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CELTA for advanced high school students?

Posted By: Anne <paintyourxtarget@gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, 3 April 2014, at 2:30 p.m.

Hello! I did things a little backwards, by landed a teaching position prior to obtaining a certificate. I'll be leaving the country in August to teach high school students in the following subjects--'Critical Reading/Writing', 'English', and 'Psychology' (my undergrad major). All the courses will be instructed in English, so it's my understanding that the students are near-fluent.

Since I didn't major in Education or have any classroom experience, I'm looking for a certificate that will truly prepare me to teach. The universities/extention programs near me offer TESOL certifications which take 2+ years to complete (they are designed for working individuals--infrequent course offerings, night/weekend only). The CELTA seems to be the only rapid (~4-5 weeks), well-regarded program which truly trains people how to teach; however, from my understanding, it seems to be geared towards educating adult beginning learners. Would it still be my best bet, or is there anything else I can do to better prepare me? I'm almost wondering if I should take anything for US public school teachers (since the curriculum might be near-equivalent).

Thanks in advance!

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CELTA for advanced high school students?
Anne -- Thursday, 3 April 2014, at 2:30 p.m.
Re: CELTA for advanced high school students?
nomad soul -- Friday, 4 April 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
Re: CELTA for advanced high school students?
Tim -- Friday, 4 April 2014, at 1:10 p.m.

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