What is the CELTA certificate?
Many of you will have heard about the CELTA, but aren’t sure about its details. So, what is it? CELTA stands for Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults and it is recognized worldwide and as the most valuable initial English teaching certificate. The CELTA is accredited and monitored by the prestigious University of Cambridge.
All CELTA tutors are highly qualified, experienced trainers and have trained at well-established CELTA teacher education centers across the world. A key part of the CELTA course is a real-life teaching practice with actual English learners, in an authentic classroom environment.
The CELTA is also a Level 5 Qualification by the British Curriculum Authority, so it follows an authorized syllabus.
What is the difference between CELTA and TEFL?
‘TEFL’ is a term that many of you will have heard while researching how to become an English teacher. TEFL stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ and is not a certificate but is actually a concept. Other similar terms that you may come across are ESL (English as a Second Language), TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).
You may have heard of other ‘TEFL certificates’, whether achievable online or face-to-face. It is important to be aware that these are often unaccredited and not even monitored or by any noteworthy, independent organizations. Unfortunately, if you head into the job market after completing one of these, you will quickly find that it isn’t recognized.
What the vast majority of employers in the English language teaching world want is the CELTA. You will see this in all reputable job adverts.
What’s in the CELTA?
The CELTA course teaches you a range of different skills around language teaching and English language teaching methodology. This incorporates aspects such as using appropriate resources and materials, understanding contexts of how and why people learn English. Every CELTA course has five main units of learning:
- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context;
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing;
- Language analysis and awareness;
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism;
- Planning and resources for different contexts.
How is the CELTA assessed?
You are continuously assessed on your teaching practice and written assignments. However, other aspects such as your professional attitude, organization, lesson planning will also be taken into consideration.
The application process for the CELTA is thorough, with an application form, then a pre-interview task, and then an interview. This process helps ensure that the actual pass rate of those taking the CELTA is over 90% of course participants. For the course, the possible grades are Pass, Pass B, Pass A (highest) or Fail.
Finding a work after the CELTA in the TEFL job market
Getting your CELTA certificate will put you in an excellent position to apply for English language teaching roles throughout the world. It is the most globally sought-after TEFL certificate by employers. To help you with your job search, there is a part of the CELTA course dedicated to how to find work in the TEFL job market as well as your future professional development. The tutors in Florence will also be able to highlight potential schools and suitable job boards for CELTA-qualified teachers. One of the best for this is TEFLwork an online jobs portal specialized in jobs for CELTA qualified English teachers.
Different CELTA course types:
You can take your CELTA face-to-face or online. And you can take the course full time, or part-time. Whichever way you decide to take the CELTA, it will not show this on your CELTA certificate if you successfully complete the course, and each CELTA has the basic requirement of a core of 120 hours of course study plus additional work outside of the formal lessons.
CELTA course in Florence specifics
Course schedule: 4 weeks, 5 days a week, full time (Mon – Fri, 8.30 am – 5.30 pm)
- January 10th, 2022 (Early bird price €1,295*)
- May 30th, 2022
- September 5th, 2022
Course fees: €1,395 (Cambridge Fees Included)
*January course – Early Bird discount for applicants accepted and paid six weeks before the course starts.
What does the CELTA fee include?
- Pre-CELTA course bundle by ELTcampus (worth £95) after CELTA course paid in full. To best prepare you for your CELTA course;
- Florence Orientation Day;
- Free sightseeing guided tour;
- Free weekly yoga/meditation session during the CELTA.
Note: if you can not come to Florence on the above dates, our CELTA online courses may be the right solution for you.
How to apply for the CELTA course in Florence?
Applying for the CELTA can be a lengthy process but don’t worry, we are here to help you to make it as simple as possible.
All applications include an initial form, pre-interview tasks, and an interview with the CELTA Tutor.
Only once you have been accepted into a course you will need to pay if you want to secure your place on the course. Places on each course are limited so applying with enough time in advance is recommended.
Complete the contact form to start your CELTA application!