What kind of course is CELTA? It is a pre-service course for those with little or no previous teaching experience. The course programme, staffing and facilities are approved and recognised by Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards. The course programme focuses on: language awareness, the teaching/learning context, lesson planning, resources and materials; classroom management and professional development. We recommend that you go to the >> Cambridge ESOL website for information about CELTA courses in general.
Certificate award The Certificate is awarded to candidates who attend the whole course, and whose performance meets a clear set of criteria on all three assessment components; the three components are teaching practice, written assignments and professional development. It will thus be clear that it is not possible to achieve a CELTA without taking part in a course, and also that taking part in a course does not in itself guarantee the award of a CELTA. However, the process of selection that all CELTA centres are required to operate aims to ensure that those accepted for the course are suited to it.
The Münchner VHS CELTA courses
Type 1: This is an intensive course running for five days a week over four weeks in February, August and September every year. Next courses 31st July 2017 to 25th August and 4th September to 29thSeptember 2017 >> apply Type 2: This is a part-time course running from October to February and March to July. It is held on Fridays and some Saturdays. It is suitable for anyone living in Munich or within a couple of hours travelling time from Munich. Next course 17thMarch 2017 to 22nd July 2017 >> apply
During the application period you do not need to enquire if places are available because no places are allocated until after the closure of the application period.
Lesson observation and teaching practice Important and compulsory elements of the course are teaching practice and the observation of experienced teachers. We arrange your teaching practice. You will work in a group of six trainees and will teach beginner and intermediate level students. A course tutor helps you plan your teaching, observes the lessons and gives you feedback afterwards. You give feedback to your fellow trainees and receive feedback from them. We also arrange for you to observe experienced teachers.
Why take your CELTA at the Münchner Volkshochschule in Munich? We have twelve years' successful experience of running CELTA courses and a highly skilled, well-qualified and capable tutor team (see the page >> About our tutors). We are proud of the fact that our previous trainees have written to us about their satisfaction with our courses (see the page >> Testimonials). Trainees on our CELTA courses come from all over the world so you can expect to benefit from working in an international group. We take a maximum of twelve trainees per course, giving you the opportunity to receive individualised help. Face-to-face support is backed up by access to our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), where you can download useful documents and take part in online discussions with tutors and fellow trainees. All trainees are provided with a training session on how to use the Munich CELTA Moodle, a skill that is transferable to other areas as well as helping you on your CELTA course. Munich is a delightful city, large enough to have a full range of cultural, sporting and shopping facilities but small enough not to be overwhelming. Fantastic countryside with lakes and mountains is within easy reach. The course is held in the Gasteig, a modern, pleasant building in the centre of Munich. (Click here for >> link to map) The Gasteig is a cultural centre as well as being home to the Münchner Volkshochschule (adult education institute), the host institution for CELTA courses in Munich. The Münchner Volkshochschule is a well-known centre for language teaching, with over four hundred general and business English courses per semester as well as many other language courses. Classrooms are modern and well-equipped. The Gasteig building houses the city library, two small theatres and a large concert hall, home of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. There is a pleasant cafeteria in the building as well as other cafes and restaurants just a few steps away.
Accommodation If you are from out of town we can help you find reasonably priced accommodation for the duration of your full-time course or you may choose to look for your own accommodation.
Munich CELTA Language Awareness Day This preparatory six-hour course is aimed to help candidates who are about to start their CELTA course. The course runs from 9.30-16.30 with a one-hour lunch break on the Saturday before the CELTA course begins and covers the following topics:
The use of past, present & future tenses
The use of adjectives vs adverbs
Gerund & infinitives
We recommend the Language Awareness Day to anyone who would like to brush up on their own language awareness before they start teaching it on the CELTA course. The course costs € 60.–