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  M.A. IN TRANSLATION OR A TEFL DIPLOMA?
"I have been teaching English as a foreign language in Barcelona for the past five years at an academy and have recently finished the first year of a Master's in Applied Linguistics, obtaining a postgraduate diploma with the option of continuing for another year in order to obtain the Master's. However, I am uncertain as to my next course of action. My intention is to improve my teaching position and would very much appreciate your advice. Although the Master's course was in Applied Linguistics, it specialised in translation and NOT tefl. I have therefore considered the option of not continuing with the Master's and instead undertaking a Diploma in tefl as my objective is to continue as a teacher as opposed to translator. Am I right in thinking that the Master's (specialising in translation) is less useful to me than a diploma in tefl? Please help. "
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PGCE AND TEFL
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Next year, I plan on taking a PGCE (English Teacher Training ) course in order to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in England. After this, in order to gain experience teaching abroad and to broaden my horizons for teaching jobs, I plan on taking a TEFL course in Bournemouth, in which successful completion results in an "introductory certificate". Is this introductory certificate what I should be aiming for, or should I aim for something higher for a teacher trainee with a PGCE certificate? Also, once I have finished with these two courses, I'd like to gain experience teaching abroad, so would foreign employers regard my PGCE training/certficate as experience, thereby increasing the number of jobs available to me?

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It is possible to take a PGCE with TEFL. As this covers the principles of education as well as teaching English as a Foreign Language, it is usually well regarded as an entry qualification into the ELT profession. Teaching practice can also be done abroad, providing overseas experience - another valued attribute.




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