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New: In answer to a posting on Dave's ESL Cafe's Teacher Training Forum: CELTA vs. SIT: "I am looking at Celta vs. SIT Tesol but not sure which course to take. Both seem to be well established in terms of longevity and course structure. I would like to learn as much as I possibly can prior to on the job learning!"
Nicole Ring responds:
"I struggled with the same decision... I'm biased, because I chose SIT
over CELTA and believe it was an excellent decision. I'll share what I
learned in my own research (in 2003) and what my personal experience has
been. The SIT teaching philosophy of reflective and experiential learning
matches closely with my own teaching philosophy. CELTA, I've heard, is
a much more objectively-based curriculum, with teacher-trainer feedback
being much less constructive, as it relies on grades. Everywhere I go,
SIT seems to be very well respected. I know I made the right choice for
me; I think it really depends on what kind of teacher you are, and want
to be. With the SIT TESOL course, you know you're getting the same tried-and-true
curriculum on your teacher training. CELTA courses follow some guidelines,
and are observed to make sure they're up to par, but the curriculum itself
could be vastly different from course to course, depending on the whims
of the trainer."
"I will write to you with my feelings after the course and my reflections also. At this time I can tell you that the world was turned on its head, what I had been doing in Cairo and at the CentroRomero here in Chicago, makes sense...and more so....It has changed my life---and whoever said "you can't teach an old dog new tricks, was once and forever proven wrong with the course....I have not only learned new tricks, I have had to un-learn, re-learn and then learn anew----you ask, Ron, has the course been a success? Good Sir, I am a different person....Thanks with all my heart. --Frank Manella
"The SIT TESOL
Certificate course has met my expectations above and beyond what I initially
set for the course. I am confident I can teach an ESL class successfully."
And more from a trainer and faculty member: Trainer, Connie Tumavicus says,
"The SIT TESOL Certificate course goes beyond the "how-to" of teaching. Through experience, feedback and reflection, participants enter into a personal discovery of who they are, and who they can be, as teachers. Each time I train, I see participants' eyes light up as they begin to understand the possibilities of learning and growth open to them." ESOL luminary and author, Diane Larsen-Freeman says, "I believe the TESOL certificate participants find the course so rewarding because it takes the "best practices" of our MAT program and applies them in the certificate context. SIT's comprehensive approach gets participants thinking reflectively and planning and teaching learner-centered classes. Dramatic changes occur when the learner is respected and understood as a whole person, when teachers and students engage in building communities of learners, and when beliefs and practices are challenged in safe and constructive ways."
What one unbiased school in the Middle East says,
"Dear Ron, We put TEFL Certificate as a qualification in our ads because the ELS Language Centers basic qualification was called such. SIT is recognized around the world as having one of the best programs for MA TESOL. We would certainly encourage SIT TESOL Certificate graduates to apply for our positions."
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