OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL Diploma is better than a standard 4-week CELTA course in five significant ways:
#1- OnTESOL’s grammar module alone is worth 65 hours. A CELTA course barely covers grammar! Being a native-speaker and having some teaching experience are not enough. Simply put, you cannot teach English effectively if you do not know the rules of the English language. Why doesn’t the $2,400 CELTA course offer grammar?
#2- OnTESOL’s methodology module is worth 120 hours and it is one of the most comprehensive courses in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL. This module takes you from a new teacher to a professional one in 19 chapters that teach you all areas of teaching ESL through practical assignments and tasks. This module is an extended version of the 5-week Trinity CertTESOL that Coventry House International, OnTESOL’s parent organization, offers in Toronto.
#3- Few TESOL courses include phonology at all, but OnTESOL’s phonology module is worth 65 hours, thus becoming one of the most comprehensive phonology modules in the TESOL industry.
#4- Although the Practicum is separate and optional, it is required by TESL Canada for their accreditation. OnTESOL’s 20-hour Practicum provides more hours of class observation and teaching practice than CELTA’s standard 12-hour Practicum. Those who complete a 20-hour Practicum after the 250-hour TESOL Diploma are eligible for TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 accreditation. There isn’t a deadline to complete the Practicum after the TESOL Diploma program and it can be completed anywhere in the world.
#5 Trainees can study at their own pace. The maximum time allotted to complete all assignments and exams is 8 months. Since there isn’t a deadline to complete the 20-hour Practicum, you can receive your 250-hour TESOL Diploma and start working right away.
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