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Hi all. I've read what feels like a thousand sites debating this issue. I've been a secondary English teacher in the UK for four years, I am assistant subject leader and whole school literacy co-ordinator. I have a first class degree in English Language from a good university which included a module in ESL teaching, but isn't a TEFL or CELTA qualification.
I'm looking to take a break from my hectic lifestyle and move to Vietnam with my boyfriend from October 2017 to June 2018. I don't want to be committed to a long term contract due to the times I intend to be in Vietnam but equally I would like to work in reasonable conditions. I like the idea of having a few classes in smaller language centres and perhaps some tutoring.
I'm currently battling with indecision on the CELTA/TEFL front. How much better are my pay and conditions likely to be if I go for it? A course costs £1500 here in the UK and from what I can gather, perhaps a few hundred less in Vietnam. I'm a little concerned about funding my living costs while studying of I do it in Vietnam.
Does the CELTA qualification make a difference to private classes/tutoring/smaller language centres? Better still, is anyone able to give me examples or put me in contact with some small but reputable language centres in Hanoi?
I'd be very grateful for any guidance - I'm so looking forward to coming but this decision about training is driving me crackers! Thanks :)
I would get the training in the UK. It's not just the pay that's important, it's the choice of employer, and how you compete with others (there are many) who have CELTA training and experience. If you are going to be picky about where you work (it sounds like you're picky) the certificate will help.
The fact you are a trained school teacher is very good, though, and definitely gives you an edge - you might try to get some work at international schools (as a grade teacher, not TEFL), perhaps cover work or maternity leave work.
As an employer in Hanoi I would see the CELTA as redundant for you if you are already a qualified teacher in the UK and have an equivalent certification. As for jobs, there will be many employers who will take you here. CLIL is a big thing and there's a lack of truly experienced teachers for it.
People who have a CELTA rarely have a PGCE + NQT behind them. Schools will take you so just turn up. I personally would never expect a qualified teacher from a native English speaking country to take a CELTA as it is considered as an initial teaching qualification.
PM me if you are looking for work.