CELTA

What is the Cambridge CELTA?

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the original and most internationally recognised qualification for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). It is a basic requirement to teach in quality English language schools, universities and to deliver training in multinational companies around the world.

What does the CELTA course offer you?

With the current economic situation it is becoming increasingly difficult to find employment. One of the only growing sectors is english language teaching.

-Open the door to exciting teaching opportunities all over the world.
-Gain the skills and knowledge you will need as a teacher.
-It is the only TEFL certificate that is accepted globally

Who is the Cambridge CELTA for?

-People starting a career in English language teaching.
-Anyone currently teaching English without formal qualifications.
-Anyone interested in teaching while they are travelling.
-People looking for a career change or career break.
-Experienced teachers who are interested in up-skilling and developing their teaching methodology further.

Who is the Cambridge CELTA for?

-Experienced teachers working in CLIL or Bilingual projects looking for transferable techniques and ideas.
-Business graduates interested in gaining teaching experience for training positions with companies.
-Anyone looking for a career contingency plan in these uncertain times.

CELTA employment opportunities

Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 13,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. It can open up opportunities of working with the following type of organisations:

-Language Centres and Academies on every continent.
-Private Bilingual Schools in Spain.
-Government and European Union .

CELTA employment opportunities

Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 13,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. It can open up opportunities of working with the following type of organisations:

-Language Projects.
-British Colleges.
-British and Irish University Summer Schools.
-Multinational companies looking for Business Trainers.

Where will the course take place?

The Irish Academy in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Spain, is now accepting trainees for our Face to Face and our online CELTA programmes; this means that you will be taking the course F2F in our center in Las Palmas or from the comfort of your own home. For  the online courses, we will be the ones in charge of supplying you with all the required materials, timetables, lessons, tasks, etc. via our designated platform.

Thinking about doing our CELTA?

The CELTA Is the original and most internationally recognised qualification for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). It is a basic requirement to teach in quality English language schools around the world.

We know that this is an important step for you and that you are considering investing in your future.

That’s why we have tried to provide a comprehensive guide to doing the CELTA; from the point you start to find out more information about the course and accreditation, right up until the point where you are accredited and are ready to go out in the world and start teaching to the CELTA standard.

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Our CELTA centre has a family atmosphere and we welcome candidates from all over the world and from all walks of life.

We train and support people who have just finished formal school or university education, who are working as teachers already and wish to up-skill or refresh their English Language Teaching methodology, or for people who are considering a temporary career break or permanent career change.

Whatever your needs, our Cambridge CELTA training course will provide you with the skills you need to start teaching English to the professional Cambridge standard at home or abroad.

We also attract candidates with different learning and educational backgrounds and by observing your colleagues teaching and working closely with them in groups of six, means you learn from each other at the same time as you learn from us.

We regularly get candidates form the four corners of the world.

And as we are a family, the support continues after you have completed the course.

We provide you with letters of recommendation, updates on jobs posted around the world, ongoing career advice and references for when you’ve found your next job and support with continuing your teacher training…whether that’s training on the CELTYL Young Learner component or further up-skilling to the DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching for Adults).

What do I need to be able to do the CELTA?

What’s the CELTA course
really like?

Well, we’re not going to lie to you; you’ve probably already started reading the numerous blogs on CELTA’s around the world and so you’ll probably already know that the key word here is ‘intense’.

The reason why it’s so intense is because unlike other TEFL’s, you start teaching to real live students on Day 2 of the course. That’s right, Day 2! You’ll start off on 20 minutes and then by Day 3, you will be teaching 40 minutes before finishing up the course doing 1 hour classes.

Trainees normally find that they are teaching assessed classes every second day but in between you will be teaching unassessed. This gives you the chance to develop your teaching style without an assessor being in the room with you and lets you practise new techniques for when you are Cambridge assessed.

When you are not teaching, you are observing your colleagues in your teaching teams of 6, and preparing to give constructive criticism to them. You’ll receive the same when you’ve been teaching and the key idea here is that you’ll take the peer and tutor feedback on board and immediately try to implement in your next teaching practice session.

In addition, you will receive three to four hours of methodology training every day on classroom management, teaching approaches and techniques, phonology (pronunciation), lexis (vocabulary) and teaching language (grammar) with a focus on how to teach its meaning, form, use and pronunciation. Our methodology sessions are delivered in a way that guides you to discover the key information that you then also need to implement in your next teaching practice.

Then, in the evenings after a long day at the centre, you’ll go home and start your lesson planning and creating materials for your next class from the specific teaching points and references you have been given by your trainer. Regular planning sessions as a group and as individuals keep you on track until you can become more autonomous around about weeks 3 and 4.

Finally, your weekends fly by as you research and write the four written assignments necessary to complete the course. Two of these must be written to an Academic standard whilst one of the others is based on language analysis and the final assignment is about your own personal development moving forward as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher.

So, yes…the course is intense because you are undertaking the fastest and most exciting personal development cycles unlike anything available in any other profession. And since you’re paying a considerable amount of money to do it, we believe that you should get value for that money; real, usable teaching skills.

How do I apply for the course?

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Application and Pre-interview Task

You will then receive a three-page application form asking you about you, your educational and work background, whether you have had any teaching experience (not necessary by the way, if you don’t have any, just write ‘None’ in these sections), and asking you for two work or educational referees.

You will also be asked to submit a personal statement detailing why you would like to do the CELTA. Then, attached to the application form is a pre-interview task with 6 sections to be completed in full.

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Step 4

Finding out if you have been accepted

Life is too short to be sitting around worrying or thinking about whether your application is good enough or not, how you’re going to pay for the course or what studying you think you’ll need to do beforehand.

So we try to take the anxiety out of it all by responding to you quickly and honestly and with detailed pointers of what we think you could swot up on before the course begins.

You’ll either be told at the interview itself or within 24 hours of the interview. This is always followed up by a formal email of acceptance from the CELTA trainer conducting the interview and then with an email from the Director, detailing how you to pay the deposit.

So… from the minute you press send on your application email, you will have had your application reviewed, been interviewed and then informed whether you have been successful or not within 5 working days.

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Step 1

Contact us for an Informal Chat

First of all, complete the contact form on the website. We will get back to you within 48 hours.

We like to have an initial chat with you in person, on the phone or on Skype before sending out the formal application process.

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Step 3

Interview

As this is an exciting time for you, we like to get back to you quickly. As such, we respond back to all applications within 48 hours of receiving them and the interviews are then arranged to be held within the next 48 hour period.

Interviews are either done via Skype or face to face at the centre. We will ask you a bit about yourself, talk through the pre-interview task and ask a few probing questions about the language points you’ve prepared and then we will give you three teaching scenarios and ask you to explain how you would teach them efficiently and effectively.

You may also be asked to do a short on-the-spot writing task to help us to assess your academic English further. You can then ask us anything you need to know about the
course and we have a chat about what the course is really like.

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Step 1

Contact us for an Informal Chat

First of all, complete the contact form on the website. We will get back to you within 48 hours.

We like to have an initial chat with you in person, on the phone or on Skype before sending out the formal application process.

Step 2

Application and Pre-interview Task

You will then receive a three-page application form asking you about you, your educational and work background, whether you have had any teaching experience (not necessary by the way, if you don’t have any, just write ‘None’ in these sections), and asking you for two work or educational referees.

You will also be asked to submit a personal statement detailing why you would like to do the CELTA. Then, attached to the application form is a pre-interview task with 6 sections to be completed in full.

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Step 3

Interview

As this is an exciting time for you, we like to get back to you quickly. As such, we respond back to all applications within 48 hours of receiving them and the interviews are then arranged to be held within the next 48 hour period.

Interviews are either done via Skype or face to face at the centre. We will ask you a bit about yourself, talk through the pre-interview task and ask a few probing questions about the language points you’ve prepared and then we will give you three teaching scenarios and ask you to explain how you would teach them efficiently and effectively.

You may also be asked to do a short on-the-spot writing task to help us to assess your academic English further. You can then ask us anything you need to know about the
course and we have a chat about what the course is really like.

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Step 4

Finding out if you have been accepted

Life is too short to be sitting around worrying or thinking about whether your application is good enough or not, how you’re going to pay for the course or what studying you think you’ll need to do beforehand.

So we try to take the anxiety out of it all by responding to you quickly and honestly and with detailed pointers of what we think you could swot up on before the course begins.

You’ll either be told at the interview itself or within 24 hours of the interview. This is always followed up by a formal email of acceptance from the CELTA trainer conducting the interview and then with an email from the Director, detailing how you to pay the deposit.

So… from the minute you press send on your application email, you will have had your application reviewed, been interviewed and then informed whether you have been successful or not within 5 working days.

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When do the CELTA courses run?

We run several courses every year and so for 2024 our dates are:

4 weeks

March 4th to March 29th

Method 100% online

Fee 1,300€

July 1st to July 26th

Method On-site

Fee 1,550€

August 5th to August 30th

Method On-site

Fee 1,550€

October 7th to November 1st

Method 100% online

Fee 1,300€

12 weeks

April 2nd to June 21st

Method 100% online

Fee 1,300€

September 24th – December 13th

Method 100% online

Fee 1,300€

You start by paying a deposit of 400 euros so that you can have access to the pre-course task which must be completed and handed in on Day 1 of the course.

Please note that this deposit is non-refundable. After that the outstanding amount will be paid into our account one month before the course start date.

If you are a last-minute applicant to the course, then the full amount of 1,250 euros (for the Online course only and a limited time only) will be paid by a specified date arranged between yourself and our Director, Fran Devaney.

*The Irish Academy reserves the right to suspend a CELTA course up to seven days before it´s scheduled start date, if there are insufficient students for us to run the course effectively. In the unlikely event of this happening full refunds will be given to all students concerned.

Finally, if you are already working in the Canaries for a privately owned school, Academy, language centre, training company or any other type of company, you may be eligible for assistance from FUNDAE.

This group was founded by the social security here and gives companies a non-accumulative annual credit that they can use to fund training.

The size of this credit is determined by the number of employees within the company and their level of education.

Should you be supported in doing the CELTA by your current employers and are eligible for some form of assistance, then your organisation would apply for the funding for you.

In this case, the procedure is that your organisation would pay us and then the amount they have paid is deducted from their next social security payment.

Please also see the ‘cursos para empleados’ section of our website where there is a more detailed explanation in Spanish.

Pre-course
preparation

Once you’ve paid the non-refundable deposit, we send you the official Cambridge CELTA pre-course task which…you guessed it…must be completed before and brought with you on Day 1 of the course.

This weighty document has a recommended reading list to walk you through the 44 different tasks designed to get your brain in gear about grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, teaching receptive skills; reading and listening, teaching productive skills; speaking and writing, classroom management, error correction, teaching methodology, approaches and techniques.

Previous trainees have overwhelmingly commented on how essential this is prior to the course as it truly prepares you for the whole basis of the CELTA teaching methodology and the intense learning environment you are about to enter!

Essential preparation guide:

15 practical suggestions on what you should do prior to taking any CELTA course

How am I assessed on the course?

You are assessed continuously in different ways:

Your teaching is assessed at least every second day at 20 minute, 40 minute and one hour intervals. Your tutor observes the class and completes a detailed feedback sheet whilst doing so.

The tutor also gives you one of three possible grades for each assessed taught class; not to standard, to standard, above standard. There will also be key points of things you did well and three to four key areas of development to work on for the next lesson.

Once you have finished teaching, you will immediately write a self-evaluation of your own class which is then submitted to Cambridge along with the tutor’s report.

In addition, we have a meeting every day in which you reflect on your lesson and your colleagues and tutor give you constructive criticism, and so that verbal feedback along with the written feedback means that you constantly know how you are doing.

Of the four written assignments, two are to be written to an Academic standard and all need to have a bibliography and to be referenced correctly.

It is often the case that written assignments have to be re-submitted. This may be because of the content, or perhaps because the English used is not quite to standard and sometimes it might be because of both. In this scenario, the assignment is given back to you with clear, written comments from the tutor specifying which sections or problematic areas need to be addressed.

There is one opportunity to resubmit and all assignments simply carry a Pass or Fail grade.

We know that a learning curve can be a difficult incline to some whilst others just seem to forge ahead. Everyone develops at different rates and the ones who are the most successful are those who work steadily, helpfully and faithfully with their 5 other teaching group team-mates.

This means supporting each other physically and mentally, being a true team player, reacting positively to the teaching feedback you receive, fully participating in methodology sessions and taking responsibility for your own development. After all, these are the qualities that recruiting schools look for, so let’s start now.

This information is gathered and filed away into your official Cambridge CELTA portfolio on a daily basis and checked during tutorials and key review points to ensure the administration of your course is being handled professionally and to standard.

The entire continuous assessment process of teaching practice, written assignments and attitude and professionalism is reviewed at two tutorials at key stage points of the course before being rolled up into a final grade awarded by the Cambridge tutor and verified by the external Cambridge Assessor.

The possible grades are as follows; Standard Pass, Pass B, Pass A and in exceptional circumstances a Below Standard grade resulting in a Fail or Trainee Withdrawal. This is worth mentioning as although it does not occur frequently (an approximate 10% of candidates globally), it can happen on occasion and it is worth noting that in this situation, all monies paid are non-refundable as the participant has attended the course.

Of the remaining 90% who pass, the standard pass is the most common result for all candidates, a B pass is achieved by an approximate 30% of candidates worldwide and an A pass does exist although this is only achieved by around 10% of CELTA candidates globally.

We explain this upfront as we like to set clear and realistic expectations so trainees do not put themselves under undue pressure.

Therefore, finishing the course on a standard pass is industry standard and acceptable to all schools, academies and centres you may find yourself applying to.

The Monday after you finish the course, you are able to pick up a full report and reference indicating what your trainers predict your final grade will be pending official agreement from Cambridge.

Below the grade is an Academic Reference written by your trainers and on the back is a breakdown of your grades against the Cambridge criteria.

This report is accepted across the industry as a reference and as a document evidencing your grade and work done on the CELTA while you are waiting for your official certificate to arrive. So don´t worry, you won´t leave us empty handed and you will be able to start applying for teaching jobs right away!

Certificates

As the final grades have to be verified by the external Cambridge assessor and then printed and authenticated by Cambridge University, your certificates arrive between 6-8 weeks after the course ends. If you will not be around to collect your certificate when it arrives, you can leave us a self-addressed envelope and we can send it on to you for a fee.

Portfolios

After all the hard work you have put into creating your lesson plans and materials, it is little wonder that many candidates do want to be able to keep it as a memento and also to be able to recycle or adapt those lessons for future classes. As Cambridge have the right to request your portfolio for up to six months after the course ends, we unfortunately cannot let you leave with it. However, again, we can send it on to you for a fee once the six months is up.

Life after CELTA

Coming soon

 

 

DELTA course

After a few years out in the field post-CELTA, some of you may wish to continue developing in your new profession and may wish to embark upon the DELTA which is a Masters equivalent Diploma in English Language Teaching but with the all-important eight week face to face teaching component.

FAQ about the CELTA course

Yes. An online CELTA format combines hands-on teaching practices, completion of the four coursework assignments and input sessions where you get both practical and theoretical teaching knowledge. This format also allows for self-study time.

Flexibility:
You can access the online materials at any time

Accessibility:
You work form the comfort of your home with no accommodation and travel costs

Teaching practice is fully online and the input sessions provided have a strong practical emphasis.

The course achieves the same objectives as face-to-face courses, i.e. developing effective, principled teaching practice

All course units take place online through the use of interactive materials based on the CELTA syllabus topics.

Course work will require participants to work collaboratively and independently on course components, i.e. teaching practices, written assignments and input sessions.

These also count with thorough tutor support, as well as continuous evaluation and feedback.

Teaching practice groups are the same as for face-to-face courses in terms of:

  • the two levels taught
  • the numbers of teaching practice students
  • the range of lesson types, all skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and systems (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and language functions)
  • the number of times you teach
  • the length of lessons

You will teach for a total of 6 hours. These teaching practices will be an hour long each and spread over the duration of your course. Peers and tutors will also be observing teaching practices before sitting down together to share constructive and collaborative feedback comments on the lessons.

This pre-course process includes:

  • Completing the application form and pre-interview task
  • Preparing for and participating in an interview with our CELTA course tutor
  • Producing an extended piece of written work
  • Completing the pre-course task

The real deadline is when the course is full. There is a maximum of 12 places on our courses. To be sure of a place, we recommend fees are paid 3 weeks before the start date or as soon as you have been interviewed.

No. Online CELTA leads to exactly the same certificate as the face-to-face CELTA. Assessed outcomes are the same for all trainees, so there is no need for separate certification. Courses are assessed locally. The assessor observes teaching practice and has access to participants’ online materials.

09:30-11:30 Teaching Practice with between 8 – 15 real students at two different levels.
11:30-11:45 Break
11.45-13:30 Feedback on previous day’s Teaching Practice and assisted Lesson Planning
13.30-14.30 Lunch break
14.30-16.15 Input session 1 – Methodology Training
16:30-18:00 Input session 2 – Methodology Training
18:00-19:00 Further assisted Lesson Planning if required

In brief, the CELTA course covers five main topics:

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.

Good question, and well might you ask!
If
you break it down really simply, it means you’re getting world class
tutorage for about 76 euros per day. In any other industry or business
sector, intense training of this nature would cost around 200-300 euros
per day.
And providing that you pass the course, you will have a CELTA certificate.

  • 160 hours of Training and Continuous 
  • Dedicated Support and Advice from our University of Cambridge Trainers
  • Constructive Criticism and Lesson Planning
  • Learning How to Work under Pressureç
  • Increased Confidence in Teaching Practice: 6 Hours of which are Cambridge Assessed.
  • Ongoing Support and Jobs Advice through your CELTA network

   Plus…

  1. Your Cambridge Exam entry fee paid.
  2. Experience of teaching at two different levels e.g. Elementary and Intermediate
  3. The principles of effective teaching.
  4. A wide range of practical skills for teaching English to adults
  5. The CELTA accreditation and complete references.

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