School Details - Lisbon
All our Teacher Training courses are run in central Lisbon. The school is 5 minutes from the Alto dos Moinhos metro stop on the blue line. The Music Museum is a short walk away and for football fans, Benfica Stadium is on the next metro stop. The school is located in a very pleasant residential area with landscaped gardens to relax in and several restaurants and supermarkets a few minutes away. In addition to CELTA, DELTA and YL courses, the teacher training department also runs Teacher Development sessions on a regular basis. Trainees have full use of a kitchen as well as access to computers, photocopiers, a library and plenty of space to work in. The school runs an average of 10 CELTA courses a year.
It was the Portuguese who set out to discover the world, but it's funny how the tables always turn. Modern-day Lisbon is buzzing with activity yet remains stubbornly old-fashioned - a compelling combination for its growing number of visitors, and putting it firmly back on the map as a place to be seen. Even more so when you see this is beauty on a budget, a world away from the inflated prices of other European capitals. But it's more the cobblestone streets, elegant Manueline architecture and heart-rending fado melodies that will tug at those strings and leave you touched by this historic yet contemporary city.
The Online CELTA course is the exact same high-quality programme as the face-to-face course at our Teacher Training centres but delivered completely online.
You receive the same highly-regarded CELTA qualification
You complete the same course curriculum
You are taught by the same experienced, supportive team
CELTA is a course giving you a thorough grounding in all aspects of teaching the English language to adults. One of the most widely taken qualifications of its kind, thousands of people each year choose CELTA to open up a world of exciting English language teaching opportunities. Part of the University of Cambridge and validated by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the Cambridge CELTA course is recognised and accepted by teaching institutions worldwide.
The course is very practical in nature and teaching practice takes place using Zoom under the guidance of your tutor. Course time is set aside for the preparation of these lessons and your tutor will assist and guide you throughout your time with us. You will gain experience in teaching at two distinct levels.
This component is designed to familiarise trainees with aspects of the English language. It focuses on grammar and structure (form), meaning in context (function) and the sound system of the English language (phonology).
Candidates need to complete 4 written assignments which range from formal language analysis to a study of teaching materials. They are graded on a pass or fail basis and candidates must pass 3 out of 4 assignments.
Methodology of Language Teaching & Learning
This involves the analysis and appreciation of various methods, styles and strategies for both language teaching and learning. You are also introduced to a range of teaching aids and classroom management techniques.
Live Online Observations
During the course you will be timetabled for 6 hours of live online observation. This will give you the opportunity to see experienced teachers in action. These observations are complemented by specific observation tasks, which will be referred to throughout the course.
- Be at least 18 (it is generally recommended that candidates should be aged 20 or over, but candidates aged between 18 and 20 can be accepted at the centre's discretion)
- Have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English, which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels (C1 on the CEFR)
- Have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of practical teaching
Mondays 14.00 - 17.15; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 09.00 - 17.15; Friday 09.00 - 13.15 (Portugal Time)
About the school and the quality of trainers: Extraordinarily professional in every way. An amazing experience.
-Gregory St Vincent-
The facilities at the school were good. Both of the trainers were really excellent. I thought the course was very well structured, especially as there was a lot to pack into it! I think there was a good balance of actual teaching vs theory.
The CELTA course was an amazing experience. The other trainees were a fantastic group of people and we all bonded very quickly. The workload is very demanding but achieveable.
This school is a brilliant place to study the CELTA. The facilities are good, it's in a great area of Lisbon that is easy to get to via Metro and the trainers are organised, personable and informed.
I enjoyed the CELTA course immensely. It was hard work but I got loads of experience and met some great people. The course was well organised and had the right balance of theory and practical input.
The practical experience of teaching was also a real eye opener, it felt like something everyone should do regardless of whether they want to be teachers. It provides so much opportunity for learning about yourself, one's strengths and weaknesses.
Help for Jobs
The school in Lisbon provides CELTA candidates with the following in terms of assistance with jobs:
There is a jobs board where all incoming ads are posted. These include posters and vacancies from schools in the local area (a list of local schools is also available at the centre), and all vacancies within the school's international network as well.
There is also a session devoted to finding work, what to look for in a school, interviews, local conditions, etc on the course that trainees can benefit from.
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.