CELTA Course description
Florence is proud to offer the innovative online CELTA format with both full-time and part-time course options, utilizing both the Cambridge University Moodle platform designed for CELTA and Zoom or similar for the live sessions. This online CELTA has been made available by Cambridge due to the short-term impact of coronavirus on travel, with the course having exactly the same syllabus as the face-to-face version. The only difference is the way the CELTA is delivered.
The full-time fully online CELTA, Monday 31st May to Friday 25th June 2021 + mandatory weekend 29th-30th May to introduce you to the course and help familiarise you with the technology used:
This course has a duration of 4 weeks and runs Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.25pm (approximate timings, timings may vary as the course demands). The CELTA is run live via a platform such as Zoom or similar, with the Cambridge CELTA Moodle platform available where students can access relevant resources.
Example of timetable on a normal day:
- Start 8.30 am
- 8.45 am – 1.15 pm Morning Sessions
- 1.15 pm – 2 pm Lunch
- 2pm – 5 pm Afternoon Sessions (Teaching Practice)
- 5pm – 5.25 pm Feedback and Questions
- Finish 5.25 pm
The part-time fully online CELTA, Tuesday 29th June to Thursday 2nd September 2021 + mandatory weekend session 26th-27th June 2021 to introduce you to the course and help familiarise you with the technology used.
This course has a duration of 10 weeks and runs every Tuesday and Thursday evening during the course.
For our part-time CELTA course, the CELTA Moodle platform is used in running the course, allowing students to do course work at their own pace, in addition to the weekly live contact sessions via Zoom or similar.
Weekly course timetable, days and times:
- Tuesday evenings – 5pm to 9pm including a break
- Thursday evenings – 5pm to 9pm including a break
- Additional contact time between student and tutor may be required in some weeks. Schedule to be determined.
- Time for self-study: assignments and lesson preparation
Note: Evening classes are a total of 20 sessions, 8 of which will not be compulsory but advisable to attend.
* Course fee is fixed and is to be paid in Euros or Euros equivalent at the time of the payment. The Euros equivalent you may see at the beginning of the enrolment (at the top of the page) is only to give you an estimated idea.
** Early Bird discounted price. For candidates accepted and paid two weeks prior to the full-time course or four weeks prior to the part-time course. Normal price 1,295.00€.
Other CELTA course types:
You can take your CELTA online, but also face-to-face through a full-time course in Florence.
What is the CELTA?
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 is recognized worldwide 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 in well-established CELTA teacher education centers. A key part of the CELTA course is 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.
So, what is ‘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 rather a concept. Other similar terms that you may come across are ESL (English as a Second Language), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
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 unmonitored by any noteworthy, independent organization. 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, and 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 job after getting your CELTA
Getting your CELTA certificate will put you in an excellent position to apply for English language teaching roles around 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 finding 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.
*Special offer: Our CELTA online courses include a careers workshop and consultation with an English language teaching career expert.
How to apply for the Online CELTA course
All applications include an initial form, pre-interview tasks, and an interview with the CELTA Tutor.
Start your application by completing the following form: