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CELTA Course Syllabus

Topic 1: Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context

  • Understanding the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of learners, and how this might affect their learning of English
  • Understanding different learning styles and preferences

Topic 2: Language analysis and awareness

  • Understanding key terminology used in English language teaching, applying this terminology in planning and teaching
  • Demonstrating a working knowledge of English grammar, lexis and phonology

Topic 3: Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing

  • Understanding basic concepts and terminology used for describing reading, listening, speaking and writing skills, applying this to teaching
  • Understanding how approaches to texts may vary depending on the purpose, making practical use of this in teaching

Topic 4: Planning and resources for different teaching contexts

  • Understanding the purpose and principles of planning for effective teaching
  • Selecting and planning the kinds of lessons that are most appropriate for particular learners
  • Evaluating lesson preparation and reflecting on this for planning future lessons

Topic 5: Developing teaching skills and professionalism

  • Effectively organising the classroom, both in terms of layout and pair/group activities
  • Making appropriate use of a range of materials and resources
  • Involving learners of different ability levels, enabling them to feel a sense of progress

Assessment and Test

You will be assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

1. Teaching Practice

  • You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with adult classes at a minimum of two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance.

2. Written assignments

You will complete four written assignments (each 750–1,000 words). These focus on:

  • Analysing and responding to adult learner needs
  • Analysing language for teaching purposes
  • Teaching language skills
  • Reflecting on classroom teaching

CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and who have met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments.


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