Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Galway, Ireland, Europe, and around the world
CELTA In Galway
The CELTA is the gold standard of TEFL qualifications, which is why it is the qualification most sought after by employers worldwide. It focuses on developing practical skills with face-to-face teaching practice, which will provide you with the techniques and confidence you need to begin teaching as soon as you finish the course.
Whether you’re a new teacher looking for your first teaching job or you want to prove to employers that you have the teaching skills required with a recognised certificate, CELTA is the qualification you need.
- Feb 13th – March 10th
- Oct 2nd-Oct 27th
What does the CELTA F2F include?
- 4-week course face-to-face in Galway.
- Input sessions.
- Teaching Practice with English language learners.
- Observations of experienced teachers.
- Continuous assessment.
- Level C1+ or C2 required.
- CELTA courses include at least 120 hours of contact time.
- The topics cover practical teaching skills and the theory behind them.
- CELTA courses include real-life teaching experience.
- You will be assessed on 4 written assignments and 6 hours of live teaching skills.
CELTA is for you if you’re a:
- new teacher starting your career in teaching English.
- first-language English speaker or non-first language speaker with a CEFR Level of high C1+/C2.
- teacher with some experience and you want to develop your skills.
- teacher who wants to travel and teach English.
Follow in the footsteps of great teachers.
CELTA has been in the International House family since the beginning. The first CELTA course was launched in 1962 by International House founder John Haycraft who wanted to create a teacher training course that would give candidates the skills and experience they really needed to teach English confidently and effectively in any country. Years on, the CELTA has continued to enable people to find their purpose as teachers in language schools all over the world.
Learn from teachers who have seen it all
For the duration of your CELTA course you will get to know your teacher trainers very well. Our teacher trainers have years of experience in every type of classroom and are excited to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of teachers. They are also friendly, helpful and quick to respond to emails and queries at any time of day. They will be there during every stage of the course, from planning to teaching practice, so you will always have someone by your side to help you improve and grow as a teacher-in-training. You will also have the opportunity throughout the CELTA to observe teachers teach classes in realtime. You will be inspired by the passionate and naturalistic approach our teachers take, and will be able to feel the exciting energy of a real English-learning classroom. In addition, all of our teachers at IH Galway are already CELTA qualified, so this is an incredible opportunity for you to learn tips and tricks from teachers who have done it all before.
What’s waiting for you after CELTA?
- More career opportunities.
- Better pay and opportunities for experienced teachers.
- Beautiful cities and fascinating cultures abroad.
- Further teaching and exam-related qualifications, e.g. the DELTA, teaching exam preparation courses and exam invigilating.
- The opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives, professionally and personally.
- The opportunity to do things you could only dream of before.
Included in our offer:
Input looks at all areas of teaching, such as methodology, techniques, lesson planning, language analysis and classroom management. Modules are scheduled weekly and candidates complete a series of tasks per module.
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.
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 Practice. Candidates must be available to attend Teaching Practice 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 International House Galway and International House Lisbon 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 gives you 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.
We have a lot of experience working with CELTA candidates and know the worries and doubts you have. The most common questions CELTA candidates ask themselves is: “Am I able to do this?”
We recommend that candidates think carefully about how much time they can commit to CELTA before they apply. The CELTA will require at least 120 hours to complete. These 120 hours must be completed within 4 weeks (full-time) or 8 weeks (part-time). The good news is that the CELTA is flexible by nature – candidates can complete the online components of the course at any time. However, candidates must be available in-person for their teaching practice and to observe classes at the school. The interview and pre-course task also assesses how well candidates are prepared for the CELTA challenge. We want all of our candidates to succeed and will not accept a candidate if we feel they are not suitable for the course.
Should you decide to take the CELTA challenge, know that the rewards are truly great. You will learn an incredible amount in a short space of time. You will then have the exciting opportunity to put this new knowledge to work during teaching practice.
Completing the CELTA will change your life, and at IH Galway we provide you with a built-in support system of peers and teacher trainers that are there to help you every step of the way. There’s no better place to upgrade your teaching profile!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I have heard that the course is very intensive – is this true?
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
Would I have to attend all the course hours?
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.
What is the course timetable?
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
What happens in the input sessions?
A variety of sessions, such as methodology, language awareness, phonology, language and skills, lesson planning and professional development.
When would I start teaching?
- Full-time course: Day 1; part-time course: Week 2 nb: the first teaching practice is not observed and not assessed
Who would I be teaching?
Groups of up to 15 adult students of English.
Am I observed?
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.
What is 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.
What teaching method would I be expected to use?
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.
What else would I be expected to do outside the timetabled hours?
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
How would I be assessed on the course?
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.
What are the possible grades?
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.
I am not a native speaker of English: is this course appropriate for me?
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.
If I pass the course, will I be able to find full-time work easily?
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.
I don’t have a degree: will this be a problem?
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.
When do I find out my result?
You will receive your provisional grade within two weeks following the completion of your course.
How much do I need to know about grammar before the 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.