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    Hi there, so I'm looking to get a certificate to teach English abroad, preferrably in China, however I don't really want to spend upwards of £1000 on a CELTA.

    Most job postings I've seen just say "TEFL/TESOL/CELTA" certificate, so can I not just spend a quarter of the price on a 140-hour TEFL course?
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    You can get entry-level esl in China (and some other Asian countries) with just a degree. I did, as well as most of the other teachers I met over there. I tend to think random no-name certs are a false economy. They're just bits of paper from 'organisations' no-one has heard of claiming...well, not much actually.


    CELTA and Trinity TESOL are the only reputable certs. They require an investment of time/money but doesn't anything worthwhile require a sacrifice? They differ from random cheap certs as they include seminars, written assessments and most importantly observed, assessed time teaching real students. Dodgy two-bit weekend certs may not include this, and even if they do, no employer will have heard of them.

    I'd say save your money and buy a couple of books on esl for now. Jobs in China are still plentiful for pretty much and native english speaker with a degree. If you want to continue teaching in a year, develop your skills by investing in a CELTA.
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    Hi, thanks for the informative reply.

    How did you go about getting a job in China, did you secure one before going out there or get it while you were out there?

    Can you give me advice on the best places/websites to look for a job?
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    According to Chinese work visa rules, English teaching certificates are NOT mandate. There are many employers who are happy to sponsor the course when you start to work for them if you really love to take one. As long as you are a native English speaker with a degree from an English speaking nation (uk, usa etc.), you are eligible to apply for a work visa (z) in China. We can certainly help you out over job hunting and visa application.
 
 
 
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