CELTA Courses Auckland
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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About the CELTA course in Auckland
The CELTA (Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an initial training course in teaching English as a foreign language designed for those with little or no previous teaching experience. It is also suitable for people who have already taught English but have no formal teaching qualifications and teachers of other subjects who wish to retrain as English language teachers. Although designed for native speakers of English, it is also open to non-native speakers who have native speaker competence in both spoken and written English. 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.
During the CELTA course, trainees will attend workshops dedicated to finding work beyond the course and professional development in TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language).
The Auckland CELTA English Teacher Training Centre also offers:
- Assistance will be given in finding job placements.
- Receive guidance in preparing job applications and CV writing.
- Q&A session on how to get your first teaching job delivered by the Auckland Teacher Training Centre Director of Studies.
- Guest speakers from recruitment companies on job placement advice.
- Trainees receive a Teachers' Survival Kit booklet at the end of the course.
- Trainees are invited to join the Training Centre online community page and stay abreast of job opportunities long after they have left the centre.
CELTA Entry Criteria
- No previous teaching experience or training is required
- Candidates must be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course. (Candidates can be accepted over 18 at the centre's discretion.)
- Candidates should normally have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education, meaning having completed High School at least. However, applicants who do not have formal qualifications may be accepted if the screening tasks suggest that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
- Older candidates who finished studies and schooling some years ago are encouraged to apply as the screening tasks will show their competence and ability to complete the course successfully or not.
- Have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels (for non-native speakers, this could be a CEFR C2, IELTS 7.5 or Cambridge CPE).
- Please note: Fulfilling entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place on the CELTA course. Selection of candidates is based on an application task and a pre-course interview. If applicants have been successful, they will receive an offer of a place in the mail.
The Auckland CELTA English Teacher Training Centre is an Equal Opportunities employer and training centre. We welcome applications from all adults regardless of age, race, gender, physical ability or sexual orientation.
CELTA Course Content in Auckland
The Cambridge CELTA course is an intensive course that runs for four weeks. The normal working day is from 09:00 to 17:30 Monday to Thursday, but this may be extended occasionally, to include observations and tutorials.
The course is very intensive and, in addition to the above, trainees need to keep some evenings and weekends free to plan classes and write assignments.
The core of the course is six hours of teaching practice. In this time, trainee teachers teach a variety of lesson types to adult learners of English at two different levels. The supervised teaching practice is supported with guided lesson planning and personalised feedback on lessons.
There are two seminars or workshops each day, which include demonstration lessons, discussion of teaching principles and techniques, materials evaluation, and language analysis for teaching purposes.
Trainee teachers also observe six hours of experienced teachers and teacher trainers in language classes at the school. In addition, candidates write four assignments on topics involving language teaching and learning.
Cambridge CELTA Recognition
The CELTA certificate offered at the Auckland Centre is internationally recognised, the CELTA candidates in Auckland receive the same internationally recognised Cambridge University CELTA certificate as they would at any other centre in the world. Courses may vary from centre to centre but each CELTA centre, trainer and course is externally assessed by Cambridge University to the same high international standard.
CELTA Course Assessment & Grading
The course assessment is both continuous and integrated. There is no final "exam." The training centre works hard to make the assessment procedure as transparent as possible. Candidates are able to ask their trainer at any point in the course how they are progressing and what they can do to improve.
Candidates are made fully aware of the criteria for assessment throughout the course and are given one-to-one counselling to focus on strengths and to identify areas in need of development.
All teaching practice records and assignments are submitted in a portfolio at the end of the course for final assessment.Trainees are expected to demonstrate competence in the following areas, in both their teaching practice and assignments:
- Language awareness, including aspects of vocabulary, grammar, phonology and a consideration of how language is used to express different meanings.
- Classroom techniques to manage a language class effectively.
- Effective lesson planning for adult learners including timetabling.
- Awareness of teaching and learning styles and the different contexts in which English is taught.
- Evaluation of materials available for teaching.
- Professional development and the ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses in their teaching.
The grades awarded are Pass, Pass "B" and Pass "A" and are based primarily on teaching ability and competence in lesson planning. The written assignments are also taken into account for the final grade. Award of the CELTA requires meeting Cambridge criteria for the ability to teach adult learners of English and, on very rare occasions, candidates can fail the course and not be certified.
Provisional grades are awarded at the end of the course. A certificate, issued by UCLES, is sent out six weeks after the end of the course and includes a personalised report written by the tutors. The report focuses on the teacher’s strengths and areas to develop beyond the course.
At the Auckland Centre they make every effort to be explicit and clear about the grading system. Each lesson is graded with tutor comments explaining the grade and how the grade could be improved for the next lesson. Twice during the course you will have an individual tutorial with your tutor who will explain how you are progressing and support you. If any candidate is at risk of failing they are offered additional tutor time and support.
How to Apply for the CELTA in Auckland, New Zealand
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.