The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a practical English language teaching qualification from Cambridge that gives you the essential knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence to qualify as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL). Students who have completed the CELTA at the College of North West London include:
Those embarking on a career in English language teaching in the state and private sectors, both at home and abroad
- English teachers and teaching assistants wanting to gain more knowledge and confidence
- Teachers of other subjects wanting to help learners with their language needs.
This course will run on Wednesdays from 11am to 5.30pm (6.5 hours per week) and comprise a mixture of taught input sessions and supervised teaching practice with two experienced CELTA trainers. The course is fundamentally a practical one designed to equip you with the knowledge, practice and experience you need to teach the English language. You will also complete 4 written assignments as part of the course.
How is the course taught?
The course will comprise a mixture of trainer-led input sessions (around teaching approaches and techniques and also on grammar and English language systems), teaching practice with volunteer students, written assignments, observations of experienced teachers, individual tutorials, individual reading, and some homework. The teaching practice is a key element of the course: you will do a total of 6 hours of teaching spread over two nine-week periods, with ample opportunities for feedback from peers and trainers.
What support is available?
Your tutors will support and guide you. Learning Support is also available for those with learning difficulties/disabilities; please let us know on application if you require this service. If you need help or advice on other matters such as welfare and finance, please contact our Course Information Centres at Willesden or Wembley Park.
What social activities can I take part in?
There is a student room at both sites and canteens/café facilities. The college regularly hosts promotional, cultural and social awareness events. We have Quiet Rooms for those preferring to reflect.
What facilities and resources are available?
Our Learning Resource Centres (LRCs)are available at both sites, fully equipped with a wide range of learning materials and qualified, friendly staff on hand to support you. We have an excellent selection of teacher-training books and materials (including DVDs of example lessons) and our ESOL and EFL sections are well stocked with up-to-date teaching materials.