We offer both intensive and part-time CELTA courses designed to be a springboard for those wishing to teach in the UK or abroad. It is also suitable for those who have some teaching experience but who wish to gain a formal internationally recognised TEFL qualification in order to develop a career in EFL.
We have trained over 2000 teachers on our CELTA courses over the last 20 years. Our CELTA graduates have been employed in over 50 countries worldwide, including the UK. Our staff are happy to discuss your needs as you plan the next step in your new career!
Dave Briggs, Head of Teacher Training in Oxford, introduces our wide range of programmes with emphasis on the CELTA course.
Over 10,000 people successfully complete their CELTA every year and the course is recognised by employers in the UK and worldwide. Each course is externally validated by the University of Cambridge so you can be assured of the quality. At British Study Centres we offer a high level of personalised service by trained and experienced professionals within a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
|Available in||London, Oxford|
|Entry level||Proficient (C1/C2)|
|Start dates||Please see Fees & Dates for London or Oxford|
|Course duration||4 weeks|
|Class times||London: 10:15-18:00, Mon-Fri
Oxford: 09:15-17:00, Mon-Fri
|Total input||120 hours|
|10:15-11:30||Getting to Know You. School Tour. Photocopying, Printing||Introduction to CELTA. Course Admin||Receptive Skills 1: Reading||Teaching Approaches: Situational Presentation||Phonology 1: The International Phonemic Alphabet (IPA) & Word Stress|
|11:45-13:00||Foreign Language Lesson. The Role of the Teacher & Learner||Classroom Management||Lexis 1: Types of Words & Conveying Meaning||Language Analysis: Introduction to M, U, F, P & Checking Meaning||Lesson Planning|
|14:00-16:00||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice||Teaching Practice|
|16:15-17:00||Teaching Practice. Feedback||Teaching Practice. Feedback||Teaching Practice. Feedback||Teaching Practice. Feedback||Teaching Practice. Feedback|
|17:15-18:00||Assisted Lesson Planning||Assisted Lesson Planning||Assisted Lesson Planning||Assisted Lesson Planning||Assisted Lesson Planning|
|09:15-10:30||Introduction to course admin||Introduction to language analysis||Classroom observation||Phonology (stress, rhythm & speech). Checking understanding||Checking understanding|
|11:00-12:30||Foreign language lesson||Teacher & learners' roles||Receptive skills||Teacher vocabulary||Lesson planning|
|12:30-13:15||Guidance for teaching practice||Guidance for teaching practice||Guidance for teaching practice||Guidance for teaching practice||Guidance for teaching practice|
|14:15-17:00||Lesson observation & meeting your class||Teaching practice & feedback||Teaching practice & feedback||Teaching practice & feedback||Teaching practice & feedback|
The course is very practical in nature. Under the guidance of your tutor, you will spend each afternoon either teaching students or observing your peers. Course time is set aside for the preparation of these lessons and your tutor will assist and guide you throughout your time with us. You will gain experience in teaching at two distinct levels.
This component is designed to familiarise trainees with aspects of the English language. It focuses on grammar & structure (form), meaning in context (function) and the sound system of the English language (phonology).
Candidates need to complete 4 written assignments which range from formal language analysis to a study of teaching materials. They are graded on a pass or fail basis and candidates must pass 3 out of 4 assignments.
This involves the analysis and appreciation of various methods, styles and strategies for both language teaching and learning. You are also introduced to a range of teaching aids and classroom management techniques.
During the course you will be timetabled for 6 hours of classroom observation. This will give you the opportunity to see experienced teachers in action. These observations are complemented by specific observation tasks, which will be referred to throughout the course.
Candidates should be 20 or over by the start of course although we will consider applicants between the ages of 18 and 20 at our discretion. Applicants should have a good standard of education (e.g. UK university entrance level) and have an awareness and high level of competence in written and spoken English in order to be able to follow the course. For non-native speakers, the recommended English level is C2 or high C1 on the CEFR.
If you wish to apply for a place on the course, please download and complete the application form. Places are allocated on the basis of individual interviews. If you are based overseas or live some distance from the school, we are happy to arrange Skype interviews. Due to the high demand for our courses we encourage candidates to return completed application forms as soon as possible.
Candidates should allow up to one hour for the interview. As part of the interview, you will be given some language awareness tasks. This is designed to help us assess your ability to analyse language. It is not a test of your knowledge of grammar rules. We will also give you some tasks to take home and complete so that you are fully prepared for the start of the course.
Once you are offered a place, we will let you think about it for a while by keeping your place for 48 hours. If you would like to take up the offer, you will need to send us the deposit within this time. We ask that you pay the balance of the course fees a minimum of 4 weeks before the start of the course, unless you are a late applicant.
Assessment is made on a continual basis (there is no final exam). Particular emphasis is given to teaching appropriate lessons effectively. Candidates are assessed continually and kept up to date with their progress throughout the course during regular tutorial sessions. Final assessment is made on three main areas: Professional Development, Written Assignments and Teaching Practice. Final grades are in negotiation with an external assessor from the University of Cambridge. There are three pass grades - Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'.
On each course, our tutors give a Professional Development session which gives advice and suggestions to those looking for their job as language teachers in the UK or overseas. Depending on the needs of the trainees, the session can include ideas for finding suitable jobs on the market, CV advice and things to consider when searching, applying and accepting work abroad. Furthermore, we provide successful trainees on our CELTA courses the opportunity to attend an interview to work as a Teacher & Activities Leader (TAL) at our residential junior courses in the spring and summer months.