What do we teach at CELTA?

Basically, English! Now, jokes apart, the course differentiates between skills and systems. Throughout the course, you learn that a system (vocabulary, grammar, function) lesson can also be taught in a very communicative fashion, and, most importantly, that a skill (reading, listening, speaking, writing) lesson should focus on developing the skill rather than mistakenly using the skill as an excuse to practice more systems.

Once in the course, you will learn to assess teaching materials more accurately, and will probably come to the conclusion that the market is filled with books that claim to be working on a skill, when they are actually focusing on systems. You will quickly learn to differentiate between skill work and system work, become more aware of what kind of learning each task actually promotes, and understand how to plan each of the kinds of lessons for delivery.

When working on skill lessons, you will practice developing that very skill. In a reading lesson, for example, tasks will promote the improvement of reading. In a writing lesson, surface-level grammar in the text will be the very last aspect you will have your students pay attention to. Instead, you will help them better develop a text. In a speaking lesson, you will realize that turn-taking, fillers, conversation-management strategies, among others, are much more important than simply “exercising grammar orally.”

All of this will be delivered in a total of 6 hours of assessed teaching practice, which are organized differently from center to center. Most centers distribute those hours in 8 or 9 teaching practice lessons (TPs).

Got interested? Check how we organize the teaching practice here at UP Language CELTA. Just click here.

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