School Details - London South Molton Street
The school is located in Mayfair, the most vibrant yet historic part of London, in an elegant Edwardian building, just minutes from the underground station as well as two famous shopping areas - trendy Oxford Street and upmarket Bond Street. The school has a popular terrace cafe where students can chat over a coffee or use the multimedia computer centre with high-speed Internet access.
This intensive four-week course taught by highly qualified and experienced trainers provides candidates with a practical grounding in teaching techniques and methodology through a combination of instruction, observation and extensive supervised teaching practice.
The course involves over 120 contact hours and includes six hours of observed teaching practice with English language students.
The class size is limited to 18 participants, which helps to create a friendly and personal atmosphere. Each day consists of input sessions and teaching practice. However, three tutors oversee groups of 6 in the teaching pratice, so the overall personalized aspect of development and feedback remains).
Sample course content
1. Input sessions
These sessions consist of workshops, discussions, lectures, peer teaching and video viewing and cover the following areas:
- Analysis of language from a foreign learner’s perspective
- Learner motivation, needs and expectations
- Lesson planning and syllabus design
- Classroom management and the role of the teacher
- Approaches and techniques for introducing and practising language and for developing language skills
- Materials selection and evaluation
2. Teaching Practice
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. It is organised in small groups of 5 or 6 trainees with volunteer students at two different levels and takes place every day. After each teaching practice session, a reflection and evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor. Personalised, individual, written feedback is also given.
The observation of formally-qualified, practising teachers is an intrinsic part of the course and takes place outside the main timetable.
4. Written Assignments
There are four written assignments to be completed during the course. These are of a practical nature and are designed to support the development of the teaching practice of course participants.
Successful candidates will receive the Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA.
They will also receive the school's own Teacher Training Certificate, which describes their performance on the course in detail and is regarded by candidates and potential employers as a useful reference
If you need accommodation during the course this can be arranged through our Accommodation Officer. Here are three possibilities although other personal requirements can sometimes be accommodated.
1. Homestay accommodation with a family - B & B - £140 p.w. Half Board - £175 p.w.
2. Student house, single room, self-catering - from £165 p.w.
In addition there will be an accommodation finding fee of £65.
09:30 - 17:00 Monday to Friday
Great school, great trainers, great services. The course was amazing! So stimulating and rewarding - I loved every minute of it!
- Barbara Sommi -
I found the school to be very professional with excellent teachers. I met some wonderful people on the course and feel it was a great experience.
- Yasemin Yurdagul -
The location of the school was fantastic, the staff - very firendly and the trainers were very professional, helpful and dedicated to teach us everything we needed to complete the course.
Excellent all round. Good building, friendly and informative staff.
The school was pleasant, organised and welcoming and the trainers were insightful and supportive. The course was genuinely interesting, informative and above all practically instilled the confidence and techniques to actually teach students from the first day.
Really high quality and all the teachers were excellent. The course was intense but really enjoyable.
Help for Jobs
Job offers for all suitable candidates! This centre is a world leader in recruiting and placing English teachers. Their consultancy service is responsible for placing over 600 English teachers with private language schools in up to 20 different countries every year. They do not arrange voluntary placements, but are happy to advise on this.
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.