CELTA

An internationally recognised initial qualification in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

What is CELTA:

CELTA is an internationally recognised initial qualification for the Teaching of English to Foreign Language (TEFL). It is awarded by the University of Cambridge English which is part of the world-famous University of Cambridge. Find out here why the CELTA is so well known for its quality and standing within the TEFL industry Cambridge English CELTA

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Who awards the CELTA?

The qualification is administered by Cambridge English which is part of the University of Cambridge. Cambridge English will issue your certificate when you successfully complete the CELTA course at English Language House

What is TEFL or TESOL?

‘TEFL’  stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and ‘TESOL’ stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. They are terms used to describe the industry you will be entering when you successfully complete your CELTA course and start working in TEFL/TESOL. 

What do I need to be accepted for the course?

Ideally you should:

     
  • have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education  
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  • be aged 20 or over  
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  • have a good standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels.  

ELH may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but you will need to demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. ELH may, at our discretion, accept applicants aged between 18 and 20.

How long does it take to complete a CELTA course? 

At English Language House the CELTA course can be:

     
  • Completed in 4 weeks as a FULL TIME CELTA COURSE  
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  • Completed in 20 weeks as a PART TIME CELTA COURSE  
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  • Completed in 15-20 weeks as a BLENDED LEARNING CELTA (online course)  

What’s the difference between the 3 courses?

 

The only difference is the way each course is delivered.

The FULL TIME CELTA COURSE is a very intensive course where trainees need to attend sessions at English Language House 5 days per week for 4 weeks.

The PART TIME CELTA COURSE requires trainees to attend 2 evening a week for 20 weeks.

The BLENDED LEARNING CELTA online course is mostly delivered online but will require trainees to either attend a 2 week period of face to face teaching practice or ongoing face to face TP (Teaching Practice) on one day per week for 20 weeks. Teaching practice (TP) will take place at English Language House.

What is covered during the CELTA course?

 

Each CELTA course will:

     
  • teach you the principles of effective teaching
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  • provide a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
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  • give you hands-on teaching practice.

 

There are five main units of learning:

     
  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
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  • Language analysis and awareness
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  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
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  • Planning and resources for different contexts
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  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism.

 

Assessment:

You will be assessed throughout the course. There is no final examination.

An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, moderates each course. The assessor usually visits ELH towards the end of each CELTA course.

There are two components of assessment:

1. Teaching practice

You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the 6 hours.

2. Written assignments

You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills;  and one on classroom teaching.
In order to be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades: Pass, Pass ‘B’ and Pass ‘A’.

Who recognises the CELTA qualification?:

 

CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers. The Cambridge CELTA has been accredited by Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework for England. Cambridge English, part of the University of Cambridge, also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.

How much work will I need to do? 

 

Each CELTA course will have a minimum of 120 contact hours which will include:

     
  • Input
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  • Supervised lesson planning
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  • Teaching practice (six assessed hours)
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  • Feedback on teaching
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  • Peer observation
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  • Observation of experienced teachers (minimum six hours)
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  • Consultation time

 

Candidates will need to dedicate a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre- and post-session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.

NB It is very useful if you can have access to e-mail and the internet for all courses and  essential for the Blended Learning CELTA (online course).

How do I apply for the course? 


Complete the application form and the pre interview task and return this to ELH with your deposit. If your application is successful we will call you in for interview. The interviews will be held at ELH in Milton Keynes and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the staff. If this is not possible please let us know and we can consider the possibility of offering you an interview on skype. 

How much will the course cost?


£1,350 (inclusive of the Cambridge CELTA fee)

Are there any other expenses involved?


You will need to buy some books for reference although we have a well-stocked ELT library from which you may borrow.

You will need to pay a £20 refundable deposit to join the ELH library and borrow books.

Full Time CELTA Course Dates & Times:

   

Dates:

Course Duration & TP: (TP = Teaching Practice)

Days:

Times:

spaces now available on each course:

2nd June 2014 - 27th June 2014

4 weeks (TP every day)

Mon - Frid

either 1.00-9.00pm or 9.00-4.00pm each day

0 - no spaces

7th July 2014 - 1st August 2014

4 weeks (TP every day)

Mon - Frid

either 2.00-4.00pm each day

0 spaces

1st September 2014 - 26th September 2014

4 weeks (TP every day)

Monday to Friday

either 1.00-9.00 or 9.00-4.00 each day

10 spaces

14th April 2015 - 12th May 2015

4 weeks (TP every day)

Monday to Friday

either 1.00-9.00pm or 9.00–4.00pm each day

12 spaces

1st June 2015 - 26th June 2015

4 weeks (TP every day)

Mon - Frid

either 1.00-9.00pm or 9.00-4.00pm each day

12 spaces

6th July 2015 - 31st July 2015

4 weeks (TP every day)

Mon - Frid

either 1.00-9.00pm or 9.00-4.00pm each day

12 spaces

2nd September 2015 - 30th September 2015

4 weeks (TP every day)

Mon - Frid

either 1.00-9.00pm or 9.00-4.00pm each day

12 spaces

Part Time CELTA Course Dates & Times:

   

Dates:

Course Duration & TP:

Days:

Times:

spaces now available on each course:

13th October 2014 – 27th March 2015

20 weeks (TP every Tuesday)

Tues + Thursday each week

6.00-9.00pm

10 spaces

19th January 2015 - 19th June 2015

20 weeks (TP every Monday)

Mon + Thursday each week

6.00-9.00pm

12 spaces

CELTA Blended Learning Course Online Dates & Times:

   

Dates:

Course Duration & TP:

Days:

Times:

spaces now available on each course:

20th October 2014 – 3rd April 2015

20 weeks (TP ongoing on either Wednesday or Saturday)

Wednesday or Saturday each week

either Wed 6.00-9.00pm or Sat 9.00am-12.00 each week

10 spaces

20th July 2015 - 2nd October 2015

15 weeks (inclusive of 2 weeks mid course for TP)

Face to Face TP 17th - 28th August

TP 9.00-5.00pm every day for 2 weeks

12 spaces

How to apply+

How do I apply for the course?

Complete the application form and the pre interview task and return this to ELH with your deposit. If your application is successful we will call you in for interview. The interviews will be held at ELH in Milton Keynes and you will have the opportunity to meet some of the staff. If this is not possible please let us know and we can consider the possibility of offering you an interview on skype.