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CELTA Course Dates & Fees Riviera Maya

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Are there any additional costs?

There are no mandatory additional costs, however we strongly recommend that you buy the recommended books. There are some recommended books you are advised to buy as soon as you get accepted on the course. You may purchase these books or use the copies in the CELTA resource room. Most candidates prefer to purchase some of the books so that they have them at their disposal during the course. All the books are very valuable resources that many teachers buy for their personal libraries and continue to use after they complete the CELTA.

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CELTA Course Introduction

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
  • Highly qualified, experienced trainers
  • It is recognised as a Level 5 Qualification by the British Curriculum Authority, so it follows an authorised syllabus
  • It is a course only offered by Authorised and well-established Teacher Education centres
  • It is moderated and assessed by Cambridge ESOL every time a course runs, not just on an occasional basis
  • Teaches you the principles of effective teaching
  • It provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • It gives you hands-on teaching practice.

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.

University of Cambridge CELTA

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. It is the most widely recognised and respected international pre-service certificate offered in Mexico and in the world.

Who is CELTA for?

People who want to work in Further, Adult and Community Education in England. CELTA forms the first stage of the Cambridge Cambridge English Language Assessment DTE(E)LLS and ADTE (E)LLS programmes. The DTE (E)LLS and ADTE (E)LLS qualifications meet the government’s teacher training requirements for people who want to work in this sector.

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?

You can take CELTA full time (typically four to five weeks), or part time (from a few months to over a year). Your chosen course:

You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, moderates each course.

Teaching practice. You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the 6 hours.

Written assignments. You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills; and one on classroom teaching.

Course Features

Input sessions focusing on:

  • Teaching approaches and techniques
  • Language awareness
  • Teaching of various language areas and skills
  • Professional and career development in ESL/EFL
  • Methodology
  • Practical experience teaching real ESL students at different language levels
  • Teaching practice every afternoon in small groups of 4-6 trainees
  • Detailed feedback and discussion sessions with a course tutor
  • Supported/guided lesson planning
  • Four written assignments aimed at broadening the trainees’ awareness and application of teaching principles
  • Observation of qualified teachers and videoed lessons
  • Clear continuous assessment through reports and tutorials

Do I need a computer?

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

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 Centre in Mexico. 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.

CELTA Timetable

The CELTA full-time course is held during the working day from Monday to Friday Total input = 120 hours

The day will typically include:

  • Input sessions
  • Lesson Planning
  • Assessesd Teaching Practice
  • Teaching Practice feedback

Who recognises CELTA?

CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers. The Cambridge CELTA has been accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework.

Cambridge English Language Assessment also works with international ELT organisations 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. Our course includes input sessions dedicated to helping you find the kind of work that you want, which includes providing you with contacts of schools, resources for job search and skills development on the Internet, and interview preparation.

We provide you with the website addresses of major recruiters of ELT teachers worldwide. We encourage you to contact them so the recruiters can then forward lists of current world-wide teaching vacancies. 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.

The Training Center will provide CELTA trainees up to 8 hours of Job Search Topics, such as:

  • resume and cover letter assistance
  • interview preparation
  • job contacts
  • potential recruiter visits

Can I teach in public schools in the US with the CELTA?

The CELTA does not count towards becoming certified to teach in public schools in the US. The CELTA should, however, count towards professional development credit for current public school teachers.

Can I work in Mexico and other countries with CELTA?

Yes. CELTA is one of the most highly regarded qualifications for working in a private language school in Mexico. Many college and university ESL/EFL programmes are run much like private language schools and will hire teachers with a CELTA certificate. 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.

 
CELTA TEFL Jobs

Find a TEFL Job Post CELTA

As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up 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.

CELTA Course Entry Criteria

To be accepted for the CELTA course in Riviera Maya, 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 7.5 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.

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 Riviera Maya, Mexico

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

Payments (deposit & balance) can be made to the centre via:

  • Credit Card
  • Personal Checks
  • Wire Transfers
  • Please note that you will be responsible for any bank charges (This includes international students who have already paid bank charges in their 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 USD.

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 before the first day of class, the training centre in Riviera Maya will refund all tuition fees.
  • 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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