|CELTA Useful Tips|
|What CELTA involves|
You can take CELTA full time (typically four to five weeks), or part time (from a few months to over a year). Your chosen course:
• teaches you the principles of effective teaching
• provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
• gives you hands-on teaching practice
• builds your confidence.
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.
During the whole course you will be supported and provided with useful advice, no final examination is required. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course. The evaluation comprises 2 items:
1. Teaching practice
You will have 6 hours of teaching practice, you will have 2 classes with different proficiently abilities. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.
2. Written assignments
There will be 4 written tasks to complete: the first one concerning adult learning; the other about language system of English; the third on language skills; and the last one on teaching in classroom.
To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components, besides there are 3 grades - Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'.
Who recognizes CELTA
CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organizations which employ English Language teachers. Cambridge CELTA has been accredited long ago by Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), it’s widely known and relable. Cambridge ESOL also works with international ELT organizations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.
Am I eligible to apply?
Ideally you should:
• have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
• be aged 20 or over
• have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels
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. Some centers may, at their discretion, accept applicants aged between 18 and 20.
Key Features Of All CELTA Programs
• Minimum of 120 clock hours of in-class instruction.
• Minimum of 6 hours of practice teaching with classes of foreign students.
• Expert critiquing and discussion of all supervised practice lessons.
• 6 hours of observation of ESL/EFL classes given by experienced teachers.
• Maximum of 18 participants per course.
• Trainer/Trainee ratio of 1:6 or better.
Minimum Qualifications For Trainers
• An MA in TEFL/TESOL (or a related field) or the RSA/Cambridge Diploma in TEFL;
• At least 5 years of EFL/ESL classroom teaching experience;
• Completion of an approved program of training as a TEFL/TESL trainer.