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    Re: CELTA- Initial qualification

    I can't argue with your experience, Hunia, but I knew plenty of fantastic teachers in Madrid who had a CELTA but no degree (in anything, let alone a language-related subject area). The thing with teaching English as a foreign/second language is that it is a great opportunity for older people looking for a career change or simply an opportunity to live abroad for a while. Those people might have finished their education at least a couple of decades ago, without getting a degree. I think it's unreasonable to expect people to take three years out of their life to do a degree as an adult learner, then a CELTA, in order to perhaps only spend a couple of years teaching English.
    I, for one, was very grateful for the fact that when I taught in Madrid, there were academies that didn't require a degree in order to work for them.
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    Re: CELTA- Initial qualification

    Quote Originally Posted by Hunia View Post
    I am highly skeptical of CELTA for various reasons. As a former President of an international college network, I would never employ and never have employed any native ESl teacher with a CELTA but without a relevant degree in a language-related subject area. I have seen many native CELTA graduates making errors/mistakes in their written English like confusing "its" and "it's". They are simply lacking essential grammar knowledge of their native language.
    That may well be true and I too have seen it. However, in many parts of the world, there is not the labour pool to set standards so high. I would favour candidates with such degrees, but I also live in the developing world, where it can be difficult to make such demands.

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    Re: CELTA- Initial qualification

    Quote Originally Posted by Esredux View Post
    I wonder what are the most crucial issues to bear in mind while choosing the 'right' CELTA centre.
    After days of google search, I'd appreciate any additional information like personal experience, tips or whatever.
    The UK is the country I am particularly interested in, yet it's not final.
    I know this question is old, but figured I could still offer advice for new readers.

    It used to be that you had to do the course in person. Covid changed that. Now you can shop around internationally and attend online, choosing the center that fits your budget, ideal start date, course duration, and time zone. CELTA is highly standardized and teaching centers get close scrutiny from Cambridge, so I’m guessing that tutors in most centers are at least decent. And no matter where you take the course, your tutors and students will all be speaking English.

    I went with International House Mexico. In addition to being one of the best priced centers in the world, their time zone is friendly for US students, and most of their instructors turned out to be excellent.

    Note that many companies teach the CELTA course, which was confusing to me at first when trying to choose where to take it. The biggest players are International House and Teaching House, both of which have many locations around the world. But there are many other training centers and universities that also teach CELTA. Cambridge’s official site can help you sort through them all by country and city, but its UX is not great. StudyCELTA has an easier to use search that lets you find places based on CELTA course type (online intensive, online part time, online blended, full time face to face, or part time face to face) and course starting date, but they only show testing centers that they partner with. I used a mix of both websites to narrow down my choices.

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    Re: CELTA- Initial qualification

    Thanks for the info, slevlife, and welcome to the forum.

    What does "UX" mean?
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    Re: CELTA- Initial qualification

    I'm guessing user experience.
    Last edited by probus; 15-Jul-2021 at 01:32. Reason: Correct

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    Re: CELTA- Initial qualification

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I'm guessing user experience.
    Exactly. In other words their site is not particularly well designed or easy to use.

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    Re: CELTA- Initial qualification

    I'd still question whether all employers, even during a pandemic, would consider a 100% online CELTA course to be equal to the others.

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