CELTA course for Teachers
This is an introductory course designed primarily for inexperienced teachers and is mainly concerned with the “how” of teaching. It is considered to be a solid foundation for teaching English as a foreign language. The course is recognised by EFL organisations world-wide and the certificate is the most highly respected of its kind in the world. The Cambridge Certificate requires an attendance of 120 hours over 4 weeks. The course offers methods of English language analysis which will develop the EFL teacher’s ability to make the language more meaningful to foreign learners at all levels. The course also aims to develop and broaden the prospective EFL teacher’s knowledge of language skills, correction techniques and pronunciation. In addition, it gives the teacher an ability to supplement and criticise available textbooks and materials, and to create their own. The presentation and practice of new language items are dealt with in detail and give the EFL teacher confidence in a variety of methods. Syllabus and timetabling are also covered on the course.
Teaching Practice and Observation
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course and takes place every day. It is related to the areas covered in the input sessions. Trainees work in groups of six with small classes of students to get experience of teaching at different levels (beginners to advanced). Lessons are discussed by TP groups and tutors after TP.
Trainees also observe at least 8 hours of lessons given by qualified teachers. Additional time is required for lesson preparation and written assignments. As the course is full-time and very intensive it is impossible to have any other commitments during the period of the course. Trainees will find they have to work in the evenings and at weekends.
What does CELTA involve?
- Teaches you the principles of effective teaching
- Provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adults
- Gives you hands-on teaching practice
- Builds your confidence
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:
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 six hours.
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.
Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis and there are three assessed components: professional development, assessment of teaching practice and written assignments. There is at least one individual tutorial (mid-course), where trainees have a chance to discuss their progress to date with a tutor. The Certificate is awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily fulfilled all the requirements of the scheme. Candidates must be present for at least 80% of each component of the course in order to pass, although 100% attendance is expected.
Participants in the course are advised that they should have no other commitments for the duration of the course.
A “Pass” is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and on the written assignments meets the specified criteria. These criteria are available for inspection at our school.
A “Pass Grade B” is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to classroom teaching skills.
A “Pass Grade A” is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass level criteria in relation to planning for effective teaching, classroom teaching skills and an awareness of teaching and learning processes.
These standards are set by UCLES Examination Board in Cambridge, who send an outside assessor to evaluate each course.
We will also supply a written report for each candidate to indicate specific strengths and areas needing development. IH will send out provisional grades a few days after the course. These will be confirmed on receipt of the official certificates from Cambridge approximately 2 months after the course. The course tutor’s decision is final and there is no appeals procedure, although there is a complaints procedure. It is important to note that the offer of a place does not in itself guarantee success in obtaining the certificate.
Applicants for the course should have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete the assignments. They should have a standard of education that would allow them entry to Higher Education in their country. Candidates must be 20 years old at the start of the course.
- A Course in English Language Teaching – Penny Ur (CUP)
- Teaching Practice Handbook – Gower and Walters (Heinemann)
- Learning Teaching – Scrivener (Heinemann)1
- A Practical English Grammar – Thompson and Martinet (OUP)
- Practical English Usage – Michael Swan (OUP)1
- English Grammar in Use – Raymond Murphy (CUP)1
1 Highly recommended
It is advisable to buy your own copy of Scrivener, Swan and Murphy prior to the course.
Additional books will be available for reference at our school.
Сhoose a comfortable schedule:
Full-time CELTA - 4 weeks in a row, Monday through Friday (9:00 - 18:00).
Part-time CELTA - 13 weeks, every Friday (17:00 - 20:00) and Saturday (9:00 - 17:00).
Kyiv CELTA dates in 2019-2020
20.09.2019 - 14.12.2019 (part-time) - enrolment is finished
Price – UAH 32 989 + GBP 128* (certificate cost)
Course Tutors: Diana Vaselenko, Anna Basarab
24.01.2020 - 18.04.2020 (pаrt-time) - enrolment is open
Early-bird fee (payable until 20.12.2019) – UAH 30 989 + GBP 128* (certificate cost)
Full price – UAH 32 989 + GBP 128* (certificate cost)
Course Tutors: Maryna Gaiduchenko, Anna Basarab
CELTA in Zaporizhia
01.06.2020 - 26.06.2020 (full-time)
Course Tutors: TBA
You can find out about the price of the course and the early-bird discount deadline by contacting the centre in Zaporizhia via the following phone number: (+380) 67 612-89-39
CELTA in Lviv
29.06.2020 - 24.07.2020 (full-time)
Course Tutors: TBA
You can find out about the price of the course and the early-bird discount deadline by contacting the centre in Lviv via the following phone number: (+380) 67 670-40-44
* Converted to UAH according to the National Bank of Ukraine exchange rate on the day of payment
Non-residents of Ukraine can pay in USD, EUR or GBP (according to the National Bank of Ukraine exchange rate on the day of payment).
Contact: Diana Vaselenko
As soon as you are accepted on the course you should pay your deposit. We cannot reserve a place on the course until the deposit – 30% of the cost – has been received. The balance of the total fees must be paid prior to the start of the course. In the case of cancellation made later than two weeks before the start of the course, requests for refund of fees (excluding deposit) can only be considered if we have been able to fill the place at short notice.
If you are using an intermediary bank to transfer the fee, there will be an additional charge up to 25 GBP.
To apply for the course, you need to fill out the Application Form and complete the Pre-Course Task, which will be sent to you by email after your register on this page.
For 90 days citizens of EU, the USA, Canada and the UK are free to come without a visa for Ukraine (but not from Australia). We are not authorised to provide our candidates with any kind of visa support
Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for visa clarification http://mfa.gov.ua/en/consular-affairs/entering-ukraine/visa-requirements-for-foreigners
After you have completed the forms, please email them to our Teacher Training Department
If you still have unanswered questions about CELTA, please check out our CELTA FAQ