After getting my i-i TEFL Diploma and teaching in France I have returned to UK and applied to lots of language schools in Sussex. They are all keen to meet me and the interviews always go well but the end result is nearly always the same and can be summarised by the following received this morning (see bold type):
Thank you for sending me your CV.
As a British Council accredited school, we have to follow their guidelines regarding TEFL certificates, which state that for a certificate to be accepted by the British Council, it must meet three criteria. The course needs to be externally validated by a reputable examination body (usually a university or recognised examination board). It must contain at least six hours of supervised teaching practice (i.e. teaching practice where a qualified assessor observes the trainee teacher teaching real students and gives feedback on his or her performance). And it must contain at least 100 hours of ELT/TESOL input.
Unfortunately as far as I can tell from the information on the back of your certificate and from the i-to-i website, your TEFL certificate does not meet these criteria as there was no observed teaching practice and the course is not externally validated. If I have got this wrong, please do let me know – as if it weren’t for these omissions we would be very interested in interviewing you for a summer teaching position.
Assistant Director of Studies
Did I waste 3 months and a lot of money?