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Is TEFL enough to teach English?

 
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essie



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:26 pm    Post subject: Is TEFL enough to teach English? Reply with quote

I have completed the TEFL extensive English teaching course in Malta (which is also a place for teaching English!)

What is basically required, just to be sure, to apply for any of these positions and teach English in any country?

My English is excellent, as English is our second language in Malta.

What qualification, exactly, is required to teach English in China, Thailand, Spain and maybe France or anywhere else?

Malta is an EU country.

Thanks guys!

Stella
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:05 am    Post subject: BASIC QUALIFICATIONS Reply with quote

Although it varies, the usual basic qualifications are a degree and a TEFL certificate.
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markc



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being a native speaker with degree and TEFL certificate are the basic qualifications. I think China would be hard because of the preference for native speakers. Maybe the EU would be easier for you. If you become a good teacher I think your chances in the EU would be quite good, but you'll always come up the preference for native speakers.

At least you could work without visa problems in the EU. Private and freelance work is also a possibility.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tefl is not enough to teach english.Tesol training is must and should and also the certificate.
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markc



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lopezbutt99 wrote:
Tefl is not enough to teach english.Tesol training is must and should and also the certificate.


TEFL and TESOL - in terms of qualifications - mean the same thing. A CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL are the most recognized initial qualifications.
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lipofootoo



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well in China and Thailand a TEFL cert. is not required by the government to process your visa. Individual schools can make up their own requirements which may be different than the national requirements.

For Thailand you can check here and read what the admin. wrote: Thailand requirements

More details on the requirements to teach English in Asia.
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Mad_Miller20



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most schools will want you to have a degree of some sort. Check out College Crunch - a college resource website for information about career planning and degree planning. It may help you decide which degree is best for you.

Earning a degree will give you the respect and preparation to teach in Asia or wherever you so choose. Good luck!
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Richard



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My advice for non-natives is to stay away from big cities and stick to the little towns on the periphery of large cities - you'll find a lot less competition and a lot more people willing to hire non-natives.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I think TEFL is the best way to teach English for non native English teachers.
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