CELTA Courses Canterbury
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 Courses Canterbury Introduction
The Cambridge University ESOL CELTA Certificate is an introductory TEFL course in teaching English for candidates who have little or no previous English Language teaching experience. It may also be suitable for candidates with some TEFL experience but little previous teacher training.
CELTA is an ELT (English Language Teaching) certificate, which encompasses TESL (i.e. Teaching English as Second Language) and TEFL (i.e. Teaching English as Foreign Language). It is the most widely recognised and respected international TEFL certificate in teaching English offered in UK.
CELTA course key points
- Intensive TEFL course which requires a full-time commitment
- Involves a minimum of 120 hours with additional time required for ELT preparation and assignments
- Follows the Cambridge CELTA TEFL syllabus and provides practical and professional awareness of ESL learners, language, methodology and materials
- Develops practical ability in TEFL classroom management, lesson planning, introduction and practice of new language, and the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
- Is intended for native and non-native speakers of English whose English is of native-speaker level
- Provides pre-service training to those with no ESL teaching experience
- Is also suited to those who are already in the TEFL profession, but who have no formal teaching qualification
CELTA course aims
- Acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
- Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
- Demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in a real teaching context
- Candidates who complete the course successfully can begin working in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world.
CELTA Course Entry Criteria
To be accepted for the CELTA courses in Canterbury, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
- A minimum age of 20* at the start of the CELTA course
- A good standard of education* (e.g. having gained university entrance qualifications, completed High School)
- Awareness and high level of competence in written and spoken English in order to be able to follow the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels
- For non-native speakers, the required command of English is that of Proficiency (CPE), IELTS 8.5-9.0 , TOEIC 945+ points, i.e. close to native speaker's competence.
- No previous teaching experience required
*Applicants who are not at least 20 years old or who have not gained university entrance qualifications may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.
CELTA Course Structure & Content Canterbury
4 week full time course
The CELTA courses will have a minimum of 120 contact hours including:
- Supervised lesson planning
- Teaching practice (six assessed hours, teaching foreign students)
- Feedback on teaching
- Peer observation
- Observation of experienced teachers (minimum six hours)
- Consultation time
- Candidates will need to dedicate a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre and post-session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.
The syllabus consists of five units of learning that deal with specific topic areas in the teaching of ESL:
- 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 teaching contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
Units 1, 4 and 5 focus on the preparation and delivery of ESL teaching programs. Units 2 and 3 focus on the content of ESL teaching programs as well as the pedagogic knowledge required for teaching language and language skills.
CELTA Course Assessment – Canterbury
CELTA is awarded at the TEFL Training Center in Canterbury 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 unit are that candidates should be able to:
- Assess learner needs, and plan and teach ESL lessons which take account of learners’ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
- Demonstrate English language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
- Demonstrate knowledge about English language skills and how they may be acquired
- Plan and prepare ESL lessons designed to develop their learners’ overall language competence
- Demonstrate an appropriate range of TEFL teaching skills at this level and show professional awareness and responsibility
There are two components:
Component 1: Planning and teaching
In this component, candidates are required to practice teaching English for a total of six assessed hours, working with adult ESL learners at a minimum of two levels in classes of the required size. By the end of the six hours of assessed TEFL teaching practice, candidates should have demonstrated successful achievement of all the teaching practice assessment criteria.
Component 2: ESL Classroom-related written assignments (of which there are four assignments in total).
This component consists of four written assignments:
- Adult learners and learning contexts
- Aspect of the language system of English
- Aspect of language skills
- Reflection on classroom teaching and the identification of action points
- The assignments are internally assessed and externally moderated.
To meet the assessment requirements, candidates are required to attend a course and to:
- Practice teach classes of the relevant age group and size for a total of six hours
- Observe experienced TEFL teachers teaching classes of adult learners for a total of six hours, two of which may be on video
- Maintain and submit a portfolio of all course work including all written assignments and materials related to ESL teaching practice.
Mode of assessment
Assessment is continuous and integrated:
- Assessment takes place throughout the course.
- Component 1 and 2 contribute to the overall grade.
CELTA Certificate grades
The CELTA TEFL Certificate will be awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in both assessment components. Candidates are ineligible for the award in cases where dishonesty or plagiarism is brought to the attention of Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards.
CELTA is internally assessed and externally moderated by a Cambridge ESOL approved assessor who samples portfolios and ESL teaching practice and who discusses and agrees the grades for all candidates.
This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and in the written assignments meets the specified criteria of the CELTA certificate.
They will continue to need guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.
Pass (Grade B)
This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their ESL teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to: Demonstration of the criteria for teaching skills and professionalism.
They will continue to need some guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.
Pass (Grade A)
This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their ESL teaching practice a level of ability and achievement and a level of awareness significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to:
- Planning for effective teaching
- Teaching skills and professionalism
- They will benefit from further guidance in post but will be able to work independently.
The CELTA certificate is the most highly-regarded initial ESL teaching qualification worldwide and is therefore highly sought-after by employers. Trainees who complete their CELTA certificate will be able to sign up for free to TEFLwork - an online jobs portal for qualified English teachers.
How to Apply for the CELTA in Canterbury, 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.
Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellations must be made in writing to the centre. Fees will be retained according to when your notification of cancellation is received.
Number of days before commencement of the course:
- 21-8 days – 50% of tuition fees retained
- 7 days or less – total fees retained