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									                                                                             CELTA information

The certificate course CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), which is administered
by Cambridge ESOL, is a highly practical and internationally recognised course run at the British Council in
Abu Dhabi. It provides initial training in the teaching of English to adults.

                                          Course components

The course consists of three main elements. There will be a series of seminars and workshops throughout,
teaching practice and observation of classes at the British Council. In addition, there are four written

Seminars and workshops
Approximately half of the time on the course is spent in Input sessions (workshops and seminars). These
will cover the practical application of techniques and theories.

Areas covered include:-
    Analysis of English grammar from the teachers’ points of view
    Development of language skills
    Phonology
    Correction techniques
    Use of materials
    Classroom management
    Using video/tape/computers in a lesson
    Lesson planning

Teaching Practice
During the course there will be regular teaching practice where groups of trainees teach classes of
students and gain experience of teaching at different levels. Teaching practice will normally be four hours
per week in total on a part-time course and 10 hours on a full-time course. Each trainee teaches a total of
six hours over the duration of the course. After teaching practice, there is a feedback session, which lasts
about one hour. In this session, tutor and trainees will comment on the content and success of the lesson
as a whole.

The observation of trained teachers is an important part of the course and takes place outside the main
course timetable. Trainees are required to observe at least six hours of classes during the course at
prearranged times.

Assessment is continuous and integrated. Continuous here means that assessment takes place
throughout the course. There is no final written exam. Trainees are assessed on their ability to transfer
what they learn in seminars and workshops to the classroom, on their awareness of the strengths and
weaknesses of their own teaching and others’ teaching and their contribution to input sessions. Integrated
means that both assessed components contribute to the overall grade. Component 1 relates to planning
and teaching and component 2 consists of classroom-related written assignments.

The course requires a considerable amount of time and energy. Trainees will often find themselves
working on assignments or preparing lessons outside their timetabled hours and at the weekends. It can,
however, be a fulfilling experience for both experienced teachers and those new to teaching. It is expected
that candidates will dedicate a minimum of 80 hours (on top of 120 contact hours) for the required reading,
research, pre- and post- session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.

For further general information about the CELTA course, please go to:
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                                          Entry requirements

Applicants must:
• be at least eighteen years old at the beginning of the course
• have a standard of education which would allow entry to higher education in their country
• have an awareness of language and a proficient competence in English, both written and spoken, that
enables them to undertake the course. This needs to be level C1 or higher in the Common European
Frame of Reference, which is approximately equivalent to IELTS 7.0. For more information, see

                                        Application procedure

Step 1: Fill in an application form and email it to
Step 2: If your application is satisfactory, you will be contacted to come into the British Council for an
interview. The interview typically takes 90 minutes and is conducted by two CELTA trainers interviewing
two or three potential candidates.
Step 3: You will be informed approximately two weeks after your interview whether you have been
          accepted onto the course.
Step 4: When registrations for the course open, you can pay a deposit of 2,000 dirhams to secure one of
          the 12 places on the course. The first twelve accepted candidates to pay their deposit are
          guaranteed a place. After that a waiting list will open.
Step 5: The remainder of the fees (8,000 dirhams) is due two weeks before the start of the course.

                                             2011 courses

Part-time courses

1. 30th January – 4th May 2011                 Sun, Mon, Wed evenings 5 – 9pm for twelve weeks

2. 25th September – 21st December 2011         Sun, Mon, Wed evenings 5.45 – 9.45pm for twelve weeks
                                               AED 10,000

Full-time courses

3. 3rd July – 28th July 2011                   Sun – Thur from 9am – 5pm
                                               AED 10,000

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