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    I am starting to prepare for my JET application next fall and want to get a teaching course under my belt before applying. Does anyone know which programs JET prefers? There is a 40 hour TEFL course at the college in my town but I am also willing to do a good correspondence program online if it can help my chances.

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    I don't think JET has any real preference tbh.


    I don't know how much good it'll do you either but it might make you feel better about working with EFL learners. I took several educatin classes this past year and I don't think I've become a better teacher or have been able to really apply my learning while team-teaching.
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    I'm using this 120 hour online one, its really good for some b/g and then specialised areas. http://www.teflexpress.co.uk/buddy120hour/120_hour_Advanced_TEFL_Course
    They are currently running a promotion at the mo which gets courses cheeper, code is; Buddy1978928350
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    I took that 120 hour course from TEFLExpress that sharpinthefang suggests (although it was the US version), and I can't really recommend it. It has some good info in it, but nothing that you couldn't probably find in a $15 book, I imagine. It's a fairly challenging course, in that much of the coursework doesn't actually provide answers to the tests, and so you have to rely on outside knowledge or logic and intuition. I passed it with distinction (85%+), which is the highest passing level possible, But I feel like it took too much effort considering I didn't really learn much from it.

    Then again, I don't necessarily feel like my Bachelor's degree reflects $15,000 worth of learning either (sorry to you more recent graduates, tuition used to be reasonable once upon a time) but the paper itself is definitely worth it. And I will say that I applied without the TEFL and didn't get an interview, but with the TEFL I did. But I had other changes on my application too.

    If the 40 hour course is in a classroom, and less than say $150, it might be worth your while. What I would recommend instead, especially if you're still in University now, is contacting someone there to ask about tutoring kids in English (or anything for that matter). You might earn a few extra bucks, and I think that it shows better initiative and a broader skill set to have practical experience teaching.

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    Pfff.... My TESOL course was 5k. These things don't hold a candle to it.
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    I must admit that I was accepted at all stages without the TEFL. I'm only taking it because im going for a temp summer job in a language school and they require it. I thought why not, it will help in the long run.

    Its not easy, i'm floating around the 82% (but thats because i struggled in the grammar section... only got 70%)
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    CELTA is the most recognised and you can't beat being taught by an actual person. I spent a whole month between 8am and 9pm in classrooms either planning lessons, taking lessons, watching lessons, being taught about grammar/teaching practice, or marking homework. It was very full-on but completely worth it. I don't know about US language schools but most credible schools in Europe require CELTA.

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    My personal preference is a program that is taught in a classroom where you learn techniques from other teachers. That is not to say that fully online programs are trash, but rather, my personal preference is hands on learning when possible. That being said we have not received instruction from Tokyo mandating that only certain certifications are accepted.

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    CELTA is the most recognised and you can't beat being taught by an actual person. I spent a whole month between 8am and 9pm in classrooms either planning lessons, taking lessons, watching lessons, being taught about grammar/teaching practice, or marking homework. It was very full-on but completely worth it. I don't know about US language schools but most credible schools in Europe require CELTA.
    Similarly, I did the CELTA program and I am a true believer. I was VERY happy with the program. Very intensive, but super insightful.
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    I did my Trinity CertTESOL during my final year of my bachelor's and it did eat up my time for a solid 7 weeks but it definitely had its advantages. I'd steer clear of the online ones.

    EDIT: Also, the Trinity CertTESOL and the Cambridge CELTA are the only ones that are internationally recognised and most schools in Europe only accept one of these.
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