What Does the Future Hold for Online CELTA?

Has Cambridge’s online CELTA model taken off? And how will it adapt in the years to come?

Blog post from 2017 (edited on: 13/05/2020)

Has Cambridge’s online CELTA model taken off? And how will it adapt in the years to come? We look at its history and some options for the future.

It’s the digital information age; a time of fast internet, fast media and a 24-hour news cycle. Online courses cover just about anything; from dog grooming to commercial cooking, satisfying our need for speed, accessibility and convenience.

Over the past few years, the TEFL market has been saturated by online courses and e-books, each offering varying degrees of training and shady promises of reputability. The CELTA, once considered one of the few courses that could qualify you to teach English, has found itself cast to the wayside by people preferring affordability and convenience.

Sure, the actual training that an online course provides is questionable (more about that here), but that hasn’t halted the explosion of web-based companies. There’s no single regulator controlling these providers, and most are ‘accredited’ by paid, third-party bodies. But, in another testament to our modern day love of fast food and Facebook, most people just want a certificate with their name on it, and a ‘guarantee’ that they’ll be employed.

CELTA Online Mixed Mode Option

In 2011, Cambridge launched its response to the growing online trend. CELTA Online Mixed Mode was pitched to offer all the same credibility, and none of the extensive time off work.

But, there was just one catch.

Cambridge prides itself on the CELTA’s in-class, real-life teaching practice. It’s the practical element that sets it apart from the rest, and the axis upon which a large chunk of the course revolves. Take that away, and you’re left a completely different certificate.

That’s where the ‘blended’ part comes in.

Cambridge’s solution was to include up to 10 face-to-face teaching sessions at a registered CELTA-providing centre, usually over a 12-week period.

“Many trainees do not always realise that there is a face to face component,” says Claire Potter, Director of Teacher Training in Seville, “[They] are not close enough to Seville to come to the school for the required eight teaching practice sessions, so cannot join.”

This can be an issue for some candidates, but mostly the online blended presents itself as a flexible solution for those who cannot commit a whole month to the CELTA. Usually an CELTA online blended course means that the candidate only needs to commit either two whole weeks or a fixed amount of time each week e.g. every Saturday.

Yet, still, people seemed to want to find a complete online solutions, and now…

In 2020, you can take the CELTA Online!

As we are currently in a pandemic, Cambridge Assessment (a part of the University of Cambridge and the awarding body of the CELTA) has recognised the safety and the welfare of CELTA students, tutors and schools. Temporarily, they are allowing the CELTA to be done completely online.

No matter where you are in the world, StudyCELTA can offer a course that will suit your time zone. If you do not see a provider from your country, don’t worry about it — there will be a course that can lend it to your schedule.

To find out more about this new format for taking the CELTA, check out the range of online courses.

Although, this is only a temporary solution.

Will the online CELTA continue afterwards?

Only time can tell! What we know is that the CELTA is successfully being rolled out online around the world, offering the same content, syllabus and teaching practice as the face-to-face.

Watch this space to see how the CELTA will progress online.

Apply for an Online CELTA



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Blog post from 2017 (edited on: 13/05/2020)

Has Cambridge's online CELTA model taken off? And how will it adapt in the years to come? We look at its history and some options for the future.

It’s the digital information age; a time of fast internet, fast media and a 24-hour news cycle. Online courses cover just about anything; from dog grooming to commercial cooking, satisfying our need for speed, accessibility and convenience.

Over the past few years, the TEFL market has been saturated by online courses and e-books, each offering varying degrees of training and shady promises of reputability. The CELTA, once considered one of the few courses that could qualify you to teach English, has found itself cast to the wayside by people preferring affordability and convenience.

Sure, the actual training that an online course provides is questionable (more about that here), but that hasn’t halted the explosion of web-based companies. There’s no single regulator controlling these providers, and most are ‘accredited’ by paid, third-party bodies. But, in another testament to our modern day love of fast food and Facebook, most people just want a certificate with their name on it, and a ‘guarantee’ that they’ll be employed.

CELTA Online Mixed Mode Option

In 2011, Cambridge launched its response to the growing online trend. CELTA Online Mixed Mode was pitched to offer all the same credibility, and none of the extensive time off work.

But, there was just one catch.

Cambridge prides itself on the CELTA’s in-class, real-life teaching practice. It’s the practical element that sets it apart from the rest, and the axis upon which a large chunk of the course revolves. Take that away, and you’re left a completely different certificate.

That’s where the ‘blended’ part comes in.

Cambridge’s solution was to include up to 10 face-to-face teaching sessions at a registered CELTA-providing centre, usually over a 12-week period.

“Many trainees do not always realise that there is a face to face component,” says Claire Potter, Director of Teacher Training in Seville, “[They] are not close enough to Seville to come to the school for the required eight teaching practice sessions, so cannot join.”

This can be an issue for some candidates, but mostly the online blended presents itself as a flexible solution for those who cannot commit a whole month to the CELTA. Usually an CELTA online blended course means that the candidate only needs to commit either two whole weeks or a fixed amount of time each week e.g. every Saturday.

Yet, still, people seemed to want to find a complete online solutions, and now...

In 2020, you can take the CELTA Online!

As we are currently in a pandemic, Cambridge Assessment (a part of the University of Cambridge and the awarding body of the CELTA) has recognised the safety and the welfare of CELTA students, tutors and schools. Temporarily, they are allowing the CELTA to be done completely online.

No matter where you are in the world, StudyCELTA can offer a course that will suit your time zone. If you do not see a provider from your country, don't worry about it -- there will be a course that can lend it to your schedule.

To find out more about this new format for taking the CELTA, check out the range of online courses.

Although, this is only a temporary solution.

Will the online CELTA continue afterwards?

Only time can tell! What we know is that the CELTA is successfully being rolled out online around the world, offering the same content, syllabus and teaching practice as the face-to-face.

Watch this space to see how the CELTA will progress online.

Apply for an Online CELTA

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