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The Irish Academy  in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Spain, is now accepting trainees for our 100% online CELTA programme so you can take the course from the comfort of your own home. We will be the ones in charge of supplying you with all the required materials, timetables, lessons, tasks, etc. via our designated platform.

Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Cambridge is ensuring trainee’s health and safety is paramount (along with schools and teachers). This is why for a limited period of time, Cambridge English Language Assessment will be allowing trainees to take the CELTA to it’s full extent completely online.

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the original and most internationally recognised qualification for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). It is a basic requirement to teach in quality English language schools, universities and to deliver training in multinational companies around the world.

In brief, the CELTA online course covers five main topics:

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism.

What’s the CELTA course really like?

Well, we’re not going to lie to you; you’ve probably already started reading the numerous blogs on CELTA’s around the world and so you’ll probably already know that the key word here is ‘intense’. The reason why it’s so intense is because unlike other TEFL’s, you start teaching to real live students on Day 2 of the course. That’s right, Day 2!

The typical CELTA day starts in the morning and finishes early in the afternoon, and it includes an hour for lunch and a coffee break.

Example of a daily timetable:

  • 09:30 – 12:45:
    • Observations of experienced teachers
    • One or two teaching practices a week at two distinctive levels (9:30-11:30)
    • Tutor-led feedback session on the lessons taught (12:00 – 12:45)
    • In three occasions, setting up written assignments (with rubrics and successfully completed past samples)
  • 12:45 – 13:45: Lunch.
  • 13:45 – 14:30: Guided lesson planning with tutors.
  • 14:30 – 14:45: Break.
  • 14:45 – 16:45:  Dynamic and practical input sessions.

Entry Requirements

  • An open mind, flexibility and a desire to try new things
  • The ability to dedicate yourself entirely to the CELTA process for a whole month
  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • A standard of education suitable for entry into higher education
  • English good enough to teach at a range of levels so…native, or near native at CEFR C1 or C2 or equivalent
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