CELTA is now delivered in a variety of ways – some suit people who can take time off for 4 or 5 weeks and do a face to face course locally or in another country, some suit people who can only take time to do a fully online course. This flexibility allows candidates to choose the mode that suits them best.
Blended & Mixed Mode CELTA Course Options
1/ Blended mode courses
This means that all the content is delivered fully online, synchronously* or asynchronously** but the teaching practices are all done face-to-face over a short period (for example over 2 or 3 weeks) or, if the course is part time, over a longer stretch (for example over 8 – 10 weeks).
This course delivery mode is ideal for working teachers who are comfortable learning online but want to experience teaching in face-to-face situations as this suits their local working prospects better.
2/ Mixed mode courses
This means that the course content is delivered fully online, live (synchronously*) or in self-paced mode (asynchronously** ). Half the teaching practice lessons (4 in number) are taught face-to-face over a short period (for example over 2 weeks) and the other half are taught online, on Zoom.
In this way, candidates experience both types of teaching, offline and online.
N.B. Both course delivery options are usually described as blended or hybrid, but Cambridge has introduced the term mixed mode to describe the two different practice teaching options.
How our courses work
Interactive meetings on Zoom are held usually on one full morning or afternoon a week on 10-week courses during the online part of the course. During the face-to face part of the course, sessions may take place twice a week (mixed courses) or four days a week (blended courses)
During the live online meetings, trainees…
… teach and observe others teach real students
… give and receive feedback about lessons taught or seen
… plan lessons with tutor supervision.
… attend progress tutorials in groups or individually
… attend interactive seminars and workshops
The days and times of these live, interactive sessions may be adjusted to the needs of different groups of trainees in different time zones.
Independent work whenever you are free (self-paced)
The content of the course is delivered through the Cambridge online platform and all access and study time will be done whenever a candidate has free time. We estimate an average of 5-6 hours per week for longer term courses; additional hours are needed for lesson planning and designing materials for lessons.
Assignments & Teaching Practices
4 short assignments – please review the objectives and assignment topics in the CELTA Syllabus document – and 8 assessed teaching practices are both part of the assessment for the CELTA course.
Certification and validation
Some candidates often express concern about their certification after completing an online CELTA course as there are countries that do not accept certificates which have been obtained online. Cambridge English Teaching has responded that a CELTA Certificate obtained online has exactly the same recognition and value as the one obtained by attending an in-person courses. In our experience to date, none of our online candidates who have been awarded the CELTA certificate from an online course have ever had problems with employers, however, it would be wise to check if currently employed.
Follow these instructions to apply:
- Download the Application Form for the CELTA and return completed to email@example.com
- A member of our team will send you the ‘pre-interview task’ this is a pre-course written assessment.
- Complete the assessment in your own time (offline in your own time) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Arrange a date and time when you can attend the interview with the course tutor.
- If you are accepted and offered a place on the course, a tutor will inform you of the payment plan for your course option.
*synchronously = this term describes lessons that are delivered live – online or face to face – and all the students/trainees and the teacher/trainer are in the same room or online meeting room at the same time
**asynchronously = this term describes learning which you can do at your own pace by accessing an online learning management system such as Moodle, or Google Classroom. Teacher and learners do not meet at set times in person or online.
Connect with us
Centre for English Language & Training, 3 G.Gennadiou Street, 106 78 Athens, Greece Tel +30 210 3301202| +30 6974965437 E-mail: email@example.com