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Cambridge CELTA

Brisbane, Australia

Cambridge CELTA

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Please note: Prices quote below are approximate and subject to change!

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School Details - Brisbane Ann Street

The school in Brisbane is located in the heart of Brisbane city, overlooking the tranquil ANZAC park. The campus is directly opposite Central station and major bus routes. The famous Queen Street shopping district is only a few minutes away and the campus is surrounded by excellent cafes and restaurants.

Each of the school's campuses has exceptional facilities with:

- Modern, air-conditioned premises with wonderful views
- Large comfortable classrooms
- Interactive computer laboratories with specialised language-learning software
- Student Welfare Officers
- Academic Counsellors
- A friendly, stimulating environment

Course Description

Course Content
- A minimum of 100 contact hours between participants and course tutors including input, tutorial support, planning and feedback on teaching practice (9am - 5.45pm)

- A minimum of 6 hours teaching practice supervised by a course tutor

- A minimum of 6 hours directed observation of lessons taught by experienced teachers

The course is highly practical in approach and is designed to enable participants to:

- Develop an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English

- Develop an understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner

- Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English

- Develop basic skills for teaching adults in the language classroom

- Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and for reference. Identify opportunities for their own future development as professionals in the field.

Entry Requirements

No previous teaching experience or training is required, but candidates must:

- Have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and achieve all assessment criteria.
- Hold a degree or tertiary entry level qualifications.
- Be at least 18years old at the start of the course

Language awareness

- Basic concepts and terminology to describe form and meaning.
- Language as communication - how language functions in context.
- Language analysis - the tense system, form and function, discourse.
- Phonology - stress, intonation and sounds, the phonemic alphabet.
- Analysing learners' errors.

The teaching/learning context

- Learners' needs - differences in motivation and learning styles of adults.
- Adapting your teaching for different types of adult classes

Lesson planning

- Planning lessons - staging different types of lessons and planning a series of lessons.
- Designing tasks, activities and Materials for the classroom.

Classroom management & teaching skills Practical skills for teaching language structures, vocabulary and pronunciation at different levels.

- Practical skills for developing the skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening.
- Techniques for correcting learners' errors.
- Managing classroom activities.
- Testing - designing and using tests in the classroom.

Resources and materials

- Familiarisation with a range of current coursebooks and teaching materials.
- Designing your own language teaching materials.
- Using classroom aids - exploiting the whiteboard, cassette recorders, visual aids etc.

Professional development

- Finding a teaching position and future career development.


Course assessment, which is continuous and integrated, is based on classroom teaching practice and on written assignments. The certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements. Final grades are validated by an external assessor appointed by the University of Cambridge, who visits each course to observe practice teaching and inspect candidates' portfolios of written work in order to standardise grading and monitor the courses.

Please note that the full-time course is very intensive and requires total commitment. There are three hours of lectures or workshops each day, as well as two hours of teaching practice with foreign learners, followed by discussion and evaluation. You should allow between two to four hours each evening for lesson preparation and writing assignments. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to fulfil the course requirements if you have any other obligations over this period such as a part- time job or a commitment to another course. You should also be in good health and be able to manage the stress arising from an intensive course of this nature.

Accommodation Options

The most popular accommodation choice is the homestay, living with a local family. This accommodation type includes half board - 2 meals/day (breakfast and dinner) 7 days a week and 3 meals/day on weekends (+ lunch). Cost for homestay accommodation in Brisbane is AU$250 (minimum booking is 2 weeks). Home stay families provide a single furnished room in a family home and include breakfast and dinner every day and lunches on weekends.
In addition to that there is a one off AU$250 placement fee

Hostel fees would be a AU$310 plus for basic hostel room.

Airport transfer fees are AU$115 one way.

Please note that all prices are quoted in Australian Dollars and are subject to change.

Customer Feedback

the trainers were friendly and helpful. Excellent!
The course was very well structured and extremely comprehensive.

Simon Pitcher

Help for Jobs

This school is a leader in the field of TESOL training and, as the longest established CELTA centre in Australia, many language schools from around the world recruit teachers directly from its programs.

They provide support for you in the following ways:

- The CELTA course includes a job workshop which gives practical advice and information on all aspects of finding a job.

- Tutors and specialist staff are available for individual counselling and advice.

- They send you regular email bulletins with details of positions available with their partner schools and other institutions around the world.

For teaching opportunities in Australia there are two main areas in which English language teachers work;

1. Overseas students studying in private colleges, universities and TAFE
2. Adult migrants and refugees taking Federal Government (DIMA/DIC) funded programs

The company that owns the school is the training division of Navitas English, the largest private provider of English language training in Australia and includes the longest established language school in the country. Navitas English recruits students directly from the school's CELTA courses for their campuses in Sydney (Bondi Junction, Manly, Sydney city), Brisbane, Darwin, Perth and Cairns.

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, 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.

Prices and Dates

Please choose your preferred start date

4 weeks course starting 05/05/2014 for £1,785
4 weeks course starting 08/09/2014 for £1,785

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