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Please contact us on 0845 130 4775 (UK) or +44 1273 830 960 (International) or info@cactustefl.com to register your interest. Remember to quote the course reference code C0-3025.

Cambridge CELTA

Course ref: 3025
Course Type: Cambridge CELTA
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Min Age: 21
Maximum Class Size: 12
Exam Board Fee Included:
Class Times: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Important Information

10% OFF Tuition Fees - for all applicants who pay in full 3 weeks before a course begins. ONLY if applying through Cactus TEFL.

Please note that the fees below do not include the cost of the methodology book or grammar book that the school recommend that trainees purchase.

School Details - Cape Town South Central

Cape Town is a truly beautiful city where oceans, mountains and cultures meet with spectacular results. It is not difficult to see why so many people fall in love with the place.

South Africa's popularity is growing as a TEFL destination. The school is one of the biggest private language schools in South Africa and has two locations in the city of Cape Town. The school has been running it's CELTA programme since 2003 and as a CELTA trainee you can expect the highest standards of tuition and support. Due to it's growing international appeal you can expect to teach students from Europe, South America, Africa and Asia who come to learn English in this beautiful African setting. The school is located in the Rondebosch area which is near the university and the cricket and rubgy stadiums. It's a 15 minute train ride to the centre of Cape Town. On-site facilities include a garden and a swimming pool.

The school is one of the founding members of the English Language Travel Association of South Africa, which is an association of quality language schools started in 2003. EduSA is committed to developing and guiding the growth of the English language travel industry in South Africa and ensuring that its members meet or exceed guaranteed minimum standards of professionalism and quality.

Course Description

The Cambridge CELTA course in one of the leading industry-standard and internationally-recognised TEFL qualifications. The course is accredited by the Cambridge University Examining Board who will also issue your certificate. The CELTA qualification is also recognised by the British Council and is classified as a level 4 qualification (a degree level qualification) by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in the UK.

The course consists of four main elements - input, teaching practice, observation and written assignments.

Input Sessions
These will usually take place in the afternoons where you will learn the methodologies and skills involved in TEFL teaching.

Teaching Practice
TP sessions will take place in the mornings and you will complete at least 6 hours of assessed teaching practice during the 4 weeks. When you are not teaching you will observe your fellow trainees in action. The teaching practice sessions will either consist of a skills-based or a language-focused lesson. You will have to demonstrate sufficient competence in both in order to pass the course. At the end of each session there will be a reflective feedback session on the day's teaching.

This is an essential part of the course. Not only will you observe your peers teaching, you will also observe and analyse the teaching of professional teachers. This is an invaluable way to learn new techniques and ideas which you can then apply to your own teaching.

Written Assignments
You will have to complete four written tasks over the 4 weeks. The tasks will focus on adult learning, the English language system, language skills and classroom teaching.

CELTA Course Timetable (day 2 onwards)
09:15 to 11:30 - Teaching practice sessions (with 15 minute break)
11:30 to 11:45 - Break
11:45 to 12:15 - Group feedback
12:15 to 12:45 - Guided Lesson Planning
12:45 to 13:45 - Lunch
13:45 to 15:00 - Input (Foreign Language Lesson)
15:15 to 16:15 - Input (Classroom Management)

Assessment is continuous and there is no 'sit-down' exam at the end of the course. In addition to the feedback after every teaching practice session, each trainee has a tutorial with the tutors at the end of week two and there are min-tutorials regarding the written assignments throughout the course. Tutors agree on the final grade (Pass A, Pass B or Pass) of each trainee and an external assessor also sees each one's work.

Who can apply for the course?
No previous teaching experience is required, but all applicants must be at least 20 years of age. Younger candidates will be considered at the school's discretion. You will also need to demonstrate a good level of language awareness in order to be accepted onto the course.

Visa Information
As the course in only 4 weeks EU nationals do not require a student visa to do the course and can enter South Africa on a Tourist visa. Please note that all candidates should check with the nearest South African embassy for up-to-date visa information.

Accommodation Options

Homestay All of our accommodation is between 15 - 45 min traveling distance to school by public transport. The rate for the homestay is US$245 per week, US$61 per extra night.

Homestay-Plus The Homestay Plus accommodation is also between 15 - 45 min traveling time from the school by public transport - it is not necessary closer but students will have there own private bedroom and bathroom and this is also half board. The rate for the homestay plus is US$300 per week , US$75 per extra night.

Student residenceA single room with self-catering from US$225/week.


9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Help for Jobs

For South African CELTA-qualified teachers Cape Town is the place to be. Cape Town has the largest TEFL industry in South Africa and there are over 13 language schools in the city. It is still hard for EU nationals to find TEFL jobs in the country, but the school does have links with various volunteer and refugee support organisations in South Africa which trainees can contact. Although it's not guaranteed, CELTA graduates with a Pass A grade have been able to get teaching contracts with a private language schools in South Africa.

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.

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