CELTA Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has, in just a few short weeks, managed to change the face of education and to bring remote teaching into the picture. Where teachers used to believe that it would take years for online learning to really take hold, a pandemic has completely changed everything we felt safe and comfortable about in foreign language teaching and in education, in general.

This situation has created a new demand for fully online courses, the Cambridge CELTA being the top course in anyone’s sights.

CELTA Fully Online

In these dire circumstances and with teachers around the globe being pushed into online classrooms without any prior training, Cambridge English Teaching has given special permission to run CELTA courses fully online 

We have already completed two courses which started offline and in blended mode but were completed with online teaching. Read the blog posts of some of our recent trainees on these courses for an insight into the difficulties as well as the benefits.  This is a great opportunity for all teachers and especially those who cannot travel and would otherwise be unable to follow a CELTA course. Since then we have been running fully online courses with great success in delivering a valuable programme and helping candidates reach high levels of achievement. 

Free Add-on Course on Teaching Languages Online

Candidates for these courses are expected to also follow a free preparatory course on the topic of teaching online. This course will be taught by distance (asynchronously) and aims to familiarise candidates with the tools needed for online teaching.  Teaching assessments on this course will be done online in a Zoom classroom, so it is quite important  that they begin their teaching assessments online with confidence and sufficient know-how about the technical requirements and tools available to online teachers. 

 

Course 1

Fully online part time courses Our part time fully online course follow  the model of the online/blended course we have been offering so far, with the exception that the teaching practices will take place in an online class. The length of these courses may vary at different times of the year – upcoming course dates follow
  1. September 1 – December 1 2020 (14 weeks)
  2. October 5 – December 18 2020 (12 weeks)
  3. December 1 2020 – March 5 2021 (14 weeks)
The timetable One morning a week 10:00-15:00 EEST during which our candidates 
  • teach and observe others teach real students
  • give and receive feedback
  • plan lessons with tutor supervision.
  • attend progress tutorials
Each candidate will be required to teach 8 such lessons to our adult learners at two different levels, pre-intermediate and upper intermediate. An additional hourly weekly meeting for tutorials, questions or seminars perceived necessary by the tutors will be arranged at times convenient to the trainees. Note – The times above are tentative as the teaching depends on student availability at those times. Link to World Clock to check your time zone  

Independent work in your own time

The content of the course is delivered asynchronously through the Cambridge online platform and all access and study time will be done whenever a candidate has free time. We estimate an average of 5-6 hours per week; additional hours will be needed when planning a lesson to be taught online. Every week candidates will need to cover an average of 3-4 units.
  • working independently on the course content
  • posting responses to the forums
  • designing lessons or activities alone or in collaboration with other candidates
  • commenting on other trainees’ work and interacting with them

Assignments 

4 short assignments – please review the objectives and assignment in the CELTA Syllabus document embedded below.

Course 2

Fully Online 5-week intensive courses This is a full time course which follows  the model of the online/blended course we have been offering so far, with the exception that the teaching practices will take place in an online class. This course is highly intensive and candidates are required to teach in a synchronous online platform as well as study specific course units each day on their asynchronous learning platform set up by Cambridge. Dates for this course option will be announced soon.

The timetable

Live classes all week Mondays – Fridays  10:00-15:00 EEST
  • teach observe others teach real students
  • give and receive feedback
  • plan lessons with tutor supervision.
  • attend progress tutorials
Attendance to these sessions is a requirement Each candidate will be required to teach 8 such lessons to our adult learners at two different levels, pre-intermediate and upper intermediate. An additional hourly weekly meeting for tutorials, questions or seminars perceived necessary by the tutors will be arranged at times convenient to the trainees. Note – The times above are tentative as the teaching depends on student availability at those times. Link to World Clock to check your time zone 
Independent work in your own time The content of the course is delivered asynchronously through the Cambridge online platform and all access and study time will be done whenever a candidate has free time. We estimate an average of 2 hours per day on studying the content with additional hours for planning lessons to be taught online. Every day candidates will need to cover an average of 1-2 units.
  • working independently on the course content
  • posting responses to the forums
  • designing lessons or activities alone or in collaboration with other candidates
  • commenting on other trainees’ work and interacting with them

Assignments 

4 short assignments – please review the objectives and assignment in the CELTA Syllabus document embedded below

To participate

You will need a reasonably fast connection and a laptop or desktop with a web camera. You will also need a noise-cancelling headset with a microphone (not the one you use for your smartphone). This will allow you to participate and teach with no audio and and video issues. Our online/virtual classroom allows participants audio, video, text chat and screen sharing (standard tools in all live classrooms) as well as other great functionalities, such as dividing students into separate rooms in order to do group work.

Certification and validation

Some candidates often express concern about their certification after completing an online CELTA course as there are countries that do not accept certificates which have been obtained online. Cambridge English Teaching has responded that a CELTA Certificate obtained online has exactly the same recognition and value as the one obtained by attending an in-person courses. In our experience to date, none of our online candidates who have been awarded the CELTA certificate from an online course have ever had problems with employers, however, it would be wise to check if currently employed.

Tuition & Assessment Fees

Tuition for this very special option is 1350 euros plus the usual Cambridge assessment fee of 150 euros. Tuition can be paid in a one-time payment or in three instalments – please email us for more details about the payment schedule.

To check our tuition fees in any currency you wish please visit   XE.com Personal Currency Assistant. Installments are possible – more information via email or at the interview. To our fully Online CELTA candidates, we are offering a mini course within their course to train them up to teach online entirely free of charge.

 

These extra training hours will be offered free of charge to all applicants. Take advantage of this great opportunity to attend a course taught by experienced online tutors.

Follow these instructions to apply:

  1. Download the Application Form for the CELTA and return completed to info@celt.edu.gr
  2. Use the same email if you have queries or would like to talk to one of our tutors.
  3. A member of our team will send you the ‘pre-interview task’ this is a pre-course written assessment.
  4. Complete the assessment in your own time (offline in your own time) and email it to info@celt.edu.gr
  5. Arrange a date and time when you can attend the interview with the course tutor.
If you are accepted and offered a place on the course, a tutor will inform you of the payment plan for your course option

What can I do to prepare for my course?

Our tutorial team has put together a free website which anyone wishing to apply to follow a CELTA can try to improve their language level on their own or with a colleague. Click on the link below to access all the pages free of charge.

CELTA Preparation Free Website

The results of solitary/individual work vary – some individuals may do well, others may benefit by attending our Language for Teaching improvement course.

Cambridge ESOL has published a handbook which includes all the regulations and syllabus of the course. We have included it on the page in case you wish to read it before you apply.

Click to download the cambridge CELTA Syllabus Document

* The Cambridge Syllabus is in pdf format.  Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from here.

Click here to read the general facts about the CELTA or here to find out more about our online CELTA course options 

time when you can take your language and methodology screening exam

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