CELTA Courses Cambridge
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
Who is the course for?
- People who wish to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) either overseas or in the UK
- People who have little or no experience of English Language Teaching (ELT)
- People who have some experience of English Language Teaching or teaching in other fields but no formal qualification in ELT
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the most highly regarded and widely recognised initial qualification for international English language teachers. The full-time CELTA is an intensive four-week course which focuses on the basic techniques of effective English language teaching and their practical application in the classroom, giving you hands-on teaching experience.
CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. Because it is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition. Over 10,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.
Cambridge English Language Assessment also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.
CELTA is "the" TEFL qualification because:
- It is the most frequently sought after qualification for TEFL jobs worldwide.
- it is moderated by the University of Cambridge every time a course runs, not just on an occasional basis.
- Tutors are highly qualified, experienced trainers in well-established teacher education centres
- It is recognised as a Level 5 Qualification by the British Curriculum Authority, so it follows an authorised syllabus
- It gives you hands-on teaching practice and effective tools for teaching.
Many people believe that to teach English you must be born in an English speaking country. However, increasing numbers of English teachers are not native speakers, but instead have mastered the language and have chosen to pursue an exciting career of teaching the English language both in their native countries and all over the world.
In order to become a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, you must reach a certain level of aptitude, you must be trained on how to teach and you must have the necessary recognised qualifications. The one month intensive CELTA course provides an initial training for those new to the profession and also for those teachers with experience but with little formal training.
The course is designed to enable candidates to develop and identify:
- An awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in professional practice.
- An initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner.
- Familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English.
- Basic skills for teaching adults in the language classroom.
- Familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and referencing.
- Opportunities for their own future development in the field.
The course timetable is divided into two closely related parts- methods and language analysis.
Input sessions are preceded by daily teaching practice where groups of up to six trainees work with small classes of students and gain experience of teaching at different levels. After each teaching practice session there is a feedback in the group about the day's lesson. The observation of practising teachers is an intrinsic part of the course.
There are five main units of learning:
- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Planning and resources for different contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism.
Learning Resources provided by the CELTA training centre:
- You will have access to all the teaching and learning resources you require on the course including materials and stationery for teaching practice and books for your written assignments from the Learning Centre.
- You will also have access to a photocopier, computers and printers.
- You will be given training in how to use Interactive Whiteboards and support if you are not confident with technology.
- You will also have access to a wide range of facilities on the site including a dedicated CELTA classroom
- A dining room selling hot breakfasts, lunches, snacks and drinks.
- If you want to use your own laptop, then by all means bring it with you.
How does CELTA relate to TEFL/TESOL?
‘TEFL’ or ‘TESOL’ are terms often used to describe qualifications for English Language teachers. CELTA, the most widely taken initial TESOL/TEFL qualification of its kind in the world, was previously known as CTEFLA and the ‘RSA certificate’.
There is no such thing as "the TESL certificate" just as there is no such thing as "the B.A.". There are several kinds of TESL/TEFL/TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificates offered by many institutions. CELTA is one of those certificates. CELTA is an ELT (English Language Teaching) certificate, which encompasses TESL and TEFL.
How is the CELTA Course Assessed?
To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades — Pass, Pass ‘B’ and Pass ‘A’.
The assessment of CELTA is continuous and integrated. There is no final exam.
The candidates are assessed primarily in the areas of:
- Teaching practice (each assessed lesson is given a grade)
- Written assignments
The CELTA course also takes into consideration various aspects of professionalism and professional development. These include:
- Responsible and professional attitude to learning
- Responsible and professional attitude to planning and teaching of your lessons
- Punctuality and organisation
- Willingness to respond to feedback and adjust your own teaching appropriately
- Overall progress and professionalism in the field
The CELTA certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.
- Attendance of 100% of the course
- Completion of all teaching practice and observations of experienced teachers
- Completion of all four assignments (three or more assessed as ‘Pass’)
- The grades of the certificate are Pass, Pass B (above standard teaching) or Pass A (exceptional language awareness, teaching and professionalism).
- Candidates who successfully complete the course, receive both the Cambridge CELTA certificate and a report/letter from the trainers at the Centre in United Kingdom. The letter describes the candidate’s performance in some detail and serves as a useful reference for employment
I've heard that the CELTA is really hard. Why is this?
CELTA is not hard in the sense that the material is difficult to understand. The course is often considered difficult because it is very intensive and there are many deadlines to meet in the space of a month (or 16 weeks in its extensive form).
When taken intensively, it is a full-time commitment for 4 weeks. Evenings and weekends are devoted to completing assignments and preparing lessons for teaching practice.
Time management skills are very important to success on this course. Furthermore, assessment is continuous. Each day there is a 2-hour teaching practice with real students drawn from the community. During that time, you have to put into practice what you have learned.
The teaching practice is assessed by one of the course tutors and you are given written and oral feedback from your tutors and peers.
Employment as an English Teacher after the Course
Demand may fluctuate regionally but globally there has been sustained high demand for English language teachers — and the CELTA is the very best choice to enhance your employability.
CELTA training centres often receive job ads from employers, specifically seeking CELTA graduates. Likewise, they put you in contact with the head of recruiting of their head offices, so that you can pursue jobs. However, employment can not be guaranteed as it is your responsibility to pursue those job opportunities you are interested in.
Find a TEFL Job Post CELTA
As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up for free to our TEFL jobs website www.teflwork.com. 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.
The Training Centre will provide CELTA trainees Job Search Topics, such as:
- resume and cover letter assistance.
- interview preparation.
- job contacts: addresses of major recruiters of ELT teachers worldwide.
- Cambridge is a popular destination for foreign students who come to learn English, making the demand for English teachers, especially over the summer period very high. The centre will notify you of job vacancies in the local language schools.
Can I work in United Kingdom and other countries with CELTA?
CELTA is the most requested pre-service teaching qualification by both public and private employers. When checking websites advertising English teaching jobs, you will often see CELTA listed as the preferred qualification. If no certification is required, and there are scant details about the contract, you have to ask yourself if the provider is a reputable employer and language school.
To be eligible to work in the UK you will need to have the correct VISA. UK schools will not help with this.
Students who are not from the EU or EEA will need to apply for the relevant student visa which applies to their length of stay. For detailed information, please go to: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
Who is CELTA for? CELTA Course Entry Criteria
To be accepted for the CELTA course in Cambridge, applicants ideally should:
- Have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
- Be aged 18 or over
- Have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels. If you are not a native speaker you should have an international certification about your command of the language at C1 level (CAE, IELTS band 7.5 or equivalent)
- Centres may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully
Can I do the course if English is not my first language?
Yes, your English needs to be of a near-native level. This means that you need to have a command of English that allows you to complete all written assignments and teaching practice requirements to the University of Cambridge standards.
Do I need teaching experience to take the CELTA?
No. Prior teaching experience is not a necessary prerequisite to being accepted onto a CELTA course.
Do you have to know a lot about grammar?
Knowing grammar is definitely beneficial for being an English teacher, but it is not necessary to know everything about grammar to take the CELTA. Key concepts like subject, verb, and verb tense are good to know.
- Pre course material will be sent ot you on being accepted to start orientating you toward what you need to know
- You will go over some key grammatical concepts during the course and also be exposed to resources for future teaching.
How to Apply for the CELTA in Cambridge, United Kingdom
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
- To secure your booking, you must pay a £445 deposit.
- The outstanding balance of the fees must be paid at least 6 weeks before the course start date. We cannot guarantee to hold your place on the course unless all fees are paid in full and on time. Students with unpaid fees will be refused entry to classes.
Conditions of Enrolment
Cancellation / Refund:
- Cancellations before the course start date must be made in writing to the training centre's head office. Once a booking has been confirmed, the following cancellation notice periods and fees apply:
- More than 4 weeks before the course start date: you must pay the deposit
- 1-4 weeks before the course start date: you must pay 60% of the course fees
- Less than 1 week before the course start date: no refund will be made
Selection Criteria, Assessment and Grades
- The CELTA is a Pass/Fail course, and if the candidate receives a 'Fail' grade or withdraws, the result cannot be changed, and that the course fee will not be refunded.
- The CELTA centre in requires 100% class attendance, in addition to work outside of scheduled contact hours. As a result, absences, tardiness, incomplete or late assignments may compromise grades on the course.
- Information disclosed in the application must be complete and accurate, including any circumstances that may affect performance on the course.