Cambridge English Language Assessment
CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a highly rewarding career and is a skill much in demand around the world. It offers many opportunities for employment both here in the Sultanate of Oman in private and public sectors, and across the region. The days when it was possible for people to teach English with no other qualification than being able to speak the language fluently, have thankfully long since gone. Now, in recognition of the skills required to teach a language effectively, an entire profession of specialists has evolved around the discipline of English language teaching, providing not just support and guidance, but also standards of attainment for language learners and standards of competence for language teachers.
To be able to teach English in today’s competitive environment, therefore, it is necessary to have an internationally-recognised teaching qualification, such as the Cambridge University Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults, commonly known as ‘CELTA’. CELTA is a highly regarded qualification that opens doors to employment around the world and is recognised as a certificate of excellence in educational institutions throughout Oman. It also leads to higher qualifications such as a Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, commonly known as ‘DELTA’.
If you are interested in training to become a qualified English language teacher and would like to learn more about CELTA, the information below will help you decide if this is the career for you.
What is CELTA?
CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and it opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. Because it is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the world famous University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition. Over 10,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.
How does CELTA relate to TEFL/TESOL?
'TEFL' or 'TESOL' are terms often used to describe qualifications for English Language teachers. CELTA, the best known and most widely taken initial TESOL/TEFL qualification of its kind in the world, was previously known as CTEFLA and 'RSA certificate'.
Who is CELTA for?
People starting a career in English Language teaching: You may be considering a career in English Language teaching and view CELTA as an entry into a good teaching position, or you may be a graduate wanting a qualification that provides a sound basis in the fundamentals of language teaching practice and gives you the confidence to take control in the classroom.
People looking for a career change or career break: Increasingly, CELTA candidates are professionals either looking for a new career opportunity or wanting a short break in their existing career. Many seek the exciting opportunities of living and working in other countries. Whether you wish to teach English for the short or long term, CELTA gives you the training you need to help you adjust to a dynamic and challenging new profession.
People teaching English without formal qualifications: CELTA can also be a useful qualification for teachers who have little previous formal training. CELTA sharpens your teaching practice, confirms your ability, and may even lead to internal promotion or a better teaching job.
What does CELTA involve?
You can take CELTA full time (typically four to five weeks), or part time (at Caledonian College of Engineering, this is conducted over the course of a few months). The course:
teaches you the principles of effective teaching
provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
gives you hands-on teaching practice
builds your confidence
There are five main units of learning:
- 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 contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course. There are two components of assessment:
- Teaching Practice: You will teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.
- Written Assignments: You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills; and one on classroom teaching.
To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades - Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'.
Who recognises CELTA?
CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers. Cambridge ESOL also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally. In Oman, institutions in both the private and the public sector recognise this.
Am I eligible to apply?
Ideally you should:
- have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
- be aged 20 or over
- have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels
Centres may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. Some centres may, at their discretion, accept applicants aged between 18 and 20.
What are the fees?
The fees are OMR1,100. You have to pay a deposit of OMR100 to secure your place and the remaining balance before the start of the course.
What is the course timings?
The following offer an approximate guide to course timings but the course administrator will confirm these for each individual course. Please note, the course will only run subject to a viable number and availability of tutors and course participants.
Mode of Study
Full Time Mode
Sunday to Thursday
9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Part Time Mode
Two Months and Two Weeks
Sunday, Monday and Wednesday
4.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Where will the course be run?
CELTA training takes place at the Airport Heights Campus of Caledonian College of Engineering, near to Bank Muscat Roundabout and Muscat International Airport in Seeb. This campus, dedicated to the college’s School of Foundation Studies, is a centre for other language-related testing, short courses and summer schools and has modern facilities and resources to support your CELTA training needs. Course participants are invited to share interaction with college staff members, affording valuable opportunities for discussion about teaching English in a real-life environment.
How do I apply?
Further information and/or applications are available from the Course Administrator at the email below or in person from the Language & Learning Department, Top Floor, Airport Heights Campus at Caledonian College of Engineering. Please return the completed application form to:
Ms Bindu George
CELTA Course Administrator
Language & Learning Department
Caledonian College of Engineering
Airport Heights Campus
PO Box 2322, PC 111, CPO Seeb, Muscat
Sultanate of Oman
Mobile: 91185991, Tel: 24511300 Ext 7673 or 7108 Fax: 24535675 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your application is accepted, a tutor will contact you to arrange an interview to determine whether you are awarded a place on the course, subject to payment of the course deposit.
Taken from: http://cambridgeesol.org/teaching/celta.htm
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