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Re: question about education to teach?

Posted By: Tim
Date: Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 1:13 p.m.

In Response To: Re: question about education to teach? (The Critic)

As we have said many, many times before; the CELTA and equivalent Certs are a one-month intensive for beginner teachers. In that time there is not time to look at a wide range of possible teaching approaches, there is time to look at one or two standardised models and to get new teachers up to a standard where they can safely be left in a classroom on their own .

Ongoing professional development, workshops at work and potential further qualifications will develop other teaching styles, as will experience; in the month of the CELTA you need to be able to do ABC, to Z, show you can do it, show you can be reflective and develop yourself, and that's it.

ESOL training varies widely in content and quality; Why a CELTA (Or Trinity CertTESOL, or SIT CertTESOL or one of a handful of equivalent-content ones with supervised teaching practice run by a few individual universities), Versus a weekend course run by 'Happy Bob's TESOL school'?
Because it is a known content, and with CELTA/Trinity/SIT especially, they are known, recognised names and you do not have to argue what they mean.

OP's terminology suggests he is American?
I know a couple of these cert's (by Trinity) are embedded within Linguistics degrees in the UK, and some universities will take them as credit towards a single paper/module, but I don't know about in the states. In general most jobs need a full Bachelors' degree. Without one, you certainly increase your chances of finding a job if you have a better-known certificate from a name with more standing. Like CELTA/Trinty/SIT.

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question about education to teach?
adam -- Wednesday, 16 April 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
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spiral78 -- Thursday, 17 April 2014, at 4:42 a.m.
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adam -- Thursday, 17 April 2014, at 7:46 p.m.
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spiral78 -- Friday, 18 April 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
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nomad soul -- Thursday, 17 April 2014, at 8:16 a.m.
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The Critic -- Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 6:31 a.m.
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Tim -- Saturday, 19 April 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
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The Critic -- Tuesday, 22 April 2014, at 11:50 p.m.
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Stephen -- Wednesday, 23 April 2014, at 12:46 p.m.

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