What is CELTA?
CELTA stands for ‘Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults’. It is a four-week full-time initial teacher training course, designed to introduce you to the basics of teaching English as a foreign language.
It is suitable for native English speakers, and non-natives who have achieved an English level of at least C1 on the CEFR.
Why do CELTA?
CELTA is internationally recognised as an introductory qualification for English teachers, and opens the door to good quality schools around the world.
For those who have already been teaching for a while, it is a good introduction to Communicative Language Teaching.
What does CELTA involve?
During the four-week course, you will do a total of six hours of observed teaching practice, where you try out what you are learning in a real classroom situation.
To help you do this successfully, you will receive 120 hours of input covering a wide range of topics. including how to teach grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), as well as how to plan your lessons, use materials effectively and manage the classroom, among many other things. You will be introduced to a wide range of activties which you can take straight into the classroom.
Before and after each observed lesson you will work with tutors and your peers to ensure that you improve as much as possible over the course of your CELTA.
There are also four short written assignments during the course, one per week. There is no exam: assessment is based on your written assignments and your observed teaching practice.
How much is it?
Anyone who registers for our courses before 1st June 2014 will get a 15% discount, meaning the whole four-week CELTA will only cost you £850, including Cambridge registration fees, considerably cheaper than it is in most places, where it can cost up to £1300! Even with travel costs and accommodation, you will pay considerably less than at many other centres.
If you register after 1st June, it will still only cost £1000.
IH Sevastopol can help you to arrange travel and accommodation, and anything else you may require during your stay.
Why do CELTA at IH Sevastopol?
Every summer International House Sevastopol runs two CELTA courses: one in July and one in August. In 2014 the dates are:
- June 30th-July 25th
- July 28th-August 23rd
The course is run by two experienced trainers, Olga Stolbova, the Director of IH Sevastopol, and a guest trainer from Kharkiv, Ukraine. In July 2014, I will be training as a CELTA tutor, so I will be there as a third trainer if you decide to join the first course.
You will be teaching students in a private language school in a classroom setting much like you might expect to go into once you have finished your CELTA course.
International House has affiliates all over the world, and while we cannot guarantee you a job, we can offer advice on where to apply for work once your course has finished.
Sevastopol itself is a fascinating city, and at the weekends when you have finished planning and writing assignments, you can explore its history or go out into beautiful Crimea. Sevastopol and Crimea have been in the news a lot recently, and this is your chance to discover what it’s like here first-hand! You can read a lot more about Sevastopol on our site, and see pictures and videos of the city, including BBC Top Gear‘s visit in November 2013.
Here’s what Ryan Williams, a Canadian who trained on our 2013 CELTA, said about the course:
I left the Canadian oil field and started my teaching career with a TESOL certification. Within my first year of teaching it was clear that I wanted more education to fall back on. The decision to take a CELTA course was an easy one and based on some key factors, career advancement, stability, self-confidence and professionalism played a key role.
IH Sevastopol offers a great experience in a city rich with culture and history. Also, the early schedule for the course gives you a competitive edge when interviewing for September start. The tutors are top notch and committed to providing you with the tools needed in a modern teaching environment in order to be successful in the classroom. A four week course is intense, no question. However, by applying yourself the rewards are fantastic. I can attest by saying that a CELTA certification has opened doors for me that we’re not achievable in the past and I am now enjoying a fruitful career with teaching English.
You can read more about the CELTA course on our website, and download an application form.
So what are you waiting for? Contact us and find out how you can take the first step of an exciting new stage in your life!