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Re: CELTA vs. S.I.T.

Posted By: Matthew <mattnoble4@gmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, 15 January 2013, at 5:31 p.m.

In Response To: Re: CELTA vs. S.I.T. (nomad soul)

I have taken both courses. I took the CELTA in 2005 and the SIT TESOL in 2007.

I can say from personal experience that the courses are generally 'equivalent' in terms of structure, content, and focus on teaching practice.

The one difference in my experience was the 'intensity factor' - in this regard I found the CELTA to be "superior" - that is, if you're looking for a course that is extremely challenging, really grinding.

Keep in mind, however, that the CELTA was my first course...the SIT TESOL, to me, was bound to feel comparatively easy as it was a re-tread, essentially.

Other trainees had a similar experience I had had on the CELTA two years before.

Trying to 'look from above' however, as much as possible anyway..I personally found the SIT TESOL to be a biiiiit more 'laid back' - even while keeping trainees essentially as busy as the CELTA did. Perhaps it's a cultural thing: SIT is a hippy school in Vermont, Cambridge is...well, it's Cambridge.

So I'd recommend either. From my perspective - having taken both of these, sat in for while on another more local course, and talked with perhaps 100 people about their courses...you'll be golden either way, these courses are the cream of the crop if you're at all 'serious' about getting started in ELT.

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Lyra -- Sunday, 23 December 2012, at 5:57 p.m.
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Tim -- Tuesday, 25 December 2012, at 12:23 p.m.
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spiral78 -- Tuesday, 25 December 2012, at 3:44 a.m.
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nomad soul -- Monday, 24 December 2012, at 12:42 p.m.
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Matthew -- Tuesday, 15 January 2013, at 5:31 p.m.

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