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

As the new cases of Covid-19 seem to be on the rise again, Cambridge English Teaching has extended their permission to run CELTA courses fully online.

We have already completed several such courses, two of which started offline or in blended mode but were completed with online teaching and are currently running our fifth course. We were, in fact, one of the first centres to transition into fully online mode and, since then, have been running fully online courses with great success in delivering a valuable programme and helping candidates reach high levels of achievement.

Read the blog posts of some of our recent trainees on the first of these courses for an insight into the difficulties as well as the benefits and rewards of learning to teach online.  

This is a great opportunity for all teachers and especially those who cannot travel and would otherwise be unable to follow a CELTA course. We provide additional support with our specially designed Teaching Languages Online short course — read all about it below. 

Responding to the need for safety, we will continue to offer fully online CELTA courses until such time as the health of our participants allows them to return to offline courses and to our classrooms.  

 

Course Type 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

  • December 1 2020 – March 5 2021 (14 weeks)
  • January 18  – May 29 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 Type 2

Face-to-face intensive summer courses

This is a full time course completed over 5 weeks. It is highly intensive and candidates are required to attend in person in Athens. During the five weeks, they will be following seminars and workshops as well as their teaching practicum at our centre 

  • June 6 – July -2 2021 
  • July 5 – July 30 2021

The timetable

Mondays – Fridays  10:00 -15:00 EEST (5 week courses) or 09:00-17:00 (4 week courses) 

  • teach observe others teach real students
  • give and receive feedback
  • plan lessons with tutor supervision.
  • attend seminars, workshops and 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, a lower level and a higher level.  

Accommodation and Visas 

The cenre helps with accommodation and will support candidates who need a visa to enter Greece. 

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 and licensing fee of 250 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.

Follow these instructions to apply:

  1. Download the Application Form for the CELTAand 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.

Free Add-on Course on Teaching Languages Online

Candidates for fully online CELTA 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. Click here for more details. 

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.

 
 
 

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