School Details - London Barons Court
This school is one of the longest established providers of English Language teacher training courses. They have a large catchment area, giving you the rewarding experience of teaching multi-lingual classes, with your students coming from many different countries and backgrounds. The courses take place in a well-equipped and newly decorated training suite. There is a two floor library that is extremely well stocked with additional shelves available only to CELTA trainees. The library also has trained staff on hand to help you use the computers. All students at this school have free internet access.
These courses run from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm over four weeks, starting and ending on a Friday.
About the course
The Certificate course is a highly practical one and covers the syllabus as laid down by the Cambridge Examinations Syndicate. Trainees are required to attend the whole course and to complete homework tasks. The intensive course is very time-consuming and requires a high degree of commitment. Candidates are advised not to embark on it if their other responsibilities are likely to make demands on them. Due to the intensive nature of the course, we advise that you do not undertake any part-time work or other classes during this course.
How is the course assessed
Assessment is continuous during the course, and all aspects of a trainee's work are taken into account. The certificate is an initial
vocational qualification and trainees are required to show a professional attitude towards all aspects of the work involved. Course assessment is moderated by an external assessor appointed by the Cambridge Examinations Syndicate.
Candidates for the course must:
- be at least 18 years old by the first day of the course
- have a good standard of education - University matriculation standard (2 A levels and 3 O-Levels) or equivalent
- have a command of English both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete the assignments
After the course
Most successful candidates secure teaching positions overseas: a few work in the UK. There is a job placement service, based in London, provided by the Syndicate. You could also apply to follow the Diploma course in ELT (DELTA), after acquiring at least 2 years full time ELT teaching experience.
Please be warned that although there may still be places left on the course when you apply to Cactus, the situation can change very quickly. The offer of an interview or the offer of a place does NOT mean that your place on the preferred course has been secured. Your place is guaranteed only when we have accepted receipt of your payment in full.
The school offers help in finding accommodation in host families or one of three hostels.
The hostels are located in Hammersmith, which is the cheapest and most popular, Southall which is approx. �30 per night per room (maximum people - 4) and Hammersmith, which is the closest to the centre, but most expensive (approx. �100 per week), sharing a room with breakfast included.
The Accommodation officer at the college arranges everything for the student when they have been accepted on to the course.
The course will be running from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
The trainers were excellent, friendly, supportive and knowledgeable and the college is well equipped and easy to get to.
- Caroline Marsh -
The course was manageable but challenging. Tutors were excellent. Energetic, motivating, realistic.
The trainers were very helpful and gave very good teaching sessions.
The course was very funny and very intense. A steep learning curve and highly rewarding. I met lots of lovely people, learnt a great deal throughout the course and most importantly, really enjoyed it.
The trainers were fantastic! The course was very thorough... very dynamic and totally exhausting.
The quality of trainers was extremely high standard. The college had great facilities and resources and the teachers were magnificent, always willing to put in extra work where necessary. The course was excellent. What I enjoyed most about the course was feeling myself tangibly learning and improving.
Help for Jobs
A well-rounded CELTA course needs to give trainees knowhow in applying for jobs as well as confidence in classroom techniques and lesson planning.
The centre's Director of CELTA training.
The centre offers:
-A consultation on adapting your C.V.
-Guidance in working in both the state and private sectors.
-A contact list for local schools and colleges.
-Information on teaching worldwide.
-A timetabled IT jobsearch session.
-Regular updates and/or visits from recruitment agencies.
-A constantly updated careers library.
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 (Please note that you need to complete and return the whole application form including the pre-interview task at the bottom of the form in order to be considered for an interview).
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.