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TEFL qualification needed to teach abroad?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Abijess23, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Abijess23

    Abijess23 New commenter

    I am a fully qualified and experienced primary school teacher in the UK. I am beginning to look into teaching abroad and am curious about the role of the TEFL qualification. I have read in different places that this is either irrelevant, an asset or vital for finding a job overseas and I'm confused! Does anyone know what the truth is about this qualification??
    Thanks in advance
  2. sparklesparkle

    sparklesparkle Established commenter

    It could be any of the above. Even if the employer doesn't ask for it, you will find it very useful for teaching non-native speakers. It will also help your application stand out if the post, or the country, you're applying to is over-subscribed.

    The only worthwhile EFL qualification is a CELTA. Don't waste your money on weekend, taster or online courses because they aren't accredited.
  3. Ne11y

    Ne11y Occasional commenter

    Agreed that it can certainly add a string to your bow, but the key courses only focus on teaching adults. My partner recently did the CELTA (only that one and the Trinity TEFL are worth doing, all other qualifications are not worth it if you want to have a serious qualification) and he only had 2 days (out of 20 full time) on teaching young learners.

    Depending on the schools you apply to, having experience of teaching EFL students can be a huge advantage. While an EFL qualification will give you some knowledge, it won't give you the experience, so as a fully qualified primary teacher, I would save your £1000 or so (which is how much the CELTA/Trinity tends to cost) and maybe get a few books on theory if you're really interested/worried about this. Or look into some CPD courses?

    Most teachers in international schools don't have an EFL qualification and they manage fine.
  4. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Agreed. The qualification is not needed if you want to teach in a full-on International School.
    On the other hand, if you want to be an EFL teacher, of course obtain it.
  5. miketribe

    miketribe Established commenter

    It certainly isn’t essential. I only know a few with CELTA which is the only serious qualification...
  6. Abijess23

    Abijess23 New commenter

    Thanks all!
  7. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    There is a young learners extension course to the CELTA, which may be relevant. However, in my limited experience, I would say that a TEFL qualification is useful but not necessary to secure an overseas teaching post.

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