School Details - Sofia
Founded in 1990 and accredited by EAQUALS (the European Association for Quality Language Services), the school aims to provide the highest standard of English language teaching to all sectors of the community.
The School has got four centrally located venues in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, and offers the full range of English courses: for adults, children, Business English and Cambridge exams and IELTS preparation.
It is at the forefront of quality EFL teaching in Bulgaria and has been a Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications Accredited Centre for 14 years now. It runs CELTA, DELTA and YL Extension to CELTA courses too.
The success rate of the CELTA courses at the school is very high - due to a very supportive learning environment aimed at minimising stress and maximising trainees` potential.
The course provides a practical introduction to the teaching of English as a Foreign Language. There is a limited amount of reading and written work involved, which is all related to the practical classroom requirements of teaching practice (TP). TP is the central element of the course, on which assessment is based. The workload of the course is extremely demanding. Trainees need to commit themselves for 4 weeks course.
Assessment is continuous - there is no final exam. The grades awarded are: "Fail", "Pass", "Pass B", "Pass A".
In the event of a trainee being considered "borderline, s/he will be given explicit indications of the areas in need of improvement.
Trainees are required to pass four written assignments and are expected to develop their own self-awareness and the ability to assess their own performance in TP and that of others.
There are three main components: teaching practice, observation and input.
1. Teaching practice
Each trainee will have approximately 6 hours of TP over the course.
There will normally be between 8 and 12 trainees on a course and TP is organised in two or three groups. The students will be at different levels, ranging from elementary to upper intermediate. TP is observed by a supervisor and by the members of the TP group. The groups rotate during the course, so teaching is assessed at two or three contrasting levels.
Supervised Lesson Planning is an opportunity for trainees to talk to TP supervisors about the lesson they intend to teach the following day/week.
Each trainee will observe at least 6 hours of teaching in the tutors' regular classes and the classes of other experienced teachers in addition to observing fellow trainees during TP and will have opportunities to see further classes on video.
Input sessions tend to be seminars/workshops rather than lectures and cover three broad areas: language awareness, phonology and methodology.
The Language Awareness sessions are an introduction to the structure and meaning of English (centred on verb forms) from an English language teaching (ELT) perspective.
The Phonology sessions are an introduction to the sounds of English - again from an ELT perspective.
Methodology covers a wide range of classroom approaches, procedures and techniques.
Every CELTA course is moderated by an RSA/Cambridge Assessor, whose main role is to ensure that grading is in line with Cambridge requirements and ensure that regulations are being met.
Our special package provides airport pick up and self-catering accommodation for the duration of the course, on the basis of two or three trainees sharing a self-catering apartment located near the school. Special package price: £1302.
For those who would prefer a self-catering studio for themselves, the cost is approximately £500 for the duration of the course.
Input sessions: 9:00-12:00;
Teaching Practice: 13:30-16:00;
Assisted Lesson Planning: 17:00-18:00
The advice given by the highly qualified and enthusiastic CELTA tutors enabled me to improve considerably throughout the course and I enjoyed both the school and Sofia so much that I decided to start my teaching career there after successfully completing the course.
I had three job offers within two weeks of completing the course. It really did reflect the staff's concerns for our progress and success.
I did CELTA quite spontaneously, but it turned out to be one of the best career choices I've made.
First, it is useful because you are taught the very essence of teaching and given loads of handy tips by experienced tutors, not to mention that it is internationally recognised. Another thing is, it is practical. The theory you learn is immediately put into practice during the teaching hours, so you have the rare possibility to learn new things in the morning and put them into practice later the very same afternoon.
- Elena, Bulgaria -
Help for Jobs
Advice on job opportunities is included in the course programme.
As a part of a prestigious chain of language schools, we are contacted by a variety of schools and agencies from around the world. On a regular basis they provide us with information about job vacancies at their organizations, which we distribute among our CELTA and DELTA trainees. Towards the end of the course there is a meeting with the Academic Manager in which job prospects are discussed.
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