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TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

Hi there, My 22 year old daughter is really keen to travel to Thailand to complete a 4 week TESOL/TEFL course. She is hoping to get a job teaching English afterwards and understands that she will probably only break even financially. She doesnt have a uni degree but has completed her VCE. Does anyone know what the chances are for gaining employment after completion of one of these courses?

Thanks, Juls.

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1. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

Without a degree it may be harder as the Thai authorities are pretty strict about who they give work permits to, this page is fairly informative:

www.1stopchiangmai.com/living/teach/

www.cmutefl.com/

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2. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

She'll need a degree in addition to the TEFL certificate to obtain legal working papers. Beware of schools that say, No Problem! You can get a job without a degree. Well . . . yes, you can. But you'll soon be leaving the country when your tourist visa expires and you can't renew it again.

Check out http://www.TeachEnglishBangkok.com or http://www.TeachEnglishPhuket.com

If she wishes to work legally, have her check out programs in China, where she can work legally - something like http://www.TEFLinternships.com is an okay option. Training plus placement.

Edited: 01 December 2012, 03:05
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3. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

Many students finished with the course go to Korea or China to teach. In Thailand it is more difficult, especially without a degree, as mentioned already.

But: working without a degree at a small school in the middle of nowhere certainly is possible, albeit illegal, but the pay will be not very good..

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4. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

A 4 week TEFL course is not sufficient to ready you for teaching. I regard TEFL as an adjunct to those who already have a degree and wish to teach English. Any job at a reputable language school would request a degree.

Perth, Australia
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5. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

Thank you everyone very much for all your information.We will also have a good look at those links and decide on .what to do then :-)

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6. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

I am not sure about teaching in Thailand and the required qualifications, but I am an Australian TAFE qualified teacher and I have several friends who have taught English overseas while they travelled, they all have a university degree in teaching with additional studies in ESL. I suspect most people teaching English overseas would have similar qualifications and this would probably be the standard to which your daughter would be competing against for work.

I don't think I would rely on a 4 week teaching course to help fund a working holiday, but I do hope your daughter has a fabulous time!!

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7. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

Thanks alot to everyone who responded to my questions regarding TEFL/ TESL course in Thailand. I really appreciate your information,comments and advice. My daughter has now decided that she will perhaps travel to Canada instead! :-) Juls

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8. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

A very wise decision in the circumstances, IMO.

I have to say I am astounded that someone posting on behalf of an organisation sending people to Thailand would post on an open forum "Or you can work illegally... Which is not as risky as it sounds and many people do it but there will be visa issues."

As a consequence there will be insurance implications since if these people take out travel insurance or specialist insurance without declaring they don't have a work permit and are therefore working illegally, any subsequent claim is likely to be nullified.

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9. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

I do not know about Phuket, since competition over here is very tough but in Bangkok I happened to read several blogs written by people without degree and only with tefl course who are teaching English 100% legal.

I think also so called rural areas could be good place to start for someone without degree.

I also recall two of my customers I ( I rent motorbikes in Phuket ) who were in middle twenties and both were teaching English and couple other subjects over here I am not sure but I really doubt if they have a degree also.

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10. Re: TEFL/TESOL course, any advice or info appreciated

Well they would say they were teaching legally, wouldn't they? ;-)

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