The Benefits of Taking a CELTA Course
Aug 22, 2009 Teacher Training 2425 Views
Taking a CELTA course could be the start of an exciting teaching career travelling the world or working in the UK. Find out more about the benefits of these courses and who can take them.
CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. Even if you've never had any teacher training before, a CELTA course could have you on your way to teaching internationally or at home.
The course is awarded by Cambridge ESOL and its association with the world-famous Cambridge University means it's very highly respected.
Who are CELTA courses for?
A CELTA course is ideal for the following groups:
• People who are interested in a career in teaching English to adults whose first language isn't English.
• Someone who is looking to change their career, take a career break or perhaps looking to broaden their skillset and generate an extra income stream.
• Those with experience of teaching English but who don't have any formal qualifications.
• People who want to work in Further, Adult and Community Education in England and Wales
The Benefits of Having a CELTA qualification
Although you do not necessarily need a CELTA qualification to teach English in some places, there are still some very good reasons to consider getting one:
• With a qualification such as CELTA, you are much more likely be able to command a higher salary as an English teacher.
• It will be easier to find a role as an English teacher with a respected qualification such as CELTA.
• CELTA is one of the most respected English teaching qualifications there is.
• Studying for a CELTA qualification will make teaching easier. Through the training, you'll be armed with confidence and ideas that will help you do the job better.
• CELTA is the best known and most widely taken English language teaching qualification.
Do I Need a CELTA Qualification?
It is possible to teach without holding a qualification such as CELTA, especially in some areas of Japan. However, without training and qualifications your teaching and salary options will be significantly limited, especially if you want to work in Europe or the UK.
Taking a CELTA qualification will more than justify the costs and time which you initially invest.
Who Will Recognise my CELTA Qualification?
CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers. The CELTA has been accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) at level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework. Cambridge ESOL also liaises with international English language teaching organisations to make sure the CELTA is still relevant, useful and up to date.