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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.
Lesson Planning and Research
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.
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What does a typical CELTA day look like?
- 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
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What is the CELTA course content?
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.
A detailed syllabus is available upon request.
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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.
Let’s have a look at what else some of our ex-CELToids got from the course…
- 160 hours of Training and Continuous Assessment
- Dedicated Support and Advice from our University of Cambridge Trainers
- Constructive Criticism and Lesson Planning
- Learning How to Work under Pressure
- Increased Confidence in Teaching Practice: 6 Hours of which are Cambridge Assessed.
- Ongoing Support and Jobs Advice through your CELTA network
- Your Cambridge Exam entry fee paid.
- Experience of teaching at two different levels e.g. Elementary and Intermediate
- The principles of effective teaching.
- A wide range of practical skills for teaching English to adults.
- Valuable experience giving practical classes to two different levels, e.g. elementary and intermediate.
- The CELTA accreditation and complete references.