Value of TEFL Courses in Comparison to other Degrees

by Ben
(London)

Hi,

I'm a qualified doctor with 3 years of on the job teaching experience. Mostly I have taught groups of medical students on wards but have also arranged teaching programmes consisting of a number of different sessions and teaching methods. I'm looking at maybe spending some time teaching English in Japan as a bit of a change of scene and am wondering whether it is worth spending the time (which is tight with my current work schedule) and money on a TEFL course or whether I should just apply with the experience I have.

Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

Ben

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by: John

Hi Ben,

Thanks for contacting us. I would say that given your experience and education you don't need a TEFL certificate as you can readily be hired without it.

I would say that given your tight schedule, if you did decide that a TEFL course was something you want to pursue it should be the shortest fastest, cheapest online course out there.

And it probably should be viewed as somewhat of a luxury item as it's something that isn't critical for you personally in finding and ESL job but will help you get a view of teaching from the language or linguistic perspective. And help with exposing you to classroom management techniques. Most students can knock out a 60 hour course pretty quickly.

I hope this helps

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