CELTA Mixed Mode
The Mixed Mode CELTA course can take place in a variety of forms depending on the provider but all include some online remote learning with face-to-face sessions at the training location.
Taking the Mixed Mode CELTA
In some cases, the CELTA mixed takes place at a training location for a period of weeks, followed by a period of learning online. It can be online interspersed with sessions at the centre. Online study can take the form of self-paced learning mixed with live online sessions with tutors and training classes. Your teaching practice can happen online remotely or at the training location. Essentially, while part of this course is online, you need to be based within travel distance of the location to be able to complete a mixed CELTA course.
What’s the difference between a fully Online CELTA course and a Mixed Mode CELTA course?
These are two different formats for taking the CELTA. The fully Online CELTA means that everything – from the teaching methodology to the teaching practice – will be done online on a video-sharing platform of the school’s choice. It will all be taught by a qualified CELTA Tutor.
A Mixed Mode CELTA course can be part-time or full-time and consists of a mixture of online and face-to-face learning. The face-to-face element will be physically at the centre (location) of your choice. Generally, the teaching practice will be the face-to-face component, although the teaching practice is often split between face-to-face an online (e.g. 50% online, 50% full-time). You will always have access to a tutor if you have any questions. Depending on the location and course you choose, the face-to-face element could be a two-week block or it could be spread over the course (e.g. every Saturday).
Will the mixed course be the same as a fully face-to-face or 100% online CELTA course?
You will still complete the same modules and input as you would on a ‘one mode’ course such as the face-to-face or the 100% online CELTA course.
Benefit from additional online technical training with your CELTA.
The mixed CELTA will give you the experience teaching students in both modes. The assessment criteria are exactly the same: 6 hours of assessed teaching practice with English language students, taught online and face-to-face.
Methodology input will be delivered via a fit-for-purpose virtual learning environment combined with sessions online via a tool such as Zoom, as well as face-to-face.
What equipment do I need for the CELTA Mixed?
A laptop or PC is essential as some features of the VLE and Zoom are restricted on smartphones and tablets. A headset with a microphone is needed for teaching practice. You will need a stable internet connection with a strong signal.
What level of digital literacy do I need?
You don’t need to be an expert in IT, though some familiarity with using computers will certainly be an advantage. Things like being able to move around tabs in a browser, opening and using a word document, and a working knowledge of Powerpoint for presentations online.
Before teaching online, the tutors will provide full training in using Zoom as a teaching tool. You will be expected to do some troubleshooting yourselves at times. Don’t forget the internet is full of “how-to” videos 🙂
What training will happen on location?
You will need to be local to the training centre for part of the course since the course requires you to be in college during this time. The first week of the course is about preparing you for teaching. It involves input sessions on methodology and a chance to get to know and work with fellow trainees. You will also observe your tutor teaching, and you will get the chance to meet and try some unassessed teaching practice with your students before you deliver assessed teaching practice.