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TEFL or TESOL VS CELTA or DELTA

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  • melam
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    24 June, 2014 at 15:37
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    Hi !

    I’m looking for an English course in France but i’m quite lost.

    Did anybody knows what is different between TESOL/TEFL and DELTA/CELTA?
    which one is the best according to your experience ?
    Best place to do it ?
    Any feedback from the esol of strasbourg (for the delta/delta) ?

    Thanks for your help !
    Melissa

    dan
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    25 June, 2014 at 10:24
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    Reply To: TEFL or TESOL VS CELTA or DELTA

    Hi Melissa

    Did anybody knows what is different between TESOL/TEFL and DELTA/CELTA?

    First of all, here’s what they stand for:

    TEFL – Teaching English as a Foreign Language
    TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
    CELTA – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
    DELTA – Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults

    TEFL refers both to the profession of English language teaching, and also to a qualification that you take in order to teach. There are many “TEFL courses”, at the end of which you gain a “TEFL certificate”, which is a basic qualification required by most employers. But not all TEFL courses and TEFL certificates are the same. The courses range in duration from a few hours up to a few hundred hours. Some are taken online, others in a classroom setting. So having a TEFL certificate always begs the question “which one?” – and the answer will open doors with some employers and keep it firmly closed with others.

    TESOL courses and ESOL certificates are much the same – TEFL and TESOL are, to all intents and purposes, interchangeable, so everything I said about TEFL above is also true for TESOL.

    But… there is one TESOL course, called the Trinity Cert TESOL (run by Trinity College London), which is one of the two most widely recognised and accepted entry level qualifications. it is normally a 120 hour, classroom based course.

    The other most widely recognised and accepted is the CELTA. The CELTA is a TEFL course run by Cambridge, and it too is 120 hours or more and classroom based.

    DELTA is a higher level qualification run by Cambridge, normally taken after 2 or more years teaching experience.

    I hope this helps…

    Dan

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