Stewart's Cambridge Delta Option Comparisons
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ProviderIH Bangkok IntensiveThe Distance DeltaBell - Online
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Face-to-faceOnline + 2 week full-time with a face-to-face orientation at one of the regional centres somewhere in the world!Online ONLY (doesn’t appear to be any face-to-face component)
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Full-timePart-timePart-time
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CostAll about the same
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Length2 months 9 months 3 months 1 week
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WhenMarch - May THIS YEARMarch - December NEXT YEARSeptember - December THIS YEAR
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SupportFace to face with tutors, observed teaching practice and input sessions, other candidates to bounce ideas off withOnline support - library, forum, chat with tutorsOnline support - library, forum, chat with tutors
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Assessing tutor and classes supplied by IHHave to organise my own Cambridge-approved assessing tutor and classes for observation and assessmentHave to organise my own Cambridge-approved assessing tutor and classes for observation and assessment
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Results:Module 2 finishedModule 2 finishedModule 2 finished
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Lots of help preparing for Module 1 examNo help at all for Module 1 examNo help at all for Module 1 exam
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Some (but not much) introduction to and guidance for Module 3No help at all for Module 3No help at all for Module 3
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2-month's salary lost (around 80,000 baht min)No work or salary lostNo work or salary lost
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2-month absence from work means less favourable to take more time off for holidays and travel during the rest of the yearNo absence from workNo absence from work
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NOTE: I can buy another package that has the same start and finish dates next year but which includes all Modules, which costs about 750 pounds (37,500 baht more)
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ConclusionsFrom an education perspective, the IH Bangkok intensive course is clearly the better option - and I get much more value for my money. However, I do lose a substantial amount of salary, which means that The Distance Delta is financially a much better option. Although I can do the Bell online course this year, it's still at the end of the year, and the course is only 1 month longer than the full-time face-to-face and 6 month's less than the other online option, although it doesn't require a face-to-face orientation like The Distance Delta does.
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