The length of the course is 120 contact hours. In order to pass, candidates are required to:
- Complete 6 hours of teaching practice
- Observe 6 hours of lessons taught by experienced teachers
- Maintain and submit a portfolio of course work which includes details of all lessons taught together with 4 written assignments
The course covers the following syllabus:
- Language Analysis and Awareness
- The Learner, the Teacher and the Learning/Teaching Context
- Planning for Effective Teaching
- Classroom Management Skills
- Teaching Procedures and Techniques
- Resources and Materials
- Professional Development
- Classroom Observation
- Teaching Practice
Teaching Practice (TP)
TP is undertaken in small groups of trainees with volunteer students at two different levels. A total of 6 hours observed practice is the requirement over the course. Over the course you will teach a variety of lessons of 20 minutes, 40 minutes and 1 final lesson of 60 minutes.
Feedback sessions, led by a course trainer, follow each TP session and are also a key component of the course. Trainees will find it useful to liaise within fellow trainees outside of course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes but within guidelines set by the trainer.
Tutorials and assessments
There are at least two tutorials for each trainee to map progress. Assessment of the course is continuous, integrated and based on meeting the course assessment criteria over TWO components – 6 hours of planning and teaching and four classroom-related written assignments. To be awarded the Certificate, both components must be completed successfully.
A Typical Day
This will give you a flavour of how you might be spending your time on the course:
|Input sessions – based on the five CELTA course units of learning that focus on teaching and the pedagogic knowledge required for teaching language and language skills.
Lesson planning (Lesson preparation for TP with your tutor)
||Observed Teaching Practice (TP)
Your trainer encourages trainees to reflect together and continue professional development after every single TP lesson. Your trainer will also provides you with written and oral feedback on each lesson for your Course Portfolio. You may also have the chance to discuss your next lesson with your trainer to ensure you feel confident and prepared.
Here are some comments of our CELTA trainees!
"It’s great to learn new things and have the chance to put them into practice straight away!"
"The course was amazing. I can’t believe I learnt so much in just 4 weeks! (intensive course)"
"Facilities at IH Milan are great – there’s everything you could possibly need for the course."
"It’s so professionally run at that you see the benefit of the course after every single TP lesson!"
"Outstanding throughout! I have so much respect and gratitude for the support and talent of the tutors."
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