Teacher Training in Sydney, Australia
|Full Time: 4 weeks Monday to Friday, 9.00pm – 5.00 pm
Part time: 12 weeks Monday & Wednesday (5.45 pm - 9.00pm)
+ alternate Saturdays (9.00am - 4.30pm)
Cert IV in TESOL dates are the same time as Full and Part Time CELTA
|Sydney Full Time CELTA||Sydney Part Time CELTA|
|December 30 2013 – January 24 2014||January 6 - March 29|
|February 3 – February 28|
|March 10 – April 4||April 7 - June 28|
|April 22 (Tues) – May 17 (Sat)|
|May 26 – June 20|
|June 30 – July 25||July 7 – September 27|
|August 4 – August 29|
|September 8 – October 3||September 29 – December 20|
|October 13 – November 7|
|November 17 – December 12|
2014 Total $3125AUD + Cambridge Assessment Fee £222* due Day 2 of the course
2014 CELTA + Cert IV in TESOL = $3625 + assessment fee of £222 -Subject to change by the University of Cambridge ESOL
Holidays: New Year's Day Jan 1 (2014), Australia Day Jan 27, Labour Day Mar 3, Good Friday Apr 18, Easter Monday Apr 21, ANZAC Day Apr 25, Bank Holiday Aug 4, Queen's Birthday Sep 29, Christmas Break Dec 20 - Jan 3 (2015) Classes closed: 25 & 26 December, New Year's Day Jan 1 (2015)
Recommended Course Texts to buy, beg or borrow:
- Learning Teaching, Jim Scrivener (Heinemann)
- A Concise Grammar for English Language Teachers, Tony Penston (TP Publications)
- Practical English Usage, Michael Swan (Oxford University Press)
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.
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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.
No previous teaching experience or training is required, but candidates must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- 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 (i.e. native or near native English speaker)
- Have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to successfully complete the written assignments and the assessment of practice teaching
- 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)
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 Sydney 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.
Options in Sydney:
- 4 weeks full-time intensive study: 9am - 5pm + evening preparation
- 12 weeks part-time study:
- Sydney: Monday and Wednesday (5.45 pm - 9.00pm) + alternate Saturdays (9.00am - 4.30pm)
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
In some cases it is a good idea to have both of these qualificatios. Out training centre in Sydney has organised a blended CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL course that facilitates getting both at the same time and avoids duplicating activities that serve for gaining both qualifications
CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL Similarities and differences
- Both are pre-service qualifications in TESOL and both meet the TESOL requirements of NEAS (www.neas.org.au) Australia for working in accredited language schools in the overseas student sector.
- The CELTA qualification is awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL.
- The Cert IV in TESOL is awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework by a registered training organisation.
- Both courses can be taken intensively (4 week course) or as a part time (12 week) course.
- Course content and assessment for CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL are similar: Teaching practice, feedback, aided lesson development, assignments, no final exam.
Having the CELTA Only:
- CELTA is recognised in Australia and throughout the world. Some employers (e.g. overseas, many private colleges in Australia catering to overseas students) prefer their teachers to have the CELTA.
- If you’re planning to work overseas or in a normal English language college for overseas students in Australia, just do CELTA. There is no need for the extra work and stress of doing two identical qualifications.
Having the 40649SACert IV in TESOL Only:
- The 40649SACert IV in TESOL is recognised primarily in Australia.
- The 40649SA Cert IV in TESOL is designed to provide knowledge and skills for working within the competency based Australian VET sector. Australian based vocational training colleges, schools for adult literacy, aboriginal English language projects, NGO organisational training for Australia and overseas prefer 40649SA Cert IV in TESOL.
- If you are looking for funding, you may get it for Cert IV in TESOL.
Advantages of a Dual Qualification: CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL
- Flexibility and open options: Both are recognised in Australia but a dual qualification can give flexibility to work in the vocational training sector at home or to work in the Language School sector overseas.
- Funding: Where a grant is available, some government bodies will only fund participants doing Australian recognised courses, such as Cert IV in TESOL.
Blended CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL Course Structure
Step 1 - Face to Face
Do the CELTA course together with the many units of the Cert IV in TESOL that are exactly the same. You are simultaneously assessed against two different sets of criteria.
Step 2 - Online
Complete the remaining learning activities and written assessment for Cert IV TESOL tasks online.
Dual Qualification Workload
The duration of the Cert IV in TESOL is 20 hours more than the CELTA. The additional 20 hours are completed online after completing the CELTA course.
Time limit to completing the online component: Normally we expect this to be completed within 2 weeks of the end of the full time course and within 4 weeks of the end of the part time course.