What’s the difference between the TESOL Course and Cambridge CELTA?

TESOL Course

Cambridge CELTA 

Who’s it for?

Non-native speakers with upper intermediate to advanced level English. Native speakers and non-native speakers with a very high level of English.

What kind of certificate do I get?

A certificate of achievement – this is recognised in some contexts overseas, but not in New Zealand. TESOL Course participants can also sit the Cambridge TKT Modules exam and get an extra certificate. An internationally recognised certificate.

What about external validation?

NZQA level 5
12 credit points
Cambridge TKT is externally assessed
Cambridge ESOL validation.
NZQA level 5
20 credit points

What is assessed?

Your teaching ability and English language competence. Internal assessment Your teaching ability and your knowledge of English language. Internal assessment with external moderation.

What is the course length?

2016: 5 weeks / 2017: 4 weeks 4 weeks

What are the course hours?

23 hours per week: 20 contact hours as well as at least 3 hours of independent learning and study. 35 contact hours per week as well as a significant amount of independent learning and study.

How much teaching do I do?

A total of 80 minutes teaching to your classmates. A total of 6 hours teaching to real learners at two different levels.

How much written work is there?

1 written assignment. 4 written assignments.

How much does it cost?

2016: NZ$2,485 / 2017: NZ$2,115. Plus an optional $220 for students who want to do the Cambridge TKT Modules exam. NZ$3,250