Cambridge CELTA

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

Course Description

This is an introductory course designed primarily for inexperienced teachers and is mainly concerned with the “how” of teaching. It is considered to be a solid foundation for teaching English as a foreign language.
The course is recognised by EFL organisations world-wide and the certificate is the most highly respected of its kind in the world.

The Cambridge Certificate requires an attendance of 120 hours over 4 weeks. The course offers methods of English language analysis which will develop the EFL teacher’s ability to make the language more meaningful to foreign learners at all levels.

The course also aims to develop and broaden the prospective EFL teacher’s knowledge of language skills, correction techniques and pronunciation. In addition, it gives the teacher an ability to supplement and criticise available textbooks and materials, and to create their own.

The presentation and practice of new language items are dealt with in detail and give the EFL teacher confidence in a variety of methods. Syllabus and timetabling are also covered on the course.

Teaching Practice and Observation

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course and takes place every day. It is related to the areas covered in the input sessions. Trainees work in groups of six with small classes of students to get experience of teaching at different levels (beginners to advanced). Lessons are discussed by TP groups and tutors after TP.
Trainees also observe at least 8 hours of lessons given by qualified teachers. Additional time is required for lesson preparation and written assignments. As the course is full-time and very intensive it is impossible to have any other commitments during the period of the course. Trainees will find they have to work in the evenings and at weekends.

What does CELTA involve?

  • Teaches you the principles of effective teaching
  • Provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adults
  • Gives you hands-on teaching practice
  • Builds your confidence

There are five main units of learning:

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism

You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course.

There are two components of assessment:

Teaching Practice
You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.

Written Assignments
You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills; and one on classroom teaching.

Grading

Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis and there are three assessed components: professional development, assessment of teaching practice and written assignments. There is at least one individual tutorial (mid-course), where trainees have a chance to discuss their progress to date with a tutor. The Certificate is awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily fulfilled all the requirements of the scheme. Candidates must be present for at least 80% of each component of the course in order to pass, although 100% attendance is expected.

Participants in the course are advised that they should have no other commitments for the duration of the course.
A “Pass” is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and on the written assignments meets the specified criteria. These criteria are available for inspection at International House.
A “Pass Grade B” is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to classroom teaching skills.
A “Pass Grade A” is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass level criteria in relation to planning for effective teaching, classroom teaching skills and an awareness of teaching and learning processes.

These standards are set by UCLES Examination Board in Cambridge, who send an outside assessor to evaluate each course.
International House will also supply a written report for each candidate to indicate specific strengths and areas needing development. IH will send out provisional grades a few days after the course. These will be confirmed on receipt of the official certificates from Cambridge approximately 2 months after the course. The course tutor’s decision is final and there is no appeals procedure, although there is a complaints procedure. It is important to note that the offer of a place does not in itself guarantee success in obtaining the certificate.

Course Requirements

Applicants for the course should have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete the assignments. They should have a standard of education that would allow them entry to Higher Education in their country. Candidates must be 20 years old at the start of the course.

Recommended Books

  • A Course in English Language Teaching – Penny Ur (CUP)
  • Teaching Practice Handbook – Gower and Walters (Heinemann)
  • Learning Teaching – Scrivener (Heinemann)1
  • A Practical English Grammar – Thompson and Martinet (OUP)
  • Practical English Usage – Michael Swan (OUP)1
  • English Grammar in Use – Raymond Murphy (CUP)1

1 Highly recommended

It is advisable to buy your own copy of Scrivener, Swan and Murphy prior to the course.
Additional books will be available for reference at International House.

CELTA dates in 2019

  • Part-time CELTA 2019: 09.03.19 – 25.05.19
  • Full-time CELTA 2019: 03.06.19 – 28.06.19

Special discount for IH teachers available.

As soon as you are accepted on the course you should pay your deposit. We cannot reserve a place on the course until the deposit – 30% of the cost – has been received. The balance of the total fees must be paid prior to the start of the course. In the case of cancellation made later than two weeks before the start of the course, requests for refund of fees (excluding deposit) can only be considered if we have been able to fill the place at short notice.
If you are using an intermediary bank to transfer the fee, there will be an additional charge up to 25 GBP.

Course Application

To apply for the course, you need to fill out the Application Form and complete the Pre-Course Task. Both of them are available in one document titled CELTA Application Form (new application forms will be available shortly!).

Visa regulations:
For 90 days citizens of EU, the USA, Canada and the UK are free to come without a visa for Ukraine (but not from Australia). We are not authorised to provide our candidates with any kind of visa support

Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for visa clarification http://mfa.gov.ua/en/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-requirements-for-foreigners

After you have completed the forms, please e-mail them to tt@ihkyiv.com