CELTA Courses Barcelona
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 Courses
The CELTA course is the original "TEFL" course and provides initial training leading to a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). It is intended for those without previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with no previous training in this field.
Success in the CELTA Certificate has enabled many candidates to obtain their first teaching position: the CELTA course that we offer in Barcelona is highly regarded by employers as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which to develop as a teacher of English.
CELTA Course Content
The CELTA course covers the following syllabus:
- Language Analysis and Awareness
- The Learner, the Teacher and the Teaching/Learning Context
- Planning for Effective Teaching
- Classroom Management Skills
- Teaching Procedures and Techniques
- Resources and Materials
- Professional Development
- Classroom Observation
- Teaching Practice
CELTA Teaching Practice
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups of 5-6 trainees with volunteer students at two or three different levels. After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor. At the Center in Barcelona, trainees are expected to liase within their groups outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, according to guidelines provided by course tutors.
CELTA Course Assessment
Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability and potential. At the end of the course successful candidates receive the Cambridge Certificate and a Progress Report.
CELTA Entry Criteria for Barcelona
- Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course.
- They must have a standard of education which would allow entrance to higher education in their country (i.e. University entrance / High School completed).
- They must have an awareness of language, and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course.
- They must also have the potential to develop into effective teachers.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply for CELTA, take our CELTA eligibility test.
CELTA Length & Timetable in Barcelona
You can take a CELTA course in Barcelona either full, part-time or online blended:
- Full-time over four weeks:
- CELTA courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours, plus a further 80 hours plus for required outside of classtime tasks, including assignments and lesson planning. The full-time CELTA course offered in Barcelona is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. It is not possible or advisable to hold even a part-time job while on the CELTA course.
- Part-time over four months:
- The 120-hour-plus part-time CELTA course is specially designed for people living and working in Barcelona.
Find out more information about the Cambridge CELTA Certificate.
CELTA Full Time Timetable (4 weeks)
Sessions are held Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.30pm including teaching practice. A typical day on the full-time CELTA course offered in Barcelona is as follows, although there are sometimes variations:
- 9-10.15 Input session 1
- 10.15-10.45 Break
- 10.45-12-15 Input session 2
- 12.15-13.00 Feedback on previous day's TP and assisted lesson planning
- 13.00-14.00 Lunch break
- 14.00-16.15 Teaching Practice with real students
- 16.15-17.00 Initial feedback on TP and assisted lesson planning
CELTA Part Time Timetable (4 months)
Sessions are between 9.00am and 2.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, including teaching practice.
A typical day on the part-time CELTA course offered in Barcelona is as follows, although there are may be variations:
- 9-10.45 Input session
- 10.45-11.00 Break
- 11.00-11.30 Feedback & assisted lesson planning
- 12.00-14.00 Teaching practice with real students
- 14.00-14.30 Feedback & assisted lesson planning
CELTA Online-Blended Course
Note that this is a blended learning course: it is not 100% online as trainees have to attend a minimum of 10 face-to-face sessions at the Training Center.
These face-to-face sessions will involve coming to the Center once every two weeks on a Friday mornings during the 20-week duration of the course.
The University of Cambridge requires candidates on all CELTA courses, whether online or face-to-face, to teach for a total of six hours during the course. This teaching is observed and assessed by course tutors and is divided into 10 separate teaching slots for each candidate, requiring attendance at the school on the ten occasions mentioned above.
The online component
Candidates should be prepared to spend a minimum of five hours a week online to work on interactive tasks, participate in guided video observation and forum discussion.
There will also be online tutorials with the main course tutor.
All input is delivered online and can be completed in the candidate's own time within deadlines set by the course tutor. The online materials are available to each candidate throughout the course, enabling easy self-study and revision.
Please note that the online CELTA is assessed and moderated according to the same criteria as fully face-to-face courses and leads to exactly the same qualification.
Candidates will attend Teaching Practice (TP) classes once every two weeks on Friday mornings on a minimum of ten occasions.
The morning is broken down as follows:
- 09.00—09.45 Discussion with TP tutor
- 09.45—12.00 TP
- 12.00—13.00 Feedback
Who is the course suitable for?
This course format is probably best suited for those who are resident in Eastern Spain, particularly Catalonia, who can manage to travel to the school on the ten occasions required over the 20 weeks the course lasts.
For some of you this may mean staying overnight in Barcelona on a Thursday in order to be able to attend IH on the Friday morning at 9.00 am.
(In comparison, our alternative four-month part-time face-to-face course involves your coming to class on around 30 occasions).
Note that you do not need advanced computer skills to take the online CELTA course: the ability to use email and the internet and have basic typing skills are all that is required.
CELTA Course + Spanish Course
The Teacher Training Center is also linked to a long established (i.e. 1972) Spanish language school in Barcelona , the school is located in the same building as the training center.
If you are planning to look for teaching work in Spain or South America after completing your course, and your Spanish language skills are limited, we suggest you to consider taking a Spanish language course before or after completing your teacher training course.
Intensive Spanish Courses in Barcelona 2016
If you already know some Spanish, you can start your course on any Monday of the year.
If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, pick from these start dates.
Note that, due to public holidays, in some weeks our Spanish classes will start on the Tuesday (see start dates, link above).
The centre in Barcelona provides Spanish courses all year round for all levels. Most classes start on Mondays.
Class is conducted Monday to Friday from 09:30am - 13:30pm with a 20 minute break. Each class has an average of 7 students. Prices include all feeds and course materials. The course also includes social and cultural activities, great if you want to learn more about Spanish culture.
Accommodation is booked separately. You can combine these course with a CELTA or take them on their own. If you would like to apply with a CELTA, please let us know that you are interested when you apply.
Some Spanish courses are run in the afternoon - evening in the summer, in the morning there are cultural visits and activities.
|Spanish Course Prices Per Week|
|1 - 2 weeks €210|
|3 - 6 weeks €200|
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How to Apply for the CELTA in Barcelona, Spain
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, VISA or MASTERCARD.
Please note that you will be responsible for any bank charges or credit card transaction fees, even if you have already paid bank charges in your 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 EUROS.
In all cases of cancellation the School will retain 10% of fees paid to cover administrative costs.
In the case of cancellation six weeks or more before the course starting date, 20% of the total fee will be retained. With less than six weeks' notice, 50% of the fee will be retained.
If cancellation occurs in the final ten days before the starting date the total fee will be retained.
However, in certain exceptional circumstances the School will consider transferring the fees to another course. No transfer is made if notice is insufficient to allow for the finding of a substitute candidate.