Masaryk University is one of the very few institutions of higher education to have gained accreditation from the University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to run the CELTA course, a recognition of the university's high standards in the field of training teachers of English to speakers of other languages.
Most CELTA courses are run on a four-week intensive basis. The course at Masaryk University, however, is unusual, perhaps even unique, in being spread out over a fifteen-week period. There are two reasons for this. First, it was designed to bring together both native English-speakers and Czechs, in particular students of the university: many of the former may already be teaching English, and they could not otherwise combine the CELTA course with their jobs, just as university students would be unable to combine their regular studies with a four-week intensive course. Second, and perhaps more important, a fifteen-week course gives the participants plenty of time to fully absorb the new approaches they are being taught, and so ensures much higher teaching standards at the end of the course.
New CELTA course in spring 2017 application deadline
Spring CELTA course 2016 application must be received in our office before following dates:
|For EU-students||open, on rolling basis (or earlier when the capacity is filled)|
|For non-EU students||October 15, 2016 (or earlier when the capacity is filled)|
We accept application and approve CELTA participants on rolling bases. Please keep in mind that the positions may filled up before the deadline listed above. See further details on the application procedure below.
WHAT IS CELTA?
CELTA course is organised in CELTA centre CZ025 at Masaryk University certified by University of Cambridge
- The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is an internationally recognized certification in the field of the teaching of English.
- Designed for people with no or very little English-language teaching experience, the CELTA course provides the participant with the knowledge and tools to teach English as a foreign language worldwide.
WHO RECOGNIZES CELTA?
- CELTA is recognized worldwide by employers in the English language teaching (ELT) industry, Peace Corps and professional organizations like TESOL and IATEFL (the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language).
- CELTA qualification can gain credit in some M.A. TESOL programs.
WHY IS CELTA SO HIGHLY REGARDED?
- Successful CELTA candidates receive a certificate that is recognized worldwide because of its high standards, guaranteed by the accreditation body at Cambridge.
- The quality of each CELTA course is ensured by external assessment: a Cambridge assessor visits every course run, and each centre must undergo an annual approval process.
- The CELTA course offers training in a communicative teaching approach, one that is flexible enough to be easily adapted to different age groups and cultures.
- The CELTA covers a wide range of topics: besides the input workshops and teaching practice, students have course-related work to prepare at home.
Training in CELTA course focuses on two main areas, TESOL methodology and teaching practice.
The first part of CELTA training program. In a series of workshops, participants acquire the general knowledge, skills, attitudes and awareness necessary for a novice teacher of English as a foreign language. Topics covered include language awareness and analysis for teaching purposes, teaching language systems and skills, lesson planning and timetabling, error analysis and correction, language testing, classroom management, teaching aids, and different aspects of learning foreign languages. Several written assignments and projects are required as part of the evaluation. Classes are held in small groups.
The practical training component of the CELTA program. Teaching practice (TP) includes the following: students' own classroom practice, observations of experienced teachers, peer observations, feedback discussions and assisted lesson planning. The aim of teaching practice is to help students acquire basic teaching skills and establish a solid basis for further professional development. Classes taught are at the language school operated by the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University.
Students who successfully complete the above coursework receive the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), issued by the University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), as well as a written evaluation of their performance.
PhDr. Debora Zemenova, MA (Main Course Tutor) Received her PhDr. at Masaryk University and an MA in English - language teaching methodology from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. She has been teaching English since 1984 and running teacher-training courses since 1992. Research interests include learner autonomy and humanistic education.
Enrolment is open to undergraduate students in their upper years or at the MA level as well as to those who already have a university degree. Participants do not need previous Czech language study or prior teaching experience; however, some general background in educational theory is helpful. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age at the time of interview.
There are two steps to the application process. First, the application form must be handed in. Then, after it has been reviewed, an interview is held (this can be done by telephone, where necessary), after which the applicant receives formal notice of acceptance into the course.
A week at a glance
What a student's normal week would look like:
|TUE||Observed teaching practice, feedback
|16.40 - 18.40||18.40 - 20.00|
|WED||Input + assisted lesson planning, feedback
|9. 00 - 17.00|
The program fee is 35,000 Kc per course. This includes an extensive in-depth interview, tuition fee, CELTA certificate fee and individual report on course performance.
Anita Shek, SUNY Oswego
I feel the most important thing about the CELTA program was that it gave me support in a real world teaching experience and thus, built my confidence. The analysis of the lessons I taught were valuable in teaching me to critique my own performance so my learning would continue even when CELTA ends.
The advantage of taking the class at Masaryk University was learning alongside Czech students. They offered a different perspective of our students and helped us to understand how their mentality and school system which are so different than those I know in the USA. It's easy to get caught up in the work and forget to make good friends with the people from that area. With them in this class, it wasn't even an issue.
Jennifer Russell, Ithaca College
I've really enjoyed learning to teach ESL here at Masaryk because of the unique perspective I've gained by teaching and working alongside people who have learned English as a second language themselves.
Jana Zalska, Masaryk University, Brno
I'm absolutely won over by the practical approach of this course. Real-life answers to real-life questions and well aimed practice. And a group of great people who make the challenge of learning to teach fun. I love it.
Jiri Karas, Masaryk University, Brno
The CELTA course? I've found it to be more ... than I expected - more interesting, more intensive, more challenging, more rewarding, more demanding and also more fun. I feel like I'm learning a lot and at the same time I can also contribute to the course a lot. The people are great, the schedule is sometimes crazy, the stuff we learn interesting and motivating. All in all - I'm really glad I can do it.
CIC MU now accepts application for the spring semester 2015. Application form is available here: CELTA application form. Spring CELTA course 2016 application must be received in our office before following dates:
Autumn CELTA course 2016
|No openings||No openings|
Spring CELTA course 2017
|For non-EU applicants newly coming to Czech Republic||December 15, 2016 (or earlier when the capacity is filled)|
|For EU students inc. Czech Republic and not-EU already in EU (with legal stay approval)||October 15, 2016 (or earlier when the capacity is filled)|
The applications are reviewed as they arrive to our office, so the course may fill up before the deadlines stated above.
Application timeline for visa applicants (suggested by MU CELTA Centre administration for all applicants)
1) prior to September: Application form submission to the Centre for International Cooperation at Masaryk University, application revision there.
2) September: Interview with CELTA tutor (by phone or in person in Brno). Student is invited by Office for Internation Studies for the interview.
3) September/October at earliest: Acceptation to the CELTA program (An official letter issued by Office for Internation Studies).
4) December /January: Payment