Established in 1991 the school is the longest established private English language school in the city. It is located in central Manchester close to all the main train and bus stations, cafes, bars and shops.
The CELTA courses are validated by the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment which has a well-earned reputation for academic excellence; its qualifications are recognised and accepted by teaching institutions world-wide.
The school was voted Best CELTA Training Centre in the UK 2013 by Cambridge English Language Assessment at their Centenary Conference in April 2013.
CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
This pre-service teacher training course leads to the award of the internationally recognised certificate. The Cambridge certificate is an essential first step in a career in TESOL. The qualification is an essential minimum requirement for teachers in a British Council accredited school. Successful participants will be able to use this qualification to teach in schools in the UK and overseas. Over 10,000 candidates complete a CELTA course each year.
The Cambridge examining body has strict guidelines for teaching the CELTA qualification, so course content and teaching will be quite standard across most schools. However, the school in Manchester tries to offer their students the best service possible within these guidelines such as:
- Constant support throughout the course, for example:
-> about 30 minutes timetabled teaching practice preparation every day - tutors are
available during this time to help with students' queries about preparing their
teaching practice sessions
-> regular tutorials throughout the course to track students' progress and to help
with any problems they have
-> lots of practical help, for example finding material, writing the lessons etc.
- High pass rate: in 2013 our pass rate was 100% with 43% of candidates achieving a Pass A or Pass B on successful completion of the course
- Feedback about job vacancies: the school receives a lot of information about job
vacancies around the world and they feed this information back to their students.
To empower the trainees to develop a greater understanding of the learning and teaching process. The Academy encourages participants to adopt a reflective, questioning and critical approach, central to which is the participant's own experience, attitudes and beliefs. Trainers will be guides, facilitators and resources rather than fonts of all knowledge. Courses are hands-on, innovative, challenging, and enjoyable.
Who takes the course?
CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is intended for those with no previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with some experience but no previous training in the field.
All participants must have a very good command of English in order to be able to cope with the demands of the course. They must be able to express themselves clearly and accurately both orally and in writing. Participants should have a high level of motivation and commitment and be able to work as open and reflective members of a team.
The CELTA course covers the following syllabus:
* Language Analysis and Awareness
* The Learner, the Teacher and the Teaching/Learning Context
* Planning for Effective Teaching
* Classroom Management Skills
* Teaching Procedures and Techniques
* Resources and Materials
* Professional Development
* Classroom Observation
* Teaching Practice
The CELTA course involves:
� attendance on an approved course of at least 120 contact hours between the candidates and
course tutors, including:
o tutorial support and consultation
o supervised lesson planning
o six hours� assessed teaching practice per candidate supervised by a course tutor
o feedback on teaching practice
o peer observation of teaching practice
o six hours� directed observation of lessons taught by experienced ELT professionals, up to
three hours of which may be of filmed lessons.
� 120 additional learning hours for pre-course preparation, reading, research, assignment writing,
lesson preparation and record keeping.
How am I assessed?
The assessment is continuous and integrated.
� continuous means that assessment takes place throughout the course
� integrated means that both assessed components (teaching practice and assignments) contribute to the overall grade. Any one assessment can cover a number of topics and objectives in the syllabus.
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups with students at two or three different levels. After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor. Teaching practice on all courses is internally assessed by the course tutors and externally moderated by a Cambridge English-approved external assessor.
Very good, very great input sessions. A thoroughly rewarding experience!!!
The course was very intensive which I was fully aware of before I started. Even though the workload was heavy I found the course very stimulating and engaging. I enjoyed the teaching practice. Overall a very positive experience.
The school and the quality of trainers were to the highest of standards. They always had time to help us trainees when we needed it. The course was intensive, as it suggests, and it did not let up for the four weeks. The amount of work was however worth it, as I learned a lot about how to teach EFL, and has given me a real enthusiasm to go out and find work within the TEFL industry.
Teaching was first class and the level of support was excellent. I enjoyed the whole course, well worth the cost!