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    Question degree?

    hi! there I'm new to Tefl and this forum
    can you help?

    Do i need a degree to work as a English teacher
    in say Japan or Taiwan etc?

    I'm currently working my way through an on-line
    TEFL course.Would that be enough to actually teach?

    many thanks

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    Default Re: degree?

    Quote Originally Posted by tonygarside View Post
    hi! there I'm new to Tefl and this forum
    can you help?

    Do i need a degree to work as a English teacher
    in say Japan or Taiwan etc?

    I'm currently working my way through an on-line
    TEFL course.Would that be enough to actually teach?

    many thanks
    Theoretically you do, Tony, but the reality is that there are not always enough teachers, so many places, especially in smaller centers, are willing to compromise. I know that some people get jobs with a 2 year diploma.

    Way back when, I know for a fact that there were people who doctored and photocopied degrees just to get a job. That was when the demand was way high and the joke was, "They'll take anybody as long as the body is still warm".

    Now, don't get me wrong; I'm certainly not condoning such behavior.

    I've seen some god awful language teachers with Masters and I've seen some very effective teachers who had but a high school education.

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