School Details - Barcelona Plaza Catalunya
The school is a five-minute walk from La Rambla, easily accessible by metro, and has good shopping and restaurants, bars and cafes nearby. The courses are held in beautiful old buildings where the atmosphere is extremely friendly.
Barcelona will go down in history as an essential all-time experience. Different people will be seduced by different things, so take your picks will it be the almost arrogant individuality of a city with its own language and history, the effortless juxtaposition of Gothic and Renaissance, Byzantine and Romanesque, the dangerously inviting boutiques, or quite simply that old Spanish knack of bringing out lazy, sangria-filled lunches under a hot Mediterranean sun? Quintessentially Spanish yet unique in so many ways, make of Barcelona what you will. But whatever your vice, don't fight it - because you can be sure nobody else is.
About the CELTA
The CELTA - Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults course provides initial training leading to a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. It is intended for those without previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with no previous training in this field. 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.
Why THIS Training Course?
- Internationally Recognised Certificate
- Moderated by the University of Cambridge
- Highly Qualified, Experienced Trainers
- Practical Approach to Methodology
- Extensive Supervised Teaching Practice
- Access to a Free Job Recruitment Scheme
- 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
- Classroom observation
- Teaching practice
Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups of 5-6 trainees with volunteer students at two or three different levels. After each teaching practice session 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.
Assessment and Certificates
Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability and potential. At the end of the course successful candidates receive the Cambridge Certificate and a Progress Report.
Candidates must be at least 20 years old at the start of the course. They must have a standard of education which would allow entrance to higher education in their country. They must have an awareness of language, and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course.
Part-time over four months
The part-time course is specially designed for people living and working in Barcelona.
9.00am - 2.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays or Mondays and Wednesdays including teaching practice.
Applicants for the course must complete an application form and send it to us at Cactus. You will then normally be called for an interview, although if you are a long distance from Barcelona you may be interviewed by telephone. To secure a place once you have been accepted you should ensure that the full fee is paid at least six weeks before the course begins. Applicants applying less than six weeks before the course are required to pay the fees on acceptance.
Teacher Training Department
In Barcelona, our school has been training teachers of English since 1974.
Sessions are held between between 9.00am - 2.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays or Mondays and Wednesdays including teaching practice.
Individual lesson planning takes place outside course hours, as does the required 6 hours observation of experienced teachers.
Recommended reading for the course includes:
- Practical English Usage by Michael Swan (OUP) or Grammar for English Language Teachers by Martin Parrott (CUP)
- You are also advised to have access to a methodology book; either How to Teach English by Jeremy Harmer (Longman) or Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener (Heinemann).
If you are considering staying in Spain to teach English, Teaching English in Spain by Jenny Johnson (In Print Publishing) gives you thorough background information on this aspect.
The school may be able to help with accommodation for the part time course, at least for the first month. Please ask!
For an idea of what to expect, this is what is available to students on the full-time course:
Staying in a shared apartment will offer you the same comforts as staying with a host family but enable you to live more independently. You can study in privacy in your own room. The shared facilities are equipped with all you will need in order to prepare your own food and relax after a hard day's work. Bed-linen and towels are provided. You share kitchen and bathroom with your hosts.
The price of 475 Euros for the full 4 weeks is inclusive of all costs except telephone and your booking fee. Extra nights cost 20 Euros, and can only be considered in consultation with the school. Please note that the money for any extra nights would be paid directly to your landlord/landlady upon arrival.
9.00am - 2.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays including teaching practice.
The school and the quality of trainers were excellent, on all counts. The course was fantastic, great structure - as I'd expect from Cambridge. The destination was ideal, that's why I wanted to take the course abroad. What I enjoyed most about my course was observing other teachers and tutors in the classroom. Extremely helpful to a trainee's development.
What I enjoyed most in my was probably TP - Teaching Practice. Standing in front of a class for the first time can be quite intimidating but I sincerely enjoyed it from day one and in the end it's probably the best way to learn how to make it better next time or in the future.
The School was great, the staff and admin were very helpful and the trainers were inspiring and very very very friendly and resourceful. The course was intense, but definitely provided enough practice and theory. Highly recommended!
Barcelona is a great city to do the course in. The trainers were excellent. They were very helpful and provided us with a lot of information. What I liked most was the teaching practice. It was great to work with real students.
Help for Jobs
Taking the internationally recognised CELTA certificate at our centre will automatically open doors for you all over the world. We have been training people on CELTA courses here for over 30 years. According to an independent survey taken at our centre, we found that 20% of trainees who take the course here are offered work before they have finished the course, whilst 70% of trainees find work within 4 weeks of finishing the course.
Once accepted onto the course, you automatically join our on-line jobs forum, where we put all the job adverts we receive. This means that, even after finishing the course, you are always up to date with job offers. We receive job adverts for Spain and the rest of the world.
During the course, the Head of the Teacher Training department gives a session on writing cvs, interviews, how and where to find work, what to look for etc. As the demand for CELTA trained teachers increases, we have found that many of our trainees also find work at our school which is right in the centre of Barcelona, or in our other schools in the Barcelona and Catalonia area. Our school is part of a huge, dynamic World wide web of schools, which has centres in, amongst other places, Argentina, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam and South Africa. If you apply to one of these schools in the world organisation, we can organise an interview right here in Barcelona. Once you have taken the CELTA with us, you will never be short of job opportunities.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
You can also submit an application by email. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you have any problems with the application procedure.