The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course administered by Cambridge English Language Assessment. In contrast to other TEFL courses, CELTA certification is recognised worldwide.
The CELTA online course is recommended for anyone who wants to start teaching English as a foreign language at one of the many English language schools in South Africa or abroad.
What to expect on the course?
- CELTA is the best-known and most widely obtained qualification in the field of English language teaching to adults. The course is designed and closely monitored by University of Cambridge English Language Assessment; and on passing the course, trainees receive a certificate from Cambridge as well as a report from the centre detailing the trainees’ areas of strength and weakness.
- Our online virtual classroom on Zoom allows participants audio, video, text chat and screen sharing (standard tools in all online classrooms).
- Other techniques, such as dividing students into separate breakout rooms in order to do group work, are learnt to create more student-centred, communicative lessons.
- The course is both practical and theoretical with extensive, closely supervised teaching practice followed by both written and oral feedback.
- Trainers are highly qualified and experienced, and approved by Cambridge.
The online course runs over 6 weeks and is highly intensive and rewarding with a very practical approach. A solid grounding is provided in teaching skills and techniques. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and sensitivity to student needs and also on general language awareness.
Teaching practice and input sessions are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Times are between 8:30 – 16:30 local time with scheduled breaks and slots to work asynchronously. These times may vary according to the timetable of the day. Wednesdays are Zoom-free days and time is set aside for candidates to work independently on lesson plans, asynchronous tasks, and assignments.
The first week will include training on how to use the different platforms used on the course so that once teaching practice officially starts in Week 2, candidates are confident and ready to teach with technology.
Candidates are assessed on their teaching practice, lesson plans and written assignments.
All preparation for lessons, as well as the written assignments, happens outside of course hours so applicants can realistically expect to put in 80 additional learning hours of coursework, undertaken in your own time, focusing on lesson planning and assignment research and writing. Key components include a minimum of 120 contact hours providing:
- Input sessions including
- lesson planning;
- classroom management;
- teaching theory;
- methodology and lesson frameworks;
- language analysis from the perspective of a foreign learner.
- Teaching practice
Trainees do 6 hours (8 lessons) of assessed teaching practice over the 6 weeks. This is a key part of the course. The trainees split into smaller groups in virtual breakout rooms and teach foreign volunteer students. Trainees receive guidance from the tutors in planning their lessons, and after the lessons there is a group feedback session, with oral feedback from other trainees and the tutor. The tutor also gives detailed written feedback on the lesson.
- Observation of experienced teachers
Trainees observe a minimum of 6 hours of lessons taught by experienced, CELTA-qualified teachers through guided video observation, learning about a range of teaching styles and techniques as well as a range of teaching contexts.
- Written assignments
Based on input and teaching sessions, these are a very practical assimilation tool used to reinforce skills and knowledge development. Four written assignments of 750 - 1000 words will be required, extensive feedback given and assignment support provided.
- A self-maintained digital portfolio of all documents is required for course assessment
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