School Details - San Francisco Downtown
This school is a language teaching and teacher training institution which has operated in San Francisco for over twenty years. It was the first institution to provide short, practical training programs in TESOL in the USA and the first to offer Cambridge University approved teacher training courses such as the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (or CELTA). It belongs to a group of language schools and teacher training centers founded in England in 1955, with centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil and China. The San Francisco center runs CELTA teacher training courses throughout the year and is the largest, most established Cambridge CELTA training center in the United States.
San Francisco has been the impressive backdrop of many a Hollywood blockbuster, and it doesn't take much imagination to picture famous car chases through its hilly streets or strategic fights at the top of Golden Gate bridge. In real life, however, the city is even more enthralling. Sitting on the tip of a 30 mile peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the north and east, its long, precipitous streets provide peeks to the glistening water below, morning mist rises mystically over the bridges and traditional tramways offer relief to sore legs. It is a city that delights visitors and locals alike, with its relaxed charm, bohemian chic and cultural spice. Top this off with a dazzling nightlife and you've got one of the most enchanting cities on America's west coast.
All successful participants receive the Cambridge University CELTA, the most widely recognized TEFL certificate in the world. This CELTA program has been awarded a graduate credit recommendation of 6 semester hours towards a Masters Degree in TESOL. The course is not also accredited by the Cambridge University Examining Board, it is accredited by the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Vocational Education (BPPVE) and the Commission on English Language program Accreditation (CEA) in Washington D.C.
- Pre-course language evaluation and interviewing of every applicant
- Unique 35-hour Pre-Course Assignment for all participants
- Detailed course manual
- Video demonstrations of lessons
- Maximum of 18 participants in each course (maximum of 6 trainees in each practice teaching group)
- Supervised teaching-practice with classes of foreign students
- Expert critiquing of teaching-practice lessons
- On-site observation of EFL lessons given by our trainers and other experienced EFL teachers
- Balanced program of lectures, seminars, demonstrations and workshops given by highly qualified and experienced faculty members
- Expert job guidance during and after training
- Information on EFL schools and job vacancies worldwide
- Computer and Internet access
The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course, taught by highly qualified instructors with extensive EFL teaching experience, provides intensive, practical training for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. Trainees learn the basic methodology of teaching and are exposed to a wide variety of teaching techniques through supervised practice teaching of foreign students on site at our EFL school.
The CELTA is a passport to working and seeing the world, providing the necessary tools and practical training for graduates to pursue EFL teaching positions within the US and abroad. As demand for English Language Teaching continues to increase worldwide, more jobs are becoming available overseas than ever before.
Owing to the intensive nature of the 4-week course, trainees are obliged to attend 100% of the course. While our trainees have an enjoyable learning experience, they are also expected to work hard and take their preparation seriously, turning in all assignments punctually. Final assessment for each trainee is based on active class participation, quality of written assignments and most importantly, a satisfactory level of teaching ability as demonstrated during the practice sessions.
Successful graduates will receive a "Pass" (an "A" or "B" grade will be given to exceptional trainees) and will be awarded a certificate issued by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate in England. The school will keep records of the assessment forms written by the trainers, the progress report given at the middle of the course and the final grade given to the trainees. References are readily made available to employers.
As soon as you are accepted into a course, you should start arranging your accommodation. If you have any problems with finding suitable accommodation, the school will help. (Please note: if you arrange accommodation through the school, there is an accommodation placement fee of $75).
The school can help you to find a host family in San Francisco. A single room with half board (breakfast and dinner) in a host family costs $318 per week. A single room with breakfast only costs $237 per week. Shared rooms are only recommended for two people traveling together; a shared room with half board is $260 (per person) per week. Prices are slightly higher during the summer months. Please consult the Homestay Coordinator for details.
Most people stay in residence hotels. The school has a list they can send you. They are all within walking-distance of the institute. People who stay in them say that they offer good value for money, but that they are certainly not luxurious! (Good hotels in San Francisco are very expensive. You can expect to pay between $1100 and $1,850 per month depending on the hotel, time of year, and type of room).
The school recommends that you book early, especially for accommodation during the summer period.
9:30am - 5:30pm
You will also need to set aside about 8 hours each weekend for the completion of lesson plans and other written assignments.
Everything was provided in order to give trainees experience with teaching in real life scenarios. Instructors were beyond excellent. They were highly qualified and extremely intelligent.
I enjoyed the pace and the people. I loved going to class everyday and meeting new students. Not a day passed that I didn't laugh. It was stressful but not to the extent of total collapse. The trainers were lovely and impressed me with their knowledge and experience. The people literally made the experience what it was.
- Sarah Eljurf -
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Work Placement and Further Career Development:
What happens after you successfully complete your course? As a qualified and trained teacher you have learnt your new skills with one of the ESL 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 opportunities also exist overseas with our global network of partners. All career advice, placement and counselling are included in your course fees, while presentations will take place routinely throughout your course with us.
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