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geoffwode



Joined: 20 Feb 2017
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:42 pm    Post subject: Online teaching qualifications Reply with quote

Hi all

Are there any worthwhile courses out there to qualify me specifically for online English teaching?

I have a CELTA and I'm currently studying an English degree. The latter won't be completed for a few years, hence why I'm looking for any other qualifications to add to my CV.

I assume that the best way is to simply get a job teaching online, but I have other work commitments at the moment, hence why I'm looking at study in the meantime.

Here's one example, but I've no idea of it's worth...

https://bridge.edu/tefl/teaching-english-online

Thanks
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Employers aren't likely to require or even acknowledge a specialized cert in teaching English online. Also be aware that online teaching isn't one size fits all.

I have no knowledge of the quality of the Bridge cert. Per the course outline, it entails:
    Introduction to Teaching English Online
    Exposure, Motivation, and Opportunity
    Language Acquisition, the Learner, and the Teacher
    Building and Balancing Lessons
    Building Accuracy and Fluency
    Teaching Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing Online
    Assessment and More
Alternately, check out MOOCs for professional development & more; both lynda.com and Coursera have courses on teaching online in general, which could complement your CELTA.

Since you recently started university studies toward a BA, you might want to refrain from taking on any online teaching course until you're ready to apply for online work.
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geoffwode



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your advice.

£110 for the BridgeTEFL course seems a expensive if employers don't particularly care. I'll check out the other platforms/courses that you've mentioned instead.

I agree that additional courses alongside a degree could be a bad idea. I have a couple of months to play with, though, and I like to keep busy Smile
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