CELTA courses may be offered in one of the modes listed below:
Full time CELTA courses
The full-time CELTA is usually offered, as a 4-week intensive course (120+ hours onsite). This is a highly intensive course, which will require a lot of time and energy during for successful completion. As well as the onsite hours, trainees need to spend time doing course related work (reading, lesson preparation and assignments). However, most participants maintain that although the course is challenging, it is highly motivating and useful.
Part time CELTA courses
A second option is a part-time CELTA course. Part-time courses may run for a number of weeks, during which there may be weekday or weekend meetings for Teaching Practice, feedback and lesson preparation, as well as for input sessions. This option still requires a high level of commitment in terms of time and effort.
Blended CELTA courses
Whether full time or part time, this mode incorporates the online provisions of some of the input sessions of the course.
These are the course in which the input sessions are completed online via a Cambridge CELTA platform. The trainee is basically allowed to do 50% of the course online and the remaining 50%, which includes all Teaching Practice sessions, face to face.
The online part of a blended CELTA course is supervised by a CELTA tutor in a similar way that input sessions would be if done in a classroom. The drawback of a Blended CELTA is that it deprives students of the interaction and the bonding that is usually created during a face-to-face course.
The benefit is evident for candidates who live away from the venue and by following a blended course they can minimize the time away from home as well as accommodation or travelling costs.
QLS is planning to offer blended CELTA courses to teachers from abroad, who could actually spend the face-to-face part of the course (50%) on a beautiful Greek island, thus combining “business with pleasure”.