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.