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    I would like to teach English abroad in Japan, China or Korea, I do have a degree already, so I am looking at starting TEFL course as soon as. But I am not sure which company to choose to complete it with.

    I will be doing a course with in-person modules.
    I have found two companies which look good, I-to-I and TEFL.org.uk, but I am unsure which is better to go with.

    I-to-I seems to regulated by the British examination board and I have heard good things about it, whereas TEFL.org.uk is only accredited, albeit by a number of accreditation bodies. TEFL.org.uk offers a 30-hour weekday module which is quite tempting, as I have heard the more classroom hours you have the better, and they also provide a personal reference from your class tutor.
    Is the 30-hour classroom component worth it or is the 20-hour sufficient?
    Are I-to-I able to provide a reference upon completion of the course, and do they offer a 30-hour in-class component?
    Which company would you recommend going with?
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    It really depends on what level you want to teach.

    If it’s conversational schools or elementary/ high school as a teaching assistant - then a degree is enough.

    If you want to teach college/university level or work as a legit teacher in schools then you’ll need a masters.

    I really don’t see the value of a TEFL certificate, to be honest.
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    (Original post by Birobertson)
    It really depends on what level you want to teach.

    If it’s conversational schools or elementary/ high school as a teaching assistant - then a degree is enough.

    If you want to teach college/university level or work as a legit teacher in schools then you’ll need a masters.

    I really don’t see the value of a TEFL certificate, to be honest.
    A TEFL certificate *could* mean marginally more money teaching English at international schools. But of course it's not the same as actually having a teaching certificate or a master's/doctorate. And it's not always the case that they care about that.

    For Japan, China, and Korea, a TEFL certificate is certainly not needed. In fact, a degree isn't always necessary either, as long as you're white and hold a passport from a white English-speaking country (+South Africa). Or even just being white with any nationality. Korea might ask for someone to be female and Christian.

    Then of course, a job that doesn't require any real requirements is unlikely to be one that's well-paid, stable, and with progression.
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    In my experience in Japan, most international schools require a teaching license. That said, a lot of foreigners teach at eikaiwas (English conversation schools) and you only require a degree.

    I can’t speak for Korea or China, but there’s also the Assistant Language Teacher role, which arguably has better holidays, but pay can be an issue during school holidays if you forget to save.

    I worked at both an eikaiwa and as an ALT with a bachelors in Japanese and they both have pros and cons. Perhaps a TEFL will improve your confidence, but most companies provide training.

    I did an MSc in TESOL, but finding work at university level is competitive and some posts require PHD status.

    Have you thought about doing a CELTA/DELTA? The courses are more expensive but seem to be well regarded.
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    (Original post by Birobertson)
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    I really don’t see the value of a TEFL certificate, to be honest.
    Because in some countries, it is a legal requirement (and likely to become so in others).

    That's not to say plenty of teachers don't work illegally, sure they do. But it's if you are willing to always feel a little edgy and cross your fingers.
 
 
 
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