CELTA or certTESOL? 4 pieces of advice to help you decide
One consideration that can easily be forgotten is the requirements to begin each course. Both accredited TEFL courses require the following: to be at least 18 years old; to have a standard of education equivalent to that required to enter into higher education (i.e. a university undergraduate degree); and, if English is not your first language, an overall ability at C1 level or higher (CEFR).
The CELTA course will also require you to complete an interview prior to you being accepted onto the course – tips for handling the interviews can be found here. A pre-admission interview will typically be a requirement for the Trinity certTESOL course as well and a breakdown of the interview process can be found here.
Finally, the Trinity website also stipulates that to enter the course you must demonstrate:
- an ability to learn how to explain the relevant features of English to learners and teach these in a communicative context.
- a willingness to work cooperatively as a member of the training group and respond constructively to feedback on personal performance.
- the potential for combined study, including language analysis and also rigorous practical training.
With these four considerations you should be able to break through all the confusion and choose the course that’s best suited to yourself and your situation. Whether you choose to do the CELTA course in Spain or a certTESOL part time blended course or even your TEFL training online through a different certification altogether, provided you do your research first then you’re going to have an amazing time taking those first steps into your new career.