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4 Week Full-time Cambridge CELTA Course

The Cambridge CELTA is an initial TEFL Course. It offers you an internationally recognised qualification for teaching English as a foreign language. Having a CELTA will give you many opportunities to live and work both in the UK and abroad.

St Giles offers the full-time CELTA as a four-week intensive course. CELTA courses are available in four of our centres: Brighton, London Highgate (UK), New York and San Francisco (USA).

Course Programme

There are five units of study during your course:

Unit 1: Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
Unit 2: Language analysis and awareness
Unit 3: Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
Unit 4: Planning and resources for different contexts
Unit 5: Developing teaching skills and professionalism

There are two components of assessment as follows. To gain the certificate, you must pass both components. There are three grades: Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'. There is no final examination; an external assessor appointed by Cambridge ESOL will moderate each course.

Component One: Teaching Practice
You will be expected to teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two ability levels. Assessment is continuous and based on your overall performance by the end of the six hours.

Component Two: Written Assignments
You will be asked to 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.

Entry Requirements for the Cambridge CELTA

  • No teaching experience necessary, but candidates should have a university degree or standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education.
  • Non-native speakers of English are welcome provided that they have a high level of English: CEFR Level C1 (preferably CEFR Level C2)
  • Good language awareness is essential.
  • Candidates should be at least 18 years old for the CELTA course (with a recommended age of 20 or above).

Following the initial application, all candidates are sent a Language Awareness Task that needs to be completed and sent back to the Teacher Training Administrator. Upon successful review, candidates will be interviewed personally by one of our Teacher Trainers who will assess their suitability to start the course. Please note for candidates who are out of the country, we will conduct phone interviews which will begin with a 30 minute written English task.

Course Objectives

Candidates who complete the CELTA course successfully can begin working in a variety of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teaching contexts around the world.

As a trained St Giles teacher you will have learnt your new skills with one of the EFL industry's most respected and leading organisations. Your career and travel opportunities are endless, and we're committed to helping you on your way.

More Information

More information can be found in our downloadable Teacher Training Brochure. You can also find our dates and prices for the course in the Teacher Training Fees Brochure 2014 and Teacher Training Fees Brochure 2015.

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