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Syllabus and assessment

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 twoIMG 1775 710x511 Syllabus and assessment 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.

 

Course Content

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.

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