Basil Paterson's CELTA course is designed to test all aspects of your teaching, combining 120 hours of contact time with over 80 hours of individual learning. In particular, the course comprises the following core elements:
Instruction... Active participation in task-based workshops, lectures and practical activites focusing on learner awareness, language analysis, phonology, career development and methodology. In other words, how to teach.
Teaching Practice... Trainees teach classes of overseas students and gain genuine experience of the teaching and learning process. Tutors provide help with lesson preparation, and by the end of the course trainees will have taught at two levels and have completed a total of six hours of teaching (in compliance with Cambridge guidelines).
Observation... When not teaching, trainees usually observe their colleagues, contributing to group feedback with the tutor once the lessons are over. In addition, trainees also observe and learn from experienced teachers for a total of six hours of lessons, a proportion of which is done through video observation.
Assessment... While there is no examination, assessment is continuous and is carried out by the course tutors, with a visit from a Cambridge assessor who ensures that tutors work consistently and in accordance with guidelines. Teaching practice and assignments are assessed. Each trainee will have at least one tutorial during the course and will be given an indication of his or her progress.
Commitment... The CELTA course is very intensive and Cambridge requires that trainees attend every aspect of the course. It is advisable that other commitments are kept to a minimum. All trainees will be heavily involved in lesson preparation and writing assignments in the evenings and at weekends too.
Professionalism... Trainees must demonstrate a professional attitude and work constructively with others.
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