CELTA vs. Blended CELTA

10-Oct-2011

The most widely recognized TEFL qualification is the Cambridge administered CELTA course.  As the course is recognized internationally it is a popular qualification with those who wish to travel and teach English abroad. Over 10,000 people each year opt to take the CELTA and you need no previous teaching experience to start the course.  The course is traditionally a four week intensive course which can also be taken part-time over several weeks or months.  Assessment of the course is based on six hours of teaching practice taught to real EFL classes of at least two different levels of ability and the submission of four written assignments.  Whilst there are 286 approved CELTA centres in 54 countries each course is validated and certificates are issued by a division of the University of Cambridge.

Recent times have seen the emergence of a new breed of course, the blended CELTA.  So just what does blended CELTA mean?  The blended part alludes to the fact that the course combines two different teaching strategies, pairing up face-to-face teaching with online study.  Whilst some are wary that the teaching quality can’t equal that of a course taught fully in house the blended course does lead to full CELTA qualification and organizers of the courses argue that the online CELTA element of the course is assessed and moderated according to the same criteria as the full face-to-face course.  The blended CELTA can be a great option for those who don’t have time to access the full face-to-face course.  A typical course might comprise of students receiving 120 hours of teaching and attending 16 evenings at school where they carry out their teaching practice.  If you are interested in the course, whichever method you opt for you are guaranteed the opportunity of gaining a qualification unique in its being recognized the world over.  Where will yours take you?

Nerys

The next posting in this series will appear on Monday 17th October 2011. Don’t miss it!

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