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Best TESOL certification program?
« on: April 01, 2009, 10:14:36 am »
Hey,

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good on line TESOL or TEFL certificate.  I'm looking for cheap, quick and easy, just to have the paper.

Cheers
Chris 


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Re: TESOL
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009, 11:45:03 am »
Hey Chris,

Another teacher, Amy, recommended this company to me. You can take a 100 hour course (the minimum hours required to get your pay raise) for under 200 US dollars. They send you everything through your e-mail and you work through it as you have time. I'm going to start the course myself pretty soon :)

http://www.teflonline.net/


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Re: TESOL
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2009, 12:37:40 pm »
I did an online course for 200,000 won last summer/fall.

http://www.koredinco.com/?page_id=34

There are something like 20 modules, and after each one you have a little quiz (sometimes with essay questions).  Each module's readings will take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours, and the tests for each module take 1 minute to nearly an hour, depending on if it's an essay exam.  You have to do one website evaluation per module (takes maybe 20 minutes each), and contribute a couple of postings to the forum per module (takes 10 to 20 minutes each).   I wouldn't say it's necessarily a cake-walk, but you could finish it in about two weeks if you busted your ass, or in a month if you worked on it a little after school each day. 

I got the paper.  Did it make me a better teacher?  No.  Did it get me a raise?  No, not this year.  Did it make me more esteemed in the eyes of my colleagues?  No.  But, I have the paper, and maybe I'll stick it on my grad school applications to say that I thought it prudent to try and better myself as a teacher.
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Re: TESOL
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 02:34:44 pm »
Thnaks,

I 'll check it out.


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TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2010, 06:39:51 pm »
I did a quick search, but it didn't answer any questions, except for one that was over a year old and I wanted more updated info.

Anyway, what are some good, cheap places online to get a TESOL/TEFL certificate?  I tried getting one this past year, but I got distracted and missed the deadline to take the test. >:(


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2010, 06:53:21 pm »
I did a quick search, but it didn't answer any questions, except for one that was over a year old and I wanted more updated info.

Anyway, what are some good, cheap places online to get a TESOL/TEFL certificate?  I tried getting one this past year, but I got distracted and missed the deadline to take the test. >:(

there are probably cheaper versions, but i did this one:

http://www.teflonline.com/

make sure you do the 100-hour course (60 hours based on teaching, the other 40 hours on grammar) to be eligible for the pay raise.

it supposedly takes 40 hours to study for the grammar test, but i doubt you'll need that much time. all you really gotta do is pass a grammar test where you have to get at least 70% to pass. i didn't study at all and just winged it--i fortunately just passed (72%) and my knowledge of linguistics was (and still is) quite limited at best.
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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2010, 07:04:34 pm »
I got my TESOL in Daegu last year.  After completing the course I just submitted the paperwork to my POE and was given the bump in pay. It is 120 hours. Here is the link:

http://tesolalliance.org/archives/707

They also have a facebook page and the guys who run the program and very helpful and will be able to answer any questions you may have:

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=hp#!/group.php?gid=132661048547

I think I paid 690,000 won for the course.  The set up was 2 days in person and an assignment using a lesson plan we discussed in the workshop. After sending in your lesson plan, there was a test,and after passing you received your certification. 


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2010, 07:11:25 pm »
I did my online course here www.linguaedge.com. It was a 100-hour course and it cost $250. I finished it within a month


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2010, 07:16:16 pm »
Just a recommendation -

You should make sure to take a classroom course (as opposed to one online.) Some schools don't recognize certification unless it was earned during a classroom course.


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2010, 07:28:33 pm »
Just a recommendation -

You should make sure to take a classroom course (as opposed to one online.) Some schools don't recognize certification unless it was earned during a classroom course.

can't speak for private schools, but i remember that MOE/POEs don't distinguish between online and inline. unless, of course, this was recently changed.
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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2010, 07:51:35 pm »
Just a recommendation -

You should make sure to take a classroom course (as opposed to one online.) Some schools don't recognize certification unless it was earned during a classroom course.

Korea accepts online certifications, which are tremendously cheaper. $170 for mine. IF you plan on working in Korea, just go online. You wont learn that much, if anything, but you may get a pay bump at least. Paid for itself in its first month, for me.

Other countries will likely NOT accept an internet only certificate, so if you are certain you will be working elsewhere in the near future then you may want to check out more reputable sources.


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2010, 08:01:40 pm »
Well, I'm not looking to work in any other country.  I'm currently married to a Korean and am in Korea for the long run.  Does http://www.linguaedge.com/ have a time limit on it?


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2010, 08:23:54 pm »
You have 120 days to complete the course


Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2010, 03:26:19 am »
I did Lingua Edge.
It was pretty easy. Just two chapters on grammar.


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2010, 07:08:01 am »
I also recommend lingua edge.  Super easy and pretty cheap.  I'm not sure of the time limit, but I completed my in about 3 weeks.


Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2010, 07:55:57 am »
I also did the TEFL Online one. In two months time, it pays for itself, with the raise you get with public schools!


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2010, 08:04:57 am »
http://www.teflonline.com/

I recently finished my TESOL online here (take the 100 hour course, that is what Korea recognizes).  I finished it in a week's time and the test takes about 4 hours.  It pays for itself in one month of extra pay when you salary goes up!  This was the site that my actual school board (IMOE) recommended!


Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2010, 08:09:53 am »
Here is the cheapest one I know of...

http://www.teflonline.net/

I took the 100 hundred hour course with tutor support. It's good if you want fast responses to your work and to make sure you're on the right track. You can get it cheaper with no tutor support however.



Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2010, 08:30:58 am »
I have a degree in Education... will a TESOL/TEFL be a waste then?  I want to study further (in education actually) but the uni back home that does the whole studying abroad thing is really really CRAP.  Will a tesol/tefl just be a step back from Education?  Dont want to do it and not get the pay raise... lol


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Re: TESOL/TEFL Certification
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2010, 08:40:02 am »
mteacher, it depends on what pay level you are already at.  A TESOL only puts you to pay level 2 so if you are at that level or above it would be a waste.  Honestly TESOL doesn't teach you that much, nothing that life experience doesn't and you already have that and a degree in Education.  The only other thing TESOL gives you is credability here in ROK.  My teachers for some reason love that I have my TESOL and think it makes me so much more qualified because it is a certification that they understand.