The CELTA is a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Three out of four English language teaching jobs require a CELTA qualification.
It is the most widely recognized English teaching qualification in the world and is a Cambridge Assessment English certified. Cambridge Assessment English is a part of the University of Cambridge. Quality and academic rigor are thus of the highest order.
The CELTA course covers the principles of effective teaching ESOL and gives you a range of teaching techniques and practical experience. You get hands-on teaching practice and observation of experienced teachers, and you’ll apply your learning by delivering communicative teaching with English language learners.
CELTA gives equal emphasis to theory and practice. The strong practical element demonstrates to employers that successful candidates have the skills to succeed in the classroom. Courses can be taken full-time or part-time and either fully face-to-face or in a blended format that combines online self-study with practical teaching experience. A full-time, face-to-face course typically lasts between four and five weeks. CELTA is a continuous assessment course (i.e. participants are assessed throughout the course) leading to a certificate in teaching ESOL.
CELTA applicants are required to have English language skills equivalent to at least level C1 of the CEFR – a standard of English that enables the teaching and understanding of language issues at a range of levels, from beginner to upper-intermediate students. CELTA applicants should be over the age of 18 and ideally, have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education (e.g. high school diploma or A-Levels). Applicants without formal qualifications may be accepted if they can demonstrate that they are likely to complete the course successfully. Not all TEFL certificates are as stringent.
ESL in Vietnam
English as a second or foreign language is the use of English by speakers with different native languages. Language education for people learning English may be known as English as a second language (ESL), English as a foreign language (EFL), English as an additional language (EAL), or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). The aspect in which ESL is taught is referred to as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Technically, TEFL refers to English language teaching in a country where English is not the official language, TESL refers to teaching English to non-native English speakers in a native English speaking country and TESOL covers both. In practice, however, each of these terms tends to be used more generically across the full field. The one you are more likely to hear depends largely on your location – with TEFL more widely used in the UK and TESL or TESOL in the US.
The term “ESL” has been seen by some to indicate that English would be of subordinate importance; for example, where English is used as a lingua franca in a multilingual country. The term can be a misnomer for some students who have learned several languages before learning English. The terms “English language learners” (ELL), and, more recently, “English learners” (EL), have been used instead, and the students’ native languages and cultures are considered important
CELTA and Teaching ESOL in Vietnam
Anyone with a CELTA has effectively met many of the requirements to teach English in Vietnam. For more information on what is required, please visit my NES webpage