In December 2016 CES purchased Action English Language Training Ltd, the highly-renowned, Leeds-based, CELTA training centre. Over the years Action English trained hundreds of teachers. CES Leeds is honored to be able take up the baton and CES will run Cambridge CELTA courses to the same high professional standards as Action English from January 2017 at its main school at 9 Park Place, Leeds.
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 Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, who set the guidelines and criteria for centres running these courses.
How long does the course take?
The full-time course: The full-time course is a minimum of 120 contact hours and runs for four weeks. You attend the school from 09.00 to 17.00 and then spend most evenings preparing lessons for the following day. Assignments are generally completed at weekends; therefore you will therefore spend a substantial amount of time working on course matters outside of course hours.
The online course: The online course is less intensive and takes part over 20 weeks. You will study, online, aspects of teaching English Language, but you must come to the centre each Tuesday for face-to-face speaking practice.
Can I enrol?
Yes, if you are aged 20 and over , and have a standard of education that would allow entry to Higher Education in your country. Applicants of 18 or 19 may also be considered at the discretion of the centre. 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 should have C1/C2 level of English (though formal proof, e.g. in the form of exam certificates, is not required).
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.
What are the course contents?
On both the full-time and the online courses, input sessions are devoted to methodology, language awareness, and phonology and lesson preparation. On the online course, these are studied online. It is a Cambridge requirement that you observe 6 hours of classes with qualified teachers (a mixture of live teaching and videoed lessons) and have 6 hours of observed teaching practice. Teaching practice normally takes place in the afternoons and by the end of the course you will have taught two or three levels of student.
Where do the teaching practice students come from?
The community. Classes are made up of refugees, asylum-seekers, spouses of full-time overseas students, and European students who are working in Leeds, e.g. in bars, restaurants or hotels. Many of the students pay a registration fee to attend these classes taught by you and observed by tutors.
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 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 Leeds and the rest of Britain - particularly in the London area. We therefore recommend that you look abroad for your first job after the course. During the course information will be available to assist you in finding employment.
How much is the course?
2018 Courses: £1290 (inclusive of the Cambridge fee) plus £50 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 also periodically gives grants to recent graduates to do a CELTA course so visit their site and find out more.
How do I apply?
You can download an application form and pre-interview task from this page. Complete both and return them to the school address or our email address: CELTALeeds@ces-schools.com 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 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.
Course dates in 2017:
C2 2018: 26th February - 23rd March (4 weeks)
C3 2018: 27th April - 25th May (4 weeks)
C4 2018: 18th June - 13th July (4 weeks)
C5 2018: 30th July - 24th August (4 weeks)
C6 2018: 17th September - 12th October (4 weeks)
C7 2018: 12th November - 7th December (4 weeks)
*Teaching Practice for the online course will take place at school every Tuesday evening, throughout the entire course.
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