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Re: CELTA Certificate vs other options

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Friday, 22 August 2014, at 9:46 a.m.

In Response To: CELTA Certificate vs other options (Alex Jordan)

I am new to the field of teaching English as a 2nd language. My goal is NOT to teach abroad but to privately teach English to foreign students living in the US or coming to the US.

In my research on different certificate programs, it seems to me that CELTA offers excellent training, but they are also the most expensive program I have come across. At the NYC location that I would be taking the course from, it is currently $2695 for the course.

Given my goal of teaching here in the USA, can anyone suggest a certificate program that is as good in terms of quality, but perhaps costs less that the CELTA?

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Just look for a 120-hour, face-to-face TEFL cert course with content equal to the CELTA (i.e., includes supervised teaching practice with real students). The cost may still be a factor, however.

Frankly, your bigger issue will be finding any international students interested in paying for private lessons because they arrive in the US already accepted into a college/university intensive English program. In addition to their IE classes, they have access to a writing center and hi-tech language lab, and they receive one-on-one tutoring from highly-qualified instructors (i.e., MA degree holders with several years of TESL experience). Moreover, these students require academic English (versus general English) to help prepare them for their academic studies.

So before plunking down a load of money on a TEFL cert course, seriously research the market (supply and demand). You'll likely find there's not much of a need for private ESL tutors. In fact, the reason many teachers head abroad is due to the low number TESL opportunities in the US.

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CELTA Certificate vs other options
Alex Jordan -- Thursday, 21 August 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
Re: CELTA Certificate vs other options
nomad soul -- Friday, 22 August 2014, at 9:46 a.m.
Re: CELTA Certificate vs other options
Tim -- Tuesday, 26 August 2014, at 7:04 a.m.
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Bergman -- Friday, 29 August 2014, at 3:23 a.m.
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Tim -- Friday, 29 August 2014, at 10:07 p.m.
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El Jefe -- Thursday, 28 August 2014, at 3:35 a.m.

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