School Details - Budapest
The Budapest School is a highly successful and long-established centre for a range of ELT training qualifications. Having offered the Cambridge CELTA (in all its previous guises and formats) for 25 years, it has become something of a specialist within its field and has been home to many of the material and book writers who are now well-known in the TEFL industry.
Pass rates for Cambridge ELT qualifications are extremely high in Budapest. The team of dedicated full-time (CELTA and DELTA) teacher trainers offer training of the highest quality yet also believe in the value of making your CELTA experience one that is fun. And when you consider that they run courses every single month of the year, you can ensure that they are experienced at getting the right balance.
Centrally located on the Buda side of the city, and just a few steps down from the castle, the school can be found at the busiest transport hub. School facilities include an extensive teacher training library, a self-access room (with computers for the exclusive use of trainees) and a photocopier / printer; all resources / books / materials and copying are provided free of charge so there are no hidden costs.
There is also a large teachers' room, a snack bar, several sitting areas, not to mention 20 classrooms.
This Cambridge CELTA course is held at the most prestigious English & Teacher Training centre in Hungary. Prepare for one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life!
CELTA courses consist of five standard components:
- Teaching Practice and Feedback (you learn best by doing!)
- Input sessions (where the tutors each you)
- Observations (of experienced teachers / tutors and peers)
- 4 Written Assignments (750-1,000 words each)
The part-time course takes place three mornings a week, Tue / Thu / Fri, from 9.30am-13:30 (1.30pm). Two of these mornings are for Teaching Practice and the other is for input. Please note that over and above the contact time, you can expect to spend additional time on lesson planning, liasing with fellow trainees, completing written work, observing experienced teachers, and reflecting on your work.
Teaching Practice (TP)
You are put into Teaching Practice groups of 5 or 6 people at the start of the course and teach regularly throughout (normally for 45 minutes each week). After class there is a feedback session with peers and your tutor; feedback is always focussed and constructive. Working in such small groups ensures that each individual's progress and needs can be discussed / addressed in a supportive and 'safe' environment. You will work with two different levels of students on the course.
The input sessions are highly practical, covering approaches, techniques and language analysis. They are directly related to TP and trainees are expected to incorporate these elements into their own teaching.
Over the length of the course you will have the chance to observe experienced teachers teaching their regular lessons. In some cases, you may also observe the trainers teach your teaching practice students for all or part of a day's lesson. Altogether you can expect to do at least 6 hours observation of experienced teachers. On part time courses please note that these hours are often in addition to the course hours; though they will be arranged to suit individual needs as much as possible.
There will be at least two tutorials during the course. These are times when you meet with one of the tutors individually to discuss your progress and what you need to do to ensure you pass (or get a higher grade). Having said that, tutors are available to discuss any worries or concerns you might have at any stage of the course and we have no doubt you will find them nothing but approachable.
There are four written assignments to complete on the course. One, for example, is a case study on your students and their language problems, another is an analysis of a number of selected language points for teaching. As mentioned above, please note that the assignments will require extra time at school above the course hours.
Grading and Assessment
You are assessed and graded on the following areas:
- Teaching Practice
- Written work
- Professionalism (reliability, self-awareness, receptivity to feedback, being a good colleague etc)
After successfully completing the course, you will receive a certificate and an individual course report that will be used as a reference for future job applications. Whilst the CELTA will often be your foot in the door, it is invariably the report about what you are like that will get you the job.
Please note that it's possible to fail this course. A 'Fail' grade is awarded to candidates who fail to meet criteria set. This is the decision of the course tutors involved and it is irrevocable. This course is also assessed by an external assessor.
There is an excellent (and economical - about 8 GBP) Airport Minibus operating door-to-door service between the airport and any point in the city, so there is no need for a pre-arranged airport transfer. The teacher training administrator will provide you with all necessary instructions on what to do on arrival, and how to reach your flat with utmost ease.
The school arranges flats for those trainees who need them.
Please note: the GBP prices below are a guide only. The exchange rate can be very volatile.
Shared accommodation (private room in a shared flat): 21,250 HUF per person, per week; approx. GBP 55 per week.
Single apartment: 27,500 HUF per week; approx. GBP 75 per week. Please note that this housing is for one person only, not couples.
Please note that the accommodation fee has to be paid directly to the school upon arrival.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, 9.30am - 1.45pm
The quality of the teachers was exemplary. They are truly inspiring people and excellent managers of people. The course was a great deal of fun, I met some fascinating people. It was extremely well taught and I was helped successfully to reach my goals.
The school was good and the trainers were intelligent, well trained professionally and helpful.
-Silvia Marilena Doncu-
School was well organised and run. The quality of the trainers was excellent; they were friendly and approachable, whilst very professional.
The quality of the trainers was superb.
The school was easy to get to, very pleasant, modern classrooms and the trainers were fantastic - helpful and supportive as well as providing high-quality input sessions.
Help for Jobs
This school provides support for trainees in finding a teaching position in a number of ways:
The Assistant Head of Teacher Training (or a Senior Trainer) meets with the group during the course in order to offer concrete and industry-specific advice on how to find employment in EFL - whom to contact and how, what form a CV should take, what to ask in an interview, how to screen job offers, and tricks for ensuring that your CV is at the top of the pile.
Trainees are then sent (upon request) a booklet of post-CELTA experiences written by the school's graduates, which gives further specific advice on how to attack the job market and what difficulties to expect whilst carrying out a jobsearch.
In addition, the school is approached regularly by schools in the region (and beyond) looking for teachers - they know that the school runs CELTAs and turns out excellent teachers - such approaches are passed on to trainees through email and through the school facebook page. In fact, it is not uncommon for a trainee to finish the course and walk more or less directly into a position.
For positions further afield, the school helps trainees make good use of the school's affiliate network (more than 200 schools in 40 countries), as well as identify quality teaching institutions in whatever geographical area they're interested in. They have a well-developed network of contacts, including many former CELTA trainees (25 years' worth), who help keep the school in touch with the opportunities around the world, and inform on employers who should be avoided.
As you might hope, the school very much believes it's in their own interest that you find a teaching position that suits you, both in terms of location and in terms of the support you'll get when working there - and to that end, the school is willing to do their very best to ensure you end up getting the opportunity to put what you will have learned into practice and continue to develop as a teacher.
How to Apply
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