CELTA Courses Lisbon
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
The course we offer in Lisbon is the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). The reference to Cambridge is due to the fact that it is assessed by University of Cambridge ESOL. CELTA is one of the leading qualifications in the English Language Teaching industry, and the vast majority of those seeking a "TEFL course" end up taking a Cambridge CELTA course.
The CELTA course is designed for native and non-native speakers of English with high level of English proficiency, who have little or no experience of teaching.
It is the most widely-recognised initial qualification in teaching English as a foreign / second language and is the minimum qualification required to work at a British Council accredited school in the U.K. and in most established language schools in Portugal and all around the world.
CELTA Course Duration and Structure
A) CELTA Full time course (4 weeks):
The syllabus and assessment criteria are laid down by Cambridge:
- You are required to complete 6 hours of teaching practice, teaching English to foreign students at different levels. These hours will be observed by qualified and experienced teachers that will be assessing you and giving you their feedback.
- Trainees will also spend time doing guided lesson planning and teaching observation.
- You will also need to spend a significant amount of additional time on lesson preparation, written assignments, and course consolidation (outside class hours, and up to 4-5 hours per day).
- There may also be extra written assignments to be completed during the course.
Altogether the course will involve 120 hours of face-to-face time (spent at the Centre) plus many hours of study time and homework outside the classroom.
Assessment is continuous and based on the trainee’s teaching practice, written assignments, and overall professional development.
B) CELTA Part-time course (Blended): Online + Face to face course
The CELTA Online course is a blended course which was first piloted by Cambridge ESOL in 2011. The Training Center in Lisbon started its first CELTA Online course in December 2011.
As the course is a blended course, input is taken online and candidates visit the Centre once a week for their teaching practice component. This involves a minimum of 21 visits to the Training Center so this course is best suited for those people who are resident in the greater Lisbon area.
It is particularly suitable for those who have limited time, who enjoy working at a lower pace but who also enjoy working online and doing distance study.
The final qualification is the same as a face-to-face course.
CELTA Course Entry Criteria in Lisbon
No previous teaching experience or training is required, but candidates must have:
- Minimum age: 20 years old at the start of the course
- A very high level of both oral and written competence in English, being able to use the language in a way which is clear, coherent, and free of mistakes in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
- Have a bachelor’s degree, or at least qualifications which would enable him/her to enter University. For example, A-Levels or High School Certificate.
- Demonstrate an awareness of language
Note: There is an application process that helps to establish if the candidate is suitable or not for CELTA.
CELTA Course Content & Syllabus
The following syllabus is a reflection of the pre-service entry point of prospective candidates and outlines both the subject knowledge and the pedagogic knowledge and skills required for beginner ESOL teachers.
- basic concepts and terminology used in ELT for describing form and meaning in language and language use
- basic concepts and terminology used for describing language skills and sub-skills
- language description and syllabus design for the teaching of general English
- the practical significance of similarities and differences between languages • reference materials for language awareness
The Learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
- the adult learner’s educational background and traditions
- the context for learning and teaching English at adult level
- different motivations for learning English as an adult
- different learning and teaching styles at adult level
Planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
- The principles of planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
- The practical realities of planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
- The selection and evaluation of appropriate materials and resources for specific lessons
- The selection and evaluation of appropriate exercise types and tasks for specific lessons
- The evaluation of lesson preparation
Classroom management and teaching skills for teaching English to adults
- the effective organisation of the classroom
- classroom presence and control
- teacher and learner language
- the use of teaching material and resources
- practical skills for teaching at a range of levels
- the monitoring and evaluation of adult learners
- the evaluation of classroom management and teaching skills
Resources and materials for teaching English to adults
- commercially produced resources and materials for teaching English to adults
- non published resources and materials for teaching English to adults
- the selection and evaluation of resources and materials for use in teaching and testing adult learners of English, and for reference
- the adaptation of resources and materials for specific groups of adult learners of English
Professional development for teachers of English to adults
- self assessment: understanding weaknesses and developing strengths
- working in context: preparing to become a teacher, colleague and employee
- professional development: support systems, publication, and courses for teaching English to adults
CELTA Course Assessment in Lisbon
CELTA is awarded 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 topic 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:
- Planning and teaching
- Classroom-related written assignments (of which there are four in total).
CELTA is internally assessed at the Training Center in Lisbon 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.
CELTA Course Aims
The course enables candidates to:
- Demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in a real teaching context.
- Acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
- Become familiar with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners
- Develop an initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn
- Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
- Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching
Candidates who complete the course successfully will be prepared to work in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world.
How to Apply for the CELTA in Lisbon, Portugal
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, Bank Cheque, Cash, VISA or MASTERCARD. Personal cheques will not be accepted.