School Details - Cambridge Central
Established in 1954, the centre is the oldest language school in Cambridge. It is located 400 metres away from the train station and within very easy reach of the town centre (10 minutes approximately).
Trainees will benefit from the relaxed atmosphere and nice surroundings that the school can offer, and will have access to a well stocked resource library, a canteen, gardens and a new and well-kept computer suite.
The CELTA course is intensive and should only be attempted by candidates who are able to give it their undivided attention. There is a vast amount of work to be completed in a relatively short time. All applicants should be educated to the point of entry into Higher Education but a first degree is advisable for those intending to teach in the UK. It is also helpful to have personal language learning experience and essential to enjoy contact with people of other nationalities. Applicants should have a high level of fluency and accuracy in both spoken and written English. Non-native-speakers are very welcome but an additional written task may be required to establish their level of proficiency.
CELTA , the Certificate of English Language teaching to Adults, is awarded by Cambridge ESOL. It is recognised worldwide and is an initial qualification for people with little or no teaching experience though it is also open to more experienced teachers who require some formal qualification.
Prospective candidates are required to complete an application form and a pre-interview task and attend an interview. A further pre-course task is also required of successful applicants.
The course focuses on five main units of learning.
- learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context.
- language analysis and awareness
- language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
- planning and resources for different contexts
- developing teaching skills and professionalism
Assessment is continuous. There are two components of assessment:
- Teaching practice: trainees are required to teach at two levels for an total of six hours. Assessment is on their overall performance.
- Written assignments: trainees complete four assignments focusing on classroom teaching; language systems of English; adult learners; language skills.
Trainees must pass both components to be awarded the certificate.
Pass grades are awarded to candidates whose performance meets the criteria in all areas while Pass grades A and B indicate that trainees have demonstrated levels of ability and achievement significantly higher than the pass-mark criteria. Although it is possible to fail the course, Studio Cambridge boasts a low failure rate thanks to its stringent selection policy.
Due to the intensive nature and level of this course the school will only consider university graduates. Non-graduates should ideally have previous teaching experience and will need to submit a strong application form, pre-interview tasks and perform well in their interview.
Non-native speakers will need also to attend a face-to-face interview and will be required to complete further written tasks.
The Application Process
Applicants should download an application form by selecting their preferred course start date below. Once you submit your completed application form the course tutors will post a course pack to you containing a further application form, pre-interview tasks, a CV request and course information. Please return the further application form, pre-interview tasks and your CV to the course tutors. The address details will be enclosed in the course pack. Cactus TEFL strongly recommend that applicants keep a copy of their forms and send this via recorded delivery to avoid delays. Once the tutors have reviewed your pre-interview tasks they will then contact you regarding your application's progress and, all being well, arrange your face-to-face interview.
The centre can arrange homestay accommodation.
- For your privacy and comfort, we provide only single study bedrooms
- Your hosts will provide you with breakfast and dinner each day from Monday to Friday and all meals at weekends. (Lunch is served from Monday to Friday in the Studio cafe, at a small additional cost).
- Your hosts will change your bed linen and wash your clothes at least once per week.
There are three types of homestay accommodation:
Homestay Three Star: Regular family housing, offering good clean accommodation (£150 per week). Approximately 90% of our host families have a 3 star rating.
4 weeks: £600
Homestay Four Star: Large, luxury bedroom, often with a double bed or television but without en-suite (shared bathroom with host family): £190 per week
4 weeks: £760
Homestay Five Star: Executive- standard, usually a large house and typically providing a bathroom for private use. This accommodation is most suitable for mature students: £290 per week
4 weeks: £1,160
9am-6pm approximately (Monday- Friday)
Although CELTA was very intensive, the amount you learn is such a short amount of time is very satisfying. My confidence grew immensely and I learnt many transferrable skills.
The school was great, it was small and had a really lovely atmosphere. The course was great, it covered so much stuff and the teaching practice gave me loads of confidence.
The trainers were brilliant, they were friendly, helpful and approachable, if I had a problem I felt I could talk to them.
The teaching practice was so useful. It gave us experience and confidence in front of a class on a daily basis.
Help for Jobs
In the final week of the course, candidates have sessions on Cultural Awareness, Professional Development and on Teaching at Home and Abroad. In addition to a job board where recent posts are advertised, extensive advice is given as to where the newly qualified teachers can find job-related information. This includes publications, web sites, organisations etc. Recommended booklists are available and occasionally some of the larger EFL organisations visit Studio to recruit new teachers.
Studio is proud of its CELTA graduates and has a long history of offering
many of them work, particularly in the busy summer period. This has been a most rewarding experience and to the mutual satisfaction of everyone concerned.
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.