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Q: What Tesol course do you recomend for a teaching overview?

I have managed to get a job with an international school but have no experience or TESOL qualifications (think they were desperate considering how close it is to CNY). So I am wanting to know if someone can recommend a short tesol course online (around 50 hours) which could give me a few ideas and tips to help me ensure I'm not completely green when I start after CNY.

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7 years 7 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Shanghai

 
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I got my Tesol certificates from American Tesol. I know they have Tesol programs around the globe. As far as I know there are like four different certificates that you can receive. Depending on what level you are gonna teach you can get a certificate to teach children, business, and also an expert certificate that will give you training to teach classes to foreigners who will study English as a second language. 

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Let's see. Unqualified and unskilled English teacher working illegally in China for a school that can't get a teacher.  Bet it's not long before we hear back from this one, complaining about being cheated.

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I would not recommend TESOL to someone in your position.  Half the textbook you would get is about theory and approaches to teaching... I just don't think it is relevant or useful or worth the money.  It's good info for getting a well rounded degree in education, but for someone like you or me I'd say just look at ideas that others have come up with and find plans that make sense to you.  Take it seriously, but not too seriously.  Remember that you are there because you are an English speaker, and have fun trying to improve your students' ability.

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I can't recommend any 50 hour courses... especially an online one. There are some suggestions you might get from them, but you can find them on any ESL forum (under 'classroom ideas').

 

The experience you'll get in your first couple of months will far outweigh any online course (proving it to be a complete waste of money... unless you got it only for the piece of paper).

 

If you're serious about being an ELS teacher, there's only 2 pieces of paper that will do the trick... Trinity and Cambridge. After that, go up the chain with Master's degrees, DELTAs etc...

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Global TEFL has a 150 hours online course that can be of some help. By using a New York Times coupon offer, I only paid $78 for it.

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