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Take the CELTA 100% Online via Vancouver (West Pender St)

For the first time, Cambridge Assessment (a part of the University of Cambridge) is allowing trainees to take the CELTA completely online. This is a new measure put in place to protect trainees, teachers and schools from the ongoing pandemic that is happening worldwide. This will only be a temporary measure while the disruptions are ongoing to ensure candidate can take the CELTA from the safety of their own home.

The CELTA centre in Vancouver (West Pender Street) are now taking their CELTA online. Applications are now open!

How will the CELTA work online with the Vancouver (West Pender Street) Centre?

All of the elements of the CELTA will move completely online. That includes the teaching practice, the Guided Lesson Planning (GLP) and feedback sessions, which will be completed through Zoom.
The CELTA intensive courses with the Vancouver (West Pender St) centre will be taken over a six week period. Lessons will be split up over the 6 weeks with actual teaching time in the mornings each day.
The input will be completed through work on the Cambridge Moodle platform for the online CELTA. Required sections will be set for each week. Candidates can work on these items within the week on their own schedule within that week.

An example CELTA Online timetable with Vancouver (West Pender Street):

Will it say that I took the CELTA “online” on my CELTA certificate?

No, it will look exactly the certificate you would obtain if you go the CELTA face-to-face. It will not disclose the format of how you took the CELTA.

What are the benefits to taking the CELTA 100% Online?

First and foremost, you will achieve a world-recognised TEFL certificate that is desirable amongst reputable language schools, which makes you more employable.

Other benefits with the online CELTA include:

  • No visa headaches
  • No added cost on travel or accommodation
  • Opportunity to observe a qualified English language teacher
  • Real teaching practice
  • Learn more about the online teaching environment
  • An accessible course that can be taken in the safety of your own home!

What kind of jobs will I acquire by taking a CELTA?

As we mentioned earlier, the CELTA is a desired teaching certificate because it shows that you have experienced hands-on English teaching practice and also understand the core methodologies of teaching a successful English language classroom.

This certificate will open the doors to more reputable schools and colleges, enable you to freelance, teach online, teach young learners and volunteer teaching English to immigrants.

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CELTA Course Vancouver Introduction

The CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. Because it is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition. Over 10,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.

CELTA is "the" TEFL qualification because of the following:

  • It is the most frequently sought after qualification for TEFL jobs worldwide
  • Moderated by the University of Cambridge every time a course runs, not just on an occasional basis
  • Tutors are highly qualified, experienced trainers in well-established teacher education centres
  • It gives you hands-on teaching practice and effective tools for teaching

There are five main units of learning:

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism

What is a TEFL? - CELTA Vancouver

‘TEFL’ or ‘TESOL’ are terms often used to describe qualifications for English Language teachers. CELTA, the most widely taken initial TESOL/TEFL qualification of its kind in the world, was previously known as CTEFLA and the ‘RSA certificate’.

There is no such thing as "the TESL certificate" just as there is no such thing as "the B.A.". There are several kinds of TESL/TEFL/TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificates offered by many institutions. CELTA is one of those certificates. CELTA is an ELT (English Language Teaching) certificate, which encompasses TESL and TEFL. It is the most widely recognised and respected international pre-service certificate offered in Canada and in the world.

Who is CELTA for?

Can I do the course if English is not my first language?

Yes, your English needs to be of a near-native level. This means that you need to have a command of English that allows you to complete all written assignments and teaching practice requirements to the University of Cambridge standards.

Do I need teaching experience to take the CELTA?

No. Prior teaching experience is not a necessary prerequisite to being accepted onto a CELTA course.

What does CELTA involve?

The one month intensive CELTA course provides an initial training for those new to the profession and also for those teachers with experience but with little formal training.  The course is designed to enable candidates to:

  • Develop an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in 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 referencing.
  • Identify opportunities for their own future development in the field.

Do I need a computer? - CELTA Vancouver

Many people prefer using a computer to handwriting assignments and lesson plans. You will do a lot of writing on the course so if you want to use a computer and you have your own laptop, then by all means bring it with you and use our wireless network. We currently have five computers, which are connected to a printer in the CELTA resource room. These facilities are available for all candidates to use during course hours. We use Microsoft software and all computers provide Internet access.

How is the CELTA Course Assessed?

To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades — Pass, Pass ‘B’ and Pass ‘A’.

The assessment of CELTA is continuous and integrated. There is no final exam.

The candidates are assessed primarily in the areas of:

  • Teaching practice (each assessed lesson is given a grade)
  • Written assignments

The CELTA course also takes into consideration various aspects of professionalism and professional development.

These include:

  • Responsible and professional attitude to learning
  • Responsible and professional attitude to planning and teaching of your lessons
  • Punctuality and organisation
  • Willingness to respond to feedback and adjust your own teaching appropriately
  • Overall progress and professionalism in the field

CELTA Certificate Vancouver

The CELTA certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.

These include:

  • Attendance of 100% of the course
  • Completion of all teaching practice and observations of experienced teachers
  • Completion of all four assignments (three or more assessed as ‘Pass’)
  • The grades of the certificate are Pass, Pass B (above standard teaching) or Pass A (exceptional language awareness, teaching and professionalism).
  • Candidates who successfully complete the course, receive both the Cambridge CELTA certificate and a report/letter from the trainers at the center in Canada. The letter describes the candidate’s performance in some detail and serves as a useful reference for employment

I've heard that CELTA is really hard. Why is this?

CELTA is not hard in the sense that the material is difficult to understand. The course is often considered difficult because it is very intensive and there are many deadlines to meet in the space of a month (or 16 weeks in its extensive form).

When taken intensively, it is a full-time commitment for 4 weeks. Evenings and weekends are devoted to completing assignments and preparing lessons for teaching practice.

Time management skills are very important to success on this course. Furthermore, assessment is continuous. Each day there is a 2-hour teaching practice with real students drawn from the community. During that time, you have to put into practice what you have learned.

The teaching practice is assessed by one of the course tutors and you are given written and oral feedback from your tutors and peers.

Who recognises CELTA?

CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organizations which employ English Language teachers.

Cambridge English Language Assessment also works with international ELT organizations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.

Employment as an English Teacher after the Course

Demand may fluctuate regionally but globally there has been sustained high demand for English language teachers — and the CELTA is the very best choice to enhance your employability.

We often receive job ads from employers, specifically seeking our CELTA graduates. Likewise, we put you in contact with the head of recruiting of our head office, so that you can pursue jobs. However, we not guarantee employment as it is your responsibility to pursue those job opportunities you are interested in.


Find a TEFL Job Post CELTA

As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up for free to our TEFL jobs website 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.

The Training Centre will provide CELTA trainees Job Search Topics, such as:

  • resume and cover letter assistance
  • interview preparation
  • job contacts: addresses of major recruiters of ELT teachers worldwide.

Can I work in Canada and other countries with CELTA?

Yes. CELTA is one of the most highly regarded qualifications for working in a private language school in Canada.  CELTA is the most requested pre-service teaching qualification by both public and private employers overseas. When checking websites advertising English teaching jobs, you will often see CELTA listed as the preferred qualification.

Visa to Enter Canada

Overseas students are responsible for having the right visa to enter Canada. Usually, if you require a visa for entering Canada for the time the CELTA runs for, and since CELTA is such a short course (4 weeks) then you will probably need a visitor / tourist type of visa, contact the Canadian Embassy in your home country to enquire about the requirements to get a visitor or tourist visa.

CELTA Course Entry Criteria

To be accepted for the CELTA course in Vancouver, applicants ideally should:

  • Have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels. If you are not a native speaker you should have an international certification about your command of the language at C1 level (CAE, IELTS band 7 or equivalent)
  • Centres may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Some centres may, at their discretion, accept applicants aged between 18 and 20.

Can I do the course if English is not my first language?

Yes, your English needs to be of a near-native level. This means that you need to have a command of English that allows you to complete all written assignments and teaching practice requirements to the University of Cambridge standards.

Do I need teaching experience to take the CELTA?

No. Prior teaching experience is not a necessary prerequisite to being accepted onto a CELTA course.

Do you have to know a lot about grammar?

Knowing grammar is definitely beneficial for being an English teacher, but it is not necessary to know everything about grammar to take the CELTA. Key concepts like subject, verb, and verb tense are good to know.

  • Pre course material will be sent ot you on being accepted to start orientating you toward what you need to know
  • You will go over some key grammatical concepts during the course and also be exposed to resources for future teaching.

How to Apply for the CELTA in Vancouver, Canada

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 Skype.

Please note: Your place is not confirmed on a course until you have been accepted and have paid a non-refundable deposit.

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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.

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How to Pay

Having been offered a place on the course the school will inform you of payment options. A registration fee is required immediately to secure a place with the remainder due either a week before or on the starting date. Payments (deposit & balance) can be made to the Center via:

  • Paypal or cheque or in person at the college.

Conditions of Enrolment

Cancellation / Refund:

  • In the event the course is canceled, all money paid  will be refunded or deferred to a future course.
  • For cancellations prior to 30 days before the first day of class, consult with the training center about their policy.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.

Selection Criteria, Assessment and Grades

  • The CELTA is a Pass/Fail course, and if the candidate receives a 'Fail' grade or withdraws, the result cannot be changed, and that the course fee will not be refunded.
  • The CELTA Centre in requires 100% class attendance, in addition to work outside of scheduled contact hours.  As a result, absences, tardiness, incomplete or late assignments may compromise grades on the course.
  • Information disclosed in the application must be complete and accurate, including any circumstances that may affect performance on the course.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.

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