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Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)

CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. It is suitable for a wide range of people. It is the ideal qualification for those who want to start English language teaching anywhere in the world. It is also suitable for people who want a career break or change and for those already teaching English who have no formal qualification.

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CELTA courses are designed by individual centres, based on specifications produced by Cambridge ESOL. They are available at over 286 approved centres in 54 countries, providing almost 900 CELTA courses every year.

You can take CELTA full time (typically four to five weeks), or part time (from a few months to over a year).
 

There are five main units of learning:

  • 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.

You 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Written assignments - you 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.

To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades — Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'.
 

More information: http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/teaching-awards/celta.html


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