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This is what some of our recent trainees have said about the course:
- “Because tutors are so amazing and highly qualified. The tutors are available to deal with your queries. They listen to you. They know how to deal with stress. It’s people that make this centre the right choice for the CELTA course”
- “The Centre is conveniently located in terms of public transport. It’s a pleasant area, with food options and if you choose to buy lunch, it’s nice to have outdoor areas to sit and enjoy lunch with colleagues.”
- “Well, it’s one of Europe’s prettiest cities! The 5 week course is at a nice pace! The tutors are extremely knowledgeable.”
- “Amazing, enthusiastic tutors. Great premises; nice atmosphere.”
Yes, an excellent one. The CELTA is a pre-service course and at least half of our candidates have never stood in front of a group before.
Most of our trainers have worked in ELT contexts for 15 years or more. They are aware of what schools expect from teachers and ensure that this expertise is shared with CELTA trainees throughout the course
Many candidates who have taught, find the course a very rewarding experience as it’s a chance to hone their skills as well as developing new ones together with the opportunity of getting a qualification that is widely recognised around the world.
Portugal is an amazing country and increasingly, a popular destination with people from other countries. Many cities in Portugal, such as Lisbon, thrive on tourism, so locals are very keen to improve their English. This means that there is often a lot of work available although most of the full-time positions start in October and end in June. Most trainees find that they are able to pick up some work throughout the year, although it may not be full-time initially.
The Centre has good ties to the Portuguese ELT community and schools often let us know when they have vacancies coming up. We have an online group for current and past trainees where we post job vacancies.
Unfortunately, not. Having the CELTA will definitely give you the edge over other candidates for jobs as most reputable language schools around the world would usually prefer to interview CELTA graduates rather than someone with no experience or training.
You will meet trainers and teachers throughout the course who will share their knowledge of the industry. There will be many opportunities on the course for you to ask questions about jobs and different contexts. We will also give you information on the recruiting service run by the International House World Organisation.
A CELTA course aims to ‘create’ a teacher from scratch in 120 hours so yes, it’s very true that it requires a lot of hard work and commitment. Sleepless nights are not essential, however. The long days are often the norm as most candidates are excited by their learning, want to do as well as possible and because they are professional and dedicated.
The timetable is designed in such a way that trainees have time to cover everything. It is, however, fundamental that you have good organisational skills or failing that, that you keep up with the pace of the tasks set by the tutors.
We don’t teach you grammar or vocabulary but will help you develop your general language awareness. You will learn a lot about the English language but most of it will come from your experience of teaching. In other words, each time you teach, your awareness of how language works will improve.
We ask you to prepare for the course thoroughly and to develop your language awareness. While the ability to teach grammar is important, you will also get opportunities to learn more about how to teach other aspects of language such as lexis
What does CELTA stand for?
CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. This certificate is issued by Cambridge Assessment (the teaching qualifications arm of the University of Cambridge) to anyone who has successfully completed an approved course. This English teaching qualification is the most widely recognised of its type and its reputation is based on the fact that only Teacher Training Centres approved by Cambridge Assessment can run courses, the course has a strong practical component and every course is externally assessed. The CELTA is suitable for candidates with no experience of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) as well as for candidates who would like to formalise their teaching experience.
What’s the difference between TEFL and CELTA?
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This means that the acronym can be used to describe courses (“TEFL Courses”), teachers (“TEFL Teachers”) and this educational sector as a whole. The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is the most widely recognised course and qualification for TEFL teachers and, as such, offers a range of opportunities for those who are awarded the certificate.
Where can I find CELTA teaching jobs?
Many CELTA centres have some sort of jobs board advertising local vacancies. The EL Gazette is a good starting point and there are many TEFL job sites on the internet. A good one to check out is the International House World Organisation (IHWO) page: https://ihworld.com/job/
CELTA vs TEFL
The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is one of many TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses. CELTA is considered to be the most widely recognised qualification for anyone interested in starting a career in TEFL. The certificate is issued by Cambridge Assessment (the teaching qualifications arm of the University of Cambridge) and the course can only be taken at approved centres and run by approved tutors.
TESOL or CELTA
TESOL stands for Teaching English as a Second or Other Language. The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is one of many TESOL courses / certificates. CELTA is considered to be the most widely recognised qualification for anyone interested in starting a career in TESOL. The certificate is issued by Cambridge Assessment (the teaching qualifications arm of the University of Cambridge) and the course can only be taken at approved centres and run by approved tutors.
What does CELTA certification cost?
Course prices vary according to course locations and the type of CELTA course being delivered. In order to obtain a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), candidates have to take a Cambridge approved course at an approved CELTA Centre. The courses can be face to face intensive (over 4 – 6 weeks), face to face extensive (once or twice a week over a longer period), online or blended (a combination of face to face and online). All courses include teaching practice (TP) with ‘live’ students.
How can I get a CELTA certificate?
The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is awarded to candidates who have successfully completed an approved CELTA course. Assessment on the course is continuous – there is no CELTA exam. To get a place on a CELTA course, you will need to apply to an approved centre. There is a pre-course task to complete and you will be interviewed. Each CELTA Centre has its own booking, enrolment and payment procedures – if your task and interview are successful, you will be told the next steps you’ll need to follow. Certificates are issued by Cambridge Assessment (the teaching qualifications arm of the University of Cambridge) to candidates who pass the course. Grades are: Pass A, Pass B, Pass and Fail. Ask us for more detailed information.