If you are looking for a job in TEFL, CELTA is the key which will open many doors for you. In as little as 4 weeks you can start your TEFL career.
A career in TEFL – teaching English as a foreign language – can open up a world of possibilities. There are hundreds of thousands of TEFL jobs around the world. You can travel and teach abroad, and have a fulfilling and rewarding career meeting people of different cultures.
9 Reasons to take a CELTA course
1. Work and live in the country of your choice.
There aren’t many jobs out there that don’t require being fluent in the local language. If you take a CELTA you will be trained how to teach classes both in situations where there is no common tongue amongst students, and where the teacher is unable to speak the local language. With what other job can you have the opportunity to live and work in the country of your choice, regardless of whether you can speak their language?
2. Train in just 4 weeks.
There are lots of TEFL qualifications, but the CELTA is considered the gold standard. It is recognised worldwide, whereas many other courses are not. The qualification is thorough and covers all you need to get you ready to teach in just four weeks (if you take the full time CELTA option).
3. Get the skills to feel confident teaching.
Even people who have some teaching experience choose to take a CELTA. In a recent survey of alumni from IH schools around the world, 43% had some teaching experience already, but decided it would help them improve their skills. This is what some said:
I have benefited a great deal from doing my CELTA course through IH Ecuador. It has provided me with opportunities to work with some wonderful people in amazing places that I would not have otherwise had, and I have made some lifelong friends along the way. My life is definitely richer for the experience! Stuart
4. CELTA is an Internationally recognised professional qualification.
If you want to work abroad, teaching English as a foreign language is a great choice. Whether you plan to do this for just a couple of years, or make a career of it, don’t hold back!
Being able to speak English doesn’t mean you know how to teach it. Employers need to know that any teachers they employ will have the necessary skills to stand up and teach in a classroom. You will give yourself a far better chance of getting the job in your dream location if you have an internationally recognised qualification such as CELTA. If you search for any TEFL jobs, you will see that most ask for a qualification such as CELTA.
Imagine standing in front of a class for the first time – you’ll need some techniques and methods to help your students learn. If you are skilled, they will be inspired and you will feel a great sense of achievement when you see them learning and progressing.
So you need a course which teaches you methodology, and gives you the opportunity to practice – it’s the best preparation.
CELTA provides the best preparation, is intensive and much more in-depth than TEFL. Also better respected and widely recognized. I wanted the best foreign-language-teaching education I could get. Maria