CELTA : CELTA Content
What are the Key Features of a CELTA Course?
Courses are flexible to meet local needs and conditions but all courses provide:
- a combination of theory and practice
- a minimum of 120 contact hours e.g. input, supervised lesson planning, teaching practice and feedback, observation of peers and experienced teachers, and consultations with tutors
- 6 hours of assessed teaching practice for each trainee
- 6 hours of observation of experienced teachers
- a minimum of 80 additional learning hours for reading, research, assignment writing and lesson preparation.
All courses require each candidate to submit a portfolio of work including written assignments and materials related to teaching practice.
You can take CELTA full time (typically four to five weeks) or part time (from a few months to a year).
The course you choose will:
- introduce you to the principles of effective teaching
- help you understand more about the English language
- provide you with a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
- give you hands-on teaching practice with real students
- build your confidence in the classroom.
There is no final examination but you are assessed by your tutors throughout the course. There are two areas of assessment:
1. Teaching practice
You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability (e.g. elementary/intermediate). Assessment is based on your overall abilities in the classroom during the 6 hours of teaching practice.
2. Written assignments
You will complete four written assignments focusing on:
- adult learning
- the English language
- language skills
- classroom teaching.
You need to gain a pass in both areas of assessment to be awarded CELTA. There are three passing grades: Pass; Pass ‘B’ and Pass ‘A’.