CELTA Courses Catania
CELTA Course Dates & Fees Catania
Although the course is open to Non-native speakers of English, one of the requisites for admission onto the course is having an advanced level of proficiency in the language equivalent to C1 in the CEFR (Grade A or B in the Cambridge Advance, IELTS Band 7.5 overall or TOEFL 102 or above).
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 for Full Time and Online
The CELTA (University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is the most widely recognised qualification within the English language teaching (ELT) profession.
Awarded by the University of Cambridge ESOL , the CELTA can open up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities around the world. Most language schools worldwide require their teachers to have such a certificate, as it guarantees that a basic level of teaching competence has been achieved by the teacher.
CELTA course key points
- The CELTA is designed for teachers who are starting a career in education, looking for a career change, or looking to develop their repertoire.
- CELTA is not only for native speakers of English; it is also a great opportunity for non-native teachers of English, as it offers rewards in terms of both personal professional development and enhanced job prospects. However, the required command of English is that of Proficiency (CPE) or C1 within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), i.e. close to native speaker's competence.
- The CELTA Online is designed for students who want the flexibility of doing part of the course at a distance. However you weill be required to be present twice a week in weeks 6-9.
- CELTA Part Time takes place two days a week over a ten week period.
CELTA course aims to:
- provide you with a sound basis in language teaching practice and give you confidence in the classroom;
- give you the training you need to help you meet the challenge of your new profession, wherever you are in the world;
- provide you with a sound base of modern English teaching that will complement your classroom practice;
- help you learn techniques to improve your interaction with speakers of other languages.
- Once you have gained your qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to teach English at any level to a wide variety of students in almost any country in the world where English is a requirement for work, leisure and life.
Candidates who complete the course successfully can begin working in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world.
CELTA Course Entry Criteria
To be accepted for the CELTA course in Catania, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:
- A minimum age of 20* at the start of the CELTA course
- A good standard of education* (e.g. having gained university entrance qualifications, completed High School)
- Awareness and high level of competence in written and spoken English in order to be able to follow the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels
- For non-native speakers, the required command of English is that of Proficiency (CPE) or C1 within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), i.e. close to native speaker's competence.
- No previous teaching experience required
*Applicants who are not at least 20 years old or who have not gained university entrance qualifications may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.
CELTA Course Structure & Content - Catania
The CELTA course is an introduction to the teaching of English as a foreign language and aims to lay a firm foundation on which a teacher can build as s/he gains experience. During the course, the following aspects are covered:
- Introduction to the underlying principles of teaching language;Ways of presenting new language items;
- Techniques for further practice with emphasis on speaking;
- Use of visual aids, drama techniques and video;
- The listening skill, including use of taped material;
- The reading skill, including use of authentic material and readers;
- The writing skill;
- Using, Adapting, Creating and exploiting materials and course books;
- Alternative approaches to language teaching;
- Analysis of language from a foreign learner's point of view;
- Correction techniques;
- Teaching pronunciation;
The syllabus consists of five units of learning that deal with specific topic areas in the teaching of ESOL:
- Unit 1: Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- Unit 2: Language analysis and awareness
- Unit 3: Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Unit 4: Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
- Unit 5: Developing teaching skills and professionalism
Units 1, 4 and 5 focus on the preparation and delivery of ESOL teaching programmes. Units 2 and 3 focus on the content of ESOL teaching programmes as well as the pedagogic knowledge required for teaching language and language skills.
The course is divided into two closely related parts: Teaching Practice and Written Assignments.
Methodology and language analysis input sessions are followed by daily teaching practice where groups of up to six trainees work with small classes of students and gain experience of teaching at different levels.
After each teaching practice session there is group and individual feedback about the lessons taught. The observation of experienced teachers is an intrinsic part of the course and its assessment and requires trainees to be in the centre during the evening outside course hours for full-time courses and between 4pm and 9pm for part-time courses.
The course is designed internally by the centre, but in line with the CELTA Syllabus and Cambridge ESOL regulations.
CELTA Full Time & Online Timetables
CELTA Full-time Courses: 4 weeks
|Input 1||9h00 - 10h15|
|Input 2||10h30 - 12h00|
|Lesson Planning||12h00 - 13h00|
|Lunch||13h00 - 14h00|
|Assessed TP (Teaching Practice)||14h00 - 16h00|
|TP Feedback||16h15 - 17h15|
From 17.15 onwards trainees are involved in continued lesson planning alone or with colleagues, writing assignments or observing classes, live or on video. Trainees will be informed about class observations in advance.
The CELTA Online only differs from the face to face traditional course in that:
- Input (methodology and theory sessions) is all carried out through online tasks via a University of Cambridge platform called Fronter.
- This is done as any other online course would, but with special attention paid to socialization, collaboration and interaction tasks which allow you to make the most of the input in your own time.
- An online course tutor will follow and track your progress throughout.
- Tutorials & assignments are all carried out and handed in online.
Teaching Practice and Observation is still face to face:
- Teaching Practice takes place twice a week i.e. Mon – Thu in weeks 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the eleven-week period.
- Please note that you cannot teach the required 6 hours of teaching practice over one or 2 days as there are more candidates on the course and so TP is planned so that you teach 9 slots as follows: 1x20min, 7x40min and 1x60min over the four weeks.
- Observation:Three of these hours are done via online videos, three are done live here at the centre in weeks 6 and 8.
CELTA Course Assessment – Catania
CELTA is awarded at the Training Center in Catania to candidates who have completed the course and who have met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments.
The overall assessment aims for each unit are that candidates should be able to:
- Assess learner needs, and plan and teach lessons which take account of learners’ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
- Demonstrate language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
- Demonstrate knowledge about language skills and how they may be acquired
- Plan and prepare lessons designed to develop their learners’ overall language competence
- Demonstrate an appropriate range of teaching skills at this level and show professional awareness and responsibility
There are two components:
Component 1: Planning and teaching
In this component, candidates are required to practice teach for a total of six assessed hours, working with adult learners at a minimum of two levels in classes of the required size. By the end of the six hours of assessed teaching practice, candidates should have demonstrated successful achievement of all the teaching practice assessment criteria.
Component 2: Classroom-related written assignments (of which there are four assignments in total).
This component consists of four written assignments:
- Adult learners and learning contexts
- Aspect of the language system of English
- Aspect of language skills
- Reflection on classroom teaching and the identification of action points
The assignments are internally assessed and externally moderated.
To meet the assessment requirements, candidates are required to attend a course and to:
- Practice teach classes of the relevant age group and size for a total of six hours
- Observe experienced teachers teaching classes of adult learners for a total of six hours, two of which may be on video
- Maintain and submit a portfolio of all course work including all written assignments and materials related to teaching practice.
Mode of assessment
Assessment is continuous and integrated:
- Assessment takes place throughout the course.
- Component 1 and 2 contribute to the overall grade.
CELTA Certificate grades
The Certificate will be awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in both assessment components. Candidates are ineligible for the award in cases where dishonesty or plagiarism is brought to the attention of Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards.
CELTA is internally assessed and externally moderated by a Cambridge ESOL approved assessor who samples portfolios and teaching practice and who discusses and agrees the grades for all candidates.
This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and in the written assignments meets the specified criteria.
They will continue to need guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.
Pass (Grade B)
This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to: Demonstration of the criteria for teaching skills and professionalism.
They will continue to need some guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.
A Pass (Grade A)
This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of ability and achievement and a level of awareness significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to:
- Planning for effective teaching
- Teaching skills and professionalism
They will benefit from further guidance in post but will be able to work independently.
Candidates who fail to meet criteria in any or all assessed components will receive a Fail.
How to Apply for the CELTA in Catania, Italy
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.
How to Pay
- Payments (deposit & balance) can be made directly to the School via Bank Transfer.
- Please note that you will be responsible for any bank charges, even if you have already paid bank charges in your own country. So please, when paying make sure that the payment to the School is "free of charges" since the School has to receive the whole net amount in EUROS.
Conditions of Enrolment
- Candidates who are accepted 8 weeks or more prior to the start of the course should ensure that all course fees and accommodation fees are transferred within fifteen working days, to secure their place.
- Candidates accepted within 8 weeks of the starting date should transfer fees within ten working days.
- Candidates accepted within 4 weeks of the course should transfer funds within 48 hours to avoid the place being re-allocated.
- If applicants fail to pay their fees in full by the indicated deadline, their place will be offered to another qualifying applicant.
Cancellation / Refund:
- We reserve the right to cancel or alter a course or to change course timings. If we do so, we will offer an alternative course or a refund.
- Deposits cannot be transferred to another course, date or candidate.
- Please note that in the event of a candidate withdrawing from the course once it has started, the Training Centre cannot refund fees or offer a place on a subsequent course without the payment of further fees.
- An administration fee of €20 will apply for students wishing to change their course.
Cancellation Charges and Refund Policy
- In the case of cancellation six weeks or more before the course starting date, 20% of the total fee will be retained. With less than six weeks' notice, 50% of our total fee will be retained. If cancellation occurs in the final ten days before the starting date the total fee will be retained.
- However, in certain exceptional circumstances we will consider transferring the fees to another course.
- No transfer is made if notice is insufficient to allow for the finding of a substitute candidate. In the event of a course being cancelled all fees will be refunded.
- Once the course has started, there is no possible refund. For this reason, you might consider taking out an insurance policy in order to be covered in case anything happen and you needed to leave the course.
- In the event of 'force majeure' such as fire, flooding, infectious diseases and other events outside the school’s reasonable control which may cause the closure of the school, no refund of fees will be made to students, except at the school's discretion in exceptional circumstances