TEFL

Should I Take a TEFL Course?

Let’s get this out of the way first: you do not need to have a teaching certification to teach English in Korea. In fact, most foreign teachers in Korea have not completed any kind TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certification. However, taking a TEFL course undoubtedly makes you a stronger job candidate and can be invaluable in this competitive job market. There are a few reason why you should consider taking a TEFL class:

1. Strengthen your resume. These days, employers and recruiters see thousands of applications per month. And almost all of them have the same qualifications: native English-speaker with a Bachelor’s degree. Having a TEFL certification on your resume makes you stand out from the mob, and can mean the difference between the “Call Back” folder and the recycling bin.


What's next after Korea?

A version of this article appears in the November 2010 issue of the Groove magazine.I recently did a survey on my blog, asking "After Korea, what's next?" ; while not surprising, the 127 voters were a nice blend of serious and whimsical:Teach English in another country 45 (35%) Get a Master's, Doctorate, or another piece of paper 54 (42%) Two words: TEFL certification 14 (11%) Back



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Question from a reader: university jobs, TOPIK tests, and TOEFL certifications

A reader writes in:
hi Chris,

i've been reading your blog for a few months now and I found it to be
pretty good...informative, attractive, well-written, unoffensive...

and then i read a few more posts today, many of them back-dated. holy
sh[!]t! your blog is awesome! as a jeollanamdo person, i've been
sweating my a[$$] off thinking of life post-brian in jeollanamdo, but
i'm really glad to find many of the same wonderful features in your
blog (although you'll never win angriest blogger).

anyway, if you have time, I'd love to know your thoughts on a few topics:
1. university jobs - finding them and any other info.
2. TOPIK exam
3. TEFL/TESOL courses

If you don't get around to it, no worries. i'll still be reading your blog.

thanks for providing such a great resource.

[D.]
D.,

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