The four-week Cambridge CELTA course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment.
In addition to the 9:00 to 5:00 workdays at English Canada (EC), you will need most evenings and at least one day on weekends working independently on lesson planning and course assignments. The course is demanding and challenging therefore employment during the course and long commutes are strongly discouraged. 100% attendance is required and a clear schedule for the month is recommended. Despite the intensive nature and commitment required, most trainees enjoy and thrive on the work!
As a CELTA trainee, you will be working in large, modern classrooms, and you will have access to a quiet workspace for lesson preparation and self-study. EC has materials for your exclusive use as a CELTA trainee, including a variety of up-to-date books on methodology, grammar, and activity books for use in the classroom. Additionally, you will have access to other areas open to students at ILI such as kitchens and the computer room.
The CELTA course involves at least 120 contact hours between candidates and the course tutors. This includes:
- Tutorial support and consultation
- Supervised lesson planning
- Six hours of assessed teaching practice per candidate supervised by a course tutor
- Feedback on teaching practice
- Peer observation of teaching practice
- Six hours of directed observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT professionals or four hours of observation of live lessons plus two hours of observation of lessons on video
An additional 80 learning hours for reading, research, assignment writing, lesson preparation and record keeping are also required.
- Our full time intensive courses run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for four weeks.
- A typical day consists of:
- 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Supervised teaching practice (TP), feedback and assisted lesson planning.
- 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Input: Methodology sessions
- On the first day the course, you will observe the tutors teach. Your teaching practice starts on Day two. As CELTA training is based on experiential learning, or "learning by doing", teaching practice (TP) is at the heart of the course. In your TP sessions, you will be asked to put into practice the ideas and concepts you learn during the input and feedback sessions.
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Cambridge ESOL follows strict standards for approving CELTA trainers. All CELTA course tutors (teacher trainers) have the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA, previously the RSA DTEFLA), a sound background of theoretical knowledge, and many years of practical classroom experience with monolingual and multilingual groups at all levels and in a wide range of teaching contexts.
EC's team of highly qualified, experienced and dedicated CELTA tutors combines practical teaching and educational management experience in many regions of the world. Their qualifications ensure that EC CELTA courses incorporate a wide range of teaching principles and practical classroom techniques.
You will be teaching adult volunteer students from the local ESL community who represent a wide variety of language and cultural backgrounds. You will teach at two distinct levels. On the first day of the course, you will have time to meet and get to know your students before the tutors begin to assess your practice teaching. Typically, a TP class will have from five to fifteen students and may contain students from Asia, South America, the Middle East, Quebec, and Europe.
Candidates 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:
Candidates 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 6 hours.
Candidates 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.
The certificate is awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in both assessment components: teaching practice and written assignments. The pass grades A, B, and Pass are awarded as a result of continuous assessment by our tutors and participants are always kept informed of their progress during the course.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate from Cambridge ESOL that will give you the potential to teach English in locations around the world. CELTA will provide you with a professional designation that is recognized internationally, and is especially valuable for individuals who plan to teach English in Canada and abroad.