LSI Brighton is now offering the Cambridge CELTA teacher training programme. In the first of our blog posts about the course we explain how to apply for the course:
The Cambridge CELTA course is the UK’s gold standard initial English Teaching “TEFL” course. It has straightforward entry requirements and admission to the course is normally by interview which we can organise in person or via a service like Skype.
In addition to this, potential candidates have to show a good familiarity with how the English language works. This is known as “language awareness” and there is a task to complete as part of the application process.
The CELTA course is a very intensive course and involves teaching practice sessions from very early in the programme (the second day on a full time course!) so it’s important that trainee teachers can understand and also explain the structure of English to students.
What qualifications do I need to apply for a CELTA course?
At LSI Brighton we normally expect candidates to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent, but 2 A Levels are the minimum requirement. The school will also consider any relevant experience as part of the application.
How much knowledge of English do I have to demonstrate?
We do expect and recommend that applicants access reference material when completing the language awareness task. If, however, you don’t have sufficient “language awareness” to complete the application form, or we advise you that your awareness isn’t yet comprehensive enough to accept you on the course we can recommend a selection of books and on-line English grammar courses.
English is not my first language, can I apply?
Yes you can. We expect candidates to have to have a near-native level of English. This equates to CEFR C2, IELTS 8.0 or a good pass at Cambridge CAE
Preparing for the course:
After you’ve been accepted it is naturally a good idea to continue to improve your knowledge of both teaching methods and English grammar before you start the course! Once accepted onto the course, LSI Brighton will give you login information for our e-learning platform E-LSI.
For more information about the CELTA qualification and guidance from Cambridge on application, please see www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celta/
For advice from our CELTA team, please contact us on 01273 722060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org