I've seen online courses offered for tefl certification. There are the 100 hour and 250 hours ones available. They are significantly cheaper than the classroom courses, and most importantly, since there are no centers near where I live in the US, I would be able to take the course before going to Thailand.
From the browsing I've done with job availabilities from ajarn.com, I think there was only one place that specified that they didn't accept the online certification (I think it was wallstreet). As a bit of background, I have a BS from a reputable University and have lived in Thailand for several years and speak excellent Thai.
Is there any significant disadvantage to those with online tefl certifications?
Edit: Just read the FAQ's and there were answers to at least some of my concerns. What I would like to hear is personal experience from all of you gurus where you found an online certification was or wasn't a disadvantage.
2nd Edit: I've never officially had a job in teaching esl, but have done plenty of volunteer English teaching in Thailand at schools and businesses. Mostly just improvised lessons, though.
Last edited by baksiidaa; 8th September 2008 at 19:44.
how can you do any practical teaching practise online?
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See my 2nd edit. I've had plenty of teaching practice at schools and businesses. Just not as a job.
Still, the on-site courses are worth the extra money. I tutor both courses and those who do well on-line are those who are already trained teachers who need TEFL certification.
Practice makes perfect but incorrect practice makes for bad habits. You should really have observed teaching practice before you enter a classroom on your own. Plus, it will help with the nervousness of being observed. Any good school will require you to teach an observed lesson before they hire you and also periodically observe your lessons.
Thanks for the advice, crew.
As far as teaching English goes, I've probably done about 50-100 hours of volunteer English teaching in Thailand. I don't really get nervous in classroom settings but you do bring up a good point about incorrect practice making bad habits.
Online Cert. Not worth the paper it is printed on. Make your own with clip art.
If you have a BA that is enough to get a job. The "experience" you quote 50-100 hours is also nothing to spout about in your resume.
Build on your other skills and experiences.
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Regardless of the fact that TEFL certifications aren't required in Thailand, do everyone (the students, your peers, the parents and yourself) a favor and get the four weeks of training. It helps a lot and is the least you could do considering people get university degrees for this stuff.
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The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.
BA and no cert.
BA and online cert.
Equal in my opinion. Guys I wasn't dissing the four week wonder. Just that an online is not going to be of any importance to an employer.
Sure the four week face to face plus the BA is better than with a just a BA.
OP did not ask that.
Sure a MA TESOL or State Certs in ESL are better still.
But to just get a job.
BA will do it.
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