What is it?
CELTA – Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – is quite simply the most widely recognized and highly-respected initial English language teaching qualification. The course is awarded by the prestigious Cambridge University (Cambridge English Language Assessment) and opens doors to English language teaching jobs around the world. CELTA at IH Career College is also recognized by TESL Canada.
Who is this course for?
Whether you are just starting out or you are already an experienced teacher, CELTA can help you in your teaching career. Originally designed for new teachers, CELTA provides the training needed to start you on your journey. For existing teachers, there is also great benefit in updating your knowledge, obtaining internationally recognized qualifications, and sharpening your teaching skills.
What will you gain?
By taking CELTA, you will…
- learn the principles of effective teaching
- acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
- gain valuable hands-on teaching experience
- receive an invaluable, internationally recognized teaching certificate
What is the schedule like?
CELTA is an intensive course designed to maximize your time and to thoroughly prepare you for your future teaching.
- Full-time course with 120 contact hours over 4 weeks
- Held from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
- 6 hours of observed teaching practice of real students at two different levels
- 4 hours observing other experienced teachers
A typical day on the course would look like this:
|9.00 – 10.15||Input session #1: Classroom management||Every day there are two input session given by one of the course tutors. Input sessions cover a range of topics dealing with learner needs, language, skills, teaching techniques, planning, professional development, etc. All CELTA centres create their input sessions to cover the syllabus set out by Cambridge.|
|10.15 – 10.30||Break|
|10.30 – 11.45||
Input session #2:
|11.45 – 12.30||Teaching Practice Preparation||This time is devoted to providing you support for your upcoming lessons. There is one trainer for a maximum of six candidates to ensure ample time for individualized support. As the course progresses, you will learn to become more autonomous and to plan more independently, just like in the real teaching world!|
|12.30 – 1.30||Lunch||A much needed break and a chance to make any last minute preparations for your lessons!|
|1.30 – 3.30||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice is when you literally practice teaching with a specially arranged group of students; it’s the time to try out the ideas you’ve seen or learned in input and it’s a chance for you to develop your teaching and get feedback on what you do. For half the course you will be teaching elementary students and for half the course intermediate students. Likewise, one tutor will observe half of your lessons and another tutor the other half. Each candidate teaches a total of eight lessons over the four weeks.|
|3.30 – 3.45||Break||A short break and a chance to reflect on the lessons that have just taken place.|
|3.45 – 4.30||Feedback||With your peers and tutor, this session is a chance to discuss the lessons, build upon the strengths, and look at areas for improvement and possible ideas for doing so.|
|4.30 – 5.00||Wrap-up||30 minutes at the end of day for any final questions, course admin, or anything else that needs to be discussed. You might even get out early from time to time!|
For further information about Cambridge English and CELTA, please visit www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celta/