About the full-time online course
The online course is longer because working in front of a screen all day is draining and fatiguing, so more breaks have to be catered for to help maintain concentration and productivity. Technical glitches may also occur and there needs to be time on the course to absorb these.
Our CELTA courses have 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.
The online course runs over 6 weeks and is highly intensive and rewarding.
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 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.
It is not advisable to hold a part-time job or have other major commitments or responsibilities throughout the duration of the course.
Key components of the online course
Components are the same as for the face-to-face CELTA Course and include a minimum of 120 contact hours providing:
1. Input sessions
These include, for example:
- lesson planning;
- classroom management;
- teaching theory;
- methodology and lesson frameworks;
- language analysis from the perspective of a foreign learner.
Sessions are conducted using the learner-centred methodology that is encouraged in teaching practice, and in these sessions tutors model teaching techniques and concepts.
2. 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, who often have refugee status. 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.
3. Observation of experienced teachers
Trainees observe a minimum of 6 hours of lessons taught by experienced, CELTA-qualified teachers through guided video observation. This is an opportunity to observe a range of teaching styles and techniques as well as a range of teaching contexts.
4. Written assignments
Based on input and teaching sessions, these are a very practical assimilation tool, which reinforce skills and knowledge development. Four written assignments of 750 - 1000 words will be required, extensive feedback given and assignment support provided.
5. A self-maintained digital portfolio of all documents is required for course assessment.