I just saw this message here, so I thought I'd add something. I'm the creator and director of The Language House in Prague. CELTA and Trinity are both good courses. There is no doubt about that. However, they are not the only courses out there.
There are a lot of poor TEFL courses out there and there are a lot of good ones. If you do not know anything about the course you are interested in, it might be a wise idea to take either a CELTA or Trinity. However, our course is a bit different. When you compare the amount of training, cost, teaching practice, size, staff, housing, job assistance, extras that The Language House in Prague offers, you will see that we do a great deal more than either the CELTA or Trinity courses.
All of our graduates get far more grammar training as well as almost twice the amount of teaching practice than either the CELTA or Trinity. Our housing is great and there are few schools that offer more extras than we do. In fact, our training and job assistance is so thorough that most of our grads get hired with schools in the city and abroad before the course ends. In fact a lot of organizations worldwide send prospective students to our course because they have been so impressed with the way we do things.
When creating the course, I could have gone the CELTA or Trinity route. I decided not to because I wanted to offer more and I didn't want to be tied down by a parent organization. Also I think the idea of having a company have a monopoly on TEFL is wrong.
I think of my program as less of a course and more as a community. This means that it's not only about the training, but making sure students are happy and that they feel as if they are involved network of people that will support them. I created the program when I was 24 years old and I am probably the youngest person ever to do this. I actually created The Language House course because I had a horrible experience of my own on another TEFL course in the city when I first started teaching. My goal for the course was to make it intense, to offer more and to offer what most courses don't - a sense of community. Four years later, we are still doing great.
I can't speak for courses worldwide. But, when deciding on a course, just don't go for a brand name. Every CELTA and Trinity course is different. They are run differently, have different tutors and offer different things. Make sure to do your research and compare what's out there. For example, there's a great Trinity school in Prague that we like a lot, but there was also one two years ago that stole money from students and then closed shop. You have to your research.
Get pictures of the accommodation, school and location. Make sure to also get a list of past graduates. A lot of schools pay graduates a commission if they get others to sign up. WE DON"T. Make sure the school you are looking at doesn't either. Ask them specifically if they do. So saying.."take a CELTA" is not the way to go about it. You have to look at the Specific school in questions. Some are good others aren't.
If for some reason they are unable to give you all of this information, it's wise to go somewhere else.
Thanks for the time,
The Language House Prague
The Language House