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  AN AMERICAN IN EUROPE - WHICH COURSE?
"I am an American living in Europe, and teaching English on a private basis. I already have the RSA CTEFLA and am interested in educating myself further, but feel so confused by all the courses available in the states and the U.K. I have several questions. 1) For continued work in Europe (possibly at some time for a school again) would it be better for me to get the RSA DTEFLA as well, or are other DTEFLA programs as acceptable? 2) In Europe are UK English Teaching Courses more respected than the American ones? 3) If I do the DTEFLA, and then decide to go on to an MA TEFL/TESL/Applied Linguistics, will I be given credit for the DTEFLA within the master's degree? If so, how much credit? What does this depend on? 4) Would it be a bad idea for me, as a native speaker in Switzerland, to do a DOTE program here? Is that as good as a DTEFLA? 5) How do the MA TEFL, MA TESOL, MEd, MA in Applied Linguistics, MEd ELT, MEd TESOL differ? 6) What will an MA or MEd program give me that a DTEFLA program won't? "
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I am certainly interested in studying for a TEFL qualification this summer, with a view to teaching abroad over the next couple of years (especially the Far East and South America). However, one question keeps arising: Is this a valid, long-term career option? The reason I ask is that the jobs advertised on your website tend to offer one year contracts "with the possibility of renewal". Obviously, once my initial teaching and travelling is over, I will be looking for some kind of long-term stability within teaching, as we all have to settle down at some point (at least that's what my Parents keep saying). Any help with this query would be greatly appreciated.

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The majority of language teaching posts overseas are on a one/two year contract basis. This is also true of more senior posts, such as Assistant/Director of Studies. In order to have a tenured post you will most probably have to teach in your own country. Therefore, it is worth looking into what qualifications and experience are required for such posts before embarking on a TEFL career. Having said that, the world of work (not only in TEFL) is such that the likelihood of a lifelong job wanes by the day. I think we now have to accept instead the principle of lifelong learning to enable us to ride the continuing the waves of change in the jobs market.




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