The following is my review of my experiences at British Council in Kraków, Poland. I attended the CELTA program there in November and December of 2011. I’ll break things down into a few separate posts for easy reading, and so potential students of the CELTA can get a taste of this school, the tutors, and the experience in Kraków.
British Council, Kraków, Poland
Obviously, I cannot speak as to comparisons with other programs, except for rumors and personal reports I have read on the Internet, or heard from my tutors and colleagues in the program with me. As for comparisons with other schools, I will say only one thing. The cost of the CELTA outside the borders of the native-English-speaking nations is considerably lower than it is within native-English nations. If you want to get this certificate at a decent price, the best way to do it is by attending a school in one of the target nations. Affordable programs exist across Eastern Europe and Asia, where most new English teachers seek employment. The cost of a program in these nations ranges from US$750 to US$1300. The same exact program and certificate runs US$2400 and up in North American CELTA schools. For this reason alone, I would strongly suggest that any potential native-speakers of English who intend to become CELTA applicants seek a school overseas, rather than at home. Read more »