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Author:  emily [ Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:51 am ]
Post subject:  Online courses

I might take online tefl course to get higher salary. Is it really helpful for development of teaching skills?

Author:  mesmark [ Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:54 am ]
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Aren't you a recruiter?

A TEFL course (even those on-line) provide solid fundamental information about teaching EFL/ESL. They may not be much more than what you'd get from reading a good book about teaching, but they're not a waste of time. If you haven't had any training, then I'd say it's a good place to start.

Live courses are of course better. The on-line courses don't offer as much real practice, just theoretical lesson planning for example.

Author:  jonmarks [ Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:05 am ]
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I recently had to assess a range of online courses for a chain of language schools wanting to adopt one as part of their program.

Hmm. The quality I found was variable to say the least. There are some good online courses around, but there are also opportunists cashing in on the popularity of the internet with inferior flung-together material. As well as being boring and of questionable usefulness for the students, some of this material contained a lot of errors, both technical and linguistic.

I would recommend looking for online courses from reputable and well-established sources. Enter the name of it into Google, and find out what other students have to say about it. And certainly don't hand over money until you're absulutely sure that you're paying for a quality and worthwhile product.

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