School Details - Playa del Carmen
This school is in the idyllic location of Playa del Carmen, a small town on the Caribbean coast of Mexico.
Playa del Carmen
Sun, sea, sand and more sand... don't look further than Playa if this is your idea of paradise. It's no surprise that over recent years tourists have begun to flock here, but beach life is still nothing but relaxed and the old Latin philosophy of manana lives on. Quinta Avenida is the main street and you can happily lose yourself for several hours in shops selling Mexican crafts, amber jewellery, tequila and designer clothes - before being enticed into one of the bars for happy hour. But when all's said and done your main reason for coming to Playa has to be for the beach - so head down here and take your siesta under the warm Caribbean sun.
The CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults - course is the best known teacher training course for English language teachers in the world. The CELTA provides initial training leading to a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, probably the best choice available for an initial ELT (or TEFL/TESOL) qualification. It is intended for those with little or no previous English Language teaching experience and for teachers with some experience but little previous training.
Success in the Certificate has enabled many candidates to obtain their first teaching position: the course is highly regarded by employers as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which to develop as a teacher of English.
Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
Language analysis and awareness
Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
Planning and resources
Developing teaching skills and professionalism
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups of 5-6 trainees with volunteer students at two different levels. At the end of each day, an evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor. Trainees are expected to liaise within their groups outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, according to guidelines provided by course tutors.
Full-time over four weeks:
Courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours, plus a further 80 hours plus for required outside of classtime tasks, including assignments and lesson planning.
The full-time course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. Full attendance is very important.
Sessions are held between 10:30am and 7:00pm including teaching practice. A typical day on the course looks something like this:
10:30am - 12:30pm
1:00 - 3:00pm
3:00 - 4:30pm
4:30 - 7:00pm
Feedback Session and Lesson Preparation
The course tutors are trained, vetted and approved approved by Cambridge ESOL.
Why THIS training course?
- CELTA is probably the most internationally recognised ELT/TESOL certificate in the world
- Highly qualified, experienced trainers
- Practical approach to methodology
- Extensive supervised teaching practice
- Access to an international network of schools
- Job placement advice
- Moderated by the University of Cambridge ESOL
Grammar: We recommend that you buy a good teacher's grammar book, such as
Grammar for English Language Teachers, by Martin Parrott (CUP)
Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan (OUP)
Methodology: You are also advised to have access to a methodology book, such as
How to Teach English, by Jeremy Harmer (Longman)
Learning Teaching, by Jim Scrivener (Heinemann).
The school offers students a range of accommodation options in Playa del Carmen.
The options include:
This purpose-built student residence is the most popular and convenient option for CELTA trainees. Located in the centre of Playa del Carmen, in a very quiet street, beside the town's main church, it is just a 5-minute walk from the school. The student residence has three floors and a basement. The ground floor has the reception area, an office, the kitchen and 5 bedrooms; there are a further 10 bedrooms on the first floor and the second floor has 6 bedrooms and four terraces. All 21 bedrooms have twin beds, and each bedroom has its own private bathroom. Bedrooms also have a desk, a TV, ceiling fans and air-conditioning, as well as a small fridge. Rooms can be booked for individual use, or be shared (please note that shared rooms are for couple or friends coming together only). We offer special prices for those staying for 4 weeks or more.
Student residence single room prices for 4 weeks:
$900 USD - self-catering. (Extra nights $30 USD per night)
$1050 USD - breakfast only. (Extra nights $35 USD per night)
$1350 USD - half board. (Extra nights $45 USD per night)
Student residence shared room prices for 4 weeks per person:
$600 USD - self-catering. (Extra nights $20 USD per person)
$750 USD - breakfast only. (Extra nights $25 USD per person)
$1050 USD - half board. (Extra nights $35 USD per person)
Shared and private apartments
The school can provide fully-furnished self-catering apartments within walking distance of the training centre for those taking the CELTA course. Trainees can request a 1 or 2-bedroom apartment for their own, exclusive use, or they can request to have an apartment with some of the other students. In this case, you have your own bedroom but the kitchen, bathroom and living space is shared. These are subject to availability.
Shared apartment prices for 4 weeks
$1200 USD - single room in a shared apartment. (Extra nights $40 USD)
$840 USD per person - double room in a shared apartment. (Extra nights $28 USD per person)
Private apartment prices for 4 weeks
$2100 USD - 1-bedroom furnished apartment. (Extra nights $70 USD)
$2550 USD - 2 or 3-bedroom furnished apartment. (Extra nights $85 USD)
Please note that a $58 USD accommodation booking fee applies.
I loved both the school and the trainers. The school was beautifully landscaped and the staff was always friendly and helpful. The trainers were friendly and very knowledgeable.
The school was a delight. The course tutors were capable, competent and did an excellent job of modelling the techniques they were teaching. Everyone on the staff was pleasant and helpful at all times.
The trainer was professional and so helpful. The course was amazing!
Help for Jobs
The school offers trainees guidance when looking for jobs through a session about Professional Development and Employment in TESOL, which includes advice on CVs and job interviews, once they have successfully completed their course.
The course tutors have contacts throughout Mexico and abroad, and can give advice to CELTA graduates about working in schools around the world. For those interested in staying in the Playa del Carmen area, contacts in local schools can be provided.
The CELTA course in Playa Del Carmen is recognised by SEP (Secretaria de Educacion Publica), which means that getting a job in Mexico can be a simple process. A large number of CELTA graduates from the school now work in other schools in Mexico; in Mexico City, Queretaro and Monterrey. For those interested in these options, it is often possible to organise a telephone interview during the final week of the course. Trainees are able to find employment in private language schools, private primary schools, secondary schools and high schools, as well as private universities.
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