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What's the difference between TESL and CELTA certs?

Unread postby Viajero » 30 Jun 2006, 21:31

Is the T.E.S.L certificate just as good for getting work abroad as the C.E.L.T.A certificate?

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Unread postby Lucy » 02 Jul 2006, 11:11

Dear Viajero,

CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. The CELTA used to be called CTEFLA (Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults). The TESL certificate is a certificate in teaching English as a second language.

In the UK, the distinction between teaching English as a second language and teaching English as a foreign language is the following: for native speakers of Chinese, French, etc, etc, English is a foreign language. In countries such as India, English is a second language. The needs of learners of English as a second language are different to the needs of learners of English as a foreign language. I think that in the USA, this distinction does not exist.

It is difficult to answer your question about getting a job with these certificates. It will depend very much on the country and the school’s policy. Some schools ask for certificates, some like their teachers to have a diploma in teaching (a qualification higher than the cert), some take teachers with no qualifications and provide them with training. Most employers will give equal weight to a certificate in TEFL and TESL. The most important aspect in choosing a course is that the training centre should have a good reputation. You could take a look at the TEFL course database on this website for information about various courses.

I hope you will find a suitable course.

Best wishes,

Lucy




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Unread postby Lucy » 13 Jul 2006, 14:28

Please also see this useful note from a teacher who uses our site.

You wrote the following in response to a previous post with the title of 'The difference between?'
"The needs of learners of English as a second language are different to the needs of learners of English as a foreign language. I think that in the USA, this distinction does not exist."

What do you mean by this? I did my TEFL course in the US, and of course we talked about the different needs of EFL vs ESL learners because these differences DO exist and it is good to be aware of them when teaching. Students who study English in the US are learning it as their second language, whereas in non English speaking countries it is a foreign language.
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