CELTA Courses West Manama, Bahrain
Practical English Usage
Michael Swan - Read an Interview with the Author
As I was preparing to take the TEFL course to teach abroad and inquiring about the different books that the school was suggesting, I was told simply by my son who is also a teacher and the statement was confirmed by both my instructors, "just buy Swan, it's the bible and it's all you need". Practical English Usage is just that. For whatever reason Michael Swan decided to write this book, we are forever grateful. - Margaret M. Frye 5/5
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Jim Scrivener - Read an Interview with the Author
"Learning Teaching" has been one of the most successful guides to English since it was first published in 1994. Its no-nonsense approach has made it a superb teaching textbook for initial training courses, and also an essential handbook for practising ELT teachers. The third edition has been extensively revised and restructured to take recent developments in ELT into account and now includes a DVD featuring a full lesson being taught as well as demonstrations of practical teaching techniques.
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A Concise Grammar for English Teachers
Tony Penston - Read an Interview with the Author
I used Tony Penston's book when I was learning how to teach English as a Foreign Language. I found it really useful then and I still carry it with me for all teaching assignments - and I regularly refer to it for some grammatical point or other. It's easy to find what you want and nice and concise! It gets straight to the point. Apparently he's even got a sense of humour too, rarely seen in a grammarian, and a relief to this user. This really good book is useful for all teaching levels. Great value too. I do not hesitate to recommend it to all English language teachers. - John Osman 5/5
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Are there any additional costs?
With the CELTA in West Manama, Bahrain, there are no obligatory additional costs, though it is strongly recommended that you buy the books listed to help you with your course. We recommend you buy them once you are accepted upon the course. You can purchase these books through the StudyCELTA website or you can use copies from the resource room in the training centre. These books are also extremely useful for post-course teaching and study.
Why take the Cambridge CELTA course?
- CELTA is internationally recognised as the best TEFL or TESOL certificate.
- The CELTA certificate is the essential qualification for finding work and entering the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).
- CELTA is the most asked for certificate whilst looking for work within the field worldwide. The course is designed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations in the United Kingdom and is closely monitored by them for quality and standards.
- When you complete and pass the course, you receive an official certificate from the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations as well as a report from the training centre you studied at showing you areas of strength and weakness upon the course.
- The course is practical and also theoretical with comprehensive supervised teacher training practice with real students which is followed by written and vocal feedback.
- Obtaining the CELTA will demonstrate to potential employers that you are a highly qualified and experienced English language teacher, certified by the University of Cambridge.
Introduction to the Cambridge CELTA Course
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, also known as the CELTA, is a TEFL course with subsequent certificate provided by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Unlike other generic or unknown TEFL courses, the CELTA if widely recognised and highly regarded worldwide.
The CELTA courses is highly recommendable to any person who wishes to start their career teaching English as a foreign language in any part of the world. You do not need to be a native speaker to do this course, although a native level of English is required.
Recognition and Regard
For a CELTA course to be run it has to meet strict guidelines and a rigorous approval process. Additionally, each course is inspected by a representative of Cambridge University ESOL Examinations to ensure quality. For these reasons couple with the high quality content of the course, it is highly regarded on a global level.
CELTA is recognised by:
- TESL / TESL / TEFOL / TESOL / ELT (English language teaching) employers around the world
- English Language Colleges in Australia
- Many ministries of education
- Government bodies such as the British Council
- TESOL, IATEFL, EA and other major professional organisation.
It is also well regarded by organisation such as JET, and Volunteers Abroad.
CELTA Entry Requirements, West Manama
To apply for a Cambridge CELTA course you do not need previous teaching experience or a teaching certificate. However, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be 18 years of age or more at the start of the course
- Have qualification sufficient to apply for University such as a high school diploma, A-levels, BTEC or similar (you do not need a University Degree to apply for a CELTA).
- Have a good level of awareness and proficiency in the English language (Non-native English speakers can also apply but they must have a high proficiency of spoken and written in English, equivalent to that of a native speaker.)
- Be ready to cope with the intensity of the course.
If you would like to apply for a CELTA course, after completing the initial application on our site, you will need to complete a pre-interview task, then, you may be invited for an interview which can be conducted either face-to-face, via telephone or via WebEx. After the interview you will be told whether you are accepted or not onto the course. The interview allows the centre to determine the candidate's potential to pass the CELTA course and also allows you to get a clearer idea of what the course consists of.
CELTA Course Assessment, West Manama, Bahrain
How are you assessed?
The assessment on the CELTA course is continuous, there is no exam. Your assessment is based on your teaching practice and assignments. Your progress is communicated to you through feedback and grading of singular lessons, tutorials (at least one per course) and also from the feedback for your written work. At the end of the course the tutors will agree on a final grade (Pass A, Pass B, Pass or Fail) with the consultation of the external assessor who will visit for one day to moderate the grading of the course and make sure everything meets the Cambridge regulations.
CELTA Course Content
The Cambridge CELTA is a four week course with a mostly practical approach. You are provided with a solid grounding in teaching skills and techniques. The emphasis is placed on developing awareness and sensitivity to students needs and also on your general language awareness.
You will spend around 80 non-contact hours on the course in addition to the 120 contact hours required to complete the CELTA course. This non-contact time is mostly spent on lesson planning, writing assignments throughout the course but it also includes you pre-course preparation time.
Courses are typically run with 12 trainees divided in two Teaching Practice (or TP) groups, these groups have a maximum of 6 trainees per tutor.
Breakdown of the CELTA course content
There are four elements in total:
1. Input Sessions
- Lesson planning
- Classroom Management
- Methodology and lesson frameworks
- Language analysis from the perspective of a foreign learner
- Sessions are conducted using the learner-centred methodology approach that is highly encouraged in teaching practice, and in these sessions tutors model teaching techniques and concepts.
2. Teaching Practice
You and your fellow trainees will do 6 hours of teaching practice (around nine or ten lessons) over the four weeks. This teaching practice is supervised and assessed. This is a key part of the course. Trainees break up into smaller groups and teach foreign volunteer students. Trainees receive guidance from the tutors in planning their lessons, and after the lessons there is a group feedback sessions, with oral feedback from other trainees and the tutor. The tutor also gives detailed written feedback on the lesson.
3. Teaching Observation
Trainees observe a minimum of 6 hours of lessons being taught by other experience, CELTA qualified teachers. Up to two of these may be guided video observation. This is a great opportunity to observe a range of teaching styles and techniques as well as a range of teaching contexts.
4. Written Assignments
Based on input and teaching sessions, these are a very practical assimilation tool, which reinforce skills and knowledge development.
CELTA Employment Prospects
The outlook for CELTA graduates is very optimistic in the global ESL employment market. There is a constant growing demand for ELT (English Language Teaching) all over the world and each year it is becoming more and more necessary to have a formal qualification, mostly the CELTA, in order to get employment. Most schools require CELTA as a minimum qualification and most also offer a higher salary for Cambridge CELTA qualified teachers.
During the course you will receive employment advice and also information on other possibilities beyond the CELTA. In the final week of your course, the tutors will give you the benefit of their particular experiences within the employment market. Furthermore, the University of Cambridge work very hard to maintain the status of the CELTA as the number one ELT industry standard internationally.
One of the many benefits of a CELTA qualified teacher is the possibility to work, potentially, anywhere in the world, although visa requirements do vary country to country. To speak generally, the most desirable of location are harder to find work in, due to high competition. A good place to start out is in an emerging country where the ELT industry is experiencing a boom.
Find a TEFL Job Post CELTA
As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up for free to our TEFL jobs website www.teflwork.com. TEFLwork is a platform only for qualified English teachers and will allow you to find work both at home and abroad with your newly gained CELTA certificate.
How to Apply for the CELTA in West Manama, Bahrain
If you believe you meet the requirements to do the CELTA course, fill in our online application. After completing your application and any necessary pre-interview tasks you will be invited to an interview which can be conducted in person, by telephone or via WebEx.
Please note: Your place is not confirmed on a course until you have been accepted and have paid a non-refundable deposit.
Unsure if you are Eligible to Apply for CELTA?
If you are unsure if you meet the requirements to apply for a CELTA course then you can take our CELTA Eligibility Test.