CELTA Courses Budapest
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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CELTA Course Introduction
Who is the course for?
- People who wish to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) either overseas or in the UK
- People who have little or no experience of English Language Teaching (ELT)
- People who have some experience of English Language Teaching or teaching in other fields but noformal qualification in ELT
- Although it was originally designed for native speakers of English, it is also open to non-native speakers who are highly competent in both spoken and written English.
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the most highly regarded and widely recognised initial qualification for international English language teachers. The full-time CELTA is an intensive four-week course which focuses on the basic techniques of effective English language teaching and their practical application in the classroom, giving you hands-on teaching experience.
CELTA courses are run at Cambridge University approved centres worldwide all year round. Certificates are awarded by UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate). UCLES approves all aspects of the course including the course programme, the trainers, and facilities. CELTA is an internationally recognised qualification and has British Council approval. It is the foundation qualification for employment in most recognised language schools. Course tutors are experienced English language teachers who have taught in a wide range of professional situations and are accredited CELTA trainers. All courses are externally moderated by UCLES, ensuring that rigorous standards are maintained.
You can find more information about the CELTA course here.
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 University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition. Over 10,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.
Cambridge English Language Assessment also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.
CELTA is "the" TEFL qualification because:
- It is the most frequently sought after qualification for TEFL jobs worldwide.
- it is 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 is recognised as a Level 5 Qualification by the British Curriculum Authority, so it follows an authorised syllabus
- It gives you hands-on teaching practice and effective tools for teaching.
Many people believe that to teach English you must be born in an English speaking country. However, increasing numbers of English teachers are not native speakers, but instead have mastered the language and have chosen to pursue an exciting career of teaching the English language both in their native countries and all over the world.
In order to become a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, you must reach a certain level of aptitude, you must be trained on how to teach and you must have the necessary recognised qualifications. 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.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply for a CELTA course, why not take our simple eligibility test here?
The course is designed to enable candidates to develop and identify:
- Language awareness
- The learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
- Planning for effective teaching of adult learners
- Classroom management and teaching skills
- Resources and materials
- Professional development
A Typical Day on the Full Time CELTA Course
- 9:00-11:30: Teaching Practice. Your group of 5 or 6 teacher trainees teach a class of students learning English. Your tutor and other trainees watch the lesson.
- 11:45-13:15: Feedback and ALP (Assisted Lesson Preparation). You have the chance to discuss your lesson with fellow trainees and the tutor and some good ideas for moving forward in your teaching. Then, in ALP, you discuss the lessons for the next day with your tutor and peers.
- 14:15-17:00: Seminars and workshops. The trainers give practical input sessions to get you thinking and give you lots of practical teaching ideas in all the key areas. Interactive, challenging and really enjoyable.
On some days you also do observation of experienced teachers in their classes. You sit at the back and see a real class in operation. You’ll notice the skills and techniques used and spot what you can borrow for your own lessons.
How does CELTA relate to TEFL/TESOL?
‘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.
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’.
There is no final examination but you are assessed by your tutors throughout the course. You are required to maintain and submit a portfolio of course work including materials related to teaching practice and four written assignments.
You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability (e.g. pre-intermediate/upper intermediate). Assessment is based on your overall abilities in the classroom during the 6 hours of teaching practice.
Employment as an English Teacher after the Course
As in so many locations all over the world now, English is becoming an essential part of so many jobs and businesses and a necessity in many people´s everyday lives. For this reason the market for English teachers is on the rise. And with the CELTA qualification being the most popular ESL qualification among Language Schools, finding work in Hungary may not be as difficult as you may imagine.
To add to this, the Budapest Teacher Training Centre has a great knowledge of the local teaching community, an impressive number of contacts, and brilliant advice on how to look for work post-CELTA. Each CELTA course includes content on how to look for work in Hungary and all over the world in general. So whether it´s private one-on-one teaching you are looking for after completing your course, or trying to find work in schools and centres, the possibilities are endless.
Can I work in Hungary and other countries with CELTA?
CELTA is the most requested pre-service teaching qualification by both public and private employers. When checking websites advertising English teaching jobs, you will often see CELTA listed as the preferred qualification. If no certification is required, and there are scant details about the contract, you have to ask yourself if the provider is a reputable employer and language school.
After you have completed your CELTA, you can sign up to our free jobs service TEFLwork.
How to Apply for the CELTA in Budapest, Hungary
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.
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.