School Details - Mexico City
Mexico City, is one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Surrounded by volcanic mountains, the city was the capital of the ancient Aztec Empire and a centre of Spanish colonial power. Ancient civilizations, indigenous and immigrant populations, a rich cultural heritage and modern living all combine in this dynamic city.
The school is located in a very pleasant central area surrounded by cafes and restaurants. You will never feel you are in the middle of one of the largest cities on earth. Mexico City caters for absolutely every taste and there are endless cultural and entertainment options to keep you busy.
This is a highly practical course which provides initial training and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. The general aim of the scheme is to provide comprehensive initial training for entry into English Language teaching and is therefore a pre-service, initial scheme. This means that the course will concentrate on the practical rather than on the theoretical aspects of teaching and it will provide a broad perspective of classroom practice rather than a specialised narrow one. The course presents a view of the principles underlying language teaching and deals extensively with the analysis of English from the learners' perspective. Activities to develop language skills. the presentation of new language, integrating phonology into lessons, syllabus design and timetabling are all considered. On completion of the course successful candidates should be competent teachers at levels ranging from beginners to upper intermediate Cambridge CELTA is recognised internationally as an initial qualification in English Language Teaching to Adults.
The certificate course programme is designed to enable candidates to:
1) Develop an awareness of language, a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in their professional practice.
2) Develop an initial understanding of the contexts in which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner.
3) Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English.
4) Develop basic skills for teaching adults in the classroom.
5) Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners for teaching, testing and for reference.
6) Identify opportunities for their own future development as professionals in the field.
Teaching practice is a main component of the certificate and takes place every day. Small groups of trainees (maximum six) obtain experience by working with classes at different levels from elementary to intermediate.The content of the lesson is monitored by the tutor and after each teaching practice session the lesson is discussed and evaluated by the trainee group and their tutor. Trainees must liase with other members of their group outside course hours to ensure a series of cohesive lessons.
The observation of experienced, qualified teachers is an intrinsic part of the course and takes place outside course hours.
Mode of Assessment & Certification
There are three components of assessment on the course:
1) Candidate's professional development
2) Assessment of teaching practice.
3) Written assignments.
Assessment is on a continuous and integrated basis. There is no final examination. Candidates are assessed primarily on their supervised teaching practice and four written assignments of 3000-4000 words in total.
Candidates will be informed of the progress they are making by written commentary on their teaching practice and also in one-to-one tutorials throughout the course.
A Pass grade is awarded to candidates whose overall performance in teaching practice and the written assignments meets the specified criteria. Pass grades A/B are awarded to candidates who have demonstrated a significantly higher level of achievement in teaching practice than that required to meet pass level criteria. Candidates who do not pass the course will be issued with an attendance certificate.
Number of Participants
The maximum number of participants on a course is 12. We wish to ensure that all candidates on the course get the required individual attention needed on such a short but highly intensive training course. The centre offers both a familiar and personal learning environment.
a) Be at least 18 years old by the starting date of the course.
b) Have a good standard of education i.e. university entrance standard or equivalent.
c) Have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English that enables them to follow the course.
Course directors may use their discretion in admitting to courses candidates who do not fulfil the above but it should be borne in mind that candidates should be of a standard comparable to b) and c) above.
With a family
Host family with bed and breakfast: US$30
Host family with half board: US$33
Host family just the bed: US$28
This price is per night.
Room in rent
And some options to share a room in apartment near by
The price goes between US$450 to US$700
These options had to be pay at International House
Plus we have some deals with a hostel and hotel nearby.
The hotel is the ONE and the night there is US$80 with tax included.
Include Breakfast + internet
The hostel is 'Condesa Chapultepec'.
For 30 nights: US$900
For 15 nights: US$650
Included Continental breakfast + internet
Monday to Friday, from 9.30 to 18.30
The trainers were great! I seriously cannot complain about them. The course was extremely challenging and stressful, but one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, loved it!
The course is one of the best training courses I've ever had in my life, I've learned a lot about teaching. I think this course would be great even for executive in companies to manage their teams.
Help for Jobs
Combined with the session on 'Finding a Job in Mexico', which is normally given by the Director, 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 a wide range of contacts throughout Mexico and abroad and can help place CELTA graduates in schools around the world. For those interested in staying in the Mexico City area, contacts in local schools can be provided.
The CELTA course in Mexico City is recognized 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 Playa Del Carmen, Queretaro and Monterrey, and for those interested in these options, it is often possible to organize 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.
How to Apply
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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.