Firstly, yes, let me be clear: Native and Non-Native Teachers of English are included. That’s what I mean by “all” – everybody, everyone who is a Teacher of English in a Second or Foreign Language context.
So, here’s the Million Dollar Question: Recertify? Yes or No.
Yes. OK, how often? Never, every 5 years, 2 years, once in an English teacher’s lifetime???
Can we really trust teachers to maintain their language proficiency…forever? So you see, this is a really interesting question.
So, yes, again, I am talking about all teachers of English. What?
You: Isn’t the First Certificate of English (FCE) valid for life? Once you pass it, you have it forever?
Me: Yes, that’s correct. When you “google” the search phrase, “FCE valid for life“, you get two hundred and fifteen thousand (215.000) results lightning fast. Here’s one from a reliable source, the Pearson Longman itests.com website:
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) is the premier training institution within the Department of Defense (DoD) for culturally based foreign language education. DLIFLC is a world renowned school for foreign language and can provide training in 24 languages. At any given time there are 3,500 students attending the Institute, taught by more than 1,700 professional instructors from over 50 countries around the world. Knowledge of foreign languages and cultures is an essential key for mission success overseas. Many Soldiers are asked to take part in this accelerated program to read, write, listen, and speak foreign languages and receive an education in a foreign culture.