Your guide to the CELTA Mixed Mode course!
When potential trainee English teachers are contemplating how they should take their CELTA course, they often forget about the possibility of the Mixed Mode CELTA. They will weigh up in their minds the benefits of a face-to-face CELTA course versus an online course, and there are of course benefits to both those formats. There is of course a middle way, a way that combines both online and face-to-face courses and gives trainees the best of both worlds.
The CELTA Mixed Mode course is perhaps a hidden jewel in the format of the CELTA. It replaced the blended CELTA format in 2022 and gives teachers the grounding for being ready for teaching online or face-to-face. It really provides you with all the strings to your bow!
What exactly is the format?
The Teaching Practice (TP) element of the Mixed Mode CELTA includes lessons face-to-face in a classroom as well as lessons in an online learning environment. The Mixed Mode CELTA means 50% Teaching Practice face-to-face, 50% online. These Teaching Practice sessions will all be live sessions with students, observed by your teacher trainer. For the other training elements of the course, these could be face-to-face, online, or a combination of both, with trainer support.
Varinder Unlu, CELTA course tutor for the Mixed Mode CELTA at the London (British Museum) centre, explains how that centre’s Mixed Mode course works: “”The Mixed Mode CELTA is for anyone would like to want to gain experience of what it is like to teach online and face-to-face. Our mixed mode course is seven weeks online and two weeks of full-time face-to-face training. The benefits are that as it combines both online and face-to-face teaching and learning, it gives trainees the opportunity to experience both modes of delivery.”
Varinder adds: “The benefits of taking the Mixed Mode CELTA via the London (British Museum) location are that you are in the hands of experienced trainers – all of whom have extensive experience of online and F2F training, resources, location”
How does the Mixed Mode CELTA differ from the Blended CELTA that was previously offered as a CELTA format?
Varinder explains: “A Blended course usually did all teaching practice face-to-face and the theory part is online. Our Mixed Mode CELTA differs from the Blended course because the online weeks are a combination of Teaching Practice one evening a week and completing some of the online Cambridge modules. The face-to-face component of the course is full-time (i.e. trainees have input sessions in the mornings and teach in the afternoons).”
One of the other centres that offers the Mixed Mode CELTA is Athens. Marisa Constantinidis, CELTA and DELTA Course Supervisor at the Athens centre says: “This is an ideal course for working teachers who are also dealing with a full-time teaching schedule. All seminars and workshops as well as study materials can be accessed fully online but four of the eight teaching assessments will be done at our centre in Athens
The other four teaching assessments will be done online. Both type of teaching assessment involve teaching adult volunteer students.”
Want to see Mixed Mode CELTA courses for you to choose from?
You see upcoming Mixed Mode CELTA courses for you to choose from via this page (click on any of the courses in turquoise for more information). If you still think the online CELTA is the right option for you, you can see and apply to upcoming online CELTA courses via this page. If you are keen on taking a face-to-face CELTA course, you can see different CELTA locations via this page, or via our CELTA calendar!
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