What is CELTA?
It gives you a qualification for entry into the field of EFL teaching to adults internationally. The acronym stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. It is validated by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate who set the guidelines and criteria for centres running these courses.
How long does the course take?
The full time course is a minimum of 120 contact hours and runs over four weeks. You attend the school from 09.00 to 17.00 and then spend most evenings preparing lessons for the following day. There are also assignments to do over the 3 weekends of the course. Cambridge recommends that a minimum of 60 additional learning hours for reading, research, assignment writing and lesson preparation is required on a course. This would average out to about 15 hours a week on top of contact hours.
Our part time course runs over 12 weeks and covers a minimum of 120 contact hours. The contact times are Saturday mornings from 10.00 to 14.00 and Monday and Wednesday evenings 18.00 to 21.00.
Can I enrol?
Yes, if you are at least 18 years old at the start of the course. It is generally recommended that you are aged 20 and over though. You should also have a standard of education that would allow you entry to Higher Education in your country. You should have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables you to follow the course and complete the assignments set throughout the course. Non-native speaker applicants need proof of a C1/C2 level of English.
Do I need to be able to speak a foreign language?
No, but it can help you if you have an awareness of another language.
Do I need to have previous teaching experience?
No. The CELTA course is designed as a pre-service course for people with no previous teaching experience. It is also a popular course with those who have a PGCE and experience in the state sector but who are looking for a change of direction and to go abroad.
What are the course contents?
Input sessions are devoted to methodology, language awareness, phonology and lesson preparation. It is a Cambridge requirement that you observe 6 hours of classes with qualified teachers (3 are of live teaching and 3 can be of videos) and have a minimum of 6 hours observed teaching practice. On our full time courses here, teaching practice normally takes place in the afternoons and by the end of the course you will have taught two, sometimes three levels of classes.
Where do the teaching practice students come from?
The community. Many of them are working in Edinburgh, i.e. in bars, restaurants or are au pairs, and these classes are free for them.
Is there an examination at the end?
No. You are assessed on 2 components: your teaching practice and written assignments. Cambridge has a set of criteria for each component that you must meet to get the certificate. Towards the end of the course an external assessor comes in to moderate the course and to ensure that assessment is being carried out consistently. You will have at least two tutorials during which you will be given an indication of your progress to date. Useful information about the course can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CELTA
Is it easy to find a job?
It is more difficult to find a full-time job in Britain, except in the summer months when there are many summer schools operating in Edinburgh and the rest of Britain - particularly in the London area. We, therefore, recommend that you go abroad after the course. During the course, information will be available to assist you in finding employment.
In the summer months our teaching staff requirements in CES schools increases and we give priority to those teachers who have trained with us.
How much is the course?
2018 Courses: £1,135 (inclusive of the Cambridge and registration fee.)
2019 Courses: £1,150 (inclusive of the Cambridge and registration fee.)
Can I get financial assistance for the course?
Some job centres may be able to give you a grant but you will have to contact them yourself. The British Council is known to give grants to recent graduates to do a Celta course so you should visit their site and find out more.
How do I apply?
You can download an application form and accompanying written tasks from this page. Complete both and return them to the school address with copies of any relevant qualifications you have to support your application. If your application meets requirements we will invite you to attend an interview. These interviews are usually conducted in groups (or a telephone/skype interview can be arranged if a candidate lives far away) and short tasks are set to assess a candidate's suitability. In most cases the decision to accept or reject a candidate is made at the end of the interview. You can send these to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Why choose this centre?
We have Scotland's most experienced CELTA tutors. All of us are assessors and Valerie Reynolds was a Joint Chief Assessor for the scheme for 15 years. We are also competitively priced for the north!
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