School Details - Madrid Alonso Martinez
The school is centrally located, and you will enjoy this Madrid down-town, fully air-conditioned building, served by 4 Metro lines.
Take a pin and stick it in the centre of Spain, and you've pretty much got Madrid. Now stick that same pin in the centre of Madrid and you should have the Puerta del Sol, the point from which distances to all corners of the country are measured, and a reminder of the city's importance both past and present.
Madrid stands for all that is Spain, be it culture, art, museums or shopping, but more than this it exudes an energy and flair quite unlike any other capital. The red brick of the Plaza Mayor, the clowns in El Retiro park, traffic at 4am, the flea market, cracked nutshells on the floor, turron and Goya�Madrid is many things to many people, but maybe it's this very hotchpotch that puts such rhythm in Spain's heart.
At this CELTA centre in Madrid, you will have the opportunity to work with a dedicated, professional team of trainers with on-going teaching experience, who have trained or taught in the UK, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Indonesia and Lithuania. They have professional contacts and can offer specific employment advice for these and many other destinations.
Besides, the school provides a cutting edge CELTA course with the latest methodology, pedagogy and research as well as on-going scheduled and sign-up tutorial support on a one- to-one basis. You will enjoy free computer/printer/photocopier/ access and free access to Internet working area and library of books, recreational area, job advice,
Accommodation service offered with a range of options available.
The CELTA course provides speakers of English with initial training in teaching English as a foreign language, and leads to the internationally recognised qualification: the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). The course is also suited to those who are already in the profession, but who have no formal or practical teaching qualification. The courses are validated, and syllabus and assessment criteria are fixed by, the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)
The course covers the general principles of teaching adult classes from beginner to post-intermediate level. Teaching practice is a significant component. Successful completion of the course indicates readiness to embark on a professional career in ELT, and although further guided experience and in-service training will be necessary, the trainee can begin to teach effectively with a firm basis on which to develop as a teacher of ELT.
The course follows the Cambridge CELTA syllabus. Teaching techniques are practised by the course participants in regular teaching practice sessions with adult students of English. An overview of the topics covered:
- The general principles and techniques of teaching and learning a foreign language
- The English language: linguistic form, function, meaning and phonology
- Teaching and learning the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
- Classroom techniques: presentation, practice, checking learning, error analysis, correction, classroom management, group work and pair work
- Lesson planning; course planning; timetables
- Different learning and teaching styles at adult level, adult learners' motivations and learning styles
- The evaluation and use of published and non-published resources and materials
- Professional development: evaluating one's own strengths and weaknesses, preparing to become a teacher, colleague and employee
Seminars, workshops and observation of experienced teachers take up approximately half the course time. Teaching practice takes up the other half, and is conducted in small groups, each with a teaching practice supervisor. Each trainee teaches for a total of at least six hours with graded classes of students. Teaching practice includes guided preparation, analysis and reflection on teaching practice sessions, and individual tutorials to monitor and discuss progress. Preparation and homework include written assignments and lesson preparation.
Why choose the Cambridge CELTA?
Many organisations offer four-week TEFL training courses; why should you consider doing the Cambridge CELTA ?
The Cambridge CELTA is certainly one of the most widely known initial qualifications. Any potential employer, if they have any knowledge at all of initial TEFL qualifications, is likely to know of the Cambridge CELTA.
The courses are validated, and syllabus and assessment criteria are fixed by, the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES)
This assures quality control in a number of areas:
- All centres are subject to approval by UCLES, and have to maintain standards in order to retain this approval. If a centre is failing to meet the required standards, approval to run course will be withdrawn by UCLES. Similarly, it is not uncommon for institutions to have their application to run CELTA courses turned down by UCLES.
- Every CELTA course is moderated by an external assessor.
- Every centre is allocated a Joint Chief Assessor who monitors standards at the centre.
- Each CELTA trainer has to be approved by UCLES (which includes meeting UCLES requirements re teaching experience and qualifications) and has to undergo a lengthy induction process.
All the above contribute to the excellent reputation that the Cambridge CELTA enjoys.
Start and end times, both of the day and of individual sessions, may vary from course to course. However, the total hours spent in seminars and TP remains the same.
There are no classes on Saturdays and Sundays.
Living in a shared apartment is the most independent and cheapest option. You will normally have a single room and share the rest of the flat (bathroom, kitchen and living room) with 3 or 4 other students, usually Spanish.
Accommodation in a single room for 4 weeks exactly is 614 Euros. Additional weeks cost 178 Euros.
Accommodation in a student residence is particularly aimed at those wishing to live among students from all over the world as well as students from Spain. All halls of residence are in the centre of the city, with a maximum 15-20 minute ride on public transport to the school. Perfect for those who wish to be independent or to live in a student environment. The atmosphere is very international and in most places you can meet Spaniards who are doing their studies in the city.
The price per week in a single room is 263-324 Euros, depending on how many meals per day you include. For a double room, it costs 234-294 Euros.
A placement fee of 62 Euros will be added to the prices above.
Prices for alternative types of accommodation (host family, college dorm, private apartments, VIP rooms, hotels etc.) are available from the school on request.
All accommodation is arranged from the Sunday evening before the course begins until the Saturday morning after the course ends and will be paid to the school upon arrival.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 09.30-13.30
Help for Jobs
This centre is one of the largest language academies in Spain and each year more of our CELTA candidates start working for us after their course. In our professional development sessions on the CELTA course, we provide trainees with vital information on terms and conditions for EFL teachers. We will act as a reference and do what we can to help trainees secure a position.
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.