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Re: HELP MAKING DECISION CELTA?

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2013, at 6:47 a.m.

In Response To: HELP MAKING DECISION CELTA? (Suzanne Fuss)

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of my options.

I was just accepted to the IH Chiang Mai CELTA course in Thailand. It is quite costly and I am a 30 something with limited funds. I also have an MS IN elementary ed and I am certified in the US.

I'd like to eventually teach long term in Costa Rica.

When I inquired with one teachers placement agency in COSTA RICA I was told that a CELTA is unnecessary and I should take a very inexpensive online TEFL COURSE and that the schools are very particular in which cert. I hold.

I am striving towards a career in an international school.

Am I kidding myself that getting this CELTA thst with travel will cost be close to $5,000 will be worth it in the long run?

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Yes, you're kidding yourself and needlessly spending your hard-earned, limited money. Your current qualifications---an MS in Elementary Education + your US teaching license---are more than sufficient for teaching in an international school setting. Besides, CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults---it isn't designed for teaching English to young learners. Additionally, international schools generally use English as the medium of instruction; teachers teach their content area/subject (degree major/specialty) in English. For example, language arts would be taught, not ESL.

I suggest you take a look at Teach Away's site for an idea on the sort of qualifications you'd need to teach in an international school setting.

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HELP MAKING DECISION CELTA?
Suzanne Fuss -- Monday, 11 November 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
Re: HELP MAKING DECISION CELTA?
nomad soul -- Wednesday, 13 November 2013, at 6:47 a.m.
Re: HELP MAKING DECISION CELTA?
Stephen -- Tuesday, 12 November 2013, at 1:29 p.m.
Re: HELP MAKING DECISION CELTA?
Tim -- Tuesday, 12 November 2013, at 9:48 a.m.

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