How is it delivered?
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) at the British Council in Singapore can be taken as a full-time intensive course (five days a week for four weeks), or a part-time course (two days a week for ten weeks). The total course length is 125 hours.
On the CELTA course you will:
- attend input sessions covering all aspects of English language teaching
- observe experienced teachers and learn through peer observation
- work collaboratively within a small teaching team
- benefit from directed lesson planning and tutorial support
- complete six hours of assessed teaching practice at a two different levels
- get constructive feedback from experienced CELTA tutors and from your peers
- submit four assessed assignments (750 to 1,000 words each).
The CELTA Syllabus is set by the Cambridge Assessment English and consists of the following learning areas:
- Learners and teachers, teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Planning and resources for different contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
In addition, you will complete four written assignments on the following topics:
- Adult learners and learning contexts
- The language system of English
- Language skills
- Reflection on classroom teaching
You must also complete:
- six hours of individual, assessed teaching practice, supported by guided lesson planning and feedback
- six hours of observations of experienced teachers.
By the end of the course you will have:
- an internationally recognised qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, awarded by Cambridge Assessment English (part of the University of Cambridge)
- a solid foundation in the techniques and tools for effective planning and teaching
- greater awareness of how to create communicative, student-centred lessons
- greater awareness of your own teaching strengths and areas for development
- specific ideas to help with on-going professional development.