This school is accredited for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) by the British Council and a member of the Association of Recognised English Language Services (ARELS). Our CELTA courses are validated by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) which has a well-earned reputation for academic excellence; its qualifications are recognised and accepted by teaching institutions world-wide.
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
This four week intensive initial teacher training course leads to the award of the internationally recognised certificate. The Cambridge certificate is an essential first step in a career in TESOL. The qualification is an essential minimum requirement for teachers in a British Council accredited school. Successful participants will be able to use this qualification to teach in schools in the UK and overseas. Over 10,000 candidates complete a CELTA course each year.
The Cambridge examining body has strict guidelines for teaching the CELTA qualification, so course content and teaching will be quite standard across most schools. However, the school in Manchester tries to offer their students the best service possible within these guidelines such as:
- Constant support throughout the course, for example:
-> about 30 minutes timetabled teaching practice preparation every day - tutors are
available during this time to help with students' queries about preparing their
teaching practice sessions
-> regular tutorials throughout the course to track students' progress and to help
with any problems they have
-> lots of practical help, for example finding material, writing the lessons etc.
- High pass rate: on average over 90% of the students who complete the course
eventually pass it
- Feedback about job vacancies: the school receives a lot of information about job
vacancies around the world and they feed this information back to their students.
any problems they have
To empower the trainees to develop a greater understanding of the learning and teaching process. The Academy encourages participants to adopt a reflective, questioning and critical approach, central to which is the participant's own experience, attitudes and beliefs. Trainers will be guides, facilitators and resources rather than fonts of all knowledge. Courses are hands-on, innovative, challenging, and enjoyable.
Who takes the course?
The course is designed for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, who may or may not have any teaching experience. All participants must have a very good command of English in order to be able to cope with the demands of the course. They must be able to express themselves clearly and accurately both orally and in writing. Participants should have a high level of motivation and commitment and be able to work as open and reflective members of a team.
Over the four week period the course will: -
The CELTA course covers the following syllabus:
* Language Analysis and Awareness
* The Learner, the Teacher and the Teaching/Learning Context
* Planning for Effective Teaching
* Classroom Management Skills
* Teaching Procedures and Techniques
* Resources and Materials
* Professional Development
* Classroom Observation
* Teaching Practice
How am I assessed?
Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability and potential. At the end of the course successful candidates receive the Cambridge Certificate and a Progress Report. 1. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is intended for those with no previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with some experience but no previous training in the field.
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups with students at two or three different levels. After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor. *Trainees will be assigned to an existing teacher at the school who will act as their mentor throughout the course.
Full-time over four weeks:
Courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours, plus a further 80 hours plus for required homework tasks, including assignments and lesson planning. The full-time course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. It is not advisable to hold even a part-time job while on the course.
The school can arrange various accommodation options for you through the school.
They can offer the school's own student house, located just a twenty-five minute bus journey away. The house is self-catering, students will share the kitchen, lounge and dining room with other residents. The prices depend on the room and the facilities, they can be between GBP 85 - GBP 155 per week, plus registration fee of GBP 40.
Also, student residences are available during July and August. Students can book rooms with self-catering facilities, cost is approx GBP 18 per night, plus registration fee of GBP 40.
Very good, very great input sessions. A thoroughly rewarding experience!!!
The course was very intensive which I was fully aware of before I started. Even though the workload was heavy I found the course very stimulating and engaging. I enjoyed the teaching practice. Overall a very positive experience.
The school and the quality of trainers were to the highest of standards. They always had time to help us trainees when we needed it. The course was intensive, as it suggests, and it did not let up for the four weeks. The amount of work was however worth it, as I learned a lot about how to teach EFL, and has given me a real enthusiasm to go out and find work within the TEFL industry.
Teaching was first class and the level of support was excellent. I enjoyed the whole course, well worth the cost!
Help for Jobs
The CELTA course includes a session on Future opportunities: A career in EFL. The session takes place at the end of the course and aims to provide guidance on how to look for a job. Interview format as well as possible questions are also discussed in order to further clarify the process of job seeking.
In addition, trainees are given details of vacancies that may be going at the time and directed to take a closer look at the jobs board in the training room. The school has regular contact with various recruitment agencies and schools worldwide and whenever details of jobs are passed on to us they are posted on the jobs board.
We are not a recruitment agency and therefore we cannot guarantee that we will find a job for trainees on successful completion of the course. However, we do give help and offer practical advice in the later stages of each course.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
You can also submit an application by email. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you have any problems with the application procedure.