Cambridge CELTA Course Online is a flexible way to take CELTA. It leads to the CELTA qualification and is assessed and moderated according to the same criteria.
Like the face-to-face CELTA course, Cambridge CELTA Course Online has a significant practical component known as teaching practice (TP) where you will complete six hours of assessed teaching practice in groups.
You will teach at least eight times with face-to-face feedback and reflection.
Cambridge CELTA Course Online is a blended learning course with both online and face-to-face elements. Teaching practice is face-to-face and input is online. The interactive online materials have a strong practical emphasis.
Cambridge CELTA Course Online provides:
- interactive tasks
- guided video observation
- forum discussion.
The course achieves the same objectives as face-to-face courses, i.e. development in effective, principled teaching practice. For some trainees, face-to-face input will suit their individual learning style better than a blended course, but for others, it will be the reverse.
One of the advantages of Cambridge CELTA Course Online is the increased amount of time and support away from the centre for reflection and development. This will appeal to and benefit some trainees more than others. For example, some trainees thrive on the pressure and intensity of the full-time delivery but others do not.
The development was in response to increased market demand from centres and trainees for a blended learning CELTA. Technological advances and the combined experience of both organisations in developing blended learning courses made it possible to meet this demand.
We are confident that this option will make it easier for more people to take CELTA.
The course is ideal if you are comfortable with and prefer online learning. You can access the materials at any time, giving you the flexibility to plan your CELTA work around your other professional and personal commitments.
Because only a part of the course requires face-to-face tuition, accommodation and travel costs are reduced, making the course more affordable for some trainees.
Courses run over a minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of an academic year. To see what dates they are offering, contact your local centre
This will depend where you take the course, but the minimum number is three and the maximum number is 24.
You work with a number of units of online, interactive material based on the syllabus areas. Forum and ‘Live room’ (virtual real-time classroom) tasks are integrated throughout the course.
You work independently or collaboratively on these tasks with tutor support, evaluation and comment.
One of the aims of Cambridge CELTA Course Online is to provide increased flexibility by reducing the amount of time you meet with tutors at the centre.
The teaching practice and related preparation, feedback and self-evaluation will continue to take place at the centre through face-to-face contact.
Teaching practice groups are the same as for face-to-face courses in terms of:
- levels taught
- numbers of teaching practice students
- range of lesson types
- number of times you teach
- length of lessons (i.e. minimum of two 40-minute lessons and not longer than one hour).
You will teach for a total of six hours (spread over a minimum of eight occasions), with peers observing. Teaching practice will be arranged by your centre either throughout the course or in blocks.
You will continue to interact with the online environment during the teaching practice phase(s).
No, they are exactly the same.
Cambridge CELTA Course Online leads to exactly the same certificate as the face-to-face CELTA. Assessed outcomes are the same for all trainees so there is no need for separate certification.
Courses are assessed locally. The assessor observes face-to-face teaching practice and has access to online materials.