If your thinking of starting an English teaching qualification then it’s vital to know the ins and outs of the course before you decide to take it. With so many qualifications to choose from -such as CELTA courses, TEFL courses, TESOL and TESL – it’s the subtle differences between them that change their approaches in giving you the best qualification to suit your future.
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) encompasses both the TEFL and TESL courses, and is one of the world’s most respected teaching schools, along with Cambridge’s ESOL accredited teaching centre CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Both centres offer their students an array of different opportunities to get out into the world to teach English, but what are the differences between CELTA and TEFL?
Essentially, both courses give you the same skill – to be qualified to teach English as a language all over the world. The main difference is in price, time and workload. Firstly:
Price. A TEFL qualification can be taken in 2 parts, Part 1 and Part 2, the first of which costs £210 and the second £135 (£345 in total). It is not necessary to take both courses, Part 1 gives you a accredited TEFL qualification, yet Part 2 enhances your new skills to deepen your knowledge and practical experience in teaching. A CELTA qualification on the other hand can cost anything up to £1,000 a week (for a 4-5 week course) depending on the centre you choose. Yes, you are getting many more hours for your money yet the length of each course differs enormously.
Time: A TEFL qualification Part 1 can be completed in 20 hours, from a Friday evening to a weekend course, whereas the optional Part 2 course gives you a 100 hour qualification, with 80 hours extra to be completed at the students own pace. The CELTA award lasts for a minimum of 120 hours, often 4-5 weeks full time or several months part time. This is partly due to the working assessments their students are set, along with the time spent participating in practical teaching practice.
Workload: Unlike TEFL, a CELTA qualification expects it’s students to complete 4 written assessments covering each stage of their course, including adult learning, the English language system, skills and classroom teaching. On top of this, students teach for a total of 6 hours over the 120-hour course. TEFL’s Part 1 consists of no written assessments, yet an overall summery highlighting the student’s strengths and weaknesses is given at the end of the course.
Additionally to the above, only students over the age of 20 can be eligible for a CELTA qualification, yet 16 and above is the perimeter for TEFL. There are similarities in the fact that for neither qualification is a formal degree needed to be eligible, yet a good level of education equivalent to that required to enter higher education is looked for.
For someone looking to gain new skills and have an adventure, a qualification in teaching English as a foreign language is the perfect starting point for an exciting future. Both a TEFL and CELTA course provides the basis for this adventure to begin.
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