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What is the Cambridge CELTA?
Offered in over 300 centres in over 70 countries, the Cambridge CELTA Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (formerly, the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is regarded as one of the most valuable, practical English language teacher-training courses available. With some 10,000 teachers taking the course worldwide each year, it's easy to understand why it is often referred to as the "industry standard".
With some 30 years' experience in RSA C-TEFLA, D-TEFLA, Cambridge CELTA - as well as other forms of teacher training and teacher development courses - Language Resources, Kobe, was the first approved Teaching Awards centre in Japan to offer this internationally recognized ELT qualification. While most trainees are from the Himeji, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Otsu, Shiga and Wakayama areas, we regularly have teachers attend our courses from Nagoya, Okayama and Shikoku - even Tokyo!
You can find out more on the CELTA from the Cambridge CELA web site at: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celta/
Courses are held twice a year on a ‘part-time’ basis and comprise a minimum 120 hours training held over 18 to 20 sessions (days), with each session usually held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each Saturday, plus 2, 3 or, occasionally, 4 Sundays. The spring-summer course is held from April to July, and the autumn-winter course from September to December. Currently, we do not offer ‘intensive’ courses in Kobe.
Applications are now being accepted for the next course starting from April 2018. For a full description of the course, application form and other details, please click here: Request for CELTA Application Package; For any other enquiries, you can contact us by email at: CELTA ENQUIRY or by telephone.
Full details of the above are provided in our Information to Applicants package, where you will also see that we do our best to accommodate teachers who may have special requests regarding individualised payment schedules. Please feel free to ask about this at interview or once you’ve been accepted on the course.
Our courses are offered primarily with local, working teachers in mind. The part-time format allows you to put into practice right away what you've learned in your own classes. Other significant factors are:
Chris Ożóg is from Scotland and is LR’s Main Course Tutor (MCT) for our CELTA courses. He is also a qualified Cambridge Delta Tutor and a CELTA Assessor – a role in which he inspects centres around the world to ensure they meet the required standards set by Cambridge. In addition to his CELTA and Delta qualifications, he holds an M.Sc. in Applied Linguistics and an M.A. in English Language and Literature. He has taught English and trained teachers in Argentina, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Dubai, Japan, Morocco and Thailand.
John Troop is from Canada and is our Assistant Course Tutor (ACT) for our CELTA courses. He has been with LR since 2014, where he is currently an Assistant Director of Studies with particular responsibilities for in-service training and teacher development. He holds both Cambridge CELTA and Delta qualifications as well as an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. In addition to his Japan experience, he has previously held positions of teacher, Director of Studies, and CELTA trainer in Canada, China and Syria.
Craig Jennings is president of Language Resources. Originally from the U.K., he grew up in Australia. He has been with Language Resources since 1995. He holds both Cambridge CELTA and Delta qualifications and, in addition to his many responsibilities at LR, is our Cambridge Centre Examinations Manager. He has been an Assistant Course Tutor since 2004.
Katy Simpson is from the U.K. and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern Languages. She holds both Cambridge CELTA and Delta qualifications in addition to an M.A. in English. She is currently a CELTA Trainer-in-Training at LR. Katy has previously taught English in the U.K., Dubai, and Thailand.
The CELTA course has proved to be extremely useful both to those new to ELT and to those with more experience. Course participants are from a wide variety of teaching environments -- from JETs and ALTs teaching in Junior High and High Schools to those working at private language schools, junior colleges, universities, in-house company training programmes etc. A number have had no previous ELT experience at all. An increasing number of non-native speakers of English, including Japanese teachers working in Junior High and High Schools, are finding this an attractive and rewarding training programme.
Our trainees have come from well over 20 different countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Trinidad, Vietnam, the U.K., the U.S.A. and an increasing number from countries in continental Europe such as France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland etc.
Whatever their background, personal and professional goals, trainees tend to have at least two things in common - a desire to offer their students a better teaching-learning environment and, as a result, a desire to improve their own job-satisfaction as teachers. In many cases, too, they recognize that the CELTA can offer them a significant increase in job opportunities worldwide.
Do take a look at our CELTA FAQs page for answers to many of the typical questions applicants ask about the course.
The CELTA is both a challenging and a professionally highly-rewarding experience but trainees should be prepared to devote several hours of study/research outside the training sessions each week. Candidates will have free access to LR's extensive CELTA reference library - arguably one of the best-stocked reference libraries for ELT professionals in Japan.