TESOL Training & Certification Options
Here are some of the basic options for TESOL training and certification:
CELTA – a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults is an approximately 1000 to 1200 hour training program with a component of observed and supervised English teaching to real students. The program is available as an intensive, eight hours per day, six days per week, five or six week program. You must pass all sections of the course in order to graduate. This program is typically backed by a British government standard or organization such as the Royal Society of Arts, Cambridge University, Oxford University, the British Council or Trinity College, among other possibilities.
TEFL – This is roughly the “American" equivalent of the CELTA. They usually carry similar program components but are not as strictly structured and organized in some areas of the world. These programs can also vary in cost and quality so some care must be taken to ensure a good-quality, well-recognized school as your choice. There are concentrations of TEFL schools in San Francisco which allows a prudent shopper to evaluate costs, terms, content and quality among them with a minimum of hassle. In addition, there are literally scores of schools in locations worldwide.
INSET – the In-Service English Teaching qualification is normally a company or institute-sponsored certification credential available to employees and conducted at a school, company or institute for its teachers and prospective teachers.
Cert. TYL – There is yet another specialization available which is highly lucrative. That is the Certificate in Teaching Young Learners English which obviously focuses on English language learners who are under the age of about sixteen or so. As mentioned in another article on language acquisition vs. language learning, there is a distinct difference between the way young learners and adults learn or acquire language.
Cert. TBE – a business English teaching credential, the Certificate in Teaching Business English focuses on English for businesses and companies such as hotels, restaurant chains and other tourism-related industries. Also covered are English needs for international business and global commerce.
LTCL Dip. TESOL – One of the two highest English language teaching certifications available, the Licentiate Trinity College London Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages has stiff entry requirements of a university degree (in any major), a CELTA or equivalent TEFL certificate, two years minimum work experience as an English teacher and the need to pass oral, written and grammar evaluations before acceptance into the program. This qualifies candidates up to performing as a Director of Studies (DOS) for language institutes, schools and business organizations.
DELTA – The Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults is an equally high English language teaching post-graduate level diploma which is highly respected worldwide. It is backed by university and government standards for both American and British English. This also qualifies candidates up to performing in Director of Studies (DOS) positions.