For those who would like to combine taking the CELTA course and having full-time employment, we have a part-time option too. The course covers the same syllabus and follows the same assessment guidelines as the intensive course.
Please note that there is a live observation component to the course. The observation(s) can be organised to take place at a convenient time in the morning. It may be that candidates need to negotiate with their employers to be able to fit the observation(s) into their daytime work schedule. However, should this pose difficulties evening observations can be arranged.
Dave Briggs, Head of Teacher Training in Oxford, introduces our wide range of programmes with emphasis on the CELTA course.
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.
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 have been accepted on the course, you will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. 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 continuous basis (there is no final exam). Particular emphasis is given to teaching appropriate lessons effectively. Candidates are assessed regularly and kept up to date with their progress throughout the course during scheduled 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 Cambridge English. 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.