One of the most important things for new teachers is a) figuring out what certificate will help them become a great teacher and b) give them the opportunity to get a good job. We hope this page will provide more information and help you in your teaching career. We will cover the following:
- CELTA, TEFL, TESOL – What’s the difference?
- Post-Course Job Search
- Quality of the Course and Centre
- CELTA at IH Bangkok and Chiang Mai
CELTA, TEFL, TESOL – What’s the difference?
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. There are many TEFL certificates from as many providers. These vary widely in cost and quality and you should research carefully before choosing one. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is another umbrella term similar to TEFL and similarly encompasses many different certificates from many different providers. Because there are so many different certificates, courses, and providers, it can be challenging to ensure that the one you choose is of a high quality. This is why the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL are set apart from most other TEFL/TESOL certificates.
Both the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL have a significant practical component – you will teach 6 hours of real lessons and get feedback and support on each. Importantly, every single Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL course is moderated by external Cambridge (or Trinity) assessors. The Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL are the most respected and recognized TEFL (or TESOL) certificates around the world because employers and schools know that these courses can be trusted. If you opt for an online certificate or one from a less well-known provider, you may find that it is not sufficient for a job in many countries. Often times these teachers then end end up paying again later to do a better qualification. Simply put, the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL are the only TEFL/TESOL certificates that can get you an English teaching job anywhere in the world.
Post-Course Job Search
Graduates from CELTA courses at International House always go to the top of my candidate list as the trainers there do a great job providing the skills and knowledge that are essential for quality ESL teaching. Wall Street English Thailand has many IH CELTA grads in its teaching and management teams and if people want to work with WSE but lack a ESL course qualification, I always recommend the IH CELTA course
- Stuart Clarke – Teacher Recruitment Specialist, Wall Street English
One of the most important considerations when choosing a TEFL certificate type is to become a great teacher and get a quality job. In many countries, Thailand included, there is a huge range in the quality of teaching jobs available. Some schools have better pay, better support from management, better materials, and classes that don’t have 40+ students. While other schools can be so bad that the teachers don’t even finish their first year’s contract. Like in all else, the best English teaching jobs will go to the most qualified. With a CELTA or Trinity TESOL, you know that you are setting yourself up for success.
Quality of the Course and Centre
This is another important thing to consider: There are a lot of really good teacher training centres in the world and there are a lot of bad ones. Just like in any industry, some focus only on profit while some focus on quality. The reason that CELTA and Trinity TESOL are more respected than regular TEFL certificates is that these centres are continually assessed by Cambridge or Trinity College. If you go to a regular TEFL centre the quality may be great, horrible, or somewhere in between. But when you go to a CELTA or Trinity TESOL centre, you know that they are licensed through Cambridge or Trinity College and will be, at the very minimum, a good centre with a good course.
CELTA at IH Bangkok and Chiang Mai
At International House Bangkok and Chiang Mai, we have a dedicated team of professional trainers who have been teachers for many years and then have been trainers for even longer. All our trainers are Delta qualified and have undergone rigorous training moderated by Cambridge University English. Out of the 357 Cambridge Teacher Training centres worldwide, International House Bangkok was awarded as the most compliant centre for 2015-2016. This award is given to the centre that most follows all of Cambridge’s many requirements and reaches their high standards of quality.
Furthermore, our trainers are used to working with trainees from all backgrounds and have a proven track record of getting trainees through the course and helping teachers reach their full potential. People always say it’s an intensive course but they also say it’s one of the best learning experiences of their lives – they learn a lot in just 4 weeks.
We always recommend that you do your own research. There are many centres in the world and we want you to feel comfortable with whatever centre you end up choosing. If you have any specific questions about our course, centre, or the TEFL Training world in general, please email us at [email protected].