What is the CELTA?
The CELTA course (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an initial qualification for people who want to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). It is awarded by Cambridge Assessment English (a subdivision of Cambridge University) and is aimed at people with little or no experience of teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is usually done intensively over four or five weeks.
Why choose the CELTA as your teaching qualification?
TEFL Health Warning
Sometimes people talk about the ‘TEFL’ or ‘TEFL courses’. In fact this acronym stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ so it isn’t in itself a qualification. Any school can set up their own ‘TEFL’ course. The important thing to check before signing up for a ‘TEFL’ course is which official body awards the certificate and if the certificate is internationally recognised. The CELTA is awarded by a body which is known and respected all over the world – the University of Cambridge.
Of job adverts for English Language Teachers ask for a CELTA qualification
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Why is it better to do a 5-week course?
The Cambridge School CELTA courses are all five weeks long whereas most other CELTA courses last only four weeks. So, why choose a five-week course?
On a five-week course, you have more time to assimilate what you have been taught in the input sessions and to put the ideas you learn on the course into practice.
Four-week courses can be extremely stressful, which can adversely affect your performance on the course.
The extra week can be crucial for candidates who are borderline pass/fail candidates or who are potentially pass B or pass A candidates.