Our CELTA course in Torbay is designed for potential teachers with little or no English language teaching classroom experience and is therefore considered an entry level qualification. The fundamental specifications of the course are provided by Cambridge ESOL which is a branch of the University of Cambridge. CELTA is an internationally recognised professional teaching qualification that is common in the field of teaching English as a foreign or second language.
The length of the CELTA course in Torbay is 120 contact hours (6 hours a day over 20 days for the full time CELTA). In order to be eligible for the award of a certificate, candidates are required to:
The course covers the following areas:
An integral part of the course, OTP is undertaken in small groups of English language learners. A total of 6 hours’ assessed teaching practice is the requirement over the course which may be divided into a number of lessons lasting 40, 45 or 60 minutes. Feedback sessions, led by the course trainer who has been observing you, follow each OTP session and are also a key component of the course. Reflection on your teaching is part of the learning process on the course and you will be expected to contribute to the feedback on yourself and others.
These are the ‘Focus on the learner’ (which encourages you to find out about your learners’ backgrounds, needs and purposes in learning), the ‘Language related task’ (a review of your growing language awareness), the ‘Language skills related task’ (in which you consider how you could use an authentic text in the classroom) and the ‘Lessons from the classroom’ (in which you reflect on your strengths and weaknesses over the course). It is one of the requirements for a pass grade that you pass 3 out of the 4 assignments, but you are allowed to re-submit any or all of them if you don’t get it quite right first time.
4 hours of this will be observation of your trainers teaching your TP students. The remaining 2 hours may be made up of video observations of particular lesson types, which are timetabled into the input sessions.
Your portfolio will need to contain a lesson plan for every lesson you teach in OTP together with your self-evaluation of it and the trainer’s written evaluation, your completed written assignments and finally, your CELTA 5, a record-keeping booklet in which you record, amongst other things, the times of your teaching practice and observations of experienced teachers and a summary of your progress as discussed with your trainer in your mid-course tutorial.
The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.
The deposit may be paid via a) credit card b) PayPal c) wire transfer d) Western Union.
The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center on the first day of the course.
If you like to be close to the beach, the CELTA training center in Torbay could be the perfect choice for you. The nearest sandy beach is only a 10 minute walk away and you will also find many other attractions close by, such as go-karting, a waterpark, cinemas, and a range of cafes, bars and restaurants. If you want to explore the local area in your free time you will find some beautiful towns and villages, including the fishing port of Brixham, the popular tourist resort of Torquay, and the historic market town of Totnes.
Nature lovers are also in for a treat as the local coastline is as stunning as any in the country and the national park of Dartmoor is just a short drive away. If you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life then a trip to Exeter or Plymouth might be in order, or you might even head to Bath which is certainly one of the most unique cities in the UK.
Getting to and from Torbay should be no problem as the area has excellent transport links to all the major cities, such as Bristol and London, as well as those in the north of England.
The training center in Torbay offers all the facilities you will need for a productive and enjoyable course experience. We have a library, computer access, bookshop, garden, on site café, lounge and self-study area, and free Wi-Fi. The center is also wheelchair friendly throughout.
The Torbay training center has provided Cambridge CELTA courses for over 20 years. This extensive experience ensures the very best delivery of what is considered to be one of the most prestigious and widely recognised initial teacher training courses of its kind in the world.
We are confident that our center is the best place to take a CELTA course for the following reasons:
Whatever your preferences and budget we should be able to help you find suitable accommodation during your stay in Torbay. From as little as £80 per week we can provide accommodation at our own student residence. Other options include homestays with a local family, guest houses, hotels, and self-catering apartments. We are also able to offer convenient packages that combine accommodation, meals, transfers etc. Please contact us at any time for more detailed information regarding your accommodation options.
The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.
You are not obliged to use the accommodation provided by the school and you are welcome to make your own accommodation arrangements. If you choose to use our accommodation, it should be paid for either by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the school at the start of the course.