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Take the CELTA 100% Online via Lisbon, Portugal

For the first time, Cambridge is allowing candidates to take the CELTA completely online. This is due to the current pandemic that is effecting most countries worldwide, so with people’s health and safety in mind, the CELTA will be temporarily switching online.

You can now take the CELTA 100% Online via the CELTA centre in Lisbon, Portugal.

How is the CELTA online different to face-to-face?

The CELTA online has the same content and syllabus as the CELTA face-to-face. The main difference is that you will be taking the course through a combination of an online conferencing platforms – such as Zoom – and the Cambridge Moodle learning portal.

Will I be assessed differently by taking the CELTA 100% Online?

Just like with the face-to-face, you will be required to undergo a minimum of six hours assessed teaching practice. This will be done through a video conferencing platform where you will be teaching to a class of English language learners from across the world.

You will receive feedback from a qualified CELTA Tutor. You will also receive feedback from your CELTA peers. This will all be discussed in “feedback sessions”, which will contribute to your overall performance.

You will also need to complete four written assignments by the end of the course. You will be expected to complete these assignment in your spare time, although you will have access to a tutor if you need help.

Will it say online on my CELTA certificate?

No, your certificate will not specify the format you took your CELTA and will have the same validity as a face-to-face CELTA.

What benefits are there to taking the CELTA Online?

    With a CELTA certificate, you will have:
  • An internationally recognised TEFL certificate that is certified by Cambridge Assessment (part of the University of Cambrdige)
  • Constructive feedback from experienced and qualified tutors
  • A certificate that will prepare you for face-to-face lessons
  • An awareness of the tools and the environment to teach online
  • Accessibility: no matter where you are, you are now able to access the course and continue with your teacher training

Will the Online CELTA help me get a job afterwards?

The CELTA is one of the preferred and most recognised TEFL qualifications because it tells employers that you have “Hands on” teaching experience and that you have the core knowledge to teach a successful English language class.

Depending on where you want to teach some schools will want this in addition to a bachelor’s degree (of any subject), however the CELTA generally opens more doors for teachers to work in language schools and colleges, to volunteer to teach English to immigrants and with the CELTA online format, you will understand the basics of teaching in an online environment.

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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.

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Find a TEFL Job Post CELTA

As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up for free to our TEFL jobs website 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 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 centre in Lisbon started its first CELTA online-blended 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 centre 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: 18 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, therefore if you do not have formal educational qualifications at the level indicated above, you can still apply. As long as you can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully, through our pre-interview task and interview, you could still be accepted on the course.

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.

Language Awareness

  • 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:

  1. assess learner needs, and plan and teach lessons which take account of learners’ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
  2. demonstrate language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
  3. demonstrate knowledge about language skills and how they may be acquired
  4. plan and prepare lessons designed to develop their learners’ overall language competence
  5. demonstrate an appropriate range of teaching skills at this level and show professional awareness and responsibility.

Assessment framework

There are two components:

  1. Planning and teaching
  2. Classroom-related written assignments (of which there are four in total).

CELTA is internally assessed at the training centre 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.

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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 directly to the school via Bank Transfer, Bank Cheque, Cash, VISA or MASTERCARD. Personal cheques will not be accepted.

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