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What the CELTA Was Like For Me


The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) was my first step into working as a teacher. I had previously worked for a language school chain as an Activity Leader during university breaks, and the school I was based at offered the CELTA course. The Academic Manager suggested that I might enjoy the course and said that I would be hired as a teacher for the summer with them if I passed the course. I had never considered working as a teacher before that, but was hooked for the first time I taught.

This was over a decade ago now, but many of the fundamentals of the CELTA course remain the same. You can find more information about the course, along with a list of registered providers on the Cambridge English website.

The CELTA is the most prestigious and well recognised TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification in the world. It is standardised, with inspectors and assessors from Cambridge University visiting course providers to ensure that...

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How to Choose Between CELTA and TEFL


The list goes on and one; the Teaching English as a Foreign Language industry is full of acronyms, some are more obvious that others. The first two you are likely to need to fully understand as you move into a career as an English Teacher are TEFL and CELTA.  These will come up as you research different training courses designed to help you to become a teacher.


So what do they all stand for?

TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

DELTA - Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

EFL - English as a Foreign Language

ESL - English as a Second Language


And what does that mean for you?

TEFL, EFL, ESL and TESOL, although different, are often used interchangeably to talk about teaching English to people who speak another language.  

CELTA and DELTA are the specific names for certifications in...

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