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itiswhatitis



Joined: 08 Aug 2011

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:37 am    Post subject: CELTA while in Chiang Mai Reply with quote

I plan on spending a few months in Thailand/Chiang Mai.

I mostly hear good things about the CELTA is Chiang Mai. Of course it is pretty much useless for Korea for improving job prospects (although it will probably still help you to be a better teacher).

For someone who plans on spending a few more years teaching/travelling Asia is the CELTA worth it? My plan is to teach the rest of my time in mainland China and to take breaks here and there in places like Thailand, Vietnam etc....

I am considering the CELTA because I want to be ENGAGED in teaching and because I want to improve my job prospects. In China I will be teaching adults.

Thanks in advance.
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Lucas



Joined: 11 Sep 2012

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not buy/download the CELTA course book and decide for yourself.

You can learn 80% of the stuff covered in the course, just from reading it. Of course you won’t get the cert - but, if after reading it you still want to do it, go for it.

Or ask some random’s on Dave's....

I haven't done the course, but I have read several of their books. They are much better than lots of ESL 'courses'

Even if you do the course, you won’t get many observed lessons, which is the key to improving your teaching.

This is my bi-yearly serious post on Dave's, so take it for what it is. Cool

If you do the course, you will be able to look down your nose that those with 'lowly' online ESL certs and EPIK pre-orientation certs.
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Tigermoth



Joined: 17 Aug 2011
Location: Selling English By The Won

PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The CELTA, or the alternative Trinity Cert TESOL (which is essentially the same), are the only internationally-recognized initial EFL-training courses available. If you don't have reliable info about the course provider, the CELTA is a safer bet as there is more quality control in terms of who is allowed to be a CELTA trainer: a would-be CELTA trainer has to go through a period of apprenticeship which is monitored, assessed and validated by Cambridge.

Why do the CELTA? Well, why be properly trained to do any job? No-one will pretend that a trainee emerges from a CELTA course a fully-fledged English Language Teacher, but they will have acquired a basic set of skills and an awareness of methodology that will allow them to learn from their continuing post-training classroom experience effectively.

That's the sort of teacher we'd want as learners, surely?

Best of luck Smile
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Old Painless



Joined: 01 Jan 2014

PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:08 am    Post subject: Re: CELTA while in Chiang Mai Reply with quote

itiswhatitis wrote:
I plan on spending a few months in Thailand/Chiang Mai.

I mostly hear good things about the CELTA is Chiang Mai. Of course it is pretty much useless for Korea for improving job prospects (although it will probably still help you to be a better teacher).

For someone who plans on spending a few more years teaching/travelling Asia is the CELTA worth it? My plan is to teach the rest of my time in mainland China and to take breaks here and there in places like Thailand, Vietnam etc....

I am considering the CELTA because I want to be ENGAGED in teaching and because I want to improve my job prospects. In China I will be teaching adults.

Thanks in advance.



What's the budget for the whole thing?
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Shimokitazawa



Joined: 14 Dec 2007
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few years ago, $2,500 approx. for CELTA fees. Not including a month's stay in a local hotel and food, etc.

In all, budget $3,000 for the whole deal.

$5,000 to be on the safe side. You don't know how long it'll take you to get a job and eventually paid once you do land that job in China.

Things can go sideways, so it's best to have several thousand dollars saved up.
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