School Details - Brighton Central
Today, with 50 years' experience teaching English and running schools, this group of schools is one of the largest and most successful international English language training organisations, with a total of seven schools worldwide. All UK centres are accredited by the British Council and are members of English UK (formerly ARELS). The teacher training courses at the Brighton school is validated by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).
The Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) This is the most widely recognised initial qualification for English Language teachers and provides job opportunities both in the UK and abroad. The primary aim of the course is to provide initial training in TEFL. However, the courses are also very suitable for people who have previous teaching experience but do not have formal TEFL training or qualifications.
This course is designed to help candidates:
- Develop an awareness of British or American English and the description of the language and apply these in their professional practice
- 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 participants' own future development as professionals in the field
There is no final examination as candidates are continuously assessed in three areas: professional development, teaching practice and written assignments. The course is moderated by an external assessor, approved and appointed by Cambridge ESOL. The Cambridge ESOL entry fee is included in the course fees.
All applicants, whether native or non-native speakers of English, must have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to undertake the course.
Applicants must be at least 20 years old by the date of the end of the course.
They must have the potential to develop the necessay skills to become effective teachers and successfully complete the written assignments and practice teaching.
All applicants are interviewed individually or in pairs at the College. Where necessary telephone interviews can be arranged.
Supervised teaching practice takes place in the afternoon, and is followed by feedback and the setting of teaching points. Trainees are divided into small teaching practice groups and each trainee teaches a minimum of 6 hours during the course : 2 weeks with one trainer and a class at one level and then 2 weeks with a different trainer and a class at a different level. By the end of the course, therefore, each trainee will have taught at least 2 levels and will have been observed by at least 2 teacher trainers.
Feedback gives an opportunity to discuss the afternoon's teaching with the other members of the teaching practice group and Course Tutor. In addition to oral feedback, the trainer provides written comments and observations.
The school can organise accommodation for trainees.
Homestay accommodation on a half-board basis (all meals except weekday lunches) costs £160 per week during high season between 24th June and 26th Aug and £150 per week during the rest of the year.
Breakfast only or self catering costs £122 per week during high season between 24th June and 26th Aug and £118 per week during the rest of the year.
Residence Hall (4 minutes' walk to the centre), single en-suite, self catering: £265 (small) / £285 (standard) per week; during high season between 24th June and 26th Aug: £275 (small) / £295 (standard) per week.
From 9am to 5pm. Teaching practice in the afternoons from 2pm to 4pm with feedback sessions afterwards.
Quality of the school and trainers were excellent. The course was extremely intensive but rewarding.
The school was great - fantastic students and location. The course was great and I've learnt a lot. I feel confident enough to be a teacher now after this month. The trainers were great - both seemed to have a slightly different approach but both were very encouraging and knowledgeable.
The school was excellent and the trainers were very helpful and supportive throughout the course
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Work Placement and Further Career Development:
What happens after you successfully complete your course? As a Teacher who qualified and trained at this centre you've learnt your new skills with one of the EFL industry's most respected and leading organisations. Your career and travel opportunities are endless, and we're committed to helping you on your way. Opportunities for employment can exist in all eight of our year-round schools, as well as with our rapidly growing Junior Summer Camp operation. Exciting placements also exist overseas with our global network of partners. All career advice, placement and counseling are included in your course fees, while presentations will take place routinely throughout your course with us.
How to Apply
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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.