CELTA Courses San Francisco
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CELTA Courses San Francisco, California

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CELTA Course Introduction

CELTA is an initial TESOL 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 world-famous University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition. Over 10,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.

CELTA is "the" TEFL qualification because of the following:

  • It is the most frequently sought after qualification for TEFL jobs worldwide.
  • 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 centers
  • It is recognized as a Level 5 Qualification by the British Curriculum Authority, so it follows an authorized syllabus

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.

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 English TEFL. It is the most widely recognized and respected international pre-service certificate offered in USA and in the world.

Who is CELTA for?

People who want to work in Further, Adult and Community Education.

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 TEFL Cambridge CELTA course.

What does CELTA involve?

The one month intensive CELTA TESOL 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 an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in professional practice.
  • Develop an initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner.
  • Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English.
  • Develop basic skills for teaching adults in the language classroom.
  • Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and referencing.
  • Identify opportunities for their own future development in the field.
  • It is a very practical course, which combines both input and teaching practice.

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

CELTA Certificate

The CELTA certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.

These include:

  • 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 center in USA. The letter describes the candidate’s performance in some detail and serves as a useful reference for employment

I've heard that 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.

Some students find it more manageable to take an Online Blended course which lets you spread out the work at home over a longer period of time whilst only going to the center to do teaching practice.

Who recognises CELTA?

CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers.

Cambridge English Language Assessment also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.

Employment as an English Teacher after the Course

The Training Center 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.

 
CELTA TEFL Jobs

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.

CELTA Course Entry Criteria

To be accepted for the CELTA course in San Francisco, 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)
  • Centers 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.

If you are not sure, take our CELTA Eligibility Test

Can I do the course if English is not my first language?

Yes, you can. However, 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 to 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 San Francisco, California

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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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.

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How to Pay - Fuil-Time CELTA

Having been offered a place on the course the school will inform you of payment options. A deposit is required immediately to secure a place with the remainder due either a week before or on the starting date.

Terms and Conditions - Full-Time CELTA

  • 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 center 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.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.

Payment plan for Online Blended CELTA

  • The registration fee of $100 must be paid upon a successful interview and an offer of a place on the course.
  • Once an applicant has been offered a place on the course, they may choose to pay a deposit of $300 to reserve their place. This is advisable as the courses tend to fill up quickly.
  • The remainder of the course fees must be paid in accordance with the deadline listed on the letter of acceptance. This date is usually two weeks prior to the course commencement. If the applicant doesn't pay the deposit and/or their tuition by the payment deadline date, their place will be offered to another applicant.
  • Fees can be paid by credit card online, in cash, a personal (Canadian) cheque or by money order, bank draft or bank certified cheques made out to the center in Montreal.

Refund Policy for Online Blended CELTA

  • If you decide not to attend the course in the 7 days before the course begins, you will incur a penalty of $500
  • If written notice of withdrawal is given within the first 2 days of the course: 50% refund of course fee
  • If written notice of withdrawal is given within the first 6 days of the course: 30% refund of course fee
  • If written notice of withdrawal is given after the first 6 days of the course: 0% refund of course fee.
  • All payments made by credit card will be refunded on the same credit card, minus credit card fees initially charged.

Course Cancellation Policy

Six candidates are required to run the CELTA program. In the unlikely event that the minimum number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and 100% of the applicant's fees will be refunded or deferred to a later course.





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