School Details - Palma de Mallorca
The school is located in the centre of Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Spanish Balearic islands.
The school teaches English and German to local residents aged 5-75 and Spanish to people of many different nationalities and ages. The school has also been running Cambridge CELTA teacher training courses since 1988. The school has a reputation for excellence, with students regularly out-performing those of other schools in their public exams. Cambridge CELTA graduates can be found at various levels of the EFL industry on the island.
Palma de Mallorca
Most people know that Mallorca is the most popular tourist destination in Europe. It is also arguably the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean, largely because of its stunning variety of scenery, the warm hospitality of the islanders and the richness of its food and drink. There are two main resorts for people who are looking for only sun, sand and nightclubs, and then there is the rest of the island - carefully protected against over-development by the proud Mallorcans. The city of Palma is a fitting capital, not only of Mallorca, but also of the Balearic islands.
The Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching Award (CELTA) is probably the most widely recognised qualification within the EFL profession. The course is suitable for both those new to the profession and those with experience but no formal training.
Applicants will usually have a university degree but other candidates who can prove their suitability for the course will be considered. Non-native speakers of English can be considered for this course but they must demonstrate that their level of English, both spoken and written, is satisfactory: Cambridge Proficiency would be a minimum requirement.
The course is an introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and aims to lay a firm foundation on which a teacher can build as s/he gains experience. It can also act as a refresher course for those with some TEFL experience but with no formal training.
During the course, the following aspects are covered:
- Introduction to the underlying principles of teaching language.
- Ways of presenting new language items.
- Techniques for further practice with emphasis on speaking.
- Use of visual aids, drama techniques and video.
- Developing listening skills, including use of taped material.
- Developing reading skills, including use of authentic material and readers.
- Developing writing skills.
- Working from coursebooks.
- Alternative approaches to language teaching.
- Analysis of language from a foreign learner's point of view.
- Correction techniques.
- Teaching pronunciation.
The course timetable is divided into two closely related parts. Methodology and language analysis input sessions are followed by daily teaching practice where groups of up to five trainees work with small classes of students and gain experience of teaching at different levels.
After each teaching practice session there is a feedback in the group about the day's lesson. The observation of practising teachers is an intrinsic part of the course and requires trainees to be in the centre during the evening outside course hours. In addition to this a free four hour session on teaching younger learners will be scheduled on one of the middle Saturdays of the course. This session will be given by Jan Wright, who is a CELTA tutor and published author of children's text books.
Getting accepted for a course
Acceptance on the course is not automatic. All candidates must fill out the application form and pre-interview task. Interviews can be conducted by telephone or possibly in a centre in the UK. The school will contact you to make arrangements following receipt of your forms.
Special features of this programme
At the end of the course, candidates will receive a detailed seminar on finding work in Mallorca or in mainland Spain. The centre has excellent contacts with 7 language schools on the island and a very good record of finding employment for our CELTA graduates.
Spanish and CELTA: 7-WEEK SPANISH - CELTA - CHILL OUT PACKAGE:
2-week Spanish course
Apart from learning lots of Spanish, you will meet students of a range of nationalities and see experienced teachers in action. This will help put your teaching practice during CELTA into context, and you will develop a greater awareness of students' potential language problems.
The Spanish course is 20 hours per week, at any level including beginners, in international groups with other language learners. You will benefit from seeing your Spanish teachers in action whilst improving your own Spanish language skills.
4-week CELTA course
The four-week Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is probably the most widely recognised qualification within the EFL profession. The course is suitable for both those new to the profession and those with experience but no formal training.
The package offers you a much-needed one-week chill out period. This time can be used to prepare your CV and start job hunting, or if you have already found a job or don't want to start looking yet you can have a well-earned holiday in Palma!
Price: 2,655 EUR
Price includes seven week's accommodation in a shared, self catering flat.
Accommodation can be arranged sharing (with local residents, with fellow CELTA candidates or with students of Spanish) in private self-catering apartments and houses.
This option costs EUR 450 a month, a special economically-priced rate for trainees only.
Hotel accommodation in Palma costs around EUR 40 per night and can be organised on request.
On a typical day classes take place from 9:00 - 18:00. The mornings are reserved for teaching practice and Input will take place in the afternoons (13:30 - 18:00)
This centre is well organised and the trainers for the course were excellent. It was much smaller than I expected and this meant that the class sizes were very small which was excellent for the CELTA training.
The Spanish course was really good, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the teacher was excellent. The CELTA course was also very good, it's extremely intensive and I think that balance of the 2 week Spanish/ 4 week CELTA/ 1 week chillout was great.
I loved Palma, it's a beautiful city and a really wonderful place to live, the people are friendly and there is a lot to see and do on the island.
The whole of the CELTA course was really interesting, always stimulating even though I always felt under pressure! It developed great comradery amongst the trainees and this was one of the best things about the course.
Nicola Morrey, 2007
Help for Jobs
The CELTA course is just the first, vital, step towards a cereer in ELT. During the course, there will be a session on Professional Development, providing a comprehensivce guide to the options available post-CELTA.
Not only are we able to give you guidance to finding teaching postitions in Spain, but we are also able to point you in the right direction if you plan to work in other parts of the world.
This school has links with both International House World Organization and its recruitment network, and the International House Eastern Spain Group, and therefore, has access to extensive information regarding posts on a wide-reaching scale.
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.