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ESL TEACHER TRAINING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Cy-Fair College in partnership with the University of Cambridge, UK, is offering the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [CELTA].

CONTENTS
Purpose Certificate Award Course Requirements
Topics Assessment Pre-course Assignments
Course Organization Written Assignments Trainers
Course Schedule Grades of Award Materials
Typical Schedule Admission Requirements Cost

PURPOSE

The primary purpose of the courses is to provide initial training in ESL. The aims of our CELTA program are to help teachers to:

  • improve their knowledge of American English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • build a good foundation of classroom management skills
  • acquire and practice a range of effective teaching techniques
  • become familiar with a range of current EFL/ESL books and other teaching materials
  • develop a self-critical approach to their own teaching
  • evolve an effective and personal teaching-style

TOPICS

  • Language awareness
  • The learner, the teacher and the teaching/ learning context
  • Planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
  • Classroom management and teaching skills
  • Resources and materials for teaching English to adults
  • Professional development for teachers of English to adults

COURSE ORGANIZATION

CELTA presents a communicative approach to the teaching of classes of adult students. Although it has a sound theoretical basis, the course is extremely practical, and it blends proven classroom techniques with modern developments in language learning theory. Course elements include: input sessions, written assignments, lesson observation, supervised and evaluated practice teaching with classes of foreign students, discussion and critiquing of practice lessons, and tutorials .

Each course is 120 hours plus an additional 80 hours of homework. Participants also undertake 35 hours of self-study before the course, using our "Pre-Course Assignments."

Courses last four weeks and normally require attendance Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-4:45pm.

COURSE SCHEDULE

In 2005 courses are scheduled for:

  • September 6 (Tuesday) - October 1 (Saturday)

In 2006 courses are scheduled for:

  • February 13 - March 10
  • June 5 - June 30
  • September 5 - September 30

NOTICE: Part-Time CELTA Course
Our first part-time CELTA course will take place on the Barker Cypress Road campus 6:00-9:30 p.m. one evening a week from November 15, 2005 through July 13, 2006. There will be a maximum of 8 participants. To receive full details, please e-mail course leader Jeff Mohamed.

A TYPICAL SCHEDULE

  • TESOL Methodology
  • Lesson Observations
  • Language Awareness Workshops
  • Feedback
  • Practice Teaching
  • Critiques of Practice Teaching
  • Guided Preparation of Practice Lessons

CERTIFICATE AWARD

The CELTA program is approved by the University of Cambridge. The Certificate will be awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in all three assessment components.

ASSESSMENT

  • Demonstrated successful achievement of all the teaching practice criteria.
  • Completion of four written assignments.
  • Professional development through participation in seminars, workshops, feedback and peer-observation sessions.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

Of the four written assignments:

  • one involves work on the language systems of English
  • one involves reflection on classroom teaching and the identification of action points
  • one explores aspects of teaching and learning English through a focus on adult learners
  • one involves work on language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing

GRADES OF AWARD

Each successful participant receives the Cambridge CELTA with one of the following grades: Pass, Pass B, and Pass A. Worldwide, over 90% of candidates receive the Certificate, with 75% being awarded the basic Pass grade. (This grade is recognized by employers as showing a good level of ability and potential.)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Acceptance into the program is not automatic. Applicants are accepted on the basis of their performance in a language evaluation task and an interview. Our basic requirements are as follows:

  • BA/BS degree
  • Some previous experience of formal or informal study of a foreign language
  • Previous teaching experience not required

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • 120 hours of input, tutorial support, supervised lesson planning, feedback and peer observation
  • 6 hours assessed teaching practice
  • 6 hours observation of live lessons taught by ESL professionals
  • Maintain and submit a portfolio of all course work including all written assignments and materials related to teaching practice

PRE-COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

Candidates will be asked to complete a series of Pre-Course Assignments, which they will receive when they register for the course. The assignments, which are not graded, focus mainly on developing the candidates’ awareness and formal knowledge of English.

TRAINERS

All of our CELTA trainers are approved by Cambridge University and have at least 10 years of TEFL/TESL and TEFL-training experience. Our main trainer is Jeff Mohamed, who has taught on more than 100 CELTA courses. Jeff is the Cambridge Joint Chief Assessor for CELTA courses in the USA. He is the author of "Teaching English Overseas," a best-selling guide to the TEFL job market.

MATERIALS

All course participants receive our "Pre-Course Assignment" and our "CELTA Course Manual." Each participant should buy and bring with them to the course one of the following grammar references:

  • "Practical English Usage" by Michael Swan (ISBN 019431197X)
  • "Grammar in Use Intermediate with Answers" by R. Murphy & W.R. Smalzer (ISBN 052162598X)
  • "How English Works" by M. Swan & C. Walter (ISBN 019431456-1)

COST

$1,756, which includes the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [CELTA] as well as a Cy-Fair workforce education certificate awarding 11.2 Continuing Education Units [CEUs] as a measure of substantive professional education and training.

For further information and application forms, please contact:

Jeff Mohamed
ESL/CELTA Program Manager
Jeffrey.D.Mohamed@nhmccd.edu
832.482.1024

For more information about the CELTA click here: Cambridge CELTA.
For more information about TEFL-training options, the CELTA and the TEFL job market click here: TEFL information
For more information on teacher certification programs offered at Cy-Fair College click here: Teacher Certification Program

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