There is no final examination but you are assessed by your tutors throughout the course. You are required to maintain and submit a portfolio of course work including materials related to teaching practice and four written assignments.
There are two areas of assessment:
1. Teaching practice
You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability (e.g. pre-intermediate/upper intermediate). Assessment is based on your overall abilities in the classroom during the 6 hours of teaching practice.
2. Written assignments
You will complete four written assignments focusing on:
- Learning about your learners
- The English language- analysing grammar and vocabulary
- Language skills
- Reflecting on your Teaching Practice
Course Length is 120 contact hours.
What you get
All successful candidates are awarded a Cambridge CELTA Certificate validated by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge. Successful candidates receive one of three grades: Pass; Pass B; Pass A.
The syllabus includes a focus on:
- Language awareness
- The learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
- Planning for effective teaching of adult learners
- Classroom management and teaching skills
- Resources and materials
- Professional development
Interested in knowing more about the syllabus? Here’s some detail on each area.
1. Language awareness
- Basic concepts and terminology used in ELT for describing form and meaning in language and language use.
- Basic concepts and terminology used for describing language skills and sub-skills.
- Language description and syllabus design for the teaching of general English to adults.
- The practical significance of similarities and differences between languages.
- Reference materials for language awareness.
2. The learner, the teacher and the teaching / learning context
- The adult learner’s educational background and traditions.
- The context for learning and teaching English at adult level.
- Different motivations for learning English as an adult.
- Different learning and teaching styles at adult level.
3. Planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
- The principles of planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English.
- The practical realities of planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English.
- The selection and evaluation of appropriate materials and resources for specific lessons.
- The selection and evaluation of appropriate exercise types, activity types, and tasks, for specific lessons.
- The evaluation of lesson preparation.
4. Classroom management and teaching skills for teaching English to adults
- The effective organisation of the classroom.
- Classroom presence and control.
- Teacher and learner language.
- The use of teaching materials and resources.
- Practical skills for teaching at a range of levels.
- The monitoring and evaluation of adult learners.
- The evaluation of classroom management and teaching skills.
5. Resources and materials for teaching English to adults
- Commercially produced resources and materials for teaching English to adults.
- Non-published resources and materials for teaching English to adults.
- The selection and evaluation of resources and materials for use in teaching, and testing adult learners of English, and for reference.
- The adaptation of resources and materials for specific groups of adult learners of English.
6. Professional development for teachers of English to adults
- Self assessment: understanding weaknesses and developing strengths.
- Working in context: preparing to become a teacher, colleague and employee.
- Professional development: support systems, publications, and courses for teaching English to adults.