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American TESOL Institute of Florida Save 20% - Ends May 3, 2019
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American TESOL Certification - Save 20%

Save 20% on TESOL Certification now through May 3rd, 2019

TESOL Advanced, Business or Children each at $295  (discount $235)
TESOL Foundation (Advanced + Business or Children) $395  (discount $315)
TESOL Expert (Advanced + Business + Children) $595  (discount $476)

Discount link: https://americantesol.com/tesol-save.html
Regular Price link: https://americantesol.com/tesol-register.html

For those of you who want to teach overseas, I took their Foundation program when they had the 20% discount.
Advanced is 80 hours, Business or Children are 60 hours, and if you take the Foundation, you get 140 hours total.
You save the most with the TESOL Expert and you clock in exactly at 200 hours with all three certifications.
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(05-02-2019, 11:37 AM)bjcheung77 Wrote: American TESOL Certification - Save 20%

Save 20% on TESOL Certification now through May 3rd, 2019

TESOL Advanced, Business or Children each at $295  (discount $235)
TESOL Foundation (Advanced + Business or Children) $395  (discount $315)
TESOL Expert (Advanced + Business + Children) $595  (discount $476)

Discount link: https://americantesol.com/tesol-save.html
Regular Price link: https://americantesol.com/tesol-register.html

For those of you who want to teach overseas, I took their Foundation program when they had the 20% discount.
Advanced is 80 hours, Business or Children are 60 hours, and if you take the Foundation, you get 140 hours total.
You save the most with the TESOL Expert and you clock in exactly at 200 hours with all three certifications.


Let me ask, is this a typical way for someone to earn this credential or can people do this locally for less expensive? I'm totally unfamiliar with how it works, but I have a friend with a daughter who will likely try for this in a couple years.
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(05-02-2019, 03:40 PM)cookderosa Wrote:
(05-02-2019, 11:37 AM)bjcheung77 Wrote: American TESOL Certification - Save 20%

Save 20% on TESOL Certification now through May 3rd, 2019

TESOL Advanced, Business or Children each at $295  (discount $235)
TESOL Foundation (Advanced + Business or Children) $395  (discount $315)
TESOL Expert (Advanced + Business + Children) $595  (discount $476)

Discount link: https://americantesol.com/tesol-save.html
Regular Price link: https://americantesol.com/tesol-register.html

For those of you who want to teach overseas, I took their Foundation program when they had the 20% discount.
Advanced is 80 hours, Business or Children are 60 hours, and if you take the Foundation, you get 140 hours total.
You save the most with the TESOL Expert and you clock in exactly at 200 hours with all three certifications.


Let me ask, is this a typical way for someone to earn this credential or can people do this locally for less expensive?  I'm totally unfamiliar with how it works, but I have a friend with a daughter who will likely try for this in a couple years.

I have been thinking of teaching abroad for many years, but lately have had a change of heart.  From all of my research, doing it locally, at least where I live, is actually more expensive, but you will most likely get a better quality program and learn more from doing something like this in person with a teaching practicum vs doing it strictly online. 

There is really no such thing as one certification body for this industry, as there are so many organizations out there.  A trinity tesol or the CELTA seem to be the best regarded, however.

A lot of countries now want a minimum 120 hour certificate with an in-class teaching component, but just a bachelors degree is usually the minimum requirement (obviously depends on the specific country).

If someone wants to do this as an actual long-term career, the best thing to do is to be a certified teacher, this will allow you to get a teaching job in an international school and be paid a much higher salary vs being an assistant language teacher, which is what the vast majority of people who aren't actual qualified teachers are relegated to.

These are the two best programs to be hired by, as they are sponsored by their respective governments:
South Korea: http://www.epik.go.kr/contents.do?conten...menuNo=275
Japan: http://jetprogramme.org/en/
TESU BALS: Awarded June 2019
Credits:
TESU: LIB Capstone 3cr, Cornerstone 1cr 
Aleks: 3cr, Insurance Institute: 2cr NFA: 1cr 
Sophia: 2cr Straighterline: 48cr TEEX: 6cr 
Study.com: 18cr B&M: 77cr
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I did a ton of research into these TESOL and TEFL certificates because I wanted to go teach abroad. There are people who have taken the $20 groupon courses and had no problem teaching abroad. Granted these more expensive ones may teach you more or they may not. It's really hard to know because when it comes to the governing bodies for these certificates, it's pretty much the wild west. I took one of the groupon courses myself just to be able to say that I have a TESOL. The country I want to teach in doesn't even require one, they just require a bachelor's degree in any subject in order to get a work visa. However the TESOL will look good on paper and it was $20 so why not? In the long run though, I wouldn't even waste the money on the more expensive ones.
TESU BA Liberal Studies 
University of Phoenix -18 Credits / Sophia - 27 Credits
Shmoop - 15 Credits / The Institutes - 2 Credits
NFA - 1 Credit / TEEX - 6 Credits
Harvard Ex - 4 Credits / G4S - 6 Credits
79/120 Credits

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 Sophia - 18 Credits / CSM - 3 Credits
Study - 18 / TESU - 3
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For anyone still curious to teach abroad, I taught in Japan for a few years then returned to the USA for a break. Just to keep busy, I completed a Groupon 120-hour TESOL after having already taught for years. From my later experience interviewing and hiring staff, I can tell you that even these certificates do help you stand out and show initiative. The course actually resulted in a raise when I worked as an classroom instructor in South Korea and Dubai, paying for itself in less than two weeks.

One secret is that any IELTS/TOEFL certification/coursework will also definitely help you stand out from the crowd; these exams (especially TOEFL) are still one of the mainstay topics of discussion I have when counseling students who want to study in the USA/UK. Surprisingly, few aspiring ESL teachers pursue this route, but the demand exists. Even free Udemy courses have significantly informed my current practice.

Keep in mind that experience is the best teacher, but if you just want a quick leg-up in the process, a cheaper 120-hour course really wouldn't hurt as a starting point. You won't get the classroom experience, but at the very least you'll show that you want to grow and have potential employers take you more seriously as a candidate.

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