I have a couple of questions that I hope yuou can help me with as I decide on a career in TESOL.
1) I know that the government wants everyone in teaching, by 2010, to hold a PGCE. If I do my TESOL now - is it going to be worth the paper it's printed on (and the money spent)?
Will colleges take me on are will they be looking now towards PGCE applicants?
2) Is there a PGCE for ESL? I thought hey hadn't yet decided. And this inaction is not helping me choose a course.
Any more questions, I'll post.
There is a PGCE ESOL: http://www.geocities.com/travelteach...fications.html
Given that you have the time, why not look into a Master's in ESOL? Nobondy will question that and it is what is required by universities for ESL teaching, which pays better than colleges.
Thx for the link and the info on Masters. Can you do a MA without any prior ESOL experience?
Also, could you help on the first question?
I'm not living in the UK now, so I am not sure. When I left, the position was that all ESOL teachers would have to have recognised teacher status to work in FE colleges, and that included things like the CELTA. When I did my Master's, they required two years' experience as a minimum, though I don't know whether other places would also require that. However, they could take candidates with less experience if their academic qualifications were regarded as enough.