Teacher Training in Brisbane, Australia
Internationally Recognised Cambridge CELTA Course - (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
The most widely recognised qualifications for English language teaching are those offered by the University of Cambridge. Cambridge Certificate (CELTA) and Diploma (DELTA) courses will qualify and prepare you to teach overseas and in Australia.
The Cambridge CELTA course (formerly known as the RSA/Cambridge CTEFLA) leads to an internationally recognised qualification and is intended for people without previous teaching experience who wish to enter the profession of English language teaching to adults. It is also appropriate for those with some EFL experience, but no formal qualification or training, as well as for teachers from other fields who are interested in developing a career in English language teaching.
During the course, participants develop familiarity with the principles of effective teaching and acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners.
CELTA Entry Criteria
To be accepted for the CELTA course in Brisbane, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
- No previous teaching experience or training is required.
- Candidates must be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course (candidates can be accepted over 18 at the centre's discretion.).
- Candidates should normally have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education, meaning having completed High School at least. However, applicants who do not have formal qualifications may be accepted if the screening tasks suggest that they are likely to complete the course successfully).
- Older candidates who finished studies and schooling some years ago are encouraged to apply as the screening tasks will show their competence and ability to complete the course successfully or not.
- Have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels
- Please note : Fulfilling entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place on the CELTA course. Selection of candidates is based on an application task and a pre-course interview. If applicants have been successful, they will receive an offer of a place.
The course consists of::
- a minimum of 106 contact hours between participants and course tutors (This includes lectures, tutorial support, lesson planning,
- a minimum of 6 hours teaching practice supervised by a course tutor, feedback on teaching practice and peer observation)
- a minimum of 8 hours directed observation of lessons taught by experienced teachers
- In addition to the scheduled timetable, the course also requires a minimum of a further 50 hours for required reading, research and preparation of lessons and assignments.
- Course hours are usually 9am to 5.00pm (although this may vary).
CELTA Course Objectives
The course is highly practical in approach and is designed to enable participants to:
- Develop an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in their professional practice
- Develop an initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner
- Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English
- Develop basic skills for teaching adults in the language classroom
- Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and for reference
- Identify opportunities for their own future development as professionals in the field
CELTA Course Syllabus
The course content covers:
- Language awareness
- The learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
- Planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
- Classroom management and teaching skills for adult learners
- Resources and materials for teaching English to adults
- Professional development for teachers of English to Adults
Course assessment, which is continuous and integrated, is based on classroom teaching practice and on written assignments. The certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.
An external assessor, who is appointed by Cambridge University, visits each course in order to observe practice teaching and to inspect candidates' portfolios of written work. Their role is to standardise grading, recommend final grades and monitor the courses. The University of Cambridge awards final grades and issues Certificates to successful candidates.
The full-time course is very intensive and requires total commitment. In addition to course hours you should allow between three to four hours each evening for lesson preparation and writing assignments and one weekend day would also be required.
It is highly unlikely that you will be able to fulfill the course requirements if you have any other obligations over this period such as a part-time job or a commitment to another course. You should also be in good health and be able to manage the stress arising from an intensive course of this nature.
The Teacher Training Center has established links with leading universities to ensure that teachers can continue to develop professionally through further study. Teachers who complete the CELTA in Brisbane have advanced standing (credit points) awarded on a basis of:
University of Wollongong
1 out of 8 subjects in the Graduate Diploma in TESOL (can be taken by distance)
1 out of 4 subjects in the Graduate Certificate in TESOL (can be taken by distance)
1 out of 10 subjects of the MA Applied Linguistics (can be taken by distance)
University of New South Wales
1 out of 6 subjects of the MA Applied Linguistics
University of Canberra
1 out of 3 subjects of the Graduate Certificate or 1 out of 6 subjects for the Graduate Diploma in TESOL.
- 4 weeks full-time intensive study: 9am - 5pm + evening preparation
Sessions are held between 9.30am and 5.00pm including teaching practice. Note that the course is full-time: it is not possible to combine the course with regular teaching. Observation of experienced teachers (8 hours in total) takes place after course hours, as does individual lesson preparation.
Due to its intensive nature, the course requires a high level of commitment. To help ensure success, candidates should be free of any other work or study commitments for its duration
We strongly recommend applications sent in a.s.a.p., as courses can fill up quickly.
|Brisbane CELTA||Brisbane Cert IV in TESOL dates (for those interested in dual qualification)|
|2 January – 25 January (includes Sat 5 Jan and Sat 19 Jan)||Cert IV TESOL Course Dates same as CELTA|
|25 March – 19 April||Cert IV TESOL Course Dates same as CELTA|
|17 June - 12 July||Cert IV TESOL Course Dates same as CELTA|
|9 September - 4 October||Cert IV TESOL Course Dates same as CELTA|
|Please note: During the January course, there will be classes on two Saturdays, the 5th and 19th of January, from 9.00am to 4.00pm|
|Total: $2840 AUD + Assessment Fee £118* due day 2 of the course
Total: CELTA + Cert IV in TESOL = $3375 + assessment fee of £118*
* Subject to change by the University of Cambridge ESOL