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CELTA Live online
We help you to focus on the language skills you need for your exam.
Our academic staff are all trained online teachers
We use Zoom and Googledocs, supported by our IH Portal, which our students have access to prior to their starting the course, during their course and following their course.
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Input - online
Input looks at all areas of teaching, such as methodology, techniques, lesson planning, language analysis and classroom management, for example. Modules are scheduled weekly and candidates complete a series of tasks per module. The daily commitment is approximately 3 hours. It would be best to complete these modules at the same time every day and we recommend that they be completed in the morning.
Assignments - online
Candidates complete 4 assignments during the CELTA course and these are set weekly by the Course Tutors. Assignments can be completed at any time during the week they're set. On a full-time course, these tend to be completed at the weekends or when candidates have time in the evenings.
Teaching Practice - live online
This is the live online part of the course, meaning in real time, with you, the candidate, your Teaching Practice students, your Course Tutor and your fellow CELTA candidates in class. Candidates complete six hours of assessed Teaching PracticeCandidates must be available to attend Teaching Practice every afternoon Monday-Friday.
Further live online sessions
This opportunity is unique to International House Galway candidates. You will attend two live online input sessions with CELTA Tutors per week. These times will be confirmed once we assess which times best suit candidates. These sessions are unique to the International House Galway Live Online CELTA course as we feel that candidates will benefit from additional live sessions during which they can speak with the Course Tutors and get answers to their questions.
Shadowing a teacher post-course
This opportunity is unique to International House Galway candidates and this it to help you have the opportunity to see and participate in face to face teaching. We offer our CELTA graduates the possibility of shadowing teachers in a face to face classroom at International House Galway for two weeks following the course. This will include some partner teaching opportunities also. This is not compulsory but is offered to our graduates as part of our unique CELTA course as we feel that newly qualified teachers will benefit from both observing experienced teachers live in class and team teaching with the teachers to help them develop further.
Learning how to teach online
The IH Galway CELTA Online course also has an added benefit - candidates who attend this unique CELTA course will finish the course with knowledge about how to plan and teach lessons in a live online environment, which will allow graduates to apply for online teaching positions, as well as face to face ones, around the world.
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Frequently asked questions
Yes! On the full-time face to face and online courses, you should be prepared to devote five days a week (including evenings) to the course, and tospend a considerable part of each weekend on course-related work. On the part-time/online course, you should be prepared to spend time during the week on course-related work and also a considerable part of weekends.2
Yes! You need to attend 100% of the course. We understand if a candidate has to go to the doctor’s or attend an interview but we strongly advise you not to miss any sessions. It is also strongly advised that you have no other commitments outside the course ifyou’re considering the full-time course.
The course is divided into methodology sessions and teaching practice with feedback.
- On the full-time course, the timetable is:
09:00-13:00: seminars and guided lesson planning 14:00-17:00: teaching practice and feedback
- On the part-time/online course, the timetable is as follows:
Input: online on the CELTA platform
Teaching practice: all day Saturday
A variety of sessions, such as methodology, language awareness, phonology, language and skills, lesson planning and professional development.
Full-time course: Day 1; part-time course: Week 2 nb: the first teaching practice is not observed and not assessed
Groups of up to 15 adult students of English.
Yes, your tutor will observe you and assess your teaching. Some of your colleagues will also observe you and complete an observation task which you will refer to in feedback.
Following teaching practice, you have the opportunity to reflect upon and discuss your teaching with your colleagues and your tutor. This part of the course is extremely important because it should help you to develop an increasing awareness of your strengths and areas for development as a teacher,and you will be given action points to address in future teaching practice lessons.
The IHC is an introduction to the theory and practice of English Language Teaching and introduces participants to a variety ofcurrent procedures and techniques in the field. Methods will depend on what is appropriate and most useful to the level, age, size andcomposition of your class.
You should expect to spend time:
- On the part-time course, you may also have observations outside the timetabled This is arranged with your tutor to suit your schedule.
- Liaising with colleagues in your teaching practice group in order to produce a cohesive timetable of lessons for your
- Planning your own lessons: although you may be teaching for relatively short periods, it is quite normal to spend up to six hours preparing your
- Working on written assignments: these are four assignments which are all course-related and of a very practical nature. They are internally assessed and externally moderated by International House Assessment
Assessment on the course is continuous and integrated, taking into account teaching skills and written assignments, with each assessed component contributing to the overall grade. Participants are given feedback by the tutors on their teaching and have at least two tutorials during the course at which they discuss their progress. All tutors working on the course discuss each participant’sfinal grade and their decisions are unanimous.
Pass A, Pass B, Pass, Fail. A very small number of candidates fail and it is likely that they would be warned of this possibility at their tutorials; the vast majority achieve a Pass grade.
You should have a very high C1or C2 level of English. Non-native English speakers may be asked to complete some English languagetasks to assess their level of English at the interview stage.
The CELTA is very highly regarded worldwide and newly qualified teachers with a CELTA will find it easier to find work than teachers with other qualifications. There are many opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and South America. In Ireland, The UK, Malta, Canada and The US, there are many possibilities in the summer months (July and August), and less full-time work is available in the winter. Working in different countries will have different requirements in terms of visas etc. Towards the end of the course, you will be given some general advice on looking for work. There are 160+ IH schools around the world and the recruitment office at IH World Organisation can give free career advice and information to IHC candidates. We often receive requests for teachers from schools. At IH Galway, we often recruit directly from our teacher training courses if the candidates are eligible to work in the EU.
You don’t need to have a degree to complete a CELTA course. In some countries, a degree is required in order to get a work permit; in others, other third level qualifications may be acceptable for work permit purposes. You are advised to consult individual embassies and consulates for accurate information and advice. In Ireland, QQI/ACELS-recognised schools can only employ teachers who hold pass degrees or the level 7 equivalent on the QQI Framework of qualifications.
You will receive your provisional grade within two weeks following the completion of your course.
You will complete a pre-course task and you should also do some background reading. Beyond that, you will be expected to research from recommended sources for grammar lessons.