Program Content and Outcomes

The CELTA is a practical teaching qualification that is accredited within Australia and is internationally recognised.

It is the minimum required qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages in many countries around the world including University language centres and private English colleges in Australia. Each course is accredited and moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, UK.

By combining essential training in the use of communicative methodologies for teaching adult learners with hands-on teaching experience, the CELTA will give you the classroom confidence needed to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) including individual and group work, and out of class study/preparation. You will observe experienced ESL teachers, learn to plan lessons and participate in teaching practice with ESL learners at various levels. Having a CELTA demonstrates to employers that you have the knowledge and skills to work in a range of ESL teaching contexts.

The program can be undertaken as a face-to-face full time intensive over 4 weeks, face-to-face part time over 10 weeks or in a blended delivery mode including both online and face-to-face components over 13 weeks.

Features of the program include:

  • Language teaching methodologies
  • Cross-cultural influences in the context of an ESOL classroom
  • Analysing communication
  • Development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Features of pronunciation
  • Classroom management and organisation
  • Designing a timetable
  • Developing language teaching materials
  • Observation of experienced ESOL teachers
  • Teaching practice with ESOL learners at various levels of English language learning.

What will you have developed by the end of the program?

  • A range of teaching methodologies for use in the classroom
  • Knowledge of how to plan a lesson
  • Knowledge of classroom management and organisation
  • Confidence in the classroom
  • Practical experience.

What to expect

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  • Full time intensive program - 4 weeks

    Monday - Friday
    9.00am Administration and preparation for the day.
    9.15am Teaching practice
    11.30am Teaching practice preparation
    12.15pm Lunch
    1.15pm Teaching practice feedback
    2.15pm - 5.00pm Input sessions and workshops

    Please note: that this schedule is a sample only and may be subject to change. A detailed schedule will be given out on the first day of each course.

    Intensiveness of program

    A high level of commitment is necessary, as the program is demanding. Participants must attend 100% of the program, with an absence approved only in case of illness supported by a medical certificate or in other exceptional circumstances. The CELTA consists of 240 nominal hours which includes contact hours and time required for self study. People considering undertaking the program should ensure that they are free of other commitments during the time of study.

  • Part time program - 10 weeks

    Saturday
    9.00am - 12.15pm Administration and preparation for the day.
    12.15pm - 1.00pm Lunch
    1.00pm - 2.00pm Supervised lesson planning
    2.00pm - 2.15pm Break
    2.15pm - 4.45pm Input sessions on teaching techniques, methodology and language analysis.
    4.45pm - 5.00pm Administrative matters
    Tuesday and Thursday Evenings
    6.30pm - 8.30pm Observation and Practice Teaching
    8.30pm - 9.30pm Feedback Session

    Please note: that this schedule is a sample only and may be subject to change. A detailed schedule will be given out on the first day of each course.

    Intensiveness of program

    A high level of commitment is necessary, as the program is demanding. Participants must attend 100% of the program, with an absence approved only in case of illness supported by a medical certificate or in other exceptional circumstances. The CELTA consists of 240 nominal hours which includes contact hours and time required for self study. People considering undertaking the program should ensure that they are free of other commitments during the time of study.

  • Blended delivery - 13 weeks

    The CELTA Blended Delivery program combines both online study with face-to-face teaching practice.

    Input Sessions are delivered online with tutor support through the Cambridge English Learning Management System. Teaching practice and lesson planning is conducted at the centre at designated times with volunteer students. Forum and ‘live room’ (virtual real-time classroom) sessions are integrated throughout the course. Work is done both independently and collaboratively on these tasks, together with tutor feedback and support.

    The CELTA Blended Delivery program follows the same syllabus and rigorous standardisation process as the face-to-face CELTA courses. It also has the same international recognition.

    Blended delivery
    Week 1 - 8 Online (15-20 hours per week) Input sessions via Live Room sessions on teaching techniques, methodology and language analysis. Assignment work.
    Week 9 - 11 Face-to-Face (20 hours per week) Teaching Practice

    Please note: that this schedule is a sample only and may be subject to change. A detailed schedule will be given out on the first day of each course.

    Intensiveness of program

    A high level of commitment is necessary, as the program is demanding. Participants must attend 100% of the program, with an absence approved only in case of illness supported by a medical certificate or in other exceptional circumstances. The CELTA consists of 240 nominal hours which includes contact hours and time required for self study. People considering undertaking the program should ensure that they are free of other commitments during the time of study.

  • Online delivery - 14 weeks

    The CELTA Online program is a completely online program with online trainer input and teaching practice.

    Input Sessions are delivered online with tutor support through the Cambridge English Learning Management System. Teaching practice and lesson planning is conducted online with volunteer students. Forum and ‘live room’ (virtual real-time classroom) sessions are integrated throughout the course. Work is done both independently and collaboratively on these tasks, together with tutor feedback and support.

    The CELTA Online program follows the same syllabus and rigorous standardisation process as the face-to-face CELTA courses. It also has the same international recognition.

     CELTA Online

     

    Week 1 - 14

     

    Online (15-20 hours per week)

     

    • Input sessions via Live Room sessions on teaching techniques, methodology and language analysis
    • Assignment work
    • Online teaching practice (weeks 2-7 & weeks 10-14)
         

    Please note: this schedule is a sample only and may be subject to change. A detailed schedule will be given out on the first day of each course.

    Intensiveness of program

    A high level of commitment is necessary, as the program is demanding. Participants must attend 100% of the program, with an absence approved only in case of illness supported by a medical certificate or in other exceptional circumstances. The CELTA consists of 260 nominal hours which includes contact hours and time required for self-study. People considering undertaking the program should ensure that they are free of other commitments during the time of study.

     

  • Teaching practice

    Trainees will teach between eight and nine lessons at two different levels. This totals six hours of observed and assessed individual teaching. There is a minimum of sixty hours of assessed and observed teaching practice, including preparation, planning, teaching, peer observation and feedback. As trainees are developing and refining practical skills, the criteria expand as the course progresses. Each lesson is graded according to the criteria for that stage of the course.

    The major emphasis is on practice teaching, incorporating workshops, lesson observation, lesson delivery and feedback on teaching.

    Trainees teach different levels of learners during the program ranging from elementary to upper intermediate.

    Assessment is continuous and inclusive of all lessons taught. Although lessons taught later in the course will have more weight, teachers are looking at the student’s progress, development and response to feedback.

  • Syllabus

    Our course syllabus is in line with the CELTA syllabus developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment.

    The syllabus covers the following five topic areas:

    • Unit 1 - Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context.
    • Unit 2 - Language analysis and awareness.
    • Unit 3 - Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.
    • Unit 4 - Planning and resources of different teaching contexts.
    • Unit 5 - Developing teaching skills and professionalism.

    The CELTA course syllabus   is available for download.

  • Assessment

    There are two areas of assessment on the program:

    • Teaching practice.
    • Written assignments.

    Students must pass both the Practice Teaching and the written components of the program. Assessment is continuous and integrated. Each assessed component contributes to the final grade. A candidate who is borderline or in danger of failing will be informed as soon as this becomes a possibility; and further support will be given. While assessment is mainly the responsibility of the course tutors, the course will also be assessed by an External Assessor appointed by Cambridge ESOL. The assessor will go through the candidate portfolios and course materials to ensure that the course is being run according to Cambridge ESOL syllabus and guidelines. You will have the opportunity to meet the assessor and discuss any aspects of the course.

    Teaching practice

    All observed and assessed Teaching Practice lessons receive one of the following grades:

    • to standard for this stage of the course
    • above standard for this stage of the course
    • not to standard for this stage of the course.

    Be aware that it is not uncommon to receive one or two ‘not to standard for this stage of the course’ grades. This will not necessarily impact on an overall pass grade if you are able to show evidence of responding to feedback and progress in those areas throughout the course.

    Written assignments

    There are 4 written assignments due at various points throughout the program. The titles are as follows:

    1. Language related tasks
      Language analysis for teaching purposes, including the identification of features such as form, pronunciation, meaning and use of language items, making reference to appropriate sources. 
    2. Focus on the Learner
      An investigation into the learning context and assessment of learner needs, including analysis of areas for development and suggestions for specific activities to assist the learners identified.
    3. Language skills related tasks
      Identification of receptive and productive skills development through an authentic text and appropriate task design with rationale.
    4. Lessons from the classroom
      Identification and discussion of own strengths and areas for development through reflection on own teaching, feedback, and observations of peers and experienced ELT teachers.

    The assessment criteria for each assignment is provided during the program.

Due to the quality of the programming and expertise of the tutors, I would recommend the CELTA over any other TESOL qualification that is out there.Alison Black - CELTA graduate and English teacher