School Details - Barcelona Plaza Catalunya
The school is a five-minute walk from La Rambla, easily accessible by metro, and has good shopping and restaurants, bars and cafes nearby. The courses are held in beautiful old buildings where the atmosphere is extremely friendly.
Barcelona will go down in history as an essential all-time experience. Different people will be seduced by different things, so take your picks will it be the almost arrogant individuality of a city with its own language and history, the effortless juxtaposition of Gothic and Renaissance, Byzantine and Romanesque, the dangerously inviting boutiques, or quite simply that old Spanish knack of bringing out lazy, sangria-filled lunches under a hot Mediterranean sun? Quintessentially Spanish yet unique in so many ways, make of Barcelona what you will. But whatever your vice, don't fight it - because you can be sure nobody else is.
The Cambridge DELTA Course
The Cambridge Diploma (DELTA) is the most prestigious and widely recognised British qualification in English Language Teaching. It is intended for candidates who have substantial experience of teaching English either in the UK or abroad.
A number of UK universities are now offering credits and/or exemptions on their MA and other courses for those who have obtained their DELTA.
Candidates are expected to be graduates or to have qualified teacher status. Some basic ELT training, for example the CELTA or its equivalent, is considered essential.
As a rough guide, two years' broad and full-time experience of teaching adult classes is the minimum prerequisite in terms of teaching experience.
The DELTA course aims to ensure a balance between the demands of practical application and understanding of the theoretical background. As well as a detailed consideration of key theoretical issues, it includes classroom observation and supervised, evaluated teaching practice.
The Cambridge DELTA course
Candidates may take one, two or all three of the assessed components: separate certification will be awarded for each. Candidates will no longer be required to enter for all three assessed components.
The components are as follows:
Understanding language, methodology and resources for teaching
This module is assessed by a written examination comprising two papers each of 1 hour 30 minutes in length.
Developing professional practice
This module is assessed through a portfolio of course-based practical teaching and written assignments including one lesson and assignment which is externally assessed.
Extending practice and ELT specialization
This module is assessed through an extended written research project. It is externally assessed.
Courses at this centre integrate Modules One and Two and prepare candidates for Module Three. Course participants are free to enter for assessment of whichever of the three components they choose whether this be all three or just one or two.
It is our view that professional practice is primarily developed (Module Two) through a growing understanding of language, methodology and resources (Module One). For this reason, Modules One and Two are integrated.
The syllabus for Module Three consists of areas which are essential to teaching in general and are therefore included throughout the course syllabus. However, specific guidance is given on the preparation of the Module Three extended assignment. Guidance and practice is also given in preparation for the written examination.
This part-time DELTA course is run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00-14:30 for approximately 20 weeks (a total of around 150 hours), from October to March.
Participants on this course have Module One examination practice tasks for the period between the end of the course and the written examination.
If you are taking Module Three, the extended written assignment can be submitted at the time of the examination.
The work load is heavy and candidates are advised not to take on commitments that might prejudice their chances of participating fully in the course.
The tutors at this centre are fully qualified and have years of experience.
Candidates should complete and return an application form, preferably by 30 April, though later applications will be accepted provided there are places remaining on the course.
They will then be asked to attend an interview; in the case of long-distance candidates, the interview is by telephone.
Accepted candidates must then pay a non-refundable deposit to secure their place.
Staying in a shared apartment will offer you the same comforts as staying with a host family but enable you to live more independently. You can study in privacy in your own room. The shared facilities are equipped with all you will need in order to prepare your own food and relax after a hard day's work. Bed-linen and towels are provided. You share kitchen and bathroom with your hosts.
The price of 100 Euros for each full week (plus a 75 Euro administration fee, to be paid once) is inclusive of all costs except telephone and your booking fee. Extra nights cost 20 Euros, and can only be considered in consultation with the school. Please note that the money for any extra nights would be paid directly to your landlord/landlady upon arrival.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 2.30pm, including teaching practice.
The school and the quality of trainers were excellent, on all counts. The course was fantastic, great structure - as I'd expect from Cambridge. The destination was ideal, that's why I wanted to take the course abroad. What I enjoyed most about my course was observing other teachers and tutors in the classroom. Extremely helpful to a trainee's development.
What I enjoyed most in my was probably TP - Teaching Practice. Standing in front of a class for the first time can be quite intimidating but I sincerely enjoyed it from day one and in the end it's probably the best way to learn how to make it better next time or in the future.
The School was great, the staff and admin were very helpful and the trainers were inspiring and very very very friendly and resourceful. The course was intense, but definitely provided enough practice and theory. Highly recommended!
Barcelona is a great city to do the course in. The trainers were excellent. They were very helpful and provided us with a lot of information. What I liked most was the teaching practice. It was great to work with real students.
Help for Jobs
Taking a training course at our centre will automatically open doors for you all over the world. We have been training people here for over 30 years.
We have found that many of our trainees find work at our school which is right in the centre of Barcelona, or in our other schools in the Barcelona and Catalonia area.
Our school is part of a huge, dynamic World wide web of schools, which has centres in amongst other places i.e. Argentina, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam and South Africa. If you apply to one of these schools in the world organisation, we can organise an interview right here in Barcelona. Once you have taken a training course with us, you will never be short of job opportunities!
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.