What is CELTA and why is it important?

In the English-teaching world, there are a lot of acronyms: TEFL, TESOL, CELTA. Although they may just seem like insignificant certificates, in reality, they are much more. Now, English is a must-have skill to get a job, but if you are looking for English courses, you have to be sure that they are quality classes. I can tell you with 100% certainty that simply having native speakers teaching at an institute doesn’t mean they can actually teach English. That’s where CELTA, TESOL, and TEFL come in.

What is TESOL?

TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. It’s an umbrella term for programs that teach English teaching methods. These certificates are mostly seen in the context of teaching English to foreigners in an English-speaking country, most commonly in the United States. There are various programs that you can take, online or in person, but you want to make sure that they have an in-person teaching component.

What is TEFL?

It means Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Like TESOL, TEFL is another way to generally talk about programs that teach you how to teach English. TEFL is more common in the context of teaching English in other countries, although TEFL and TESOL are used interchangeably.

It’s important to note:

There are many kinds of TEFL/TESOL programs. To really receive one of these certificates, the program should combine coursework with real-life practice in an actual classroom with qualified instructors. Just completing a couple hours of instruction online isn’t enough. Ask more about the course your instructor took to know exactly what they did to get their certification. 

And what about CELTA?

The upper eschelon of certificates for teaching English as a second language. It’s a TESOL/TEFL program from the University of Cambridge in England. This program is one of the oldest and one of the most well-known in the world. To be CELTA-certified, you have to take a course that could take anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months depending on the program you choose. It’s a very demanding, rigorous course that combines teaching methods with practice. Having CELTA certified instructors means having quality instructors.

So what?

Now you know. Having a certificate like TESOL, TEFL, or CELTA is very important when you are looking for English Courses. It means that you are going to learn from qualified instructors that know what they are talking about.

Don’t believe me? Come take a class with us. You’ll see the difference.