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How is the 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate course equivalent to CELTA?

TESL Canada is the national accrediting body and they accept CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL as equivalent to Standard 1 for those who took CELTA/Trinity abroad and need to get the equivalency to teach in Canada. For international jobs, 120 hours with Practicum (with real ESL students) is considered equivalent to CELTA. 

In terms of course content, our online courses are based on the in-class Trinity CertTESOL which has a stronger focus in lesson planning than CELTA. 

CELTA trainees do lesson planning as part of the Practicum but the course assignments are reflection papers. In our online courses, trainees get to do lesson plans in various formats prior to the Practicum (and more lesson plans during the Practicum). Those who don’t do the Practicum after the online course get to practice lesson planning and receive feedback. 

As for the Practicum, class observation and teaching practice need to take place in a real setting. This means that our trainees need to teach all 10 hours of the teaching practice portion. Teaching Practice in CELTA is 6 hours and in a real class setting. Lesson plans have to be submitted for our Practicum and CELTA’s. Other online courses with blended option and no accreditation offer “workshop” style of Practicum with peer trainees and basic lesson planning.