CELTA: Part-Time or Intensive? Making the Right Choice

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Deborah Broadby, Nagoya College; Lauren Landsberry, Nagoya College

A teaching certificate offered through the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations called the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) has been a respected qualification for several decades. The qualification is increasingly becoming a prerequisite for teaching positions in universities and language institutions in Japan. CELTA options are available as intensive, part-time, or online programs, but how do you know which is right for you? This paper provides details of a small-scale research project conducted during an intensive and a part-time CELTA course. Data are drawn from trainees who participated in both courses, and statistics and feedback are compiled across both groups. This paper is based on questionnaires about the trainees’ expectations, the experience they gained, and whether their expectations were realised. The aim is to provide potential future candidates with guidelines and suggestions as to how they can make the right choice for their CELTA study.