School Details - Belfast
The school is a member of a well-known language teaching and training school chain. The school building is located in University Street, which, as the name suggests, is in the heart of the city's university district. The area is full of bars, restaurants and shops catering for a large student population and is just a 10-minute walk from Belfast city centre.
The language school is housed in an impressive Victorian building. While it has recently been completely refurbished, the building retains a number of original features including some stained-glass windows and some impressive wooden carving and stucco work.
Spread over four floors the school has twelve spacious classrooms as well as a study room with computers for student use; a kitchen and dining area, and a small garden.
There is wi-fi internet access throughout the building.
CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is intended for those with no previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with some experience but no previous training in the field.
For anyone intending to enter the TEFL profession it is the ideal qualification to have. Most reputable language schools make it (or an equivalent) a requirement for anyone they employ.
The CELTA course covers the following syllabus:
* Language Analysis and Awareness
* The Learner, the Teacher and the Teaching/Learning Context
* Planning for Effective Teaching
* Classroom Management Skills
* Teaching Procedures and Techniques
* Resources and Materials
* Professional Development
* Classroom Observation
* Teaching Practice
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups of 6 trainees with volunteer students at two or three different levels. After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor. Trainees are expected to liase within their groups outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, according to guidelines provided by course tutors.
Full-time over four weeks
Courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours, plus a further 80 hours plus for required outside of classtime tasks, including assignments and lesson planning. The full-time course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. It is not possible or advisable to hold even a part-time job while on the course.
Assessment and certificates
Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability and potential. At the end of the course successful candidates receive the Cambridge Certificate and a Progress Report.
Candidates must be at least 20 years old at the start of the course. They must have a standard of education which would allow entrance to higher education in their country. They must have an awareness of language, and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course. They must also have the potential to develop into effective teachers.
Why THIS training course?
* CELTA is probably the most internationally recognised ELT certificate in the world
* Moderated by the University of Cambridge ESOL
* Highly qualified, experienced trainers
* Practical approach to methodology
* Extensive supervised teaching practice
* Access to an extensive network of schools for jobs
* Job placement and careers advice
If you would like to book accommodation, please look at the options below and complete the accommodation section in the application form.
Host family accommodation - half board (Option A)
The school has carefully selected a number of local families who are able to offer single room accommodation to students with halfboard - £560 for 4 weeks (extra nights payable to the school at £24 per night).
Executive host family accommodation - half board (Option B)
Single room accommodation as above with half board which includes breakfast and an evening meal.
£720 for four weeks (extra nights payable to the school at £30 per night).
Student flat accommodation (Option C)
This newly built block of apartments is situated in a quiet street just around the corner from the school, which makes it ideal for our busy CELTA trainees, as they are only a few minutes away from the school and at the same time they are near the University district of Belfast, which is full of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. We have shared apartments £140 per week (extra nights payable to the school £24 per night) and individual apartments for £175 per week (extra nights payable to the school at £29 per night).
Queen's Elms University (Option D)
The University's Halls of residence single en-suite rooms (£140 per week and extra nights £24) are situated in calm and spacious parkland, on the south side of the city. Queen's Elms is less than 15 -20 minutes walking distance from the University area. It is also close to the Lisburn Road, a vibrant street, with shops, caf's and restaurants. For the fun- loving student, it is ideally located less than 20 minutes walking distance from Botanic Avenue, which is a student hotspot. All bedrooms have full access to kitchen facilities. The kitchens are fully Equipped and shared by 10-11 students. Each hall has a comfortable common room where students can relax and chat with other students.
NB - An accommodation placement fee of £50 is applicable on all accommodation bookings and is also applicable to each accommodation change during your stay.
The trainers worked closely with the students and gave a lot of support in areas where students needed help. I am grateful for the help that I received.
Help for Jobs
Finding work in TEFL
Where to start in TEFL
If you're looking for a job as an English teacher either in the UK or abroad, you're on the right track.
The CELTA is the most widely recognised English language qualification in the world and most of the world's leading teaching organisations will give preference to teachers who have successfully completed a CELTA training course.
An internationally recognised qualification from a teacher training organization with an excellent reputation - it gives you a headstart in TEFL.
Helping you find work
There are several ways that this Belfast centre can help CELTA trainees find work.
For example, the school is a member of a well-known World Organisation which is made up of some 140 schools located in around more than 40 countries.
Many of these schools are constantly on the lookout for CELTA qualified teachers and, needless to say, teachers who have been trained by a sister centre will have ready access to all job vacancies within the Organisation.
This centre will also help you prepare your CV and we can even interview you on behalf of another World Organisation school.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you.
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.