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Full Time CELTA Teacher Training Course at IH Aberdeen, Scotland

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The full time Cambridge CELTA Teacher Training Course at International House Aberdeen will begin on 14th January 2019. To request an application form please contact us.

The Cambridge CELTA Course

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is a practical, hands-on teaching qualification. It is administered by Cambridge University ESOL and is the minimum teaching qualification for many language schools worldwide. The CELTA course provides candidates with a mix of hands-on teaching experience, teaching methodology and practical classroom techniques. It is an initial teaching qualification, so no previous teaching experience is required to take the course. CELTA is also popular with teachers who have some initial experience teaching, but lack a formal teaching qualification.

CELTA is an internationally recognised course with clearly defined assessment standards and a set syllabus, which you can read here: Cambridge CELTA Syllabus and Assessment Guidelines

A pass on the CELTA course is highly regarded internationally and represents quality and innovation in language teaching.

Typical participants include:

  • College graduates
  • Professional people looking for a career change
  • Teachers of other subjects
  • People who see TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) as a means of living and working abroad
  • Gap-year students
  • Non-native English speakers and international applicants are also welcome. (If English is not your first language, you should have a level of proficiency in English equivalent to C1/C2.

Course objectives:

  • Understand the principles of effective teaching and acquire the practical skills to allow you to do this.
  • Become more aware of language and be able to apply this knowledge when teaching.
  • Start to understand how and why adults learn English and the role of both the teacher and the learner.
  • Learn how to develop professionally in the field.
  • Receive a qualification accredited at level 5 on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF).

Course details:

Courses Dates: 14th January - 8th February 2019

Course hours: Monday to Friday 9.45am-18.15pm

Minimum age: 18

Minimum English Level: C1/C2

Price: £1300 plus Cambridge Exam Fee

What to expect:

The intensive CELTA is offered as a 4 week intensive course (120 hours+ hours onsite). CELTA is a highly intensive course and will require working in the evenings and also weekends. It is highly recommended that no other work or social commitments are scheduled for the duration of the course as it requires a lot of time and commitment. As well as the onsite hours, you will need to spend every weekday evening and the weekends doing course-related work such as reading, writing assignments and lesson preparation. The level of planning for the assessed teaching practice is detailed and time-consuming as it gives you the tools to analyse language and structure different lesson types. Many previous candidates have commented that the course takes over their lives for the month. The course is challenging, but highly motivating and useful.

CELTA course components:

The CELTA course is assessed in two ways: one is the classroom-related written assignments and the other is the assessment of Planning and Teaching Practice. The assessment relates to five syllabus areas:

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

Frequently asked questions:

Q. How are applicants selected?

A. To be successful, applicants will need to fulfil the following selection criteria:

  • Application form with language awareness tasks
  • Oral interview, during which candidates respond to questions about language and teaching, complete in-interview language awareness tasks and complete a timed (25 minutes) handwritten task
  • References, where appropriate
  • Copy of degree
  • Copy of English qualification (where appropriate)

Q. When will I be told if my application has been successful?

A. Applicants will be notified in person at the end of their interview, or by email from the CELTA administrator, no longer than 2 working days after the interview date.

Q. How is the course assessed?

A. All aspects of the course, teaching practice and written assignments, are assessed internally and continuously assessed. An external assessor approved by Cambridge ESOL will visit every CELTA course. The role of the assessor is to moderate the course. The final certificate is issued by Cambridge usually 4 – 6 weeks after the end of the course.

The final grades on a CELTA course are: Pass A, Pass B, Pass and Fail. Candidates receive a course report with a provisional grade within one week of completing the course. Candidates can use these course reports when applying for work.

Q: I've never studied English grammar. I'm worried I won't understand how to teach it. Is that a problem?

A: Don't worry. Many, many participants say this. On the course we'll help you understand how grammar works, what the key terms mean, and how to teach it effectively. There are lots of books to help you, too.

Q: What's the difference between CELTA, TESOL, TEFL and ELT?

A: TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and ELT (English Language Teaching) both refer to the industry of teaching English as a foreign language. TESOL and CELTA both refer to the qualifications that can be gained if you would like to teach English in the UK or abroad. CELTA refers to the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and TESOL refers to the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Q: Are there any differences between the Cambridge CELTA and the Trinity Cert TESOL?

A: Not really. Both Certificates teach the same basic TEFL/TESOL skills and require the same number of hours of teaching practice and observation, for example. Both lead to the same level of professional qualification, which is Level 5 of the National Qualifications Framework, and both have equal status on the EFL job market.

Q: What's the difference between your course and a cheaper weekend or online course?

A: Weekend or ‘taster’ courses may be helpful in giving you an idea of what to expect when teaching English as a foreign language. However, you will not get the full range of input ‒ training in teaching methodology, language analysis, classroom management, and so on ‒ that you will get on a longer, more intensive, course. More importantly, it is not a recognised qualification and no quality school would accept you as a qualified teacher.

Similarly, online courses can be very helpful and you may enjoy working in the privacy of your home or workplace. However, you will not get the full range of training that you will receive on a CELTA or TESOL course. There will also be less experience of working face-to-face with trainers and other trainee teachers, which is very important for teachers at an early stage of their professional development. Again, an online qualification may not give you access to the range of teaching posts you would be eligible for with a qualification following a longer, face-to-face course.

Q: What nationalities are in the school?

A: We have students from all over the world. Our classes are always mixed. At any one time there could be between 15-25 different nationalities in the school. This is of particular benefit to you as you'll experience the learning problems of students from as far afield as Korea and South America.

Q: Will I be able to continue with my part-time job during the course?

A: No. It's not a good idea. You'll have a lot of reading and preparing to do after classes in the evenings. You'll probably want to organise your notes and catch up on some reading during the weekend, too. You need to be giving 100% to the programme. After all, it's the start of a new career; don't jeopardise it before it's even started.

Pre-Course Task and recommended books:

As part of the application process, we will send you a pre-course task to complete. The aim of this task is to introduce you to some of the areas covered on the CELTA course and to provide you with the opportunity to prepare for the course. You may find one or more of the following grammar books useful for referencing:

  • Aitken, R - Teaching Tenses (Nelson)
  • Swan, M - Practical English Usage (OUP)
  • Murphy, R - English Grammar in Use (CUP)
  • Thornbury, S - How to Teach Grammar (Longman)

If you wish to do some additional reading before the start of the course, the following books may be of interest:

  • Scrivener, J - Learning Teaching (Macmillan)
  • Harmer, J - How to Teach English (Longman)
  • Underhill, A - Sound Foundations (Macmillan)

Additional Information:

  • The price of the course includes all tuition and use of resources and excludes the Cambridge exam fee of £145.
  • Please note that we would cancel any course if we had fewer than six candidates signed up.