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Check out the most common misbeliefs about the CELTA and what in reality corresponds to them.
Common Myths About the CELTA

When you surf through the internet, you may come across a number of false or incorrect statements about the CELTA training courses. Below are listed the most common misconceptions about it.

Myth 1: The CELTA courses are very expensive.

The courses are not cheap, that’s for sure. But the cost differs a lot. It depends on several factors:
• Whether the organization that offers the course is state or private.
• Whether the course is taken in the country with high cost of living in general rather than less expensive countries.
• Since the trainer/trainee ration is quite high at CELTA courses in comparison to other university certificate programs, it costs more than the latter.

Myth 2: There is a curriculum imposed by Cambridge on all CELTA centers that is why all courses are alike.

Cambridge does define the syllabus; however, all centers may interpret it and choose the methods of presenting it the way they want. In fact, the courses may differ not only from center to center but also from trainer to trainer within one center, since everybody prefers some methods of presenting material and teaching to the others.

Myth 3: The center usually designs a course, which is offered invariably every year.

Even when there is one course, there are different trainers (groups of trainers) who teach differently. They not only differently teach one and the same course, but also change their courses a little bit in accordance to the needs of each new group of participants. For example, if people who attend the course have problems with grammar issues, than course may be change to include more grammar theory and practice, the same with pronunciation or other needs the participants may have.

Myth 4: CELTA course require participant to imitate the work and methods of the trainer, and doesn’t allow them to be creative.

The participants are exposed to a variety of techniques for presenting or teaching certain material. They are given several approaches on how to teach writing, reading or correct pronunciation, and they may choose the one they like more, the one that suits best to a certain class of pupils. They are as well welcome to use their own methods. Moreover, after each session at the CELTA course, the participants are asked to share their opinions about how successful the presentation of material was, if they understood all the objectives clearly, and if not, what ways could the trainer improve the presentation. So, participants are active and should invent and offer new ways and methods of teaching.

Myth 5: When taking an intensive course, the participant will be incredibly overloaded by work and studying materials.

CELTA courses usually require 120 hours of sessions in class. Another 80 (20 hours per week) should be expected to be spent for doing home assignments. The overall workload is 50 hours per week, which is not little, but is quite reasonable, since the studying process lasts only 4 weeks.