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August 02, 2005

Q & A - What Are The Differences In Teaching Certifications?

Good morning everyone!

Are you thinking about becoming certified? (Smart move!) If so, you may be confused by all the acronyms out there!

Have you ever wondered "What Are The Differences In Teaching Certifications?"

Here’s a list that will help you out with your certification plans.

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TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) This in a non-standardized course, which means that if you are considering it, you will have to pay a lot of attention to the school offering it. Depending on the provider, it can be a great course that will thoroughly prepare you for the teaching world, or a big waste of money! Check out the school carefully and ask a lot of questions about real teaching practice and how many hours of study are offered.

TESOL or TESL (Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages and Teaching English as a Second Language) Again these courses are also non-standardized, but are usually offered through universities—making them a pretty safe bet.

CELTA (Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults) This is a universally recognized certificate that is standardized. (Meaning that wherever you take it, the course of study will be the same.) Many employees are partial to this certification because they know exactly how the teacher has been trained.

I hope that helped!

Until next time,

Michelle

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Posted by msimmons at August 2, 2005 03:17 PM

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