Our Training Centre in Catania, Sicily is a University of Cambridge CELTA Teacher Training Centre.
We are a small and friendly language school in the centre of Catania which is a beautiful Baroque city located at the foot of Mount Etna and facing the Ionian sea. It is also the second largest city in Sicily.
We are the headquarters of AISLi - the Italian Association of Language Schools, a Cambridge Exams Centre and in August 2010, we successfully became a CELTA Teacher Training Centre joining the small list of eight CELTA centres in Italy along with British Council and International House. We are now the only centre in Italy offering all the leading Cambridge ESOL teacher training awards: CELTA, CELTA Online, YL Extension to CELTA, and DELTA!
The training centre is located in Catania’s city centre. There are many ancient buildings, charming squares with pleasant cafés in the area. Local amenities are all within walking distance. Reception is manned from 10.00 to 19.30 Monday to Friday. On CELTA Days, it is open from 8.30 onwards.
The resident teacher has been teaching and training for 18 years having worked in Italy (Milan, Turin, and now Naples), Egypt (Cairo Agouza), Spain (Mallorca), Singapore, the UK, Colombia, Canada and in Vietnam as a YL Extension to CELTA tutor.
He is a University of Cambridge accredited CELTA, CELTA Online, YL Extension to CELTA, DELTA and TKT Practical Tutor and Assessor as well as Oral Examiner for YLs, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, BULATS, ILEC, and IELTS.He's also a Distance DELTA Local Tutor and an E-Moderator. He loves teaching and training and using technology to enhance the learning experience.
All our assistant tutors are visiting tutors based all over the world. This gives the centre and you the possibility of benefiting from their multifaceted experience. You will be informed about the name of your second tutor on Day 1 of the course.
- Accommodation can be arranged upon request free of charge. Prices vary depending on options:
- Single room in shared self catering flat for 4 weeks €350-400 / 6 weeks €550-650
- A studio for 4 weeks €400-800 / 6 weeks €700-1000 depending on location, availability etc.
- B&B near the school 4 weeks– around €400 in low season and €550-650 in the summer/ 6 weeks– around €550-€650 in low season and €750-850 in the summer .
Accommodation available includes:
- Single room in shared self-catering apartment (with fellow CELTA candidates).
- Single room with local families (half/full board available upon request. Please make sure you note any special dietary requirements). Price for this option will be determined by the option you choose i.e. half/full board with special dietary requirements. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can prepare a quotation for you.
- Private apartment for the duration of the course. Please note that this would be a rather expensive option, so make sure you let us know at least 2 months in advance if you are interested as accommodation of this kind is not easily secured. Once it becomes available we will make all the corresponding information available for you to make an informed final decision.
- Hotel accommodation - we can provide you with information and assistance. Please note that standards are usually in line with price range.
Catania is situated near Mt Etna. Its decayed, elegant buildings are mostly the work of baroque master Giovanni Vaccarini.
Catania is Sicily’s second commercial city – a thriving, entrepreneurial centre with a large university and a resilient population who live by the motto of carpe diem.
Sicily is Italy's (and Europe's) most historically cosmopolitan region, having been ruled by Asians, Africans and Europeans. It is a unique place full of art, archeology, history, folklore and breathtaking scenery. And, of course, great food.
Here are a few of the historic inhabitants of this island to get you history buffs excited (it's the kind of thing that spins our webmaster's wheels ;)
- Archimedes taught here and Saint Paul preached. It was a Greek colony, a Roman province, an Arab emirate and a Norman kingdom
- Greek tyrants, Arab emirs, Norman knights, Byzantine bishops and Holy Roman Emperors, the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Swabians, Angevins, Aragonese and Jews all passed through here and left their indelible marks.
- Their legacy: Phoenician settlements, Punic cities, Greek temples, Roman amphitheatres, Norman-Arab castles and Aragonese churches. Thirty centuries of history expressed in the Classical, the Romanesque, the Gothic, the Baroque and the present.