick look at the site at the top of the thread and I really wouldn't recommend wasting money on it

A weekend course is really not going to give you much more than a decent book on the subject (look for something by Jeremy Harmer or Jim Scrivener) which is a lot cheaper.

Distance learning course are not suitable for learning to teach - if there is no practical element to the course it is unlikely to help you.

Paying £250 for work experience doesn't make sense to me - there are plenty of organisations that need/will allow people to observe lessons, or take a few sessions.

For what you're paying for these courses, you would be much better off saving up a bit more money and paying for a CELTA or Trinity course (they are practically the same).

It is probably cheaper to do the course outside the UK - Although I had rent-free accomodation in London at the time, it worked out cheaper to do the course at International House Lisbon (I paid less for a month's accomodation than I would have paid for a month's travelcard in London - different exchange rate then, though....). Have a look around - all CELTA and Trinity courses are moderated by Cambridge ESOL or Trinity College respectively and so that should be a guarantee of quality.

There are other TEFL courses that may be OK - make sure that it has a decent amount of observed teaching practice (6 hours on the CELTA) as that is BY FAR the most useful part of the course - if you do it full time it is likely to be 4 or 5 weeks long.

You can also do the CELTA (and probably the Trinity cert) part-time over 6 months, which may be a better option in some ways.

For most of Western Europe you NEED at least a four week cert to get employment.

I did get agency work teaching ESOL in FE colleges in the UK after my CELTA and then got a full-time post on the strength of this... You would then need to do something like a DTTLLS course, but without a CELTA I would not even have been considered.

For more information take a look at

http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/index.php (think of it as the Proz of EFL teachers)

or

www.talent.ac.uk (specifically for ESOL teaching in the UK)

or drop me a PM...


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Robyn Auer  Identity Verified
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What if you already have a PGCE? Nov 27, 2008

Hello all!

I recently moved to Germany and would love to combine my two professional passions - translating and teaching.

I'm a trained and experienced French and German teacher and would like to teach English in Germany (something tells me I can't sell German teaching to the Germans). I was thinking of doing an i-to-i course online. Maybe it sounds arrogant, but I don't feel the need to learn how to teach again, although I would like to learn how to break English down - especially for grammar teaching.

I would welcome any opinions on what qualifications to pursue.

Robyn


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Phil Bird
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Might be a good idea Dec 1, 2008

Robyn Auer wrote:

Hello all!

I recently moved to Germany and would love to combine my two professional passions - translating and teaching.

I'm a trained and experienced French and German teacher and would like to teach English in Germany (something tells me I can't sell German teaching to the Germans). I was thinking of doing an i-to-i course online. Maybe it sounds arrogant, but I don't feel the need to learn how to teach again, although I would like to learn how to break English down - especially for grammar teaching.

I would welcome any opinions on what qualifications to pursue.

Robyn


Hmm... If you've already got a PGCE in language teaching, then there isn't much that a CELTA would give you that you haven't already got - so maybe an i-to-i course or a distance learning course might be a good idea - though I suspect that a lot of the course is on the basics of language teaching, which you already know - try speaking to them and getting some concrete details on what they cover.

Also, I'd recommend having a look at an EFL coursebook and seeing how they deal with grammar - the "mechanics" isn't going to be that different from teaching French and German.


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Robyn Auer  Identity Verified
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Quite relieved Dec 2, 2008

Thanks for your suggestions Philb.

I think I'll invest in an EFL coursebook and then approach some language schools in my area to see if they are interested in working with me. Its just a relief to see that someone with TEFL training doesn't think I'm being presumptuous trying to teach English with no TEFL certification.

Thanks, Robyn

[Edited at 2008-12-02 14:21 GMT]

[Edited at 2008-12-03 00:16 GMT]


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Hi all I have heard good things about the 60 hr TEFL course Jan 28, 2010

italia wrote:

Dear all, looking for a a certified TEFL provider in the UK I came across the following:
TEFL Training LLP
www.tefltraining.co.uk
Has any of you attended their TEFL course via Distance Learning and can share their experience?
Was it valuable?
Furthermore, on their site they state that:"TEFL and TESOL are acronyms and do not indicate a specific organisation or qualification".
I always thought only the Cambridge Examination Board could certify these exams.
Looking forward to hearing your input and/or experience
Best




[2010-01-28 16:54 GMTに編集されました]


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I found the i-to-i tefl course at their new tefl site http://www.onlinetefl/ Jan 28, 2010

Nicole Y. Adams, M.A. wrote:

Good morning,

i-to-i also offer online and weekend TEFL courses. http://www.i-to-i.com/tefl/

I completed their 60 hour online course plus two specialist module a few years ago. Not because I wanted to become a teacher but really 'just for fun', so I chose an affordable course. It was enjoyable and in parts quite challenging.

I can't comment on how recognised or valued it is, as I've never practically used it. However, they claim they provide
"Respected TEFL qualification, recognised around the world
Accredited and international recognition! "




[Edited at 2010-01-29 12:59 GMT]


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