School Details - Budapest
The Budapest School is a highly successful and long-established centre for a range of ELT training qualifications. Having offered the Cambridge CELTA (in all its previous guises and formats) for 25 years, it has become something of a specialist within its field and has been home to many of the material and book writers who are now well-known in the TEFL industry.
Pass rates for Cambridge ELT qualifications are extremely high in Budapest. The team of dedicated full-time (CELTA and DELTA) teacher trainers offer training of the highest quality yet also believe in the value of making your CELTA experience one that is fun. And when you consider that they run courses every single month of the year, you can ensure that they are experienced at getting the right balance.
Centrally located on the Buda side of the city, and just a few steps down from the castle, the school can be found at the busiest transport hub. School facilities include an extensive teacher training library, a self-access room (with computers for the exclusive use of trainees) and a photocopier / printer; all resources / books / materials and copying are provided free of charge so there are no hidden costs.
There is also a large teachers' room, a snack bar, several sitting areas, not to mention 20 classrooms.
This Cambridge CELTA course is held at one of the most prestigious English & Teacher Training centres in Hungary. As you may have heard from former trainees this course should prepare you for one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life.
The CELTA Course consists of the following components:
- Teaching Practice and feedback
- Input sessions
- Written Work
On the full-time course in Budapest, Teaching Practice (TP) usually takes place in the morning from 9.00am, while input takes place in the afternoon.
Although on paper the course is just 5 days a week for four weeks, it can best be described as intense and you should be aware that you will need to do a fair amount of work outside of course hours. This 'extra' work primarily consists of lesson planning, background reading and the written assignments.
Having said all of that, you will undoubtedly find some time to relax with colleagues over a drink or two and get out and about and enjoy Budapest; and it is over such times that great friendships are formed. Despite all of the hard work involved in doing the CELTA, ex-trainees consistently attest to this being an experience they believe they will never forget- we don not expect you to be any different
Teaching Practice (TP)
You are put into Teaching Practice groups of 5 or 6 people at the start of the course and teach regularly throughout. After class there is a feedback session with peers and your tutor, feedback is always focussed and constructive. Working in such small groups ensures that each individual's progress and needs can be discussed / addressed in a supportive and 'safe' environment. Trainees work with two different levels of students on the course and (normally) with three different tutors.
The input sessions are highly practical, covering approaches, techniques and language analysis. They are directly related to TP and trainees are expected to incorporate these elements into their own teaching.
You will most probably observe one of your tutors teaching the Teaching Practice students on the first of day of the course. This gives you an excellent idea of what you will be up against once you start teaching the students yourself. You will also have the opportunity to observe other experienced teachers teaching their regular lessons within the language school. You will do at least 6 hours observation of experienced teachers altogether.
There will be at least two tutorials during the course. These are times when you meet with one of the tutors individually to discuss your progress and what you need to do to ensure you pass (or get a higher grade). Having said that, tutors are available to discuss any worries or concerns you might have at any stage of the course and we have no doubt you will find them nothing but approachable.
There are four written assignments to complete on the course. One, for example, is a case study on your students and their language problems, another is an analysis of a number of selected language points for teaching. As mentioned above, please note that the assignments will require extra time at school above the course hours.
Grading and Assessment
You are assessed and graded on the following areas:
- Teaching Practice
- Written work
- Professionalism (reliability, self-awareness, receptivity to feedback, being a good colleague etc)
After successfully completing the course, you will receive a certificate and an individual course report that will be used as a reference for future job applications. Whilst the CELTA will often be your foot in the door, it is invariably the report about what you are like that will get you the job.
Please note that it's possible to fail this course. A 'Fail' grade is awarded to candidates who fail to meet criteria set. This is the decision of the course tutors involved and it is irrevocable.
This course is also assessed by an external assessor.
There is an excellent (and economical - about 8 GBP) Airport Minibus operating door-to-door service between the airport and any point in the city, so there is no need for a pre-arranged airport transfer. The teacher training administrator will provide you with all necessary instructions on what to do on arrival, and how to reach your flat with utmost ease.
The school arranges flats for those trainees on full-time courses who need them.
Please note: the GBP prices below are a guide only. The exchange rate can be very volatile.
Shared accommodation (single room in a shared flat): 85,000 HUF / person for 4 weeks for a shared apartment; approx. GBP 230 for 4 weeks.
Single apartment: 110,000 HUF for 4 weeks for a single apartment housing one person only (not couples); approx GBP 300 for 4 weeks.
Please note that the accommodation fee has to be paid directly to the school upon arrival.
The quality of the teachers was exemplary. They are truly inspiring people and excellent managers of people. The course was a great deal of fun, I met some fascinating people. It was extremely well taught and I was helped successfully to reach my goals.
The school was good and the trainers were intelligent, well trained professionally and helpful.
-Silvia Marilena Doncu-
School was well organised and run. The quality of the trainers was excellent; they were friendly and approachable, whilst very professional.
The quality of the trainers was superb.
The school was easy to get to, very pleasant, modern classrooms and the trainers were fantastic - helpful and supportive as well as providing high-quality input sessions.
Help for Jobs
This school provides support for trainees in finding a teaching position in a number of ways:
The Assistant Head of Teacher Training (or a Senior Trainer) meets with the group during the course in order to offer concrete and industry-specific advice on how to find employment in EFL - whom to contact and how, what form a CV should take, what to ask in an interview, how to screen job offers, and tricks for ensuring that your CV is at the top of the pile.
Trainees are then sent (upon request) a booklet of post-CELTA experiences written by the school's graduates, which gives further specific advice on how to attack the job market and what difficulties to expect whilst carrying out a jobsearch.
In addition, the school is approached regularly by schools in the region (and beyond) looking for teachers - they know that the school runs CELTAs and turns out excellent teachers - such approaches are passed on to trainees through email and through the school facebook page. In fact, it is not uncommon for a trainee to finish the course and walk more or less directly into a position.
For positions further afield, the school helps trainees make good use of the school's affiliate network (more than 200 schools in 40 countries), as well as identify quality teaching institutions in whatever geographical area they're interested in. They have a well-developed network of contacts, including many former CELTA trainees (25 years' worth), who help keep the school in touch with the opportunities around the world, and inform on employers who should be avoided.
As you might hope, the school very much believes it's in their own interest that you find a teaching position that suits you, both in terms of location and in terms of the support you'll get when working there - and to that end, the school is willing to do their very best to ensure you end up getting the opportunity to put what you will have learned into practice and continue to develop as a teacher.
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