Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TEFL teachers I really need your help!


After rejection after rejection, and being told by a bitchy recrutement agent this morning that I should not be looking for a bilingual assistant job because I don't speak perfect French (who does? Not even the French speak perfect French!) I kind of just had a break down.

And on a phonecall from FP - while he tried to get me to stop crying hysterically - he told me to do my research and find a good, well-known and respected TEFL course. We might be able to afford it, and at least if I train to be en English teacher I will know what kind of job I'm looking for.

So, does anybody out there know which TEFL training courses are the most respected / recognised (i.e. will I be able to get a job using that degree afterwards?) and which to avoid? There are SO many different types that I'm scared to get scammed! Any input atall would be really, really appreciated.

6 comments:

Chouitie said...

OK, I think I can help a little bit here. If you look carefully at TEFL job adverts they nearly (but not all) require the CELTA qualification (it's a Cambridge ESOL qualification which is internationally recognised). This costs around £1000 (not sure about cost in € as I did mine in the UK) and you can do it as an intensive 4 week course. With this I had 6 job offers with no probs whatsoever (although it was a different time of year when i was looking - september). If you're really keen, the place I work at now (ILC France)does a good course (in theory they should be the same standard with the same content but who knows if this is true), and I'm not just saying it! It's in the centre of paris though so could be a bit of a way for you to travel in every day. Anyway, they do them every couple of months as far as I can tell.

Well,good luck with it and don't let this job hunting and rejection thing get you down.

Kim said...

Good luck for the job hunt Princesse! Keep smiling and I'm sure something will come up that you'll love doing.

pinkjellybaby said...

You want to make sure the course you are doing offers the Cambridge qualification (CELTA) or the Trinity qualification (TESOL)...these are the only two that most places will accept.
I would go for a 4 week intensive course and no shorter. The weekend and week long ones are more for people with a teaching degree and you won't come out with enough classroom experience.
As long as you're doing either TESOL or CELTA and have a good ammount of classroom hours (you get these on the month long course as you do it) then I'm not sure it matters that much WHERE you went to do it!

Princesse Ecossaise said...

Chouitie and pinkjellybaby Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!! You both confirmed something that I had read but wasn't sure was true - that the TEFLs with the Cambridge qualification is internationally recognised. Thanks girls, I rrrreally appreciate the info, now I can start searching for affordable month long training courses and hopefully it will help me get into the teaching profession like I always wanted to. Thanks a million!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Kim Thank you honey, it's easier said than done to keep on smiling through this hideous crisis that has had a hugely negative effect on employment, but I'm taking deep breaths and reminding myself that I just have to be patient!

Stavroulix said...

You could ask at the British Council, but now that I think of it, you could even try looking for a job at the British Council!

americaninparis42 said...

Hi! I found your blog through Emily's blog. I don't know if this helps you, but I am currently teaching English for primary school kids as an English Assistant. It's not what I want to be doing the rest of my life, but it's helping me with a visa and I have some extra time to learn the language. No ESL training is needed. This is the American site, but they might have the same thing through your embassy: http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?rubrique424&tout=ok

They also have an 18 hour per week gig (as most of them are 12 hours) which you might be able to do as well. Hope it works out for you!