School Details - Bournemouth Central
Choosing the right teacher training centre for your professional development as an English language teacher is crucial. At our Bournemouth centre, you are assured of a warm welcome and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to study in. The aim is to ensure that you as an individual are well looked after from the moment you arrive, and that everything is done to help you benefit from what we as a training centre have to offer. This human dimension plays a significant part in helping you to develop your skills as a teacher.
Staff are selected for their personal qualities as well as their academic qualifications and the wide variety of teaching experience in Britain and abroad. They are noted for their innovative approach to training and are encouraged to constantly update and improve their courses. Throughout your stay, you will receive guidance and support from your tutors, whose close attention will ensure that you derive the maximum benefit from your course.
The school is situated in Bournemouth, one of the most important TEFL centres in Britain. There are excellent links with local language schools and the centre is well placed to help our Certificate and Diploma-trained teachers to find positions in these schools as well as with schools elsewhere in Britain and overseas.
The school has all the facilities you would expect of a major training centre, including a multi-media centre with computers and AAC language laboratory units and a library where teachers can draw on materials to prepare their lessons under the supervision of the Resources Manager, who will give guidance and support.
The school principal is internationally renowned as a major coursebook writer and has published over a dozen volumes, mainly under the Longman and Heinemann imprints.
The school is accredited by the British Council (the official inspectorate of English language teaching institutions), a member of ARELS (the national association of accredited private sector EFL organisations) and RELSA in Wessex (the regional association).
How do I qualify for the course?
The recommended age for entry on CELTA courses is 20. However, applicants between the ages of 18 and 20 can be accepted at the centre's discretion. You must have a standard of education which would allow you to enter higher education in your own country. Non-native speakers need a command of English that will stand up to the pressures of the course. (We suggest Cambridge Proficiency Level or IELTS 9)
You do not need to have any previous teaching experience or be able to speak another language, although this may help. We also consider people with teaching experience but no formal qualifications.
You must have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables you to follow the course - and this is necessary whether your first language is English or not. This means we expect you to be able to write coherently, using correct punctuation and spelling.
What do I have to do on the course?
The overall course requirements are specified by Cambridge and then individual centres design their course programme to fulfil these requirements.
The courses are designed to help you gain the certificate and make the course an enjoyable learning experience - although the course is very intensive and you must be prepared for this.
All courses have input sessions on language and teaching methodology in the mornings. These sessions cover the theory behind teaching and practical ideas to use in the classroom. In the afternoon there is teaching practice where you will teach students who come to us voluntarily for lessons. The students know that their teachers are undergoing training. Our students come from all over the world and have different levels of English.
All our courses last 4 weeks and each week day you will be at the centre from 9.00 to 17.00 (approximately). Each course is individually designed by the course tutors to meet the needs of the individuals on it.
How will I be assessed?
The CELTA course does not have an examination at the end of it! You will be assessed continuously and kept aware of how you are doing throughout the course. There are three components of the assessment:
- Professional Development
- Teaching Practice
You must fulfil the criteria in all the components.
What does this mean in practice?
We don't give you any specific assignments in this area, but we look at how you develop over the course - remember that the CELTA is an entry point into the ELT profession and any prospective employer will want to know how you relate to your colleagues and your students, how conscientious you are, how you present yourself and your work, whether you are punctual, reliable etc.
The course requirements are for 4 assignments on specific areas of the syllabus totalling a 3000 words. Assignments are set to focus on language, learners, classroom practice and teaching and learning materials. We have designed our assignments to fit in with the input timetable spread out over the four weeks. You will have a total of 5 pieces of written work (we divide one of the assignments into 2 parts). The assignments are in a variety of formats; note-form, report and discursive essay. They are graded on a pass or fail basis, but if your work does not meet the requirements the first time you will have the chance to resubmit it. You must pass 3 out of 4 assignments.
When you get through to the interview
We prefer you to go to the school for your interview, but if this is impractical we may be able to arrange a telephone interview.
At the interview - usually held in groups of three or four - you will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet candidates who are part way through a course (You can ask them for survival tips!) and tutors. You may also be invited to watch some teaching practice. This should give you an idea of the intensive nature of the CELTA. You will also do some work on language awareness so that the tutor conducting the interview will then be able to assess how much preparation you will need to do for your course.
Remember the interview is a two-way process, and will be your chance to find out everything you need to know. Feel free to ask any questions you like.
Why Bournemouth Central?
The school has been running Cambridge Certificate courses since we started in 1984 and trained over 4000 candidates to certificate level. We offer courses every month throughout the year.
We have a team of permanent trainers at the centre. This means that you can get support both before and after your course. All tutors are highly qualified, with a wide range of experience, both teaching overseas and in the UK. Many of the tutors involved on CELTA courses are either senior assessors or assessors for the CELTA scheme.
You will have all the facilities you need to complete the course successfully - we have an extremely comprehensive library with all the materials you need for your research, and a modern networked multi-media centre.This means that you can use our email and word processing facilities. You may also like to research ideas for your lessons on the Internet.
Homestay or student house accommodation can be arranged for you by the school.
The cost for a single room with a host-family on half-board (full-board during the weekend) would be £135 per week (£160 in 1st July - 26th August). Cost for a shared room would be £117 per person per week (or £140 in 1st July - 26th August).
Single-room self-catering accommodation is available in one of a number of shared houses owned by the school. Facilities such as bathroom, toilet, kitchen, dining area, living room/area and garden are shared. Cost for this would be £148 per week (or £168 1st July - 26th August).
Great family atmosphere in the school. Vibrant. Each trainer was professional and really knew their stuff.
The school had excellent facilities (a good library and great computer facilities) and all the staff were very friendly. The trainers were great too - friendly and approachable and always ready to give constructive advice and guidance. The course was very well organised and there were some extremely useful input sessions.
The school was a very open, honest friendly place. The atmosphere was very welcoming and the trainers were extremely helpful.
The course was very inspirational, motivating and enjoyable.
It was brilliant. The trainers were helpful and enthusiastic, must be hard for them to keep it fresh having a new course starting every month but they did a really good job. hard work but i enjoyed the work more than i thought i would.
Help for Jobs
We will look at career guidance during the course and how to prepare for interviews. We maintain a database of jobs, as well as displaying details on our jobs boards, and notify all of our candidates on current opportunities through our facebook page.
There are some opportunities in our own language centre, particularly in the busy summer months and all the local schools contact us with details of jobs available.
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.