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Will I be qualified with CELTA?
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I am considering TEFL as a career change. To give you a little background: I completed a PhD in English Literature at London University during which time I taught undergraduates part-time for 2-3 years. Since gaining my PhD in 2004, I have been unable to secure a permanent lecturing position. Consequently I have followed a parallel job path. I have worked temporarily as a personal assistant in a number of academic and research-oriented environments, mostly charities and universities, while writing my thesis up as a book for publication. In between these positions, I have done some additional university teaching and freelance writing and editing work. I would like to work in Barcelona. I am thinking of enrolling on a 4-week full-time CELTA course that starts in July. The course includes 6 hours of observed teaching practice. My only concern is whether this course will be sufficient for me to apply for jobs in Barcelona? I suspect that Barcelona is a very popular destination for TEFL teachers? I also want to ask how much experience it is necessary to gain before applying for permanent jobs in the UK? Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

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Technically speaking, you would be minimally qualified with a CELTA. However, I would think employers would also take your prior studies and teaching experience into consideration. Obviously lecturing is very different from TEFL so that consideration will be in perspective. Barcelona is indeed a popular place for TEFLers so your application will be competing with others, including the newly qualified. I should think it would be possible to find work right away with a UK summer school. However, for full-time UK positions, employers are probably looking for a minimum of two years' teaching experience.




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