All About CELTA Teacher Training

Overview

Our Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course, which we offer on a full and a part-time basis, is perfect for you if you:

  • hope to start a career in English language teaching abroad or in the UK
  • would like a qualification which is recognised world-wide as basic training for employment in EFL teaching
  • would like to join our database of job opportunities around the world

You do not need previous experience or knowledge of teaching or knowledge of a foreign language for this course.

We offer CELTA as a four-week full-time course and a ten-week part-time course. To find out more about our CELTA courses, come along to one of our open evenings and see the Apply Now section for details.

There are various funding options available to help pay for CELTA courses, subject to you meeting the funding bodies' eligibility criteria. Please check our CELTA funding page for more information.

Course Information

The full-time programme is an intensive course which lasts four weeks, running from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. every weekday.

  • The mornings are taken up with input sessions - lectures, seminars and workshops. All of this is very practical and directed towards giving you the information and skills you need to operate effectively in the classroom.
  • The afternoons are dedicated to providing you with supervised teaching practice, You are always observed by experienced teachers, and teaching sessions are followed by oral and written feedback sessions. These are always framed to give the maximum help, advice and encouragement to you in developing an efficient and effective classroom style.

The part-time programme is a semi-intensive course which lasts ten weeks, running from 1pm to 8 pm on two weekdays

  • The first part of the afternoon is dedicated to providing you with supervised teaching practice, You are always observed by experienced teachers, and teaching sessions are followed by oral and written feedback sessions. These are always framed to give the maximum help, advice and encouragement to you in developing an efficient and effective classroom style
  • The second half of the day (usually 5pm-8pm) is taken up with input sessions - lectures, seminars and workshops. All of this is very practical and directed towards giving you the information and skills you need to operate effectively in the classroom.

All sessions take place in small groups. For input, the maximum course size is 18 trainees; in the afternoon teaching sessions this becomes a maximum group of six. We are fortunate to be able to recruit volunteer non-native speaker students at different levels of ability to form a real environment in which you can gain teaching experience. You are guaranteed six hours supervised and observed teaching at at least two levels of student ability. Co-trainees also observe all teaching sessions.

The CELTA course is a demanding programme, whether taken full or part time. It will involve you in a significant amount of additional work outside of formal course time. This time is necessary to prepare satisfactory lessons, complete assignments and to generally keep up with the course. Whatever your personal circumstances, but especially if you are working elsewhere or studying additionally, please consider that the demands of the course are high, and that to maintain the integrity of the course and validate the award, we need to rigorously enforce standards of achievement and attendance.

ELTS at Swansea University works with the Swansea University disability unit and Cambridge Exceptions to ensure equality of access and opportunity for all, and given the opportunity to plan,  will accommodate particular needs. Under such circumstances, it is very much in the interest of an applicant to notify ELTS at the point of application regarding any personal aspect that might affect course attendance / involvement or completion, since later notification may affect our ability to fully plan effectively for needs or eventualities. Such needs will never affect our decision on an offer of a place, given otherwise acceptable suitability for the course.

Assessment

Assessment of the course is in two parts:

  • 6 hours of observed classroom teaching
  • 4 assignments which relate closely to your developing understanding of teaching and the English language. These are all take home assignments and there is an opportunity to resubmit work if it is initially not to standard.

The 6 hours of observed classroom teaching relates to your practical classroom skills. You will be observed teaching at two different levels by at least two experienced trainers who will also help you with writing lesson plans and developing your ability to identify your strengths and weaknesses in the classroom.

The 4 assignments reinforce the work you do in the classroom and have a practical focus. The Language Analysis assignment is divided into two parts which look at grammar and vocabulary. The Focus on the Learner requires you to interview a student and analyse their strengths and weaknesses as a learner of English. The Language Related Skills Task involves developing a series of language tasks based on a piece of authentic material and the Lessons from the Classroom assignment, which is completed in four parts throughout the course, helps you to identify your own strengths and weaknesses as a classroom teacher and to set goals for development.

As an accredited Cambridge CELTA course, the CELTA run by ELTS follows the Cambridge CELTA syllabus used internationally in all CELTA centres.

At the end of the course trainees receive a passing Grade at Pass, Pass B or Pass A levels. 

 

CELTA and Qualifications Frameworks (Level 5)

CELTA is recognised as a Level 5 qualification on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England) / Qualifications and Credit Framework (Wales). Please see the following for further details:

The Register of Regulated Qualifications (CELTA) http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Qualification/Details/501_1891_2 

Compare different qualifications 

https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/compare-different-qualification-levels

Apply Now

Dates, Entry Requirements and Fees

Please download and complete both the CELTA Application Form AND the Cambridge CELTA application task and return these to us, either by email or by post, marked for the attention of Michelle Evans. The email address for this is elts@swansea.ac.uk and our postal address can be found at the bottom of this page.

We will then review your application and contact you to arrange an interview. All suitable applicants are interviewed. Feedback is provided if we are unable to offer an interview.

The CELTA course is a demanding programme, whether taken full or part time. It will involve you in a significant amount of additional work outside of formal course time. This time is necessary to prepare satisfactory lessons, complete assignments and to generally keep up with the course. Whatever your personal circumstances, but especially if you are working elsewhere or studying additionally, please consider that the demands of the course are high, and that to maintain the integrity of the course and validate the award, we need to rigorously enforce standards of achievement and attendance.

ELTS at Swansea University works with the Swansea University disability unit and Cambridge Exceptions to ensure equality of access and opportunity for all, and given the opportunity to plan,  will accommodate particular needs. Under such circumstances, it is very much in the interest of an applicant to notify ELTS at the point of application regarding any personal aspect that might affect course attendance / involvement or completion, since later notification may affect our ability to fully plan effectively for needs or eventualities. Such needs will never affect our decision on an offer of a place, given otherwise acceptable suitability for the course.

The Interview Process

The interview is a very important aspect of the CELTA programme. It is an opportunity for you to meet us and ask any questions you have about the course, and for us to meet you and to assess your suitability for this demanding course.

On the basis of your application and application task answers we will decide whether we would like to invite you to an interview. Face-to-face interviews take place in Swansea, are run by a CELTA trainer and are normally organised in groups of two of three applicants. The interview lasts between two and three hours. We can in exceptional circumstances arrange interview by Skype or telephone. References or further checks may need to be taken up in addition to the interview.

CELTA Application Form (MS Word)

CELTA Application Form (PDF)  (PDF version - cannot be edited. Please download and complete by hand if your computer is unable to open an MS Word document)

CELTA Application Task  

  (PDF version - cannot be edited. Please download and complete by hand if your computer is unable to open an MS Word document)

We welcome applications from speakers of English whose first language is not English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate to us a language level of at least IELTS 7.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or equivalent). An additional task may be requested from you in these circumstances.

Applications by Visa Nationals

It is University policy that those students from outside the EEA who require a study visa in order to study the Cambridge CELTA programme will only be permitted to study on the full-time programme.

Part-time students from outside the EEA will only be permitted if they qualify for another type of visa. 

Course Dates 

Full-Time Courses 2017

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery Type

Start Date*

End Date**Location
C3/2017 July 2017 Full-Time

w/c 03 July 2017

28 July 2017

Main Campus

Full-time courses start on a Monday and finish on a Friday. The start* and end dates** given here are the first and last day of the course.

 Part-Time Courses 2016-2017

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery TypeStart Date*End Date***Location
C4/2016 Oct-Dec 2016 Part-Time w/c 03 October 2016 09 December 2016 Main Campus
C1/2017 Jan-March 2017 Part-Time w/c 23 January 2017 24 March 2017 Main Campus
C2/2017 April-June 2017 Part-Time w/c 24 April 2017 26 June 2017 Main Campus
C4/2017 Oct-Dec 2017 Part-Time

 w/c 02 October 2017

08 December 2017

Main Campus

Part-time courses usually take place on Wednesday and Thursdays or Wednesdays and Fridays. The start* and end dates*** given here are the first Monday and the final Friday of the weeks in which the course runs. Please contact us to confirm the exact days on which our 2016 and 2017 part-time courses are running. 

All Courses are subject to confirmation and sufficient numbers.

Course Fees

Course CodeDelivery TypeCourse Fees
C1/2017 Part-Time £1430.00
C2/2017 Part-Time £1430.00
C3/2017 Full-Time £1430.00
C4/2017 Part-Time £1475.00

 

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Enquiries and applications

CELTA Course Application

ELTS

Swansea University

Third Floor Margam Building

Singleton Campus

Swansea

SA2 8PP

Email: elts@swansea.ac.uk


Tel: 01792 295391

Course Coordinator: Peter Neville

Course Administrator: Michelle Evans

 

CELTA Success Stories

Several hundred trainees have taken Swansea University's CELTA courses since they started. Some of them have been kind enough to write about their experiences and success after taking the course. All have given permission for their opinions to be published.

We also work very closely with the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University, which offers a limited number of free places on our CELTA course as an extension to certain second year modules. Find out more about how CELTA fits into BA TEFL programmes and about the experiences of Imran, Anna and Louise by watching the CELTA award at Swansea University video.