One of the biggest advantages of becoming an ESL teacher is the opportunity to work and live abroad. Millions of people learn English so if you are a qualified ESL/EFL teacher, you should have no trouble finding a good job.
If you want to pursue a career in teaching English to non-native speakers, you should consider taking CELTA (The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). This is one of the most important qualifications that ESL teachers need to obtain before they can start teaching English abroad.
Who should take CELTA?
If you are an experienced English teacher, you do not need to take CELTA. CELTA is for people who have little or no previous experience in teaching English. Besides providing hands-on teaching practice, CELTA equips you with the right set of skills necessary to become a successful ESL teacher.
What is CELTA?
CELTA is administered by the University of Cambridge. It is an internationally recognized qualification. It is particularly useful for ESL and EFL teachers who wish to travel and teach English around the world. Even if you are not interested in teaching English abroad, you will still find CELTA useful because it helps you stand out from other aspiring ESL teachers
The CELTA certificates are issued by the University of Cambridge. The full-time course runs for four or five weeks. If you cannot enroll in a full-time program, you can take it part-time over six weeks or months.
Certificates are issued upon passing the course. As part of the course, students are required to teach real EFL classes for six hours. Your grade is determined by your performance in this teaching practice. You will also need to complete four written assignments throughout the course. The courses are run by over 286 approved CELTA centers in over 54 countries.