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Tefl BA Hons

Discussion in 'EAL' started by krakowiak6, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. krakowiak6

    krakowiak6 Occasional commenter

    Coventry University are offering a BA in English and Tefl. Doesn't this make a misnomer of the CELTA? The CELTA is just 1 month and the BA 3 years. Most Tefl and EAL jobs just require a degree in any subject plus a CELTA. EAL also requires a PGCE in any subject plus in many cases a CELTA. No doubt other unis may be offering a BA in TEFL too so won't this make the CELTA defunct at some time or other as the BA Hons in English Language and TEFL will be condidered a better choice.
     
  2. krakowiak6

    krakowiak6 Occasional commenter

    I forgot to say there's also the MA TESOL which lots of ESL teachers do but this is more theory and academic based with no practical element. Foreign universities require it for their English staff to teach.
     
  3. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    I am happy to see some progress on creating an EAL/ESL/ELL specialist subject. I think many of us find bits and bobs of professional qualifications or CPD to help us develop our skills and knowledge in order to become in school support teachers.
     
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  4. yasf

    yasf Established commenter

    No, it's not the same thing at all. That said it's difficult to say without having more details about the course. Is this it ? If so it appears to be much better preparation than a CELTA, but a lot longer and more expensive too. It would be better / more useful if it gave QTS.
     
  5. shakes16

    shakes16 New commenter

    Nobody gets QTS just by completing a BA degree. To get QTS you either have to do a 4 year B Ed or a PGCE post qualifying course leading to the award of QTS. I do not understand what you mean by it is not the same at all. TEFL is TEFL whether it is incorporated into a BA English degree course or as a stand alone intensive course not leading to a degree. The CELTA is a trademark of Cambridge English which they like to sell as the best. It is a good course as I did it a long time ago when it used to be called the TEFLA. They changed the name to the CELTA afterwards so you don't need to say Certificate in.....
     
  6. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    QTS is not an academic qualification. There are a number of BA and BSc courses that offer a chance to gain QTS as well.
     
  7. yasf

    yasf Established commenter

    @Stiltskin - you got there before me.

    Not really. Although I'm not really sure why you would want a BA in TEFL. The salaries are poor in Language schools, and TEFL isn't designed to prepare you to teach in a school setting.
     

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