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TEFL showdowns worth following (views: 5111)

Online (Online) - Sat, 26 Jul 2008
Posted by

Note: this has been cross-posted to the new forum at 1) David's English Teaching World vs. Dave's ESL Cafe (discussion forums) Dave Sperling of ESL Cafe has seen challengers come and go over the last thirteen years. Some have persisted and even thrived as go-to websites in their own right but none have made a real dent in ESL Cafe's traffic and/or user base. In that regard, David's ELT World is differ....

Criteria for choosing a TESOL course (views: 4694)

Online (Online) - Mon, 14 Jul 2008
Posted by eigoman

Just a quick rant on something I read somewhere and now can't find. An experienced teacher answered a query on a forum regarding criteria for choosing a TESOL certificate with the advice that the person make sure it qualified for credits towards a Master's degree program. This seems ridiculous to me. I know some TESOL courses do garner credits with some Master's programs. While there is nothing wrong with that, it shouldn't be seen as distinguish....

MEXICO (views: 4456)

Online (Online) - Mon, 07 Jul 2008
Posted by Paula

Hi - I will be getting my TESOL certificate this month through Oxford Seminars. I am interested in possibly working in Mexico. I was wondering if anyone has worked in Mexico. What were your experiences like? Some possible school recommendations that you really enjoyed ( and that provide accomodation!) Thank you in advance. Paula - US ....

Re: MEXICO (views: 4522)

Online (Online) - Tue, 08 Jul 2008
Posted by GoTeacher

Check out Guy Courschesne's blog for information and advice on teaching English in Mexico. I would also recommend the Mexico Forum on Dave's ESL Cafe. This Guy is Teaching Abroad: ....

Re: MEXICO (views: 4354)

Online (Online) - Mon, 14 Jul 2008
Posted by Guy Courchesne

Thanks for plug on my blog! Mexico can be tough for landing a job over the net or by telephone. You'll pretty much have to resign yourself to coming here before having employment secured. I would advise be very vague about your TEFL qualification when applying. Oxford is well known in Mexico and will shut doors rather than open them. Play up your degree or any other experience you have. ....

Oxford Seminars' reputation in Mexico (views: 5238)

Online (Online) - Mon, 14 Jul 2008
Posted by eigoman

Interesting. Are you saying that no course is better than this course as far as employers in Mexico are concerned? It used to be that schools preferred something to nothing but that might be changing. And maybe it should. ....

Re: Oxford Seminars' reputation in Mexico (views: 5106)

Online (Online) - Fri, 18 Jul 2008
Posted by Guy Courchesne

Darn it, had a typo in that last post. No, I wouldn't say that having no course is better than this one, though I can see how I may have left that impression. I don't want to kick Oxford around here online, but they are known well enough for not providing actual teaching practice. Highlighting that on a resume isn't a good idea in my opinion. I don't see any harm in mentioning having taken a TEFL course (and any course is probably better than not....

Best Cert. For fromer-JET moving to China? (views: 4705)

Online (Online) - Tue, 10 Jun 2008
Posted by Rose

Hi, I taught as a JET in Japan for 2 years and am now looking to teach in China. Taking a full-on CELTA seems a little silly as I have hundreds of hours of experience and hardly need 6 more. On the other hand, the online degrees are so cheap that I'm worried they're worthless. Help? ....

Get TESOL certified world-wide with IEERA (views: 5135)

Online (Online) - Sun, 08 Jun 2008
Posted by Chris Cookson

The International English Educational Research Association's (IEERA) TESOL Certification Program is an intensive course which provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as well as tools for their own reflection and growth as teachers. It is designed to be offered intensively in four weeks or extensively over a longer period. The course provides practical training through....

New to TESL; Need some advice... (views: 4430)

Online (Online) - Thu, 22 May 2008
Posted by Michael Noto

Greetings everyone. Recently I landed a job interview with Amity Schools (Japan), and as the date approaches my nerves are wearing thin. I am expected to create a 30-minute lesson plan which I must submit; five minutes of which I must demonstrate before other applicants. As someone with zero teaching experience, I have no idea where to begin. Even after extensive research into TESL on this and many other web sites, I still find myself with many q....

Testing TEFL (views: 4586)

Online (Online) - Thu, 01 May 2008
Posted by Mircea

I'm looking for a straight answer to a very simple question: Where can I take the TEFL test WITHOUT the weeks of instruction and receive a certificate? If that isn't possible, how does one obtain a TEFL certificate without wasting time on the classroom instruction? In the alternative, is there a 1 or 2 week course that costs less than $500 and is offered more than twice per year? I spent a semester student teaching at an inner city middle school,....

Re: Testing TEFL (views: 4805)

Online (Online) - Mon, 14 Jul 2008
Posted by eigoman

The only TEFL test I am aware of is the Cambridge TKT. You can find out more about it by clicking the link below. This is just my opinion but I highly doubt many employers will consider a result on the TKT as the equivalent of a reputable TESOL certificate. ....

can somebody help me to know what course best suits me (views: 4550)

Online (Online) - Wed, 23 Apr 2008
Posted by MERAJ

Hi, I am from India and I would like to take up a TEFL Course and have a serious career in teaching. What I am not sure of is if I am eligible for a TEFL/TESOL course as English is my second language. If I am, then what school should I go for and in what region. Should I take up a course in the same country or region where I want to work after completing the course or I can do it from any country and then choose a different country to work in? I ....

Re: can somebody help me to know what course best suits me (views: 4534)

Online (Online) - Fri, 12 Sep 2008
Posted by Danilo

hi....I from in philippines. I'm high school graduating in public school in manila, i don't know what is a best course that i will going to taken in college, because i can't find a course that blending in my experience and my leisure life. but, when i was in elementary i always thinking my future in college life. I have so many idea but i think thats only a an idea that never come real. If there was a person who can help in my problem, just send ....

job openings for English teachers (views: 4518)

Online (Online) - Tue, 22 Apr 2008
Posted by Mike Wu

Teaching English jobs are open in all the big cities in China. Great pay and excellent benefits. · Free apartment · Holidays · Paid travels Requirement: · Must be native English speaker · From America, Europe, or Australia · Teaching degree or TESL certificate is a great plus Our jobs will not only offer you great benefits, but also the chance to experiment a 5000 years old civilization and fast growing society. Please respond to mikewumike....

TEFL Course with Job Guarantee in Prague, Czech Republic! (views: 4600)

Online (Online) - Fri, 11 Apr 2008
Posted by Caledonian School

TEFL Course with Job Guarantee in Prague, Czech Republic! TEFL course in Prague, Czech Republic! Guaranteed TEFL jobs in Prague and other locations in the Czech Republic! Caledonian School offers the International TEFL program certificate course in Prague for those individuals who are looking for an initial 4-week qualification to teach ESL. • JOB GUARANTEE IN OUR SCHOOL • EUROPE’S ONLY ‘TEACH-WHERE-YOU-TRAIN’ LANGUAGE SCHOOL • IN COO....

May 2008; teach in Japan (views: 4419)

Online (Online) - Mon, 24 Mar 2008
Posted by Chris

Teach English to kids 4 to 12 years of age. Start May 4th 2008. Full time. Double teaching with a Japanese teacher. Applicants must be Native English speakers with a drivers license and tons of energy!!!. A college degree is preferred but no teaching experience is necessary. Furnished accommodation provided (rent 50 000 yen per month, utilities, internet separate). At least 16 paid holidays per year as well as most Public holidays, Saturdays and ....

English teachers needed for China (views: 4455)

Online (Online) - Sun, 23 Mar 2008
Posted by Mike

We have ESL job openings in the big cities of China, Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, ShengZhen, etc. If you are a native English speaking teacher and would like to teach English in the universities, colleges, elementary schools or companies in China, please contact us. · Start: Spring, Summer, Winter 2008 · Salary: will be informed in person · Free apartment: 1 bedroom,a bathroom, a kichen room and a living room, well furnished with (TV set, VCD ....

Would any teacher help me? (views: 4360)

Online (Online) - Fri, 07 Mar 2008
Posted by Michelle

Hello, I'm considering teaching ESL after I graduate, and so I chose it to be the topic of my research paper on a specific vocation. However, I need to have at least two people complete a questionnaire. Would any of you teachers be willing to help me out and let me add this in to my paper? What is your name? What school are you currently teaching at? How many years have you been teaching and where have you taught? What certificates or degrees do ....

Re: Would any teacher help me? (views: 4324)

Online (Online) - Mon, 10 Mar 2008
Posted by Guy Courchesne

Happy to help out... What is your name? Guy Courchesne What school are you currently teaching at? Teachers Latin America How many years have you been teaching and where have you taught? 7, and all over Mexico. What certificates or degrees do you have? Degree in Journalism, certificate in TEFL, various workshops in TEFL What would you say is an average salary to expect in your area, and is it enough to live comfortably with? $1000 to $2000 usd, ve....

Which course?? Someone help. (views: 4413)

Online (Online) - Mon, 25 Feb 2008
Posted by Alison

Hey. Maybe some of you could help me. I am trrying to research TESL training courses but I don't understand. I would like to take a 6 month or 2 year course, residential. But i can only find 4 week courses. Is that the only kind that exists? What if I wanted a diploma in TEFL ? I don' want to do online courses, and I don't care about job placements. I want a real degree in TESL. Does that exist? If anyone has any information, please relpy! Thanks....

Re: Which course?? Someone help. (views: 4357)

Online (Online) - Tue, 25 Mar 2008
Posted by eigoman

Where are you from, where do you want to teach (type of school and destination country)? TESOL certificates vary in recognition value. There really is no such thing as a "real" certificate. The CELTA is generally a good bet, but not if you want to teach children and particularly if you want to work in a public school system in an English-speaking country. A bit more information would help in suggesting some possibilities. ....

Extra income for TEFL teachers and school owners (views: 4518)

Online (Online) - Mon, 25 Feb 2008
Posted by Jun Valasek

For School Owners, Administrators, and Teachers - make EN101 as part of your students' learning aid and earn unlimited income. You have green market and there is no reason for you to ignore this offer. Having an average earning of $50 per software you sell is not a joke after all and its definitely a real deal, especially if your English School have hundreds of enrollees. For Students - EN101 software is the latest technology in language interact....

E2 Visa Process and Background Check Video on Youtube (views: 4793)

Online (Online) - Sat, 23 Feb 2008
Posted by Jason C

Think it would be nice to sit down with someone for 15 minutes who can explain the E2 visa process to you in detail, in English? Well, that's not likely to happen, but hopefully this is a close second. Here is a 2-part video I posted on Youtube to help answer questions about what you need, where to get it, where to send it, and what it looks like. It lasts about 15 minutes and the hope is at the end of watching it, you'll feel comfortable moving ....

International jobs and internships (views: 4489)

Online (Online) - Sun, 03 Feb 2008
Posted by Olivia

Hi, I am French and I wish to work in Australia (job or internship). I found the website [url] [/url], intended to international jobs and internships, which has a lot of offers worldwide. But do you know other ways to get a job in Australia as a foreigner? Thanks in advance! ....

The Best Job in EFL . . . I found it!! (views: 4511)

Online (Online) - Fri, 28 Dec 2007
Posted by Russ

I've been working in ESL/EFL since '95 and have worked in such diverse places as Korea and Saudi Arabia from language institutes to universities. However, I always felt a lack of security in these positions. For the last three years, I've been working at DLI in San Antonio, Texas. It's been great!! You want a career? You got it complete with federal retirement benefits. You don't want to work in the states? No, problem. Since I started working th....

5000 euros for your own start up school italy (views: 4349)

Online (Online) - Thu, 06 Dec 2007
Posted by ian

Have you thought of owning your own school? Are you sick of working for someone else. This school can be taken over with in 1 week. You must have a tefl or Celta certificate be an eu resident and like Italy. Small school 2 classrooms and 11 teaching hours a week. all for 5,000 euros! call Ian 0039 0184 231450 for info pack Location sunny coastal town north Italy ....

Teaching in China...Advice? (views: 4495)

Online (Online) - Sun, 18 Nov 2007
Posted by Laurence

Hey all. Im looking to start teaching english in China starting around february 2008. I got a few questions: 1) Which in your experience is the best online Tefl course? I was thinking of doing the i-to-i one, I doubt ill really have time to do a non online course, and I get the impression this will be ok as a starting point. 2) What are some of the main clues that someone is trying to screw you over. WHat would you say are the key things to look ....

Re: Teaching in China...Advice? (views: 4428)

Online (Online) - Sat, 08 Dec 2007
Posted by GoTeacher

Have you considered taking an on-site course with a practice teaching component? In many (too many!) cases, you would be better off giving your money to and purchasing a TEFL how-to book than you would giving it to an online TESOL course. ....

I'm dying to hear about your teaching experience! (views: 4575)

Online (Online) - Tue, 30 Oct 2007
Posted by Greg

Hi! If you have taught abroad somewhere, there are so many people that would benefit from hearing about it! Post on this website: and you will be able to help others gather valuable information. Did you love your school? Maybe there were some tips you WISH you would have known before leaving. Either way, is the place to put yourself on the map and let your voice be heard. Cheers, Greg. ....

Teaching in Mexico City (views: 4318)

Online (Online) - Sun, 21 Oct 2007
Posted by Martina Hall

Hello! I am a new teacher, currently teaching in Madrid, Spain. I am a British Citizen but studied in the US. Have got a BA in Communication and a TOEFL certificate that I just did. I want to go to Mexico City to teach in January, does anyone have any tips for me? Anything I should watch out for teaching - wise? Any companies anyone can recommend? I will be very grateful for any advice or experience anyone can give me! I have a friend there, so a....

Re: Teaching in Mexico City (views: 4303)

Online (Online) - Sun, 21 Oct 2007
Posted by GoTeacher

Guy Courchesne stops by this forum from time to time and will likely have some advice for you. If you can't wait, look for him and a host of other foreign English teachers with Mexico experience over at Dave's ESL Cafe (the Job Discussion forum). Good luck! ....

Re: Teaching in Mexico City (views: 4280)

Online (Online) - Tue, 23 Oct 2007
Posted by Guy Courchesne

January is a good time to job seek. It's often difficult to pre-arrange a job over the telephone or the internet, so the best thing to do is give yourself two weeks in Mexico City getting a feel for the place and pursuing leads. If you already have a place to stay, all the better. If this is your first time teaching, you'll likely be looking at language school work or teaching English at companies. And get ready for a surprise! This town is fabul....

Warning! IHS Homeschool in Korea (views: 4724)

Online (Online) - Wed, 17 Oct 2007
Posted by Ex-IHS Teacher

I've just come off the worst teaching experience of my career. Two months working for IHS was all I could stand. It was somewhat like being sent back in time to the US South in the 1950s. The school had a triple standard: Korean teachers on one level white American teachers on another nonwhite American teachers on the lowest level. I hadn't experienced such in-your-face racism since I was a kid. The first time I met my supervisor, she gave me the....

Re: Warning! IHS Homeschool in Korea (views: 4842)

Online (Online) - Sun, 11 Nov 2007
Posted by Don

start by logging on to for information on your local labor office. Also look at efl-law for - in mnay cases - step by step instructions. ....

TESL jobs abroad that change frequently (views: 4284)

Online (Online) - Tue, 16 Oct 2007
Posted by Tammy

Hello. I have searched the forum before posting but have not come across an answer to this. Have any of you heard of jobs teaching english, that are temporary assignments, not lasting more than 3 months, for example. But, in different countries every time. I would like to do this, but I want to travel frequently. I saw postings through the Marcus Evans Group (Linguarama), which is the concept I am looking for. They teach businesses in private set....

Teaching English in Russia as a volunteer (views: 4366)

Online (Online) - Mon, 15 Oct 2007
Posted by Julia

Would anybody be interested in having a bit of teaching experience in Izhevsk, Russia, let me know. That would involve teaching English at the English evening courses, up to 15 hours a week and additionally teaching almost any classes (if one feels like doing it) at a regular Junior/Junior High School. Can be anything from PE to Physics... (Done in English or any other major language, just let me know which!) The time one can or wants to start up....

Re: Teaching English in Russia as a volunteer (views: 4165)

Online (Online) - Sun, 21 Oct 2007
Posted by GoTeacher

Are you working as a volunteer for a school board or some other sponsoring organization? Is that a special visa or simply a tourist one? I'm asking on behalf of anyone else reading this thread; I'm not interested myself (although the idea of teaching in Russia some day sounds good). ....

Online ESL teaching (views: 4570)

Online (Online) - Mon, 08 Oct 2007
Posted by aj

After trying out several web sites that say they specialize in online ESL teaching I found This site is fairly new but already I have had a couple of students and the system works pretty well. It uses Skype for communication between students and teachers and if you are online with Skype students can find you through the website and contact you for a lesson. Students can also book you for a lesson at a later time. Best of ....

Re: Online ESL teaching (views: 4372)

Online (Online) - Tue, 12 Aug 2008
Posted by ralph wilsen

I think this is a disguised ad because tutors sign up with their own email address and are not offered a "bookachat" email address. ....

ESL jobs in Toronto, Canada (views: 4660)

Online (Online) - Fri, 28 Sep 2007
Posted by Collin

Hello, how are you? I'm planning to move to Toronto to look for work in teaching ESL. I'd like to know some info about the good schools to work for, as well as not-so-good ones to avoid. I'm looking for a school with a well established curriculum to follow with materials they provide for you... I'm still learning about teaching ESL so I'm hoping to work in a more structured environment. I was wondering too if it's possible to find work in private....

Re: ESL jobs in Toronto, Canada (views: 4618)

Online (Online) - Sat, 29 Sep 2007
Posted by GoTeacher

"I was wondering too if it's possible to find work in private schools without having a TESL Ontario certificate. I've taken an accredited course (with practicum and all that), and I have teaching experience abroad..." You shouldn't have a problem. Most private language schools SHOULD NOT require TESL Ontario-approved certificates. At most (if they are members of CAPLS, for example), they will require TESL Canada-approved or equivalent credentials....

Re: ESL jobs in Toronto, Canada (views: 4502)

Online (Online) - Mon, 29 Oct 2007
Posted by TeachD

Thanks GoTeacher. I just had my first day of the TEFL course in BC, and the teacher told me that Ontario is special. Pretty disappointed. But at least I can get TESL Canada certification. Do you have any schools that you know of that hire teachers with TESL Canada, overseas experience ( 6 years)? Anything you know would be SO MUCH appreciated! ....

Re: ESL jobs in Toronto, Canada (views: 4352)

Online (Online) - Sat, 08 Dec 2007
Posted by GoTeacher

Sorry for the delay in replying? How are you making out with your job search? Ontario is "special" in the most euphemistic sense of the word. The are out-of-whack with the rest of the private language school industry in the country. While I am all for comprehensive teacher training and raising the bar when it comes to TESOL certificate benchmarks, TESL Ontario's approach seems exclusive, elitest and counter-productive. ....

Re: ESL jobs in Toronto, Canada (views: 4840)

Online (Online) - Sat, 29 Sep 2007
Posted by Collin

Hello, thanks so much for your response. I'm still a little unclear though. Actually I don't have any certification at all (for TESL Canada or Ontario). What I do have is a diploma from the school where I studied TESL. I'm now eligible to apply for TESL Canada/Ontario certification (to be a card-carrying member, kind of thing). I could do that but it's a) costly and b) I'll have to wait for a while until the next application. I know government-sp....

Teaching in Cuba (views: 8827)

Online (Online) - Wed, 12 Sep 2007
Posted by Guy Courchesne

Does anyone know of paid teaching opportunities in Cuba, preferably in EFL? ....

Re: Teaching in Cuba (views: 4577)

Online (Online) - Sat, 15 Sep 2007
Posted by GoTeacher

I don't know, but someone at UTIC might: They run (or used to run) TESOL courses in Santa Lucia, Cuba. ....

Thanks to Guy for the plug (views: 4499)

Online (Online) - Sat, 08 Sep 2007
Posted by

Thanks for the plug, Guy: ....

How do I know if i have what it takes? (views: 4258)

Online (Online) - Wed, 29 Aug 2007
Posted by Matthew

I've been looking around on this, i want to say this is what i want to do, this is what i want to go to college for, but i want to know, is it for everybody? I would love to seriously be an aid or something to see if it's what i want to do for a living but I'm not sure if the experience is possible, I've already completed a yr of college going for and English major, I had planned on teaching in a class room here in the U.S. but I'm curious if I w....

Re: How do I know if i have what it takes? (views: 4170)

Online (Online) - Sun, 02 Sep 2007
Posted by GoTeacher

Have you thought about volunteering? You might be able to tutor on campus through an international student center (if your college/university has one) or on your own by placing ads on bulletin boards. Volunteering off campus might be an option as well. Another possibility is online tutoring via Skype or something similar. Do a little research and seek out some opportunities to test drive TESL/TEFL and then decide for yourself if you have what it ....