Journal Article

‘A basic starter pack’: the TESOL Certificate as a course in survival

Valerie Hobbs

in ELT Journal

Volume 67, issue 2, pages 163-174
Published in print April 2013 | ISSN: 0951-0893
Published online January 2013 | e-ISSN: 1477-4526 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccs078
‘A basic starter pack’: the TESOL Certificate as a course in survival

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Relying on data both from recent TESOL Certificate trainees and from experienced teachers, this paper examines ways in which a focus on survival during TESOL Certificate courses indicates a performance-based philosophy of teacher education and, ultimately, a preference for native speakers, both of which are inconsistent with the changing global ELT market.

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Subjects: Language Acquisition ; Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language ; Language Learning (Specific Skills) ; Language Teaching Theory and Methods

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