School Details - Athens
Athens, Greece is an excellent place to start or develop your career as TEFL teacher as well as experience living in an exciting European city with so much to do in its present and see of its past.
The centre is situated in the heart of Athens and is easily accessible from every part of the city. It has been an Authorised Cambridge Teaching Awards Centre since 1993.
The centre is dedicated to teacher education and has a firm commitment to the pursuit of excellence in English Language Teaching through ensuring
- Excellence in tutors
- Excellence in resources
- Excellence in support systems
The centre is especially supportive to its trainees, and offers:
* Multilingual classes of adults where our candidates can observe and be observed while teaching.
* Excellent pre-, while- and post-course support through a DELTA course dedicated wiki with organised links, articles, and resources as well as sample assignments and videotaped seminars for preparation and revision.
* Free internet access and use of PCs for lesson preparation and materials design
The school also has an excellent library and resources, which have received high praise by all Cambridge Assessors.
The Cambridge DELTA Diploma is widely recognised and valued by the profession and it is the first step to a career in TEFL which may have the classroom as its main focus but which may also take the holder into a number of other interesting directions, such as
- materials writing
- academic management
- teacher training
- editing EFL materials
- promoting EFL materials
The course is organised around three modules, each of which is assessed separately. During the last module (Module III) candidates may focus on an area of specialism from a wide range of topics (e.g., Young Learners, ESP, Exam Classes, and many more: a full list is available on request). but covers other needs and age groups of interest to each candidate as well.
The part time course offered by our centre covers all three modules within attendance dates but candidates may choose to take each Module separately.
Module I is assessed through a written examination marked by Cambridge ESOL.
Module II is assessed through a portfolio of assignments and observed lessons marked internally as well as through an externally assessed lesson by a Cambridge ESOL assessor.
Module III is assessed through an extended written assignment submitted to and marked by Cambridge ESOL.
DELTA course application procedure
Applicants must have experience of classroom teaching experience at a variety of levels, a first degree and, ideally, have attended a course such as the Cambridge CELTA or an equivalent course. However, each case is reviewed separately and candidates are invited to write a written language and methodology screening task and attend an interview: face-2-face, by phone or online (e.g. via Skype)
Our online course provision is offered via webinars in a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) in which candidates attend live synchronous sessions with their course tutors and fellow course participants. The tutor and participants use webcams and microphones as well as text chat and the VLE is equipped with whiteboards, ability to see handouts, powerpoints, videos, shared screens and audio. They are supported through a DELTA course dedicated Wiki by way of asynchronous LSMs (Learning Management Systems). This includes organised pages and links, articles, and resources, as well as sample assignments by previous candidates, as well as videotaped seminars and sample lessons for preparation and revision.
Our blended course is organised via Webinars & a 4-week face-to-face component in Athens.
Modules 1 & 2 Online:
Participants attend online webinars in a virtual classroom (VLE) on weekends. Times depend on the time zones of the course participants. Candidates begin writing their background assignments during this time. The online component is complemented by a 4-week stay in Athens in order to complete Module 2 Teaching Assessments.
Overseas candidates can arrange their stay in Athens at any point of the year. Local candidates can begin their Teaching Assessments during the online component.
Module 3 Moodle Courses:
We currently offer 8-week Moodle supported courses on the following Specialisms (more specialism courses will be added soon)
- ELT Management (ELTM)
- Online/Blended Learning (DL)
- Young Learners (YL)
Our Module 3 Specialisms offered online are taught by leading international experts.
Individual furnished flats are available for 350 Euros for a month (water, electricity & wifi charges included).
For a furnished room in a flat shared with one or two other students, the price is 300 Euros per room for one month (water, electricity & wifi charges included).
Help for Jobs
The centre has excellent local and international connections with foreign language centres and job recruitment agencies worldwide. It has a very strong presence in all the social networking sites as well as an online website for its trainees to network with schools and leave their CV and samples of work. Special guidance is given on creating efficient resumes and contacting employers.
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.
6. We will keep you posted by email throughout the process.
You can also submit an application by fax, or post. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you would like us to post you an empty application form.