Guardian TEFL wises up

The latest TEFL infomercial from the alleged newspaper the Graudian doesn’t, for once, have a by-line saying it was written by a representative of a TEFL course provider with everything to gain from the industry selling more courses and nothing to gain from revealing what a flooded market place and falling standards mean for all of us at the cliff edge of globalisation- globalisation being something that the Guardian is only to happy to criticize when advertising pennies are not on the line, I seem to remember.

This fluff piece is written by one Laura Harrison. Wait a second, that wouldn’t be Laura Harrison, TEFL training advisor at Cactus travel and clearly labelled as such on previous articles on the Madchester Guardian website, would it? Surely a bit of good natured barracking from the TEFL blogging underclass hasn’t made them do exactly the same tricks as before, but this time try to hide it?? I did think so for a second, but all that liberal moralising that covers the pages that investigative news reporting would cost too much to fill must mean something, mustn’t it?

Don’t know why I care so much, as long as I can track down the International Herald Tribune (surprisingly difficult in Korea) where advertorials for Formula 1 are at least obvious and still pay for decent journalism in the other bits, but it is difficult to let stuff like this go:

“Tefl will have armed you with transferable skills, useful to you in whatever new path you choose”

There was a debate about this on Dave’s ESL Cafe about a year ago. Well, I say debate, but in fact everyone agreed that going abroad to do TEFL and then coming home will permanently set back your earning power. It’s a sad day when the Guardian is less accurate than Rave Spelling’s ESL Au Lait, so please continue getting all your TEFL news from TEFLtastic

(Put my endorsement of your TEFL course and corporate logo here- available for a limited, desperate, period for just one large jar of Marmite and 250 Typhoo tea bags)

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6 Responses to Guardian TEFL wises up

  1. Sandy says:

    Nice one, Alex. I shall be following up soon. Or maybe later…

  2. Sandy says:

    PS: My God, that article is just SO badly written it’s deserving of a severe lampooning! Can anybody provide me with the author’s e-mail or, better still, phone number?

  3. asniya says:

    i’m an english teacher from indonesia. i teach health science such as health environment class, nursing class, mid wife class, and nutrition class and some time i teach english for general. to enlarge my knowledge and experience as an english teacher i need english training.

    im looking forward to hearing some info from you.
    thank you


  4. Alex Case says:

    I’ve got lots of worksheets on medical English ( , but never written articles about how to do it. Might try to do one on the article pages in the next couple of months

  5. Robert Murray says:

    I’ve written about this recently on the incredibly-difficult-to-use website for the Cardiff IATEFL Conference, but the reason why EFL teachers’ earning power is curtailed is the attitude of the ‘home’ educational services towards people who work abroad, as well as those institutions outside teaching.

    Undoubtedly there are a lot of people who teach EFL abroad for a laugh and to extend their post-university gap-year or whatever it’s called, rather than develop their craft as English teachers (did I really write that – craft!?!). I know, because I was one of those beknighted creatures and, my God, have I ever paid for it.

    If I have to listen to one more sneering comment from some over-accredited, over-promoted would-be housewife slumming it in the Communications Department of the Further Education college where I’m trying to get trained as a ‘proper’ teacher or get a few hours’ work (‘Where did you say you worked before?’ ‘Teaching teenagers in Greece is not the same as facilitating the outcome procedures for the Communications component of the NVQ level three in Hairdressing …’, etc., etc.), I think I shall scream and scream until I’m sick. None of these muppets seem to be aware that TEFL is a proper job and, for many, an actual career and they are so concerned with preserving their own over-inflated status that they are reluctant to let anybody work on their patch.
    This of course applied especially to those in F. E. who work in TEFL (or ESOL, or ESL or EAP).

    If you want to work outside teaching, your years’ of foreign service count for nothing (‘Oh, I see you’re a teacher. Our teaching department’s upstairs’ – ‘No, I’m looking for a job outside teaching’). The ‘Computer says No’ attitude is particularly prevalent in the employment agencies.

    One thing that would impress upon the brains of such half-wits about the actual achievement of working abroad as a teacher (EFL or otherwise) is for each year spent working abroad to be exempt of Income Tax for the equivalent years spent working here, in view of the service that people like ourselves provide for the UK and the spreading of British culture abroad and the sacrifices we make in terms of lower pay received abroad and when we return. We should also get our fees waived for further study in the field – DELTA, MA in Linguistics or otherwise. In the meantime, our case should be put forward to the relevant trade union (fat lot that they would care) and the Education Minister or at least one of those new university research projects into bad p-ay and conditions.

    Yours sincerely,

    Robert Murray

  6. Bill says:

    I am thinking about going to south america to complete a month course, obtain a tefl qualification and hopefully move into teaching english for a couple of years. do you think this is inadvisable?

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