This is a Level 5 course, equivalent to degree study, and so, ideally, you will have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry to Higher Education, for instance, A Levels or a BTEC National Award. You should have a level of English that will enable you to teach at a range of levels; if English is not your first language, your level of proficiency should be at CEFR C or high grade at C1, Pass A or B which is an equivalent to IELTS band 8-9. Most students are aged 20 or over. The centre may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at these levels but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. Admission is by interview.
CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and is one of the most widely taken qualifications of its kind. CELTA is highly regarded throughout the world and gives you the skills you need and makes it easier to get a teaching job anywhere.
Who is the course suitable for?
The course is suitable for people who would like to teach English as a foreign language to adults in the UK or abroad.
There are five main units of learning:
Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context Language analysis and awareness Planning and resources for different contexts Developing teaching skills and professionalism
You will learn and practise:
The principles of effective teaching A range of practical skills for teaching English as a foreign or second language to adult learners
Employability Skills Development
College staff will support your professional development throughout the course, discussing the range of jobs available linking them to your skills and experience.
How will the course be taught?
The course is taught in the day time or evening, with courses beginning in September, January and June. There will be an intensive four-week summer school in July. At college, you will attend taught sessions and practise teaching. For each teaching session, there will be a preparation session and feedback after teaching.
How will I know how well I am doing?
You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. There are two components of assessment:
Teaching practice. You 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.
Written assignments. You will complete four written assignments focusing on adult learning, the language system of English, language skills and classroom teaching.
Are there any additional costs?
There are few additional course costs for learners beyond the fee. We advise trainees to invest in a good grammar book and a methodology book. We have an excellent library and good IT facilities at college, so if you dont have access to the internet at home, you can complete your work in college or at the University.
What course can I do next?
After completing the course, you can go into employment in the UK or overseas. CELTA is the first phase of the Level 5 subject specific Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector. After gaining some experiences, typically two years of teaching, you can progress to the Level 7 Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA).
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Apply through our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk. You will be invited to an information, assessment, interview and advice session.
The fee is £1000.