Part-time CELTA - 12 weeks

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A CELTA is your passport to teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) anywhere in the world. It's recognised world-wide and is accredited at level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

The part-time CELTA allows you to complete a CELTA qualification while maintaining weekday commitments. Spread over 12 weeks, the course takes place on two weekday evenings a week and seven Saturdays.

You don't need previous teaching experience to take a CELTA, just the capacity to become an effective teacher. You will need to successfully complete a language awareness task and an interview to get on to the course.

Course details

  • English level required: C1+/C2/proficient
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Minimum course size: 10
  • Maximum course size: 15
  • Teacher to student ratio: 1 to 5
  • Course days: Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday and 7 Saturdays
  • Lesson times: 18:30-21:30 (weekdays); 10:00-17:00 (Saturdays)
  • Cost: £1,545 (12 weeks) + £145 Cambridge registration fee
  • Course length: 12 weeks
  • Study hours: 120 including teaching practice
  • Contact time per week: 6 hours plus Saturdays
  • 2018 start dates: 13 January, 10 February, 10 March, 21 April, 19 May, 30 June, 1 September, 22 September, 3 November

Who is the course for?

If you'd like to start teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) you should consider this course. Current TEFL teachers who do not have a formal qualification may also benefit from the CELTA.

Being part-time makes this course a good option if you need to carry on working while studying, or if you have other weekday commitments.

Your education level should be equivalent to entry into higher education and you need to be at least 20 or over. Applications from 18 and 19 year olds will be reviewed on a case by case basis at our own discretion.

The CELTA is demanding and intensive. Be prepared to complete regular assignments and assessments, and spend time outside of timetabled hours on preparation and revision.

If English isn't your first language you'll need a language level of C2 advanced plus on the CEFR. If your level is C1 advanced you can still study the practical aspects of the CELTA on our IH certificate in TESOL course.

Course objectives

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, to use its full title, is a structured and practical introduction to TEFL. It provides you with the knowledge, practical experience and confidence to begin working as a TEFL teacher upon successfully completing the course.

Completing the CELTA will help you to:

  • become more language-aware and able to apply this knowledge when teaching
  • gain a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • start to understand how and why adults learn English and the role of the teacher and learner
  • understand the principles and practice of effective teaching
  • understand which resources to use with adult learners for teaching, testing and reference purposes
  • identify development opportunities as a professional in the field

Course content

The CELTA is made up of instruction, teaching practice and reflection and contains the following components:

  • input sessions on language awareness, student awareness, classroom management and lesson planning
  • daily small group teaching practice with students at different language levels
  • detailed feedback and discussion sessions with tutors
  • observation of qualified teachers and your peers

The five main topics you will cover in the CELTA course are:

  • 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

To receive a CELTA certificate, you need to complete the course and meet the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments. You'll be assessed on 6 hours of teaching practice and 4 written assignments. There are three passing grades: Pass A, Pass B and Pass.

Course timetables

January 2018; February 2018; March 2018; April 2018; May 2018; July 2018; August 2018; September 2018.

Apply for this course

Our courses are regularly oversubscribed and they fill up fast. We strongly recommend applying early to avoid disappointment and have greater choice over dates and times.

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