CELTA Courses Newcastle
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
The CELTA course offered in Newcastle is a Teacher Training Course designed for candidates with little or no previous English language as foreign language teaching experience. It is also suitable for teachers of English who have teaching experience but who have had little or no formal teacher training. It is considered to be a solid foundation for teaching English as a foreign language. The CELTA teacher training course is recognised by EFL organisations worldwide and the certificate is the most highly respected of its kind in the world.
- CELTA is the most widely-recognised TEFL teacher training initial qualification
- Designed for those wishing to start a career in English language teaching
- A practical course, mainly concerned with how to teach English
- The course is recognised by EFL teaching organisations world-wide
- The CELTA Teacher Training Certificate course lasts 4 weeks
- Non-native proficient speakers of English may apply for this course
- Includes teaching practice on a regular basis
- Several written assignments also must be submitted
Who is the CELTA course for?
Applicants for the CELTA course should have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete the assignments and teach English at a range of levels.
CELTA Course Entry Criteria
All applicants for the CELTA course in Newcastle must have:
- A minimum age of 20 at the start of the CELTA course (although candidates from the age of 18 may be accepted at the centre’s discretion where it is confirmed that they have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective EFL teachers and that the course is suitable for them in terms of their background and their career plans)
- A good standard of education (at least equivalent to that required for higher education)
- Native or Non-native speakers with a good understanding of English (both written and spoken) that will enable a range of levels to be taught
- No previous teaching experience required
CELTA Course Structure & Content - Newcastle
The CELTA Cambridge Certificate requires an attendance of a minimum of 120 hours over 4 weeks.
The CELTA course is held from Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm
These hours include:
- Tutorial support and consultation
- Supervised lesson planning
- Six hours assessed TEFL teaching practice
- Peer observation of TEFL teaching practice
- Six hours’ directed observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT teacher training professionals
- A minimum of 80 hours of unsupervised work outside of timetabled course hours is required in addition.
- Candidates must be present for at least 80% of each component of the course in order to pass, although 100% attendance is expected, and time off is granted in exceptional circumstances only.
Teaching Practice and Observation
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course and takes place every day. It is related to the areas covered in the input sessions. Trainees work in groups of six to plan, observe and give feedback to each other on the teaching they have done. Candidates teach at least two different levels of students on the course to get experience of teaching at different levels. In feedback on teaching, all lessons are discussed by TP groups and tutors. Tutors give both verbal and written feedback on each assessed lesson. Trainees also observe at least 6 hours of lessons given by qualified teachers.
Additional time is required for lesson preparation and written assignments. As the course is full-time and very intensive, it is impossible to have any other commitments during the period of the course. Candidates will find they have to work most evenings and at weekends on course-related work.
CELTA Course Assessment – Newcastle
CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments.
By the end of the course, candidates should show that they are able to:
- Assess learners’ needs and plan and teach English lessons which take account of learners’ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
- Demonstrate language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
- Demonstrate knowledge about language skills and how they may be acquired
- Plan and prepare lessons designed to develop their learners’ overall language competence
- Demonstrate an appropriate range of English language teaching skills at this level and show professional awareness and responsibility
Assessment Components of the CELTA course
Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis. There are two components for assessment:
- Component one: planning and teaching
- Component two: classroom-related written assignments
There is at least one individual tutorial (mid-course), when trainees have a chance to discuss their progress to date with a tutor.
The Certificate is awarded to candidates who have met the course requirements, and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in both assessment components.
A "Pass" is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and on the written assignments meets the specified criteria. These criteria are available for inspection at the Training Centre Newcastle throughout the course.
A Pass - Grade B is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to classroom teaching skills and professionalism.
A Pass - Grade A is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass level criteria in relation to planning for effective teaching, classroom teaching skills and professionalism.
An external assessor from Cambridge University ESOL evaluates each CELTA course that is run at the Training Center in Newcastle to ensure that standards are met by all centres.
On completion of the course the Training Centre Newcastle will also supply a written report for each candidate to indicate specific strengths and areas needing development.
The Centre will send out provisional grades a few days after the course. These will be confirmed on receipt of the official certificates from Cambridge approximately four to eight weeks after the course end.
The course tutor’s decision is final and there is no appeals procedure, although there is a complaints procedure.
It is important to note that the offer of a place does not in itself guarantee success in obtaining the certificate.
How to Apply for the CELTA in Newcaslte, 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
Payments can be made directly to the School via Bank Transfer or credit card.
Conditions of Enrolment
Please note that enrolment on our courses is subject to the following terms and conditions:
As soon as you are accepted on the course you should pay your full fees.
We cannot reserve a place on the course until this has been received.
Once your fees have been received the Teacher Training Centre will send out a pre-course learning task to help you prepare for the course. We recommend that you spend a minimum of ten to fifteen hours on this.
In the case of cancellation made later than four weeks before the start of the course, requests for refund of fees can only be considered if we have been able to fill the place at short notice.