School Details - Liverpool
This centre is an innovative language school based in the heart of Liverpool. It's located in the student area of the city centre, close to the University, all main train and bus stations, cafes, bars and shops.
The building itself is a newly refurbished three storey terrace with the following facilities: a reception, 3 classrooms each with relaxation corner for break times and kitchen area for trainees to use.
This course leads to the award of the internationally recognised certificate. The Cambridge certificate is an essential first step in a career in TEFL. The qualification is an essential minimum requirement for teachers in a British Council accredited school. Successful participants will be able to use this qualification to teach in schools in the UK and overseas.
The team at the school aim to assist trainees in developing the necessary skills and knowledge to equip them to cope and flourish within the EFL classroom. Trainees are encouraged to be reflective and to continually re-evaluate their own experiences, attitudes and beliefs. Trainers will help and motivate trainees to discover rather than act as reference book for them and courses are communicative, challenging, practical and enjoyable.
Who takes the course?
The course is designed for motivated people from a wide variety of backgrounds, with or without teaching experience. A very good command of both spoken and written English is essential to cope with the demands of the course and participants must be supportive, open, reflective, and committed members of a team.
What happens on the course?
The course follows the Cambridge CELTA syllabus. Teaching techniques are practised by the course participants in regular teaching practice sessions with adult students of English.
An overview of the topics covered:
- The general principles and techniques of teaching and learning a foreign language
- The English language: linguistic form, function, meaning and phonology
- Teaching and learning the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
- Classroom techniques: presentation, practice, checking learning, error analysis, correction, classroom management, group work and pair work
- Lesson planning; course planning; timetables
- Different learning and teaching styles at adult level, adult learners' motivations and learning styles
- Other factors that affect learning such as adult literacy
- The evaluation and use of published and non-published resources and materials along with learning how to adapt authentic materials into concrete learning tools.
- Professional development: evaluating one's own strengths and weaknesses, preparing to become a teacher, colleague and employee
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the end of the course.
- Applicants must have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to undertake the course.
- Applicants must have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to successfully complete the written assignments and the teaching practice.
There is no formal academic entry requirement. It is, however, recommended that applicants should have formal qualifications which would allow entry into higher education in their own country.
The school can arrange accommodation on your behalf. Options include half-board or room-only accommodation with local people, and university self-catering accommodation.
The school is great. Well placed in the city centre and very easy to get to every morning. The building is bright and modern with lots of facilities for the students and the teachers.
The trainers are fantastic. Very friendly, knowledgeable and above all very helpful. No complaints.
The course is very challenging. I was warned before that it was intensive but even so I didnt expect the level of work needed every evening at home. It was non stop for 3 weeks and weekends - only in the last week did it slow down! Weeks 2 and 3 were terrible. But I survived mainly thanks to the great tutors and fellow students.
- Nicola Holden -
Help for Jobs
There is a session on looking for jobs built into the course, and references are provided on request.
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.