All About CELTA Teacher Training

Overview

Our Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course, which we offer on a full and a part-time basis, is perfect for you if you:

  • hope to start a career in English language teaching abroad or in the UK
  • would like a qualification which is recognised worldwide as basic training for employment in EFL teaching
  • would like to join our database of job opportunities around the world

You do not need previous experience, knowledge of teaching, or knowledge of a foreign language for this course.

We offer CELTA as a four-week, full-time course and a ten-week, part-time course. To find out more about our CELTA courses, come along to one of our open evenings and see the Apply Now section for details.

There are various funding options available to help pay for CELTA courses, subject to you meeting the funding bodies' eligibility criteria. Please check our CELTA funding page for more information.

Course Information

The full-time programme is an intensive course which lasts four weeks, running from 9.00am to 5.00pm every weekday.

  • The mornings are taken up with input sessions - lectures, seminars, and workshops. All of this is very practical and directed towards giving you the information and skills you need to operate effectively in the classroom.
  • The afternoons are dedicated to providing you with supervised teaching practice. You are always observed by experienced teachers, and teaching sessions are followed by oral and written feedback sessions. These are always framed to give the maximum help, advice, and encouragement to you in developing an efficient and effective classroom style.

The part-time programme is a semi-intensive course which lasts ten weeks, running from 1pm to 8pm on two weekdays.

  • The first part of the afternoon is dedicated to providing you with supervised teaching practice. You are always observed by experienced teachers, and teaching sessions are followed by oral and written feedback sessions. These are always framed to give the maximum help, advice, and encouragement to you in developing an efficient and effective classroom style
  • The second half of the day (usually 5pm-8pm) is taken up with input sessions - lectures, seminars, and workshops. All of this is very practical and directed towards giving you the information and skills you need to operate effectively in the classroom.

All sessions take place in small groups. For input, the maximum course size is 18 trainees; in the afternoon teaching sessions, this becomes a maximum group of six. We are fortunate to be able to recruit volunteer non-native speaker students at different levels of ability to form a real environment in which you can gain teaching experience. You are guaranteed six hours supervised and observed teaching at at least two levels of student ability. Co-trainees also observe all teaching sessions.

The CELTA course is a demanding programme, whether taken full or part time. It will involve you in a significant amount of additional work outside of formal course time. This time is necessary to prepare satisfactory lessons, complete assignments, and to generally keep up with the course. Whatever your personal circumstances, but especially if you are working elsewhere or studying additionally, please consider that the demands of the course are high, and that to maintain the integrity of the course and validate the award, we need to rigorously enforce standards of achievement and attendance.

ELTS at Swansea University works with the Swansea University disability unit and Cambridge Exceptions to ensure equality of access and opportunity for all, and given the opportunity to plan,  will accommodate particular needs. Under such circumstances, it is very much in the interest of an applicant to notify ELTS at the point of application regarding any personal aspect that might affect course attendance/involvement or completion, since later notification may affect our ability to fully plan effectively for needs or eventualities. Such needs will never affect our decision on an offer of a place, given otherwise acceptable suitability for the course.

Assessment

Assessment of the course is in two parts:

  • 6 hours of observed classroom teaching
  • 4 assignments which relate closely to your developing understanding of teaching and the English language. These are all take home assignments and there is an opportunity to resubmit work if it is initially not to standard.

The 6 hours of observed classroom teaching relates to your practical classroom skills. You will be observed teaching at two different levels by at least two experienced trainers, who will also help you with writing lesson plans and developing your ability to identify your strengths and weaknesses in the classroom.

The 4 assignments reinforce the work you do in the classroom and have a practical focus. The Language Analysis assignment is divided into two parts which look at grammar and vocabulary. The Focus on the Learner requires you to interview a student and analyse their strengths and weaknesses as a learner of English. The Language Related Skills Task involves developing a series of language tasks based on a piece of authentic material and the Lessons from the Classroom assignment, which is completed in four parts throughout the course, helps you to identify your own strengths and weaknesses as a classroom teacher and to set goals for development.

As an accredited Cambridge CELTA course, the CELTA run by ELTS follows the Cambridge CELTA syllabus used internationally in all CELTA centres.

At the end of the course trainees receive a passing Grade at Pass, Pass B or Pass A levels. 

 

CELTA and Qualifications Frameworks (Level 5)

CELTA is recognised as a Level 5 qualification on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England) / Qualifications and Credit Framework (Wales). Please see the following for further details:

The Register of Regulated Qualifications (CELTA) http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Qualification/Details/501_1891_2 

Compare different qualifications 

https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/compare-different-qualification-levels

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Dates, Entry Requirements, and Fees

Applications: 

Please apply via the on track application process and create a profile before selecting the CELTA programme.

www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

Normally, applictions close three weeks before the start of a course. Many courses become full well before this time, so you are advised to apply as early as possible.

We will then review your application and contact you to arrange an interview. All suitable applicants are interviewed. Feedback is offered if we are unable to offer an interview.

The CELTA course is a demanding programme, whether taken full or part time. It will involve you in a significant amount of additional work outside of formal course time. This time is necessary to prepare satisfactory lessons, complete assignments, and to generally keep up with the course. Whatever your personal circumstances, but especially if you are working elsewhere or studying additionally, please consider that the demands of the course are high, and that to maintain the integrity of the course and validate the award, we need to rigorously enforce standards of achievement and attendance. Our decision on suitability for the course is final.

ELTS at Swansea University works with the Swansea University disability unit and Cambridge Exceptions to ensure equality of access and opportunity for all, and given the opportunity to plan, will accommodate particular needs. Under such circumstances, it is very much in the interest of an applicant to notify ELTS at the point of application regarding any personal aspect that might affect course attendance/involvement or completion, since later notification may affect our ability to fully plan effectively for needs or eventualities. Such needs will never affect our decision on an offer of a place, given otherwise acceptable suitability for the course.

The Interview Process

The interview is a very important aspect of the CELTA programme. It is an opportunity for you to meet us and ask any questions you have about the course, and for us to meet you and to assess your suitability for this demanding course.

Face-to-face interviews take place in Swansea, are run by a CELTA trainer, and are normally organised in small groups of applicants. The interview lasts between two and three hours. We can, in exceptional circumstances, arrange interview by Skype or telephone. References will be taken up in addition to the interview. 

Please note that after acceptance at interview a formal offer letter will be sent by the university. A place on a course will only be reserved if you both formally accept the offer and pay the deposit that is detailed in the offer within a maximum of two weeks after the offer is issued.

We welcome applications from speakers of English whose first language is not English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate to us a language level of at least IELTS 7.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or equivalent). An additional task may be requested from you in these circumstances, and our decision is final.

Applications by Visa Nationals

  • Students from outside the EEA who opt to study via the Tier 4 visa route will only be permitted to study on the full-time programme.
  • Students from outside the EEA who opt to study via the Short Term Student visa route will be permitted to study on the full-time or part-time programmes.
  • Any exceptions to the above will be taken on a case-by-case basis in accordance with any relevant regualtions.

Course Dates 

Normally, applictions close three weeks before the start of a course. Many courses become full well before this time, so you are advised to apply as early as possible. It is not possible to gain a place on a course that is full, because the courses are designed with strict ratios of trainees to trainers.

Full-Time Courses 2018

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery Type

Start Date*

End Date**Location
C3/2018 July 2018 Full Time w/c 02 July 2018 27 July 2018  Main Campus

Full-time courses start on a Monday and finish on a Friday. The start* and end dates** given here are the first and last day of the course.

 Part-Time Courses 2018

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery TypeStart Date*End Date***Location
C1/2018 Jan - March 2018

Part Time

Tues / Wed / Fri 

w/c 29th Jan 2018  23rd March 2018 Main Campus
C2/2018 April - May 2018

Part Time

Wed / Thurs

w/c 9 April 2018  11 June 2018 Main Campus

Part-time courses usually take place on Wednesday and Thursdays or Wednesdays and Fridays. The start* and end dates*** given here are the first Monday and the final Friday of the weeks in which the course runs. Please contact us to confirm the exact days on which our 2017 /18 part-time courses are running. 

Usually, all courses have a pre-course orientation day in the week before the course starting, where course documentation, administration and some initial input is given. All Courses are subject to confirmation and sufficient numbers. 

Course CodeCourse NameProjected Orientation Day & times
C1/2018 Jan -April 2018 PT 26th January 2018 tbc
C2/2018 April - June 2018 PT 9th April 2018 tbc
C3/2018 July 2018 FT 29th June 2018 tbc

 

Course Fees

Course CodeDelivery TypeCourse Fees
C1/2018 Part-Time £1475.00
C2/2018 Part-Time £1475.00
C3/2018 Ful-Time £1475.00

 

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Enquiries:

ELTS
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea
SA2 8PP

Applications: 

Please apply via the on track application process and create a profile before selecting the CELTA programme.

www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline

Tel: 01792 295391

Course Coordinator: Peter Neville

CELTA Success Stories

Several hundred trainees have taken Swansea University's CELTA course since it started. Some of them have been kind enough to write about their experiences and success after taking the course. All have given permission for their opinions to be published.

We also work very closely with the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, which offers a limited number of free places on our CELTA course as an extension to certain second year modules. Find out more about how CELTA fits into BA TEFL programmes and about the experiences of Imran, Anna, and Louise by watching the CELTA award at Swansea University video.