School Details - Bristol
We are a small, well-established, international language school in Clifton, Bristol. Everyone knows everyone, so there is a friendly family atmosphere. Thousands of learners from all over the world have enjoyed their stimulating English courses and made rapid progress in their English since the school started in 1987. We are British Council accredited and members of English UK : two guarantees of quality.
Our trainers are also experienced examiners and exam writers, public speakers and published authors : experts who are going to give you the benefits of their experience every day of your course.
Once you have completed one of our four-week intensive Cambridge CELTA courses, you will be able to work as a TEFL teacher anywhere in the world.
Our CELTA course will give you all the basic skills and the essential knowledge you need to find a good job as a TEFL teacher anywhere in the world.
The course will enable you to ...
acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
demonstrate your ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context.
Key CELTA course content:
The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas:
Topic 1: Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
Topic 2: Language analysis and awareness
Topic 3: Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
Topic 4: Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
Topic 5: Developing teaching skills and professionalism
Success on the CELTA course
Our course is very practical, covering all the fundamental principles of teaching English. This will help you develop your confidence as you learn more useful TEFL classroom techniques, and cover all the fundamental principles of teaching English as a foreign language.
After the course you will be familiar with a range of task types for all sorts of lessons, and will feel confident about teaching in different circumstances anywhere in the world!
We believe our programme will give you all you need to begin a successful career in TEFL anywhere in the world.
Every TEFL course provider is different. Our focus on quality, and the fact that we offer far more than the minimum requirements of a CELTA course, will help you become a confident TEFL teacher able to teach in a variety of different circumstances.
In addition, you will have all these advantages:
Our excellent range of TEFL materials: We have a well-stocked study room with a vast range of TEFL resources
Life in a busy language school, where you can get to know all our students personally
Daily contact with foreign students from all over the world: We generally have 10-15 different nationalities in school at one time
Top-quality teaching from experienced TEFL teachers who are also examiners and materials writers
Career guidance: Very practical advice about traps to avoid and how to ensure you have the best chance of getting the TEFL job you want in the school you choose.
Homestay hosts are families, couples and single people. When you arrive your host will show you how to get to school on the first morning. Most hosts live within 20-30 minutes of the school on foot or by using public transport.
Most homestay families provide two meals a day, included in the price of your accommodation. You will have a private bedroom with somewhere for your clothes, and a table to work at. Every day you can eat with the host at breakfast and in the evening, and you can have all meals together at week-ends. The costs for this option is £140 per week.
In a few cases, self-catering homestay accommodation is available where you live with a family but buy and cook all your food for yourself. This is a little cheaper (£115 per week).
Please note that there is a registration fee of £15 on every kind of accommodation booking.
Monday to Friday, 09.00 - 17.00 as well as a few hours of personal preparation in the evenings
The school was lovely and small which gave it a very friendly atmosphere. All the teaching staff were supportive and there to offer us help whenever we needed within reason.
Excellent! the school was small and friendly with happy students and staff.
The trainers were superb and I couldn't recommend them highly enough.
I thought the course was well designed and thorough.
Help for Jobs
It goes without saying that we are very happy to provide you with support during the course to help you prepare for life post-Cert.
To focus on your future EFL career, there is a 'Careers and Advice' session where we look at cover letters, CVs, important things when applying for a job, what to be careful about before accepting, plus a chance to ask an experienced tutor any questions you have relating to careers and finding work. You will also be given a contact details sheet summarising some of the main EFL organisations and their contact details. These schools will have jobs advertising year-round, so they are useful for whichever course you choose to do.
Once the course has finished we are very happy to act as referees for you for future employers and we can give you advice by email should you have any questions relating to potential employment. It is worth noting that it is not uncommon (especially for courses leading up to the summer period) for trainees to get their first work experience with us at our summer schools. Though there is no guarantee that you will get work, we are keen to recruit successful in-house trainees for summer.
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.