CELTA is an internationally recognised professional teaching qualification that is common in the field of teaching English as a foreign or second language. The course is designed for potential teachers with little or no classroom experience and is therefore considered an entry level qualification in English language teaching. The fundamental specifications of the course are provided by Cambridge ESOL which is a branch of the University of Cambridge.
The length of the course 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.
As one of the great capitals of Europe, Athens is always a popular destination for taking a CELTA training course. Not only does it boast some of the most fascinating historical sites in the world, it is also within easy reach of the stunning Mediterranean coastline with all the options for entertainment and relaxation that comes with it.
Famous the world over as the birthplace of democracy, Athens is also instantly recognisable by its many iconic landmarks, such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon. For an insight into what the city has to offer, click here to experience a unique virtual tour.
Another reason why visitors keep coming back to Athens is its well earned reputation as a warm and welcoming city that is as safe as any in Europe. The warm climate and extensive cultural highlights are also a bonus, as are the countless outdoor cafes, restaurants and taverns where you can enjoy the local cuisine at a fraction of the cost of many other cities in the region.
If you want to feel the sand between your toes or take a cooling dip in the Mediterranean you are in luck as there are several popular coastal resorts just a short distance away from the city center. As well as great beaches, you will also find some lively nightlife during the summer months.
Getting to and from the training center in Athens is always straightforward as it is conveniently located in the downtown area. Transport in and around the city is both cheap and easy as there are many options right on the doorstep, including bus, metro and trolley-buses. Despite our central location, the school is situated in a quiet area that is close to some of the city’s most popular landmarks such as the House of Parliament, the National Library and the Academy of Letters.
The CELTA training center has been in operation in Athens for over 30 years and has graduated in excess of 3000 new teachers. Our modern facilities include a huge resource library covering all aspects of the teaching world and a range of online support options. People come to us from all over the world due to our:
Our inexpensive recommended accommodation consists of a private room in an apartment shared with other course trainees. Individual studio apartments and apartments for families or other groups are also available. We can also provide a good choice of local hotels that offer reasonable rates to our trainees.
Please note: prices will generally be lower in the winter (low season) and a little higher in the summer season.
Prices per 4-week course:
Furnished room in shared apartment – 350 euro plus 50 euro guarantee*
Furnished apartment for two-four people – 650 euro plus 100 euro guarantee*
Studio apartment for one-two people – 450 euro plus 100 euro guarantee*
* guarantees are held in case of damages or excessively high electricity bills.
Above prices include electricity, water, building common charges and Wi-Fi.
Other options for a pre- or post-course break include the beautiful islands of Santorini and Mykonos which can be reached via a 30 minute flight, and the islands of Hydra and Spetses which are only a two hour journey by hydrofoil.