Online CELTA

Although no fewer than 900 CELTA courses are offered at more than 286 approved CELTA centers in 54 countries worldwide, the demand for the University of Cambridge’s Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages dramatically outstrips the supply of programs to certify them. Caught between this rising demand (itself a response to the ever-increasing need of experienced English as a Second Language teachers from Kyoto to Kinshasa) and the stringent demands of excellence that the Cambridge name carries with it, Cambridge ESOL has entered the digital age by offering an Online CELTA.

This course, the result of a partnership between Cambridge ESOL and International House, London (a UK-based language school with an international reputation in its own right), provides students with the flexibility that comes with an online course while at the same time furnishing successful candidates with the very same certification that makes the traditional CELTA course so popular. In recognition of the need for practical, hand-on experience – the bedrock of the CELTA’s reputation for quality – the online CELTA course places an emphasis not only on theory but also on practice. It accomplishes this feat by utilizing interactive tasks, guided video observation, and live forum discussions to mimic the classroom environment while at the same time relaxing the traditional fast pace of a traditional  course.

Because courses last a minimum of 10 weeks the online CELTA allows learners, in the words of Cambridge ESOL, “increased amount of time and support away from the centre for reflection and development.” In practical terms, this opens the door for would-be educator who lack the time or logistical ability to pursue their dream of teaching English as a Second Language. In so doing, the online CELTA makes it possible for anyone to get the experience they need to step into the classroom with confidence.

CELTA course for Young Learners

In recent years the CELTA qualification has become the one of the most widely recognized (and highly regarded) teaching qualifications in the world. Part of the reason for this surge in popularity is, of course, the fact that its creator, the world famous University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations department, is itself synonymous with excellence. While the caliber of the Cambridge name may be rooted in the past, however, its Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages it focused squarely on the future.

Part of the evidence of this comes from the recent introduction of a CELTA course for Young Learners. Formally known as the Young Learner Extension to CELTA, the Young Learner module is, as the name suggests, an extension of the traditional CELTA course designed to provide would-be teachers with the unique skills necessary to teach children and teenagers English as a Second Language. A traditional CELTA course, complete with 120 hours of instruction and a minimum of 6 hours of actual teaching practice, is therefore augmented by focusing on the unique needs of young learners. This is particularly vital for the child-focused ESL industry of many public school systems around the world today.

As a result, the module is designed to ensure that potential educators have the opportunity to practice the skills they will need in that unique classroom environment over the course of a short (two to three week) session. Because the Young Learner certification recognizes the substantial differences in understanding and motivation between adult and child language learners, it allows those who have completed a CELTA course to transfer and adapt to the different learning and teaching styles required at the young learner level. Further subdivided among three age ranges (from 5–10, 8–13, or 11–16) candidates are awarded certificates of completion endorsed with the specific age range of their course. Through such careful focus Cambridge ESOL is continuing its efforts to prepare the next generation of teachers for success.