CELTA is one of the most highly respected teaching qualifications you can have for teaching English abroad, and some schools require staff to have this as a minimum to work with them. While many aspiring teachers choose to study for their CELTA full-time, or even part-time over a longer period, it is now possible to do your CELTA certification online. However, some face-to-face sessions are required to plan your lessons and gain teaching practice, but for the most part, the online course can be undertaken anywhere you like. Read on to find out more about the online CELTA course.
What Is CELTA?
CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a specialised course that you can sign up to without any prior training or experience as a teacher. It’s designed for people who want to teach on anything from a gap year experience right up to making teaching a full-time career. To join the course, you must be a native speaker or have a CEFR ability of C1 or higher in English.
CELTA is different to a TEFL certificate as it is more in-depth, and focusses on teaching adults rather than teaching children. You can still take the CELTA if you want to teach children as many of the things you learn will be transferable skills, and there are often specialised add-on modules you can do if you want to specialise in young learners.
According to the CambridgeEnglish.org website, there are around 112 teaching centres listed where you can study the face-to-face element of your course, in a variety of locations around the world. Potential students are drawn to the flexibility of online learning. Not only can you do most of your study from home, but you can also choose a course that lasts from anything from 10 weeks to one academic year. Choosing a CELTA certification online course isn’t always cheaper – sometimes the online element incurs an extra administrative fee, so don’t choose to study online because you think it will be cheaper.
While doing the CELTA certification online course might seem like you get lots of freedom to choose when you do it, there are limitations. Of course, the majority of the studying can be done at your leisure – that’s the beauty of the online method. However, you will still need to attend face-to-face lessons for a few hours of practical training.
Many people who undertake CELTA training courses form strong bonds with their fellow students – some end up teaching in similar locations and even use their old CELTA connections for job opportunities later in life. With an online CELTA, your opportunity to bond with fellow students is limited because you see them far less often than on a full-time or part-time course, but it’s still possible to make friends and build connections with those you study alongside.
Unless you live in a big city, you’re unlikely to find a CELTA training course nearby. That means commuting or staying overnight when doing intensive courses. Part-time courses are more flexible, but are still likely to require your physical presence several times a week. With the CELTA certification online course, flexibility is a key factor, as it cuts down the amount of time you’ll have to spend in the training centre and then the amount of time/money you’ll need to spend on commuting or staying overnight.
Some courses provide extra resources aside from the bare minimum, such as extra training videos, worksheets, links, recommended reading and glossaries. Doing the course online and at your own pace gives you more time to browse these materials and really get the most out of them, rather than rushing through as you might do on a full-time course.
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How to find an online CELTA training company
You can use the StudyCelta.com website to find a training location. Their search feature is easy to use, with colour coding to make it simple to see which courses are full-time, part-time and online. Once you’ve selected your course type, you can also choose locations and then easily browse available dates. You can also search on CambridgeEnglish.org, which also has a great search engine – select either location or course type to browse available courses. You can also search directly on the websites of well-known CELTA course providers, such as International House, British Council and Cactus TEFL.
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