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Re: CELTA vs TEFL overwhelmed

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Sunday, 8 September 2013, at 11:24 a.m.

In Response To: Re: CELTA vs TEFL overwhelmed (cathycjones)

I, too, hold a teaching certificate, am an experienced elementary teacher,, and planning to teach overseas. The primary difference between the CELTA and the TEFL is that only the CELTA course includes a practical teaching component. In spite of having a credential and experience, I'm in the process of applying to get my CELTA in L.A. because my elementary has NOT been teaching English as a foreign language, per se, plus I want current training. I got my credential many years ago and know that the CELTA training will make me current. I caution you about getting a TEL certificate because it doesn't include a practical teaching component and, although you have experience with high school students, they are not adults. I believe that holding a teaching credential and the CELTA will make me extremely marketable so that I'll be able to go anywhere. I hope this helps.

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Clarification: Not all TEFL certificates lack a teaching practice component---some are similar to the CELTA in terms of course duration and content and therefore, are likely to be accepted by many employers worldwide. Moreover, CELTA is essentially a brand name for Cambridge's TEFL cert. The same goes for the SIT TESOL and Trinity CertTESOL brands.

By the way, as mentioned in one of my other responses, why are you changing to a career in teaching EFL when your teaching license and years of experience will easily get you an elementary teacher position in an international school nearly anywhere in the world. Plus, switching careers could mean starting in an entry-level TEFL position in order to gain experience with adult learners.

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CELTA vs TEFL overwhelmed
Rebecca -- Sunday, 25 August 2013, at 8:48 a.m.
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Tim -- Sunday, 25 August 2013, at 1:05 p.m.
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Stephen -- Sunday, 25 August 2013, at 12:43 p.m.
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nomad soul -- Friday, 30 August 2013, at 4:17 a.m.
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cathycjones -- Saturday, 7 September 2013, at 8:16 a.m.
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nomad soul -- Sunday, 8 September 2013, at 11:24 a.m.
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Tim -- Sunday, 8 September 2013, at 12:08 a.m.
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Xie Lin -- Wednesday, 25 September 2013, at 2:09 p.m.

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