School Details - Mexico City
Mexico City, is one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Surrounded by volcanic mountains, the city was the capital of the ancient Aztec Empire and a centre of Spanish colonial power. Ancient civilizations, indigenous and immigrant populations, a rich cultural heritage and modern living all combine in this dynamic city.
The school is located in a very pleasant central area surrounded by cafes and restaurants. You will never feel you are in the middle of one of the largest cities on earth. Mexico City caters for absolutely every taste and there are endless cultural and entertainment options to keep you busy.
The Blended Delta – a unique blend of face-to-face and distance learning, combining the best of both modes of education while reducing the overall course expense.
Working with a Delta trainer online minimizes the amount of time spent on-location, which reduces your time away from earning an income. Also, once you have built a solid theoretical foundation through your online and distance study, you are more capable of benefitting from the teaching practice component, which is essential to developing your skills as a teacher.
One of the drawbacks of the full-time face-to-face Delta (which is offered at most centre over 8 weeks), is the speed at which information is imparted, which is often too fast to take on board everything. The blended course allows for more time to prepare for the face-to-face component and maximize such preparation at a better pace.
The 6 weeks of online work focus on what would normally be part of any Delta course but with flexible tools to help you work towards your face-to-face work. And so, the 6 weeks of online work comprise of:
- Input (theories, methods and approaches, lesson planning, research and language analysis, etc).
- Diagnostic lesson – 'you will teach a Diagnostic Lesson' and Delta tutors will give you feedback before you engage in officially assessed Delta teaching.
- Experimental Practice – as part of Module 2, you will have to complete an 'Experimental Practice' lesson. This is not observed nor assessed by a Delta tutor, and is focused on an aspect of teaching, techniques or approach you've never tried out before. This is part of your 'Professional Development Assignment' (PDA).
- Reflection and Action ‐ As part of the PDA, you need to start working on your area of development and action points The RA (Reflection and Action), has 4 parts to it.
- LSA1 ‐ Background essay.
And so, as you can see, the 6 weeks of online work will:
- Help you prepare for the teaching you will have to do on the next 4-5 weeks on the face-to-face course,
- Facilitate the work prior to the intensive face to face component so that the following weeks are easier to get through
- a first degree
- an initial ELT qualification
- a minimum of 2 years full time (1200 hours) teaching experience of ELT within the past 5 years
- a range of teaching experience working in different teaching contexts and teaching different levels
- an appropriate awareness of language and language competence in English sufficient to follow the programme and complete all assessed elements successfully (IELTS Band 8)
- adequate word-processing skills to enable you complete written assignments
- competence in using the internet and e-mail
- access to adequate word-processing, internet and email facilities
Suggested Pre-interview Reading
- Principles of Language Learning and Teaching by H. Douglas Brown (Prentice Hall)
- Principles in Language Teaching by Diane Larsen-Freeman (Oxford University Press)
- Grammar for English Teachers by Martin Parrott (Cambridge University Press) by Scott Thornbury (Macmillan)
- Uncovering Grammar by Scott Thornbury (Macmillan)
The trainers were great! I seriously cannot complain about them. The course was extremely challenging and stressful, but one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, loved it!
The course is one of the best training courses I've ever had in my life, I've learned a lot about teaching. I think this course would be great even for executive in companies to manage their teams.
Help for Jobs
Combined with the session on 'Finding a Job in Mexico', which is normally given by the Director, the school offers trainees guidance when looking for jobs through a session about 'Professional Development and Employment in TESOL', which includes advice on CVs and job interviews once they have successfully completed their course. The course tutors have a wide range of contacts throughout Mexico and abroad and can help place CELTA graduates in schools around the world. For those interested in staying in the Mexico City area, contacts in local schools can be provided.
The CELTA course in Mexico City is recognized by SEP (Secretaria de Educacion Publica), which means that getting a job in Mexico can be a simple process. A large number of CELTA graduates from the school now work in other schools in Mexico; in Playa Del Carmen, Queretaro and Monterrey, and for those interested in these options, it is often possible to organize a telephone interview during the final week of the course. Trainees are able to find employment in private language schools, private primary schools, secondary schools and high schools as well as private Universities.
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.