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Part Time Course Timetable

Week days: One night during the week from 5.45pm to 9pm. During this time course participants will be having input sessions on the methodology.

Weekends: On a Saturday from 9am to 3pm for teaching practice, teaching practice feedback, assisted lesson planning.

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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.

Why take the CELTA course?

  • CELTA is internationally recognised.
  • The CELTA Certificate is an essential qualification for entering the field of TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
  • CELTA is the best known and most widely taken qualification in the field of English language teaching to adults. The CELTA course is designed and closely monitored by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations; and on passing the course, trainees receive a certificate from Cambridge University, as well as a report from the centre detailing the trainees’ areas of strength and weakness.
  • The CELTA course is both practical and theoretical with extensive, closely supervised teaching practice followed by both written and oral feedback.
  • CELTA trainers are highly qualified and experienced, and approved by Cambridge University.

Introducing the Cambridge CELTA course

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, this is, the CELTA Certificate, is a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) course administered by Cambridge University ESOL. In contrast to other TEFL courses, it is a TEFL qualification which is recognised world-wide.

The CELTA course is recommended to anyone who wants to start teaching English as a foreign language either at one of the many English language schools in Cape Town or abroad.

Recognition & Regard

Due to the rigorous annual approval process and constant moderation of courses the CELTA is highly regarded worldwide. As the University of Cambridge is well known throughout the world, CELTA is often requested by employers nationally and internationally.

The CELTA is recognised by:

  • TEFL / TESL / TEFOL / TESOL / ELT (English language teaching) employers around the world
  • English language colleges
  • many ministries of education
  • government bodies such as the British Council
  • TESOL, IATEFL, EA and other major professional organisations.

It is also well regarded by organisations such as JET, and Volunteers Abroad.

CELTA Entry Requirements, Cape Town

You don't need to have a teaching qualification or experience, but

Trainees should:

  1. Be 18 or older at the start of the course.
  2. Have a Matric pass (or equivalent to a high school diploma) which would enable entrance into tertiary level education (i.e. having gained enough academic level for University entrance).
  3. Have a good level of awareness and proficiency in the English language (non native English speakers are also welcome as long as they have a high proficiency in spoken and written English)
  4. Be willing and able to cope with the intensity of the course.

Interested candidates are required to complete a pre-interview task, and may then be invited to a face to face or phone interview (depending on location of the candidate), at which the candidate will immediately be told whether or not he/she has been accepted onto the CELTA course. The interview allows the centre to determine the candidate’s potential to pass the course and allows candidates to get a clearer idea of what the course involves.

CELTA Course Assessment, Cape Town

How are participants assessed?

Assessment is continuous, and is based on teaching practice and assignments. Progress is communicated to trainees through feedback and grading of individual lessons, through tutorials (at least one tutorial during the course) as well as through feedback on written assignments. Tutors agree on the final grade (Pass A, Pass B, Pass or Fail) in consultation with an external assessor, who visits the centre for a day to moderate grading and ensure that all Cambridge regulations are being followed.

CELTA Course Content

It is a 4 week course, with a very practical approach. A solid grounding is provided in teaching skills and techniques. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and sensitivity to student needs and also on your general language awareness.

Candidates need to spend about 80 non-contact hours on the course, as well as the 120 contact hours. This is mostly time spent on lesson planning and writing assignments during the course, but also includes pre-course preparation.

There is a maximum of 12 trainees per course, divided into two Teaching Practice (TP) groups, with a maximum of 6 trainees per TP group.

Breakdown of course content

There are four elements:

1. Input sessions

This includes, for example:

  • Lesson planning.
  • Classroom Management.
  • Methodology and lesson frameworks.
  • Language analysis from the perspective of a foreign learner.
  • Sessions are conducted using the learner-centred methodology that is encouraged in teaching practice, and in these sessions tutors model teaching techniques and concepts.

2. Teaching Practice

Trainees do 6 hours (about 9 or 10 lessons) of assessed teaching practice over the four weeks. This is a key part of the course. The trainees split into smaller groups and teach foreign volunteer students, who often have refugee status. Trainees receive guidance from the tutors in planning their lessons, and after the lessons there is a group feedback session, with oral feedback from other trainees and the tutor. The tutor also gives detailed written feedback on the lesson.

3. Observation of experienced teachers

Trainees observe a minimum of 6 hours of lessons taught by experienced, CELTA qualified teachers. Up to two of these may be guided video observation. This is an opportunity to observe a range of teaching styles and techniques as well as a range of teaching contexts.

4. Written assignments

Based on input and teaching sessions, these are a very practical assimilation tool, which reinforce skills and knowledge development.

CELTA Employment Prospects

There is a growing demand for ELT (English Language Teaching) professionals worldwide, and it is becoming more and more necessary to have the CELTA Certificate in order to enter the global ELT profession. Many schools require CELTA as a minimum qualification, and most offer a higher salary to CELTA-qualified teachers.

You will receive general employment advice, and other possibilities beyond CELTA, during the last week of your course, and tutors will give you the benefit of their particular experience. Cambridge work very hard at gaining recognition for CELTA world-wide and it is safe to say that CELTA is now the international ELT industry standard. More and more language schools require teachers to have a minimum of CELTA, and some schools may offer salary incentives to people with CELTA.

Internationally, a CELTA qualified teacher could potentially teach anywhere in the world, though obviously visa requirements vary from country to country. Generally speaking, the more desirable a location is, the harder it will be to find teaching jobs, and vice versa. So for example, schools in Western Europe and North America tend to want fewer, and more experienced teachers and have stricter visa requirements.

That leaves plenty of other places however. Teachers who have done CELTA in Cape Town have gone on to teach in many locations around the world, for example Central Europe, South America, the Middle East and the Far East. The latter two regions are particularly popular as visas are easier to get and large numbers of CELTA qualified teachers are required (and also dollars can be earned!). At the moment, the Middle East, South Korea and Taiwan seem to be popular destinations for CELTA graduates.

In South Africa the industry is generally smaller. However, in Cape Town ELT is now well established and more and more schools are opening here Whatever your plans beyond the CELTA course, if you’re willing to be flexible you will certainly find some teaching work.


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.

How to Apply for the CELTA in Cape Town, South Africa

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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How to Pay

Payments (deposit & balance) are to done directly to the Cape Town Teacher training centre via Bank Transfer (in EUROS, USD or ZAR, depending on your location or where you are from), VISA or MASTERCARD.

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