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CELTA in London: advice needed please!!!

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  • Amusicum
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    15 January, 2012 at 11:00
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    Hello everybody,

    I have a first class BMus, an LRSM (Cello performance dip) and am currently doing a Masters in Psychosocial Studies in Birkbeck, University of London, which will be finished in September 2012, although I will then be going straight into another course in Goldsmiths, which will last until September 2013. During the period form now until September 2013, I want to gain a CELTA qualification, as I plan to move to Berlin in September 2013. I would like to have the qualification before I go, as I could build up some teaching experience and also because most of the language schools hire in September/October. I will be writing up my theses over this summer and next Summer, so I am finding it hard to think when I will fit in my CELTA course. Maybe I am just putting too much pressure on myself, as I want to do well in all my courses…

    There area number of issues to consider:
    (a) Whether I would just be better off waiting until after my two Masters to do the course then, possibly in Berlin, although if I had a CELTA qualification form the UK I think it would look really good.
    (b) Where I might do the course in London (I am deciding between International House, UCL and Oxford House).
    (c) Whether I might be able to do the course part time or in a sharp burst, full time.

    I will discuss these points a little bit now:
    (a) I would really love to get all my basic qualifications under my belt before I head to Berlin, but that thought might not be transferrable into reality? My plan is to work teaching English and music in Berlin for a year and to apply for a PhD in Freie University in Berlin in the second year. Do you think I am taking on too much with all this? I am very ambitious and can do anything I put my mind to, but it might be too much for my sanity?

    (b) Does anybody have experience of the UCL CELTA course? They only run it full time and not that often, it seems, but the college has an excellent reputation. international House has a very good reputation (from what I have heard) and they offer part time and full time courses,as well as online (but I think I would rather do the full course face to face). However, IH costs a bit more than the other CELTA courses. I was thinking it might be possible to do the course from April to July 2012 part time, as my taught modules for my Masters would be over by that stage – I would just be working on my thesis, although I know there is a lot of work involved in that. Also, does anybody know about the Oxford House course?

    (c) I think I’ve already answered this – part time would probably be the only feasible option if I were able to do it, although UCL offer a full time course for 4 weeks in July 2012, which may be possible, whilst doing my thesis (although probably not advisable!)

    I hope I have explained everything clearly. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

    teflworldwide
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    19 January, 2012 at 10:34
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    Reply To: CELTA in London: advice needed please!!!

    Hi there,

    It definitely sounds like you have a lot of plans for your future and a lot of studying ahead of you :) But that’s great!

    Now, are you looking to teach English in the UK and make a career out of teaching there? I only ask because to teach English abroad, the vast majority of employers will accept a TEFL/TESOL certificate, and do not require a CELTA certificate. The UK on the other hand prefers the CELTA. So, it really depends on where you want to work.

    If you only want to teach in Berlin though, you can do this with a TEFL certificate. I am the current job guidance counselor at TEFL Worldwide Prague (http://www.teflworldwideprague.com), and we’ve had several graduates go onto teach there. And, given the fact that you are EU (I take it that you are, right?), employers will love the fact that they will not have to provide you with a visa to work there. Most TEFL courses are intense though, and follow a full-time 4-week schedule. However, they offer classes every month as well, so you can choose a time that works best for you.

    Speaking as a graduate of the program, I can recommend TEFL Worldwide to you, if this option appeals to you, since the instructors are great and the staff will be there to help you at anytime with job assistance and answer any questions for you. But, if you’re looking to stay in the UK to take the course, but not necessarily teach there, I also recommend checking out some TEFL courses there as well. You may find something that fits better with your busy schedule.

    Good luck! :)

    dan
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    21 February, 2012 at 17:04
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    Reply To: CELTA in London: advice needed please!!!

    Hi Amusicum

    (a) …although if I had a CELTA qualification form the UK I think it would look really good.

    The CELTA will look good regardless of where you take it. The syllabus is the same in all centres in all countries, so I wouldn’t worry too much about this point.

    (a) Do you think I am taking on too much with all this? I am very ambitious and can do anything I put my mind to, but it might be too much for my sanity?

    Bear in mind that the CELTA is a very demanding course if you want to do it properly, which it sounds like you do. If you take it full time over 4 or 5 weeks, it will require all of your time and energy. Even taking it part time is a significant investment of time and energy. You may find that other projects need to be put on hold while you’re taking the course.

    (b) Where I might do the course in London (I am deciding between International House, UCL and Oxford House).

    Again, in terms of syllabus, it won’t make any difference. The difference would be the tutors (I don’t have any experience of these specific centres though). I would simply go with the one which is most convenience for you in terms of timing and location.

    (c) I think I’ve already answered this – part time would probably be the only feasible option if I were able to do it, although UCL offer a full time course for 4 weeks in July 2012, which may be possible, whilst doing my thesis (although probably not advisable!)

    I agree!

    Hope this helps.

    Dan

    roybenning
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    23 February, 2012 at 14:51
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    Reply To: CELTA in London: advice needed please!!!

    Have you thought about doing the CELTA in Berlin?

    It would give you a flavour of Berlin over the CELTA study period.

    Has Dan stated, the CELTA is time consuming and both physically and mentally, My CELTA tutors made a point of stating that weekends must involve physical exercise where ever possible,

    Also you will be learning in the morning and putting theory to practice in the afternoon with live students, along with 4 written assignments.

    PM me with specifics if you need it

    I did my CELTA, in Berlin and when not teaching in China live in Berlin.

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