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  • RachelinFrance
    9 September, 2011 at 9:12
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    I’d like to hear some opinions of the CELTA course offered in Brussels and whether it will ultimately help me to find work in Belgium or France.
    I’m a British mother of two, married to a Frenchman, we live on the French/Belgian border near Mons. I’ve been at home having and bringing up my kids for the last 5 years. Now that the little one is ready to start at the ecole maternelle I’m having thoughts of going back to work, however my previous job (casino dealer) isn’t really do-able with the kids. So I’m considering taking the CELTA course in Brussels to help me into teaching English. I don’t have a degree (I dropped out 8-weeks before my finals many years ago) but I’m well educated despite that with a good command of English (my father was an English teacher).
    Anyway I’d like to hear if anyone has done the CELTA in Brussels, if it’s worth the money (1600€ is a lot on our budget), and if there are alternatives, I really need some practical face-to-face training I think so completely online courses are out.

    Thanks for any help you can give


    22 November, 2011 at 10:48
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    Reply To: CELTA for France and Belgium

    Hi Rachel

    The CELTA syllabus is the same wherever you take the course, so you can be fairly well assured of a quality course.

    Will it help you to find teaching work in France? You will certainly be in a better position with the CELTA than without it, as schools will be looking for a qualification, experience, or preferably both.

    However, my personal experience of France is that many schools are less concerned about the specific qualification than the fact that you have a qualification of some kind.

    So if cost is an issue you could consider a cheaper classroom-based alternative. But if Brussels is the most convenient in terms of location, then you also have to factor in travel time and expense to other locations…

    Hope that helps?


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