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Still the most popular TEFL course available, the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is perhaps the most globally sought-after EFL qualification amongst prospective employers. Rigorously monitored and maintained by Cambridge English, the CELTA name provides a quality-guarantee, and the programme provides an excellent springboard into the world of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. You can view the full course syllabus online here.
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The Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the closest rival to the Cambridge CELTA course, and it’s rapidly increasing popularity with trainees and employers is not to be underestimated. Very similar in structure to the CELTA, this programme also provides trainees with 6 hours of teaching practice, alongside input sessions covering language awareness and teaching methodology. The full syllabus for a Trinity CertTESOL can be seen online here.
In addition to the centres offering Cambridge CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL programmes worldwide, there are many other quality course providers offering excellent TESOL courses for trainee teachers. These courses may not carry the highly sought-after accreditations from Cambridge or Trinity, but they are still high quality courses, also providing 120 hours of input and 6 hours of teaching practice, and are ideally suited to trainees looking to study and teach for a prolonged period in a specific destination. Here is a selection of TESOL programmes from our global partners:
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Do you want to take an intensive TEFL course, but simply don't have the time or availability to take four weeks away from work? If this sounds like you, then a part-time CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL could be the best option for you. Many providers offer programmes identical to the 4-week intensive programme, but spread over 12, 13 or 16 weeks (depending on location). Most of these courses run for one or two weekday nights per week, plus occasional Saturdays - please check the course descriptions via the links below for timetable information.
Are you already a Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL graduate, with a few years of teaching experience under your belt? And are you now looking to make the next step in your career, or just generally improve and consolidate your performance as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language? If this is you, then one of our Cambridge DELTA or Diploma in TESOL courses could be the solution that you are looking for. Dates and places are limited, so please contact us to check availability.
Cactus TEFL's very own online courses provide the perfect introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language! Our ELA (English Language Awareness) programme is an ideal solution for trainees who need to improve their grammar awareness in preparation for a TEFL course or course interview; our ELM (English Language Methodology) programme provides expert information and exercises designed to prepare trainees for managing their classroom, and delivering a lesson; and the COTC (Cactus Online TEFL Course) which combines both the ELA and ELM courses as a comprehensive package.
Why apply for your teacher training course with Cactus TEFL?
Here at Cactus TEFL, our aim is to help raise the profile of the TEFL industry, with the objective of promoting high quality courses which are professionally delivered, and provide the participant with a solid platform, prior to embarking on a teaching career. Our independent online admissions service is designed to make the process of choosing the right TEFL course, completing an application, and planning for an interview as simple as possible.
The Benefits of using Cactus TEFL:
Free Advisory Service
The service is completely free to use! The course fees listed on our website are identical to the fees charged by the training centres we work with worldwide, so applicants don't pay a penny extra for expert, impartial advice, and an easy-to-use online portal through which applications can be managed.
Pay Nothing In Advance
Applicants through Cactus TEFL also do not have to pay anything until they have been interviewed for a course, and have been offered a place. Only then do we request a deposit in order to hold a place on the course for you.
Innovative Online Preparation Courses
We also provide our very own award-winning (British Council Innovation Award) online courses which provide a perfect way for applicants to prepare for their training course. Significant discounts are available for trainees using the Cactus TEFL admissions service.
Experience & Expertise
Finally, with Cactus, you are in safe hands. Since 1998, we have been a leading language training company and agency, offering expert advice and helping thousands of students each year complete their teacher training or learn a foreign language, at home or abroad
The most frequent question we are asked by our applicants is this:
What is the difference between TEFL, CELTA and TESOL?
If this question is on your mind, then you are right to ask, as this is by far the most important thing for you to know and understand before beginning to search for the right TEFL course for you!
Firstly, it is very important to understand that TEFL is the name of the industry you would be training and working in as a teacher of English - Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
TEFL is an umbrella term for the whole industry, and is not the name for a specific course or qualification.
In order to break into the industry of TEFL as a teacher, there are two key qualifications which stand out as being quite special in terms of their international recognition - and these are the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) and the Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). These certificates continue to be the most highly sought-after by employers, and are an essential part of a prospective EFL teacher's CV, especially if they are considering teaching in areas where competition for jobs can be a bit more intense (such as in the U.K. and other Western European countries).
Both the CELTA and CertTESOL courses are types of TEFL courses, usually delivered intensively over a 4-week period, but they can also be taken on a part-time basis in selected location.
You will also see that there are other 4-week TEFL courses available to apply for via our website which are not Cambridge CELTA or Trinity TESOL courses. Please note that these are usually validated only by the school which offers them, but this does not mean it is not a quality course - it just means that it does not carry the same global recognition as the Cambridge & Trinity programmes, and is often more suited to trainees who want to teach for a shorter time, or in a specific country. We happily recommend all of the courses listed on Cactus TEFL because of the quality feedback we have received from previous trainees over the years.
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