School Details - Seville
This school, part of an international network of schools, is located in the heart of town just 10 minutes walking distance to the cathedral and 2 minutes to Plaza Nueva. The building is a typical Andalucian house with a reception desk on the ground floor, training director's office, teachers' room, classrooms, internet access, kitchen, vending machines and common room on the second and third floors and a large roof terrace. The classrooms are large and bright and they are equipped with a range of materials; there are also TVs and videos as teaching aids.
The school advertises locally for Spanish students that would like to take English lessons. The foreign language school that we work with, located 1 minute from this centre, can often provide volunteer students and further support for trainee teachers. The school also has its own cafe/bar (serving drinks and tapas) that is on the same street. This provides an excellent meeting place for both teachers and students from all over the world.
You can't quite put your finger on it at first. But as you move between plazas and make your way through the maze of narrow winding streets, you notice the fruit - as much on the ground as in the trees - and eventually recognise the sweet seductive smell as that of orange blossom. Set in the heart of Spain s southernmost province, Andalucia, Seville is warm in climate, character and people. Just like the Muslims some 1500 years ago, you can t help but fall under the spell of this magical city where the rhythmic tapping of flamenco heels and late afternoon cries from the plaza de toros are familiar, and enticing, sounds.
About the CELTA
The CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults course (previously known as the CTEFLA) - provides initial training leading to a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. It is intended for those without previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with no previous training in this field. Success in the Certificate has enabled many candidates to obtain their first teaching position: the course is highly regarded by employers as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which to develop as a teacher of English.
Why This Training Course?
- Internationally Recognised Certificate
- Moderated by the University of Cambridge
- Highly Qualified, Experienced Trainers
- Practical Approach to Methodology
- Extensive Supervised Teaching Practice
- Access to a Free Job Placement Scheme
- 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 5-6 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 liaise within their groups outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, according to guidelines provided by course tutors.
Assessment and Certificates
Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignment, 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.
Full-time over four weeks
The 126-hour full-time course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. Full attendance is very important. It is not possible or advisable to hold even a part-time job while on the course.
Applicants for the course must complete an application form and send it to us at Cactus. You will then normally be called for an interview, although if you are a long distance from Seville you may be interviewed by telephone. To secure a place once you have been accepted you should ensure that the full fee is paid at least six weeks before the course begins. Applicants applying less than six weeks before the course are required to pay the fees on acceptance.
Sessions are held between 9.00am and 5.00pm including teaching practice. Note that the course is full-time: it is not possible to combine the course with regular teaching. Observation of experienced teachers (8 hours in total) takes place after course hours, as does individual lesson preparation.
Recommended reading for the course includes:
GRAMMAR: PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE by Michael Swan (OUP) or LONGMAN ENGLISH GRAMMAR by Louis Alexander (Longman)
METHODOLOGY: - You are also advised to have access to a methodology book; either THE PRACTICE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING by Jeremy Harmer (Longman) or LEARNING TEACHING by Jim Scrivener (Heinemann).
TEACHING ENGLISH IN SPAIN: If you are considering staying in Spain to teach English, TEACHING ENGLISH IN SPAIN by Jenny Johnson (In Print Publishing) gives you thorough background information on this aspect.
Online (at a time that suits you, for 4 - 6 hours a week) and Face-to-face for 10 Fridays from 15:00 - 19:00.
I had a great time and was especially very happy with the school, the teachers and the shared flat. I definitively will recommend the school. WELL DONE say thank you to all staff members!
Seville is fantastic and I think everyone in the world should go. The school is very well equipped and situated very conveniently in the city centre. The trainers were extremely good, very supportive and also provided prompt, honest and inciteful advice. Everyone I saw teach on the course improved significantly.
- Michael Bates -
I learned so much and met an amazing group of people throughout my time there. It was hard at times, but you had to remember that everyone was in the same boat... And this gets you through it. At the end i felt an amazing sense of achievement.
- Ingrid Mitchell -
The teaching was very thorough and classes clear and well planned. Was warned before arriving that work would be intense which it was but i was prepared for it. Trainers were very good!
- Sarah Cater -
Help for Jobs
The school provides a job information service about local, national and international posts, and as a member of an international organisation, acts as a network interview center for posts being advertised throughout the world.
The school is the only CELTA centre in Andalucia, and many schools take part in its job information service, passing on details of positions available to trainees.
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.