Category Archives: MA TESOL

Is a TEFL diploma worth more than a relevant MA?

EF in China and most British Council branches think so (though they are both involved in running diploma courses), whereas I don’t know of a single university which would agree (though they are all involved in peddling MAs). I have … Continue reading

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Rod Ellis on theory and practice

“SLA research is not capable of providing teachers with recipes for successful practice. It should be treated as providing teachers with ‘insights’ which they can use to build their own explicit theory. It is on the basis of this theory- … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge Delta, Linguistics, applied linguistics and SLA, MA Applied Linguistics, MA TESOL, Rod Ellis | 7 Comments

Development, blogs, books and Japan- An interview with Darren Elliott of Lives of Teachers blog

We all seem to be seeing your name around a lot recently. A masterplan to become the next Thornbury/ trying to keep yourself busy while your wife watches Japanese television/ sleep disorder/ other? I think it takes more than a … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge Delta, CELTA, Critical Mass ELT, Eikaiwa, Experience of Language Teaching, first TEFL job, MA TESOL, Teacher training, Teaching English in Japan, TEFL, TEFL blogs, TEFL conferences, TEFL heroes- Rose M Senior, TEFL heroes- Scott Thornbury, TEFL qualifications, TEFL reviews, TEFL villains- Jennifer Jenkins, TEFL workshops | Tagged | 8 Comments

6 Ways TEFL Certificate Course Providers Try to Rip You Off – Part 2

by guest writer “TEFLista” 3. Call Anyone a Trainer (and count on most people not asking about their qualifications). Arguably, the most important part of a good TEFL course is its trainers. Good trainers might be able to save a … Continue reading

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Free online TEFL training???

UPDATE – website now dead, so I guess they are no more So Global TESOL claims, although some of the things written there are a bit offputting- maybe deliberately so as they seem to be warning people off the need to take … Continue reading

Posted in Global TESOL, links, MA TESOL, Online TEFL certificate, Teacher training, Teaching English Abroad, Teaching English in Korea, TEFL, TEFL certificate, TEFL conferences, TEFL qualifications | Tagged | 17 Comments

23 Experiences of Language Teaching

Finished reading the Experience of Language Teaching a week or two ago, and here are some of my favourite quotes: on continuous enrollment “like teaching on a moving bus, or in the middle of a railway station, with people coming … Continue reading

Posted in CELTA, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Experience of Language Teaching, Grammar, Lesson planning, MA TESOL, Problem students, Teacher training, Teaching young learners, TEFL, TEFL games, TEFL in the UK, TEFL qualifications, textbooks, Working conditions | Tagged | 6 Comments

Being a professional without a profession Quote of the Day

“I sweated blood over my master’s degree, and now here I am lumped together with all those youngsters who don’t even know what a preposition is”

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TEFL International's Bruce Velhuisen- Interview Part Two

TEFL International is not only often quoted as one of the largest TEFL training organisations (see the stats below), it is also almost certainly the one most likely to set off a firestorm by mentioning it on the internet- hence … Continue reading

Posted in ARELS, Bell, British Council accreditation, Bruce Veldhuisen, Cambridge ESOL, CELTA, IATEFL, IATQUO, MA TESOL, Teacher associations, Teacher training, Teaching English Abroad, TEFL, TEFL career planning, TEFL certificate, TEFL in the UK, TEFL International, TEFL qualifications, TESOL | Tagged | 102 Comments

Question from a reader: DELTA, CELTA or RSA Trinity?

Hi, I’ve just read your DELTA experiences and wondered if you could advise me on the best course to take. I’ve been teaching for 12 years (PGCE and Degree in English) – 6 years in Comprehensives in the UK and … Continue reading

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Have “alternative” TEFL courses been good for the industry?

Noticing that two of my three nominations for TEFL bad boy of the century have been involved in selling 4 week TEFL courses of limited career worth has made me wonder whether the whole non-CELTA non-Trinity lot of them have … Continue reading

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