Teacher training course
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EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS:
5 % discount for full payment received 45 days before the start of the course (not valid if paid by legal entities, including "s.p.").
The price includes:
- Tuition by fully certified and experienced Cambridge CELTA teacher trainers
- Certification fee to Cambridge
- All course materials
- Access to the library, teachers’ resources and photocopying and printing facilities
- Access to the school premises every day.
- Free Internet Access / Free Wifi internet access
- Free tee and coffee, sweets.
The Mint International CELTA selection procedure
Within one week you will be contacted with the result of your application.
This could be in one of three forms:
- You are invited to a selection interview at Mint International House Ljubljana or a telephone/Skype interview;
- We request additional information before your application can be taken further;
- Your application is turned down.
And if your application is accepted:
You will be interviewed, and informed at the end of the interview as to whether or not you are to be offered a place.
You will be sent additional pre-course information.
Re Interviews: Procedures
Interviews typically last 45-60 minutes.
Applicants within Slovenia will be interviewed at Mint; applicants from outside Slovenia will be interviewed by telephone/Skype (if you are applying from outside Slovenia, but plan to visit and would like to be interviewed in Ljubljana, please let us know when you make your application). Telephone/Skype interviews are made at the applicant’s expense, and the applicant should make the call.
Re Interviews: Aims
If the Cambridge CELTA is designed for those with no previous experience, why do we have interviews at all? One important reason is for us to assess applicants’ language awareness and potential (see points 2 and 3 under ’entry requirements’ above). Language awareness includes, among other things, the ability to identify and describe: meaning and differences in meaning; levels of formality; and the basic structure of a sentence. The questions we ask do not require previous teaching experience or advanced study of the English language, and we do not assume knowledge of linguistic terminology - although we would expect candidates to be familiar with basic terms such as ’noun’, ’adjective’ and ’verb’.
An additional reason is for you to get the opportunity to talk to one of us, to ask any questions not already raised, and to consider more carefully if the Cambridge CELTA is the right course for you.
Perhaps the main aim is to make sure that we don’t offer a place to - and accept money from- someone who we feel does not have a good chance of passing the course.
The Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is an introductory course for candidates with little or no previous English Language teaching experience. It is also suitable for candidates with some experience but little previous training. As a qualification that is recognised around the world, it gives you the skills you need and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities.
- teaches you the principles of effective teaching
- provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
- gives you hands-on teaching practice
- builds your confidence.
There are five main units of learning:
- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Planning and resources for different contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
What to expect
The course includes input sessions (training), tutorial support and consultation, supervised lesson planning, assessed teaching practice supervised by a course tutor, feedback on teaching practice, peer observation of teaching practice and observation of experienced English Language teaching professionals. Additionally, you will be required to undertake ‘non-contact’ hours for reading, research, assignment writing, lesson preparation and record keeping.
Additionally, you will be required to undertake ‘non-contact’ hours for reading, research, assignment writing, lesson preparation and record keeping.
As you can see from the above, the workload is intense. The intensive course will run all day on weekdays for four weeks, and in addition you will need to do about 3-4 hours a day on top of this, and 6-12 hours at the weekend.
Entry to the course is through application form, language task and selection interview.
- be at least 18 (It is recommended that candidates should be aged 20 or over, but candidates aged between 18 and 20 can be accepted at the centre’s discretion.)
- have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels. (C2 / C1 on the Common European Framework (CEF))
- have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of teaching practice.
- have a standard of education equivalent to that for entry into higher education (Applicants who do not have formal qualifications who can show they would be likely to complete the course successfully may be accepted at the centre’s discretion.)
Each day you will have two input sessions designed to increase your subject knowledge as well as provide you with the skills required in the classroom. Sessions include topics such as ‘Classroom Management’, ‘Teaching Vocabulary’ and ‘An Overview of Tenses in English’.
During the course you will teach a total of 6 hours. You won’t teach every day, but when not teaching you will observe your peers and give feedback, as they will do for you. One of the tutors will be assigned to your group to help with lesson planning, observe your teaching and lead the feedback sessions.
You will be teaching ‘real’ students in a ‘real’ classroom setting and will teach two different groups at different levels. Initially you will have a lot of tutor support, but as the course goes on and your confidence increases this will be reduced.
As well as observing your peers, time will be set aside (6 hours) for observation of more experienced teachers. This will give you an opportunity to see how the skills you are learning are applied in ‘the real world’
All the trainers on the CELTA course are approved by Cambridge and have experience of delivering CELTA courses, and teaching, in a variety of contexts.
The school’s policy on refunds is as follows:
- In the case of cancellation six weeks or more before the course starting date, 90 % of the course fee will be refunded.
- With less than six weeks’ notice, 50% of the total course fee will be refunded.
- If cancellation occurs in the final ten days before the starting date, no refund will be given. However, in certain exceptional circumstances we will consider transferring the fees to another course. If you are offered a place in such case (subject to availability), your place will be confirmed upon payment of a transfer fee (EUR 200.00).
We reserve the right to cancel a course if fewer than 4 people are enrolled. In this case we can transfer your fees to any future course or refund the fees you have paid in full.
We will be happy to give you useful tips regarding finding accommodation for your 4-week stay in Ljubljana, but please note that the school does not own flats and that you will ultimately need to book a room, flat ... directly with the owner or specialised agency.