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.
About the course
This course is intended for those who prefer an extended period of study or who wish to continue earning while they follow a 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.
All CELTA courses at this centre now incorporate Cambridge PTLLS (Preparation for teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) which is the minimum mandatory requirement for teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. As a result, successful completion of the course enables trainees to practise in FE and related ESOL sectors, such as in adult education and community learning.
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 20 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.
Meet the Tutors
All our tutors are highly qualified with a diverse range of experience. Read on to find out what some of them have to say about studying on the course
Sally Beetham, DipTEFLA, MA
Twenty years ago I wanted to live in Germany, and teaching English was the best way I could do this. In fact, I wound up teaching in Finland first and worked in Germany and Italy later on. I taught business English for nine years during which time I was Director of Studies at two London schools and I was then invited to produce my book Business English Activities. More recently I have taught EAP (English for Academic Purposes), ESOL and all Cambridge Main Suite Exams. I have also trained for Trinity and in-house for Linguarama. I really enjoy teaching on the CELTA course because although it is very intense, and at times stressful for all concerned, this is hugely outweighed by seeing so many people come out at the end of it feeling that they have learnt an enormous amount and knowing that they can stand on their own two feet now.
My advice for the CELTA course: It's a cliche to say this but the course is a steep learning curve. You need to be clear in your mind that nobody expects you to get things right first time around. On the course you will encourage your students not to feel afraid of making mistakes, so why shouldn't the same be true for you? Don't be afraid to get things wrong because that's how you learn to teach more effectively.
Jill Drower BA (Hons.), RSATEFL, DTEFLA
I started my teaching career in 1974. I was living in Brazil and wanted to earn money, so teaching English seemed the obvious thing to do. I did a one-day training course, and before I knew it found myself standing in front of a class full of students. I felt very nervous, and had no idea how to plan a lesson or conduct a listening comprehension. One thing is certain: my students didn't get their money's worth and I found the whole thing very stressful. Seven years later, having done a degree and the equivalent of the CELTA, I found myself in front of another set of students and loving it. This time I was teaching with confidence. I taught Spanish, EFL and ESOL, including Basic Literacy so have a range of teaching experience, and in 1983 I got into teacher training at Goldsmiths College. I now train here at the Baron's Court site of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.
Why am I still doing this after all these years? The answer is I still get a buzz from seeing the transformation. It's a real case of before and after the trainees look like rabbits in front of the headlights on day one, and after only six hours of teaching practice, they can deliver perfectly respectable lessons.
My advice for the CELTA course: It's very easy to say I know, but try not to get too obsessed with how you are performing. Instead keep focusing your mind on how your students are performing. This will immediately take away the nerves. I have noticed over the years that people who do this tend to teach much better.
During my gap year before university I really enjoyed teaching in a secondary school in Chile, so after my degree I did my CELTA and went straight off to Madrid to work. I later returned to London and taught in a private language school for several years. This gave me plenty of EFL experience, including FCE, CAE and IELTS. I trained up as a trainer and in September 2002 moved to this college where I have been teaching both EFL and ESOL, as well as training teachers. I hope to continue building on my CELTA training experience and to train for the DELTA course.
I like training in CELTA because it allows me to work with lots of different people who meet the challenges of the course in such different ways. It is a surprise to fine that people often reveal a different side to themselves once they are up in front of class. I also think that training helps the trainer develop as a teacher
My advice for the CELTA course: Make sure you try to stick to the deadlines, especially for the assignments, and make sure you use the time before your course starts to do as much pre-course reading and research as you can.
Sarah Hall Brindle BA (Hons.), RSATEFL, Dip TEFLA
I started teaching English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town and my interest in ESOL grew from there. When I came to the UK it seemed like a good idea to do the CTEFLA course in Hastings, particularly as the school was offering summer work placements to successful trainees. I did the course and subsequently taught general English and the Cambridge main suite exams at various centres around the UK. I have taught English for Specific Purposes and Business English in Argentina, Spain and Italy. Much of my current ESOL teaching is with refugees and asylum seekers, as well as vocational and academic English. I am also a Cambridge examiner and a teacher trainer. I still feel inspired and at times amazed by the students and trainees. All students will teach you things if you let them. Their enthusiasm, criticism and humour all help to bring fresh insight to my teaching. I love working on CELTA courses because the learning curve is steep and within a relatively short period of time I can see real development and progression, which is very gratifying.
One of the most immediately useful pieces of advice any CELTA trainee ever said about the course was, Make sure you plan your meals in advance with as much care as you plan your lessons. Stock up the refrigerator with plenty of easy-to-cook meals.
After travelling with friends I ended up in London, where I thought I would stay for "just a few more weeks" before going back to the US. Three years later I was living here permanently. I wanted work that would allow me to continue travelling and a friend suggested TEFL. I've taught EFL to young learners and adults, ESOL, Business English and have been a Director of Studies. I've also done a lot of drama teaching and video projects with students. Drama is my particular interest and I've worked on the International Performing Arts programme here at EHWLC. As well as CELTA, my teacher training work includes Overseas Teachers' courses, Introductory courses and practical workshops for teachers in schools and at conferences abroad. I established The Bell School, London as a CELTA centre and have been a CELTA assessor. My EFL writing work includes the Workout and Wavelength courses and supplementary materials.
The thing I enjoy most about CELTA training s seeing the measurable change in people's skills and confidence. I find that very rewarding. the difference from Day 1 to the final TP still never fails to amaze me.
My advice for the CELTA course: Teaching Practice can be stressful at times but that practical experience back is what really gives the CELTA its value. You'll have ups and downs. It's all part of the process. You can learn as much from things that don't go well as from the things that do.
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.