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FAQs about the CELTA course (2)

During the CELTA course

Timetables

What are the timetables on the courses? When are we in class?

On the 4-week intensive course, sessions are Monday to Friday, normally between 9.00am and 5.30pm including teaching practice (or "TP", as we call it).

A typical day on the full-time course is as follows, although there are sometimes variations:

  • 09.00 – 10.15 Input session 1
  • 10.15 – 10.45 Break
  • 10.45 – 12-15 Input session 2
  • 12.15 – 13.00 Feedback on previous day's TP and assisted lesson planning
  • 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break
  • 14.00 – 16.15 Teaching practice with real students
  • 16.15 – 17.00 Initial feedback on TP and assisted lesson planning

In the summer, we also run courses which start at midday, on which the timetable is usually as follows:

  • 12.00 – 14:30 Input
  • 15:30 – 16.30 Feedback
  • 17:00 – 19:30 TP
  • 19.30 – 20:00 Feedback

 

Please note The 4-week course is full-time: it is not possible to combine the course with regular teaching.

 

On the part-time course (4 months), sessions are between 9.00am and 2.30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, including teaching practice.

A typical day on the part-time course is as follows, although there are may be variations:

  • 9-10.45 Input session
  • 10.45-11.00 Break
  • 11.00-11.30 Feedback & assisted lesson planning
  • 12.00-14.00 Teaching practice with real students
  • 14.00-14.30 Feedback & assisted lesson planning

Coursework

How much teaching practice does the course involve?

You are required to teach a total of 6 hours (and you also spend a further 4 hours watching your tutors teach, 2 more watching videos of classes, as well as observing your peers teach, and attending the feedback sessions on the latter).

There are variations but typically you will teach sessions of increasing length, starting on the first day (!) with a 20-minute slot and working up to a full hour class.

You will then teach a different level, again starting with short sessions before you do a full hour. You teach two different levels one Elementary or Pre-Intermediate, the other Intermediate or Upper-Intermediate.

You normally teach every other day, and your lesson planning is in addition to the four written assignments you have to hand in (see below).

What are the various written assignments during the CELTA course?

There are 4 written tasks, the first two of which are sometimes conflated at IH Barcelona:

  • Focus on the Learner
  • Skills Related Tasks
  • Language Related Tasks
  • Lessons from the Classroom

They are very practical and based on your students, your materials, language analysis and your progress. They are set at least a week or so before they need to be handed in and your tutors will set them up during input to ensure that you know exactly what to do.

They all need to be around 1000 words - the total written work in words is around 3000-4000 words.

How long outside of class hours will the coursework tasks take?

The written assignments should take around three hours to complete - depending on the candidate, of course! They are spaced out over the course, usually to be handed in on a Monday and count towards the final assessment.

Assessment and grading

What is the grading system?

Assessment is ongoing and based on the five main areas on the official Cambridge syllabus [pdf].

The most important things to work on during the course are your lesson planning, your teaching, your written assignments, your development, and your professionalism. The assessment criteria are set by Cambridge, and you will be informed from the start what these are in detail, and how they apply at each stage of the course.

At the end of the course, candidates may be awarded the following grades (shown below from most to least common results):

Pass This is by far the most usual grade worldwide and means that a candidate's performance "overall in the teaching practice and on the written assignments meets the specified criteria (...) They will continue to need guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post."

Pass B This means that a candidate's performance in the written assignments "meets the specified criteria, and they have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria, in relation to classroom teaching skills (...) They will continue to need some guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post."

Pass A This means that a candidate's "performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria, and they have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of ability and achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to:

  • Planning for effective teaching
  • Classroom teaching skills
  • Awareness of teaching and learning processes

They will benefit from further guidance in post but will be able to work independently."

Fail Candidates who fail to meet criteria in some, or all assessed components will be awarded a Fail. This means:

  • inability to establish rapport or to project a confident, caring classroom presence;
  • insufficient grasp of the basics of language analysis and/or inability to apply these principles to classroom practice;
  • inability to apply basic classroom management skills and techniques in order to facilitate learning;
  • insufficient awareness of the effect of one's teaching style and approach, and/or inability to monitor and direct one's own progress.

Certification

What is the name of the certificate received once the course is completed successfully?

The certification received is the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. The paper certificate you are sent two months after the course finishes is issued by the University of Cambridge English Examinations and says: "This is to certify that [Name] has been awarded __(grade) (Pass, Pass B, Pass A) in the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults"

Does the certificate indicate the location where it was taken?

The date, and centre number - but not location - are specified. The location is on the progress report which is written by your tutors, and which accompanies the Certificate.

 

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