Teacher Training in Newcastle, England
The CELTA course offered in Newcastle is a Teacher Training Course designed for candidates with little or no previous English language as foreign language teaching experience. It is also suitable for teachers of English who have teaching experience but who have had little or no formal teacher training. It is considered to be a solid foundation for teaching English as a foreign language. The CELTA teacher training course is recognised by EFL organisations worldwide and the certificate is the most highly respected of its kind in the world.
- CELTA is the most widely-recognised TEFL teacher training initial qualification
- Designed for those wishing to start a career in English language teaching
- A practical course, mainly concerned with how to teach English
- The course is recognised by EFL teaching organisations world-wide
- The CELTA Teacher Training Certificate course lasts 4 weeks
- Non-native proficient speakers of English may apply for this course
- Includes teaching practice on a regular basis
- Several written assignments also must be submitted
Who is the CELTA course for?
Applicants for the CELTA course should have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete the assignments and teach English at a range of levels.
All applicants for the CELTA course in Newcastle must have:
- A minimum age of 20 at the start of the CELTA course (although candidates from the age of 18 may be accepted at the centre’s discretion where it is confirmed that they have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective EFL teachers and that the course is suitable for them in terms of their background and their career plans)
- A good standard of education (at least equivalent to that required for higher education)
- Native or Non-native speakers with a good understanding of English (both written and spoken) that will enable a range of levels to be taught
- No previous teaching experience required
The CELTA Cambridge Certificate requires an attendance of a minimum of 120 hours over 4 weeks.
The CELTA course is held from Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
These hours include:
- Tutorial support and consultation
- Supervised lesson planning
- Six hours assessed TEFL teaching practice
- Peer observation of TEFL teaching practice
- Six hours’ directed observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT teacher training professionals
- A minimum of 80 hours of unsupervised work outside of timetabled course hours is required in addition.
- Candidates must be present for at least 80% of each component of the course in order to pass, although 100% attendance is expected, and time off is granted in exceptional circumstances only.
Teaching Practice and Observation
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course and takes place every day. It is related to the areas covered in the input sessions. Trainees work in groups of six to plan, observe and give feedback to each other on the teaching they have done. Candidates teach at least two different levels of students on the course to get experience of teaching at different levels. In feedback on teaching, all lessons are discussed by TP groups and tutors. Tutors give both verbal and written feedback on each assessed lesson. Trainees also observe at least 6 hours of lessons given by qualified teachers.
Additional time is required for lesson preparation and written assignments. As the course is full-time and very intensive, it is impossible to have any other commitments during the period of the course. Candidates will find they have to work most evenings and at weekends on course-related work.
- The Practice of English Language Teaching by Jeremy Harmer (Longman)
- Practical English Usage – Michael Swan (OUP)
- English Grammar in Use – Raymond Murphy (CUP)
CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments.
By the end of the course, candidates should show that they are able to:
- Assess learners’ needs and plan and teach English lessons which take account of learners’ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
- Demonstrate language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
- Demonstrate knowledge about language skills and how they may be acquired
- Plan and prepare lessons designed to develop their learners’ overall language competence
- Demonstrate an appropriate range of English language teaching skills at this level and show professional awareness and responsibility
Assessment Components of the CELTA course
Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis. There are two components for assessment:
- Component one: planning and teaching
- Component two: classroom-related written assignments
There is at least one individual tutorial (mid-course), when trainees have a chance to discuss their progress to date with a tutor.
The Certificate is awarded to candidates who have met the course requirements, and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in both assessment components.
A "Pass" is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and on the written assignments meets the specified criteria. These criteria are available for inspection at the Training Centre Newcastle throughout the course.
A Pass - Grade B is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to classroom teaching skills and professionalism.
A Pass - Grade A is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass level criteria in relation to planning for effective teaching, classroom teaching skills and professionalism.
An external assessor from Cambridge University ESOL evaluates each CELTA course that is run at the Training Center in Newcastle to ensure that standards are met by all centres.
On completion of the course the Training Centre Newcastle will also supply a written report for each candidate to indicate specific strengths and areas needing development.
The Centre will send out provisional grades a few days after the course. These will be confirmed on receipt of the official certificates from Cambridge approximately four to eight weeks after the course end.
The course tutor’s decision is final and there is no appeals procedure, although there is a complaints procedure.
It is important to note that the offer of a place does not in itself guarantee success in obtaining the certificate.
Full-time Courses: Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
|January 14th -February 8th|
|March 4th – March 29th|
|June 3rd – June 28th|
|August 19th – September 13th|
|November 11th – December 6th|
|Total price = 1.250 GBP
(Cambridge ESOL Assessment fee included)
If you believe you cover the minimum entry requirements to be considered as a candidate for the CELTA course in Newcastle fill out our short enquiry form asking for the application package, always, mention the course starting date of your interest.
Note: The demand for vacancies on these courses is very high. Applicants are advised to apply well in advance before the start of a course, although, occasionally, there could be places available due to last-minute cancellations.
Prospective trainees must complete the CELTA application package and return it to us including an updated copy of their CV long time in advance prior the course starting date. These documents need to be emailed as attachments to us.
Applicants who have satisfactorily completed the pre-interview task will be invited to attend an interview shortly after this date at the School or on the telephone if the candidate is not based within the Newcastle region. Skype can also be an alternative option to avoid long distance phone call costs.
Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place on the CELTA course of their choice immediately, if there is a place available.
After receiving a payment request from the School, the full amount must be paid in order to secure your place. On receipt of your payment the CELTA tutors will send you documents to prepare you further.
Note: There is room sometimes for last minute applications due to cancellations and therefore, room for the possibility of receiving late payments, but always, payments need to be done before starting date.
Payments can be made directly to the School via Bank Transfer or credit card.
Please note that enrolment on our courses is subject to the following terms and conditions:
As soon as you are accepted on the course you should pay your full fees.
We cannot reserve a place on the course until this has been received.
Once your fees have been received the Teacher Training Centre will send out a pre-course learning task to help you prepare for the course. We recommend that you spend a minimum of ten to fifteen hours on this.
In the case of cancellation made later than four weeks before the start of the course, requests for refund of fees can only be considered if we have been able to fill the place at short notice.