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 recognised English teaching qualification in the world and is Cambridge Assessment English certified. Cambridge Assessment English is a part of the University of Cambridge. Quality and academic rigour 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 on-line 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 which 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.

CELTA and Teaching ESOL in Vietnam

Anyone with a CELTA has effectivey met many of the requirements to teach English in Vietnam. For more information on what is required, please visit my NES webpage

Author: Piers Midwinter
Piers Midwinter is a Qualified Teacher, Native English Speaker, ex-Company director and ex-University lecturer. I now live and work in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam
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