Your syllabus will incorporate the following five areas:
- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
- Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
Input sessions: These will give you many practical ideas for teaching. Sessions include tutor demonstrations of teaching techniques and procedures to help you in the planning of your lessons. Input is interactive, so you should be prepared to get involved and learn through experiencing techniques and discussing ideas.
Teaching practice: During the course you – as a CELTA trainee – must complete 6 hours of assessed teaching. After every such teaching slot, you will be provided with both oral and written feedback on your teaching. An important part of improving or developing as a teacher is to reflect on one’s own teaching. Self-evaluation of your own lessons will also constitute an important part of the course. A CELTA course will help you focus on those areas of teaching that need further development, which will result in becoming a more reflective educator.
Observations:During the course, you will have the opportunity to observe experienced teachers on the job. A total of 6 hours of such observations will be recorded. This is a very useful part of the course, as it will allow you to see in action a variety of teaching styles, techniques and approaches, as well as a variety of student levels and classroom situations.
Assignments: During the course you will need to submit 4 assignments, each of which is to be of 750 to 1,000 words. These assignments are practical in nature and will help you to combine principles and practices from your own teaching and learning.