Updated: Jan 13
Think about a very frequently sought-after teaching qualification worldwide. If you thought about CELTA, you nailed it.
And let me answer that question right away: it probably is. Although CELTA it is considered a pre-service teacher-training course, it is not limited to providing only the basics, and it will be an invaluable source of theory and practice.
However, in order to make up your mind, you need to think about some things. First, the course will call for a good deal of dedication, regardless of the mode (on-site, blended, or all-online). The more intensive the course (it can be done in a month or over some months), the more weekly hours to invest, from 5-10 hours to full time. Second, your linguistic level should also be taken into consideration. No need to be C2 but trainees are expected to be at least good C1s, as language cannot be one more challenge for assignments or lessons. Finally, the mode needs to be taken into account, as some trainees may not get adapted to online delivery, for instance. But should this stop you? Of course NOT! Find the best suit for you and do it.
Every CELTA course around the planet is moderated by the University of Cambridge, which guarantees the quality of the course. Tutors are highly qualified and experienced, and will be ready to walk you through the course. It is organized around two basic components: input and practice. The former is based on the input trainees receive and the assignments they write (to know more about assignments, click here), whereas the latter is based on the lessons trainees need to teach. So, no exams!
Around the globe, this award CELTA is accredited by a number of educational organizations. For instance, in the UK, it is placed at Level 5 of the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). Besides, it is widely accepted by a number of private English language schools for recruitment purposes. So, in short, it is a door opener, especially if supported by a proficiency certificate (for teachers whose first language is not English).
Would you like to know more about CELTA at UP? Click here.