When I do demo lessons at my local CELTA in Bombay, I frequently get questions from the trainee teachers about what they should be doing next. I usually tell them to wait for the last session on CPD where they might be given a handout with the deliciously cruel subtitle ‘glutton for punishment’ like I was. Nevertheless, some reach out to me later with more questions about what they ought be doing next. I suspect some of the confusion and anxiety is down to what’s perceived to be a lack of options for formal professional development in India beyond more traditional modes such as doing a Masters in Education or English.
I know how cost conscious my peers are in India. Those prices sure are scary when you convert them into rupees. I have a legend (₹₹₹₹₹) next to each category to give you a really rough idea of how much your aspirations might set you back by.
1. Trinity Cert IBET ₹₹₹₹₹
Let’s face it, you basically have two choices in India: join a school, or work at a corporate. If you are interested in teaching Business English or ESP and have zero corporate experience, you might want to explore the Certificate in International Business English training. The good news is that it’s offered online and so you can complete it from the comfort of your cozy Indian home. The Consultants-E offer a bonifide online version. International House offer their own version of the Certificate in Teaching Business English (also online) which is cheaper but not endorsed by Trinity (but is moderated by Cambridge Language Assessment- ahh the lovely simple world of ELT qualifications). Pearson have a First Certificate for Teachers of Business English but there isn’t much information available on their site. Oxford TEFL also have a more reasonably priced online version but it isn’t accredited to any institutional body.
2. Certificate in eModerating ₹₹₹
Perhaps you love that cozy home of yours so much so that you never want to leave, even for teaching lessons. If that’s the case, you might want to acquire skills that help you teach online through asynchronous platforms like Moodle and synchronous virtual ones like Adobe Connect. The Consultants-E offer a four week course and International House has a five week version. The Consultants-E also offer a course which focuses solely on virtual synchronous training called Teaching Live Online. The British Council offer a version as well which I’ve incidentally completed (you’ll find my reflections here).
3. Certificate in teaching young learners (YLs) ₹₹₹
International House offer an online version. Cambridge used to offer a two week long YL extension to the CELTA but I believe it’s no longer available. NILE also offer an online version. Trinity offer their own f2f version at a range of accredited centres in the following locations: China, Czech Republic, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Uruguay, United Kingdom, Vietnam. Oxford TEFL offer an online version.
4. Certificate in ICT ₹₹₹₹₹
Don’t know what ICT is?! Well, you’d better enroll for this nine week long online course offered by the Consultants-E, endorsed by Trinity.
5. Certificate in Advanced Methodology ₹₹₹₹
You sought Friereian pedagogy at the CELTA but instead got ‘find someone who’. Perhaps these ostensibly ‘advanced’ courses (Advanced Methodology & Advanced Methodology for Teachers of Modern Language) are up your alley. Both are online and uniformly expensive.
You gotta hand it to International house – they have a course for everything including what in India is sometimes unfortunately called personal tuitions.
7. Certificate in Teacher Training ₹₹₹₹
This might be something you’d want to park until you get some more experience but it’s worth noting that there are online qualifications you can explore such as International House’s Teacher Training certificate. NILE also offer a course in trainer development.
8. Cambridge DELTA ₹₹₹₹₹₹
The DELTA isn’t offered in India yet (at least not all of it) although there are unconfirmed rumours that this might change in the near future. The DELTA is modular (module 1 is an exam, 2 involves teaching practice and 3 is an extended assignment). You can take them in any order, full time or part-time. Here are your options if you’re in India:
- You can do Module 1 through the British Council India. It’s not listed on the site but you can write them a message here. Bear in mind that the fee you’ll pay will only get you a proctored exam and nothing else. You’ll have to do the prep yourself. Alternatively you could purchase support online with the Module 1 prep course from International House.
- The Distance Delta (between 9 and 15 months in duration) is offered by International House London and the British Council. You can do module 1, 3 and apparently a part of 2 remotely but the actual teaching practice will need to take place at International House London or one of their other centres. I recall seeing Kuala Lumpur at one stage but I don’t see any other locations listed now.
- Travel abroad to do the intensive Delta (roughly two months). You could go to one of the International House centres in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, Hungary, or Turkey (all places Indian ELT professionals have trekked to in quest of PCD). You could also explore CELT Athens which is managed by Marisa Constantinides (a real live energizer bunny) – a colleague recently did a 6 month distance version with module 2 in Athens and found it a fruitful experience (see comments for more details).
9. Trinity DipTESOL ₹₹₹₹₹₹
Trinity’s answer to the Cambridge DELTA isn’t very well known. It’s a four unit course that’s offered as an f2f or blended program at accredited centres. Oxford TEFL offer a blended version with the f2f component taking place in Prague, Kerala, Cadiz and Barcelona for the 2017 intake. Since they do offer an Indian location, the DipTESOL may be worth exploring. You may want to read this article from Pete about perceptions of this poorly understood qualification and listen to this podcast from the TEFL Show. Trinity also offer a Fellowship Diploma in TESOL Education Studies.
10. NILE online courses ₹₹₹₹
The Norwich Institute of Language Education offers a whole host of 8 week long online courses on specific topics like Academic English.
These guys are brilliant and they offer month long courses almost every other month. The courses are facilitated by thought leaders in our profession.
12. Coursera free or ₹
Check this MOOC platform’s list of language learning and teaching courses regularly. You might find some gems. The courses are all free but you can pay a nominal fee and get a certificate from the university or institution that’s teaching the course. You could also check out FutureLearn and Canvas (lots of advanced stuff for teaching professionals) which work on a similar principle of paying for a certificate.
I’m not too familiar with this nine month online course but it appears to be an international program offered through a local provider – The Teacher Foundation – as an alternative to a B.Ed to help candidate prepare to teach in the K12 environment. You’ll apparently be able to give tests in India that’ll qualify you for American teaching licenses.
14. British Council teacher training courses ₹₹
The British Council India offer five online moderated courses and two face to face workshops. I’m not entirely sure if individuals can nominate themselves for these courses because it says your school or institution all over the registration from. You’ll find information on the Certificate in Primary English Language Teaching (CiPELT), Certificate in Secondary English Language Teaching (CiSELT), Content & Language Integrated Learning Essentials (CLIL), Learning Technologies, Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) Essentials, and workshop on resources here. The British Council Teaching Centre in Chennai offers a three day Business English Teacher Training workshop with a focus on the Cambridge BEC.
This course is offered by the English & Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad. It’s a distance course and doesn’t look all that exciting, sadly like many teaching qualifications offered by Indian institutions. I’m including it in my list as the token Indian rep.
If you reckon this is all child’s play, stay tuned for my post on affordable distance and online Masters programs.
Do leave a comment if there any other courses which are either online or face to face but easily accessible and affordable for Indian ELT professionals that I can add to my list.
And finally, some sound advice from Amy Lightfoot.
@adi_rajan great summary Adi! Only thing I’d add is to make sure CELTA trainees know there’s much more to CPD than courses and quals.
— Amy Lightfoot (@lightfootELT) October 2, 2016
Courses and formal qualifications are just the tip of the iceberg. Informal development activities can sometimes be even more productive and enriching than the ones listed in this post.