Post CELTA/TESL – Now What?

Last weekend, I took part in a 2 day online global professional development event that featured 40 teachers answering a pre-determined question.  This epic event was organized by Rob Howard and Dr. Nellie Deutsch from EFL Talks

Each teacher had 10 minutes and a maximum of 10 slides to present his/her topic to ESL/EFL teachers who were logged in from around the world.

Here is a summary of my 10 minute talk – What training do you recommend for Post CELTA grads?

There are many options such as DELTA, TESL Diploma, M. A. TESOL, or PhD. however I have provided a step by step approach.

Step 1 – Identify what you really LOVE about teaching English

  • Linguistics?
  • SLA?
  • Adult learning?
  • Curriculum Development?

(For me personally, I always loved writing lesson plans e.g. reading, researching, and going online to find the right clip art.  This is not surprising given the amount of freelance work I do now as a writer).

Step 2 – What is your long term career goal?

  • Most colleges in Canada require a Master degree for employment
  • Do you want to work abroad? If so, the credentials required may be different.

Step 3 – Reflect on what you LOVE about English language teaching

  • Remember that additional training costs for money, and can be expensive
  • Studying requires time and a commitment.  It is tough to work full time and study as well.

(I have an ESL teacher-friend who started studying linguistics but then switched to Adult Education.  She could not transfer her credits to the new university so she had to start from the beginning.  This was expensive and she lost a year).

Step 4 – Connect with Others in your Country

  • Set up Informational Interviews with people in the field
  • Talk to people who have taken the course/program that interests you
  • Attend TESL conferences and network!
  • Talk to the school to find out more (know what is involved e.g. online classes or face-to-face, tuition, deadlines for graduating)

Step 5 –  Connect with Others outside your Country

  • Connect with TESL Professionals on social media (connect with me!)
  • Post questions on forums.  There are many helpful teachers on these forums.

Step 6 – Contact ELT organizations in your Region/Country

Step 7 – Timelines and Planning

  •  Remember that planning ahead is key
  • There are deadlines for applications so Plan!

Final Words – While you waiting…

  • Continue to find ways to develop as a teaching professional.  You can develop by attaining formal credentials or informally by hiring an instructional coach or finding a teacher/mentor.  I coach teachers all over the world via SKYPE so distance and time zones are not a barrier.
  • Read, read and read!
  • Attend and present at conferences

As with any further studies, I believe that it is important to get all the information you need in order to make a good decision.  Please contact me if you have more questions.  Best of luck in your professional development.

Thanks for reading.  Patrice

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