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Old 06.09.2010, 08:21
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Re: CELTA Certification

Being in the French speaking part of CH - your closest CELTA centre is in Geneva (The Bell School) see link above.

At this moment in time you can only do the CELTA there, and in Zurich (FT)Full time and in Baden (The language Centre) part time

As from next year you'll be able to also do the CELTA in St Gallen (part time with Cambridge ESOL) and in Basel Full-time (based at academia school)

I was a tutor on a CELTA course in York UK.

A few points to consider:

1) Fees for the intensive course in the UK are much lower than here in CH

1095 pounds in the UK - between 3,700 - 4,000+CHF in Switzerland

(this means if you know someone you can stay with in the UK, it can actually turn out cheaper to do it there)

2) The CELTA course and your experience on it very much depends on the type of tutors you have.

3) If you opt to do the intensive don't even consider commuting anymore than 40 mins door to door it is very intensive to say the least.

4) The CELTA certainly will help in getting you through the door and into jobs, but the certificate is done in 4 weeks - it provides you with a foundation or a basis to work from. In other words teachers post CELTA normally still need plenty of professional development and training.

5) Based on the above point - once you have the CELTA it isn't ideal to just then go off and teach in isolation - good schools will offer teachers FREE internal development opportunities in the form of workshops and teachers meetings and the possibility of a mentor system. These are very valuable. Good schools will also offer to pay for 1 or 2 newer teachers to attend national ETAS conferences as part of that development.

Hope that helps somewhat
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