Many of you will have seen that Cambridge is offering the CELTA course fully online during these strange times, something which has never been possible before. So what are the advantages and disadvantages or is this a purely win-win situation?
- You can get a CELTA certificate without having to leave your home.
- Your certificate is the same as a face-to-face course.
- Most centres are offering completion within the same time scale as a face-to-face course.
- You save on travel and accomodation costs.
- You can complete your CELTA course anywhere in the world.
- You don’t need to worry about visa restrictions.
- You have the same quality of tutors.
- You still get teaching practice as well as input sessions.
- You might not have the same atmosphere among your peers online.
- Teaching practice is done online.
So from a quick look at the pros and cons, surely there’s no doubt that the temporary 100% CELTA online is a good deal? Yes definitely, if you are planning on only teaching online in the future. But, and this is a really big BUT to my mind, if you want to be a classroom teacher, the online course cannot prepare you as thoroughly for this as a course with face-to-face teaching practice does. Having experience in classroom teaching and in online teaching, several things are the same in both, such as checking understanding of instructions or using visuals to clarify new language. However, several things are very different, for example monitoring or collecting errors for delayed error correction.
So my advice would be to think very carefully about your future teaching and about which option will prepare you best for the type of teaching you intend to do. After all, if you’re spending so much money on a course, you surely want it to prepare you thoroughly ?
I’d love to hear your opinions on this, whether you’ve done the face-to-face course or the temporary online version. What do you think?