The Cambridge CELTA is the most widely recognised initial qualification in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), recognised by language schools in dozens of countries around the world. Over 10,000 candidates gain the qualification each year. Great importance is attached to quality control and this is assured in a number of ways, including approval and moderation by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the world famous University of Cambridge. The CELTA is, in short, the qualification you want to have if you plan to seek employment as an English language teacher in a quality language school, and is the most widely recognised TEFL course. When your prospective employer sees that you have completed the CELTA– and at a reputable training centre– you are in a far better position than applicants who don’t have the Cambridge qualification.
The course will:
- introduce you to the principles of effective teaching
- help you understand more about the English language
- provide you with a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
- give you hands-on teaching practice with real students
- build your confidence in the classroom.
The CELTA course is as challenging as it is rewarding, and therefore it’s worth reading through the following ‘self-check’ to get an idea if it’s what you’re looking for.
Self-check: Is the Cambridge CELTA the right course for you?
If you can answer YES or PROBABLY to every question, then the CELTA is right for you!
What is a typical day like on the full time Cambridge CELTA course?
- 9:00-11:30: Teaching Practice. Your group of 5 or 6 teacher trainees teach a class of students learning English, most of whom are from Hungary. Your tutor and other trainees watch the lesson.
- 11:45-13:15: Feedback and ALP (Assisted Lesson Preparation). You have the chance to discuss your lesson with fellow trainees and the tutor and some good ideas for moving forward in your teaching. Then, in ALP, you discuss the lessons for the next day with your tutor and peers.
- 14:15-17:00: Seminars and workshops. The trainers give practical input sessions to get you thinking and give you lots of practical teaching ideas in all the key areas. Interactive, challenging and really enjoyable.
On some days you also do observation of experienced teachers in their classes. You sit at the back and see a real class in operation. You’ll notice the skills and techniques used and spot what you can borrow for your own lessons.
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