Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages CELTA: initial TEFL qualification that will open doors and can change your life… The CELTA (University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is the most widely recognised qualification within the English language teaching (ELT) profession. Awarded by the University of Cambridge ESOL , the CELTA can open up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities around the world. Most language schools worldwide require their teachers to have such a certificate, as it guarantees that a basic level of teaching competence has been achieved by the teacher.
Who is it for? The CELTA is designed for teachers who are starting a career in education, looking for a career change, or looking to develop their repertoire. CELTA is not only for native speakers of English; it is also a great opportunity for Italian teachers of English, as it offers rewards in terms of both personal professional development and enhanced job prospects. However, the required command of English is that of Proficiency (CPE) or C1 within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), i.e. close to native speaker’s competence. The CELTA will: provide you with a sound basis in language teaching practice and give you confidence in the classroom; give you the training you need to help you meet the challenge of your new profession, wherever you are in the world; provide you with a sound base of modern English teaching that will complement your classroom practice; help you learn techniques to improve your interaction with speakers of other languages. Once you have gained your qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to teach English at any level to a wide variety of students in almost any country in the world where English is a requirement for work, leisure and life. For extra information on CELTA visit the University of Cambridge.
The course timetable is divided into two closely related parts: Teaching Practice and Written Assignments. Methodology and language analysis input sessions are followed by daily teaching practice where groups of up to six trainees work with small classes of students and gain experience of teaching at different levels. After each teaching practice session there is group and individual feedback about the lessons taught. The observation of experienced teachers is an intrinsic part of the course and its assessment and requires trainees to be in the centre during the evening outside course hours for full-time courses and between 4pm and 9pm for part-time courses. The course is designed internally by the centre, but in line with the CELTA Syllabus and Cambridge ESOL regulations.
The CELTA course is an introduction to the teaching of English as a foreign language and aims to lay a firm foundation on which a teacher can build as s/he gains experience. During the course, the following aspects are covered:
Introduction to the underlying principles of teaching language;
Ways of presenting new language items;
Techniques for further practice with emphasis on speaking;
Use of visual aids, drama techniques and video;
The listening skill, including use of taped material;
The reading skill, including use of authentic material and readers;
The writing skill;
Using, Adapting, Creating and exploiting materials and course books;
Alternative approaches to language teaching;
Analysis of language from a foreign learner’s point of view;
Syllabus Overview This document outlines the syllabus and assessment criteria for CELTA. The following syllabus is a reflection of the pre-service entry point of prospective candidates and outlines both the subject knowledge and the pedagogic knowledge and skills required for beginner ESOL teachers. The syllabus consists of five units of learning that deal with specific topic areas in the teaching of ESOL.
Unit 1 Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context;
Unit 2 Language analysis and awareness;
Unit 3 Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing;
Unit 4 Planning and resources for different teaching contexts;
Unit 5 Developing teaching skills and professionalism.
Accommodation can be arranged upon request. Please let us know which type of accommodation you would prefer while doing the course with us by clearly stating your preference in the application form. Accommodation available includes:
Single room in shared self-catering apartment (with fellow CELTA candidates).
Single room with local families (half/full board available upon request. Please make sure you note any special dietary requirements). Price for this option will be determined by the option you choose i.e. half/full board with special dietary requirements. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can prepare a quotation for you.
Private apartment for the duration of the course. Please note that this would be a rather expensive option, so make sure you let us know at least 2 months in advance if you are interested as accommodation of this kind is not easily secured. Once it becomes available we will make all the corresponding information available for you to make an informed final decision.
Hotel accommodation – we can provide you with information and assistance. Please note that standards are usually in line with price range.
The timetable for a typical day on the CELTA course looks something like this: click here From 17.15 onwards trainees are involved in continued lesson planning alone or with colleagues, writing assignments or observing classes, live or on video. Trainees will be informed about class observations in advance.
Please note that these take place twice a week i.e. Mon – Thu over a ten-week period. The daily schedule is basically the same, but observations of experienced teachers take place on days other than CELTA days.
Acceptance on the course is not automatic. All candidates must fill out the application form and pre interview task and e-mail or fax them back to us. For Cambridge assessment purposes, it is also necessary to send a hard copy of the application form complete with passport photo. Interviews can be conducted by telephone or at Giga; we will contact you to make arrangements following receipt of your forms. E-mail applications should be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org Hard copies should be sent to:
Teacher Training Department Giga International House – Catania Viale M.Rapisardi, 23 95123 Catania ITALY
Please refrain from making any payments until you are advised to do so. You will be instructed on how to make your payment once you have been successfully interviewed, accepted and offered a place on a course. Candidates who are accepted 8 weeks or more prior to the start of the course should ensure that all course fees and accommodation fees are transferred within fifteen working days, to secure their place. Candidates accepted within 8 weeks of the starting date should transfer fees within ten working days, and candidates accepted within 4 weeks of the course should transfer funds within 48 hours to avoid the place being re-allocated.
In the case of cancellation six weeks or more before the course starting date, 20% ofthe total fee will be retained. With less than six weeks’ notice, 50% of our total fee will be retained. If cancellation occurs in the final ten days before the starting date the total fee will be retained.
However, in certain exceptional circumstances we will consider transferring the fees to another course.
No transfer is made if notice is insufficient to allow for the finding of a substitute candidate. In the event of a course being cancelled all fees will be refunded.
Once the course has started, there isnopossible refund. For this reason, you might consider taking out an insurance policy in order to be covered in case anything happen and you needed to leave the course.
How to pay
For more information on how to pay, please send us an email to: email@example.com – to the attention of Robert Martinez, CELTA Administrator.