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  • pertam29
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    1 June, 2014 at 6:41
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    I thinking about doing CELTA this summer and after many hours searching for a cheap, good course, I think I found one. My question to the forum is whether or not the price of the course has an effect on the quality. From my readings of Cambridge’s website, all centres teach the same syllabus and all tutors are equally qualified. The cheapest one I could find was in Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic at 765 pound and the most expensive one in Vienna at 1626 pound-more than double and less than 200km apart. Why such a vast difference?

    Keith
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    1 June, 2014 at 13:36
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    From my readings of Cambridge’s website, all centres teach the same syllabus and all tutors are equally qualified.

    Absolutely – in theory there will be no difference in the quality of the training you receive – a CELTA is a CELTA, regardless of where you take it.

    In practice, there will inevitably be small differences. For example, different tutors have different approaches and different ways of doing things, and may focus a little bit more on certain aspects of the syllabus and a little less on others. You may get on better teaching Czech students rather than Austrian students, or vice versa, and as a result have a better or worse impression of the course. And so on… But these are differences that you can’t control and that don’t depend on course cost.

    Cost differences usually come down to how much it costs the centre to put on the course – rent of premises, tutor salaries, etc, all of which vary from country to country. Bear in mind also that although the syllabus and qualification are the same, the centres are still in competition with each other to attract candidates – they are running a business after all, so there will always be an aspect of price competition.

    Hope that helps.

    Keith

    pertam29
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    1 June, 2014 at 17:39
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    Thanks, that’s made my mind up where I’m going to do the course, thanks for your useful insight.

    TanyaHMaselli
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    16 September, 2014 at 8:00
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    I think there is not much difference between quality, may be way of representation and explanations are changed, but the quality depends on teacher quality, not on cost.


    JensenDrake2
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    8 December, 2014 at 12:56
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    It may depend on the individual expenses a provider has. For example, rent for the provider in Vienna is certainly more expensive than in Ceske Budjejovice (a Czech city not far from the Austrian border that I had visited and know myself). The same for the expenses a provider has for the instructor, they may be lower there than in Vienna.
    Apart from that, whether a CELTA course is better when it is more expensive than another one from another provider is something I would doubt. I would not trust any commercial provider.

    DanielRobertKelly
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    14 January, 2015 at 21:17
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    Just on the off chance someone is looking for an inexpensive CELTA outside of Europe, I wanted to post that I was in the same situation. I chose to do my CELTA in Bogota, Colombia at International House. It was less to fly there, enroll, and live than it would have been just for the course alone in the United States. And the trainers there were brilliant. CELTA is definitely the way to go, if you want to learn to teach.

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