CELTA Course Introduction
CELTA is the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. CELTA is an initial qualification in teaching English as a foreign language. It is the best known and most widely taken initial English Language Teaching (ELT) qualification of its kind in the world, taken by over 10,000 people each year. With the CELTA qualification, a wide range of exciting ELT career options will open up for you, not least the prospect of working in your favourite locations around the world. CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English language teachers. It is also recognised by the British Council and the British Institute of English Language Teaching.
Who is the CELTA course for?
CELTA is suitable for those with little or no teaching experience. It is suitable for anyone who wishes to teach English as a foreign language to adults or work in ELT within the UK or overseas.
Candidates come from all walks of life.
Many are recent university graduates, but others are already qualified as teachers of other subjects or are professionals looking for a change of career or rewarding career break. Most candidates see CELTA as the starting point of a long-term career in English language teaching. For students working on their gap year, CELTA is a passport to teaching overseas and an ideal way to travel the world whilst developing new skills.
CELTA Course Entry Criteria
All applicants for the CELTA course in London must have:
- The recommended minimum age is 20, although if you are between the ages of 18 and 20 we can accept you if we feel you will benefit from the course.
- There is no maximum age, mature candidates are more than welcome
- A good standard of education (at least equivalent to that required for higher education)
- A formal qualification at National Qualifications Framework Level 3 (for example A-levels, High School Certificate, BTEC National Diploma) or equivalent.
- Native or Non-native speakers with a good understanding of English that will enable a range of levels to be taught.
- When non native, level of English equivalent to C1 or C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
- No previous teaching experience required
CELTA Course Structure & Content - London
Structure:The CELTA course in London is offered as:
- Full-time course (4 weeks)
- Monday - Friday 10:15am - 18:30pm; during Jun-Sept, full-time courses are 12:30pm - 20:30pm
- Part-time course (13 weeks)
- Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 18:30pm - 21:30pm and on six alternate Saturdays 10:30am - 16:00pm.
Course content and assessments are identical for either option.Content:
The London CELTA course is designed for people with little or no previous teaching experience.During the course, you will develop familiarity with the principles of effective teaching and a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. The course includes teaching practice with real foreign students, observation of experienced teachers in the classroom and completion of a range of practically focused written assignments.
The course comprises the following areas:
- Teaching practice (TP)
- Teaching practice (TP) and feedback with peers and a tutor. Through the lessons that you prepare and deliver, you will discover the principles of effective teaching.
- Input sessions with our team of teacher trainers. You will explore the most up-to-date trends in ELT and discover how these can be applied to your classroom teaching.
- Observation of classes
- Observation of classes given by experienced teachers. These will enable you to see some of the ideas you are encountering put into practice and expose you to other classroom techniques you might find useful.
- Practically focused assignments
- Four practically focussed assignments which encourage you to analyse teaching techniques, language areas, educational materials and learning styles.
- Full attendance on the CELTA course*
- 6 hours of supervised and assessed teaching practice at 3 different levels
- 6 hours of classroom observation of experienced teachers, 2 of which may be on video
On-going maintenance of a portfolio to be submitted to the external Assessor for moderation during the course and to course tutors at the end of the course for final assessment purposes *Full attendance and punctuality are very important. If you will be unavoidably absent or late at any time, please inform your Academic Administrator in advance. However, under no circumstances can a candidate missing any of the six hours of assessed teaching practice or with incomplete written assignments pass the course.
CELTA Course Assessment - London
You are assessed continuously during the CELTA course and there is no final examination. An external assessor, who is appointed by University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) moderates each course. We will help you prepare thoroughly for each assessment. It should be noted that the assessment will not be based on your performance on any one occasion, but will be related to your development on the CELTA course and will include consideration of your ability to respond to feedback and identify appropriate goals to make your teaching more effective. The external Assessor will come to the college for one or two days during your course. The assessor may observe input sessions, read samples of written work and observe sample TP and feedback sessions in order to standardise grading and ensure fairness.
Assessment Components of the CELTA course
You will be assessed in two areas:
- Teaching Practice
- Written Assignments
Assessment of Teaching Practice
Teaching practice is graded by continuous assessment but this does not mean you’ll be expected to deliver perfect lessons each time. At the beginning of the course you will be assessed against criteria relevant to what can be expected at that stage of your development. Later, your teaching practice tutor will be focusing on the following main areas:
- Your development over the course
- The consistency of your achievement in relation to all the assessment criteria
- Your ability to manage the whole learning process
- The range of lesson types in which you have demonstrated competence
- Your ability to cope with learners at different levels
- The amount of support given by the trainer
All lessons will be assessed as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory for that stage of the course. Please bear in mind that many trainees receive an unsatisfactory lesson occasionally. If there is any possibility you may not pass the course, you will be made aware of this by the Academic Administrator, so unless this has been the case an unsatisfactory lesson should be seen as something to learn from, but not a major cause for concern.
Teaching Materials for the CELTA teaching practice
Your teaching practice group of five or six trainees will be given a copy of the course book that the class is using, as well as the accompanying teacher’s book and course cassette. Each day’s teaching point will normally be based on the course book. An important part of your teaching practice is assessing the material in the course book and deciding when and how to adapt/replace it. As a result of this you will be encouraged to find other teaching material and to create your own original activities. In the earlier teaching practice sessions your teaching practice tutor will give you plenty of guidance about what materials to use and how to exploit them in class. However, when you go on to teach your final lessons, you will be expected to have developed sufficient expertise to be able to decide what to teach yourself. Overall, you will be expected to teach a wide variety of different types of lessons during your teaching practice.
Assessment of Written Assignments
This component consists of three written assignments. Deadlines for these assignments can be found in your timetable. Any assignment which is not handed in on time may not be marked. If you are having difficulty with an assignment or need to discuss an extension, see the Academic Administrator as soon as possible. Assignments are internally assessed by a minimum of two tutors on the criteria above, and externally moderated by the Assessor. Assignments which do not reach the required standard may be re-submitted once only. You are required to confirm in writing that all the assignments are your own work – this does not mean that you cannot discuss assignments or help each other prepare, but any collaboration which results in the submission of substantially similar assignments is not acceptable. Cambridge ESOL takes plagiarism very seriously and if this is suspected, may withhold the CELTA certificate.
This is based on your overall performance and commitment during the course. We will provide you with regular feedback on your development throughout your training. To be successful, you must pass all components. There are three grades - Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'. Successful candidates receive a Certificate awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate.