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    To increase my chances of being accepted into JET next year, would it be beneficial to take an online TEFL course? or are they a waste of time and money? Online courses in general have a reputation of being "second-rate" to real university classes, and I'm not sure if JET would recognize a certificate from one. Thanks to anyone who can help!

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    It probably won't hurt, but it probably won't help much, either.
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    For TEFL, it really doesn't matter if you get it online or not. An online cert is basically the same as a campus one. However, how much having a TEFL will help you get accepted is rather questionable, no matter where it came from.
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    So a TEFL class wouldn't help my chances at JET that much? Hmmm... :/ Thanks for the tip

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    It wouldn't hurt your chances. If you have no teaching experience, it might help.
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    In the Tefl world an online certificate is not worth the paper it's written on. I have no idea if it would help you into jet (a classmate of mine who also had a tesol degree got rejected the first time round) but it may help you once you're here.

    My advice would be to not do it, but read up on different methods (japan uses the grammar translation method, for example) and have stuff to say on those ready for the interview.
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    double post
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    If it's not from an accredited university or school, you're wasting your money. The absolute worst are those 120 hour classes or the like. Once you finish the course they'll refer you to Interac and similar dispatchers, which gives you a good view of just how worthless your time was.

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    waste of time, don't bother.

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