Why The Cambridge CELTA Is The Muhammed Ali Of TEFL Qualifications

1. Worldwide Fame & Popularity

I read a quote somewhere once, about the boxer Muhammed Ali, at the height of his fame. He was so well-known around the globe (and this is pre-Internet), that he could be dropped out of an aeroplane anywhere – deep in the Amazon rain forest, say – and people would recognise him. What’s more, they’d start smiling, too – he was that popular. Well, that’s what you’re getting when you do the Cambridge CELTA. 🙂

Wherever you go in the world, walk into a language school and pull out your dog-eared, sweat-stained CELTA certificate, and it’ll be recognised. And the DoS will start smiling.

2. The Greatest

The CELTA whipping the Trinity Cert TESOL's ass... sorry, Ali vs Liston.

The CELTA whuppin’ the Trinity Cert TESOL’s ass… sorry, Ali vs Liston.

Over the years, the CELTA has seen off all challengers, including most recently the Trinity Certificate in TESOL. Despite the Cert TESOL’s fancy footwork (Trinity also offers a range of dance qualifications), the London-based certificate didn’t live up to the pre-fight hype. The Cert TESOL is said to be considering its options, and looking forward to spending the summer with its family.

3. Name Change

In 1964, shortly after defeating Sonny Liston to win the world heavyweight championship, the 22-year-old Cassius Clay joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammed Ali. He explained:

“Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it, and I didn’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name.”

In 1996, the RSA/Cambridge CTEFLA (the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults) changed its name to “the RSA/Cambridge CELTA”. No reason has ever been given.

Well, those are our reasons, and we’re sticking to them. But did we miss out any of your personal favourite reasons? Do you see any worthy challengers to the Cambridge CELTA’s title belt? Let us know in the comments.

World TEFL Info Launches!

Following a short backwards countdown, the new TEFL course finding and information website, www.worldtefl.info, launches! Yippee!
“What’s World TEFL Info?”, I hear you ask. Well, our idea for World TEFL Info is not just another list of TEFL courses. We feel that, in order to make informed decisions, prospective TEFLers need some insight into what to look for from a course. Having worked in the world of TEFL for many years, and been involved in running TEFL teacher training courses, we feel we’re in a good position to provide that insight. And most people looking for a TEFL course don’t have the info they need to make what can be an expensive decision.
We’ll try to address important issues such as:

  • What’s the difference between the CELTA and the Trinity Cert TESOL?
  • Is it worth getting an accredited TEFL course?
  • What does accreditation/validation/moderated mean, exactly?
  • Do I even need to do a TEFL course?

The answers to these questions are out there on the web, but many people don’t know where to look or even what questions to ask. I know we didn’t back when we started to teach English as a Foreign Language!

That’s the first step.

Next, we want to give prospective TEFL trainees a site where they can use that insight to filter the available courses to a manageable number. So if you are convinced of the need for an accredited TEFL/TESOL course, you can go straight to those  programs and skip the rest.

That’s the goal. We’re just starting out, so it might take a while to get there, but it’s where we’re going. If you want to follow our progress, we’re on Twitter (@worldteflinfo) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/worldtefl).