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Canada - Ontario - Toronto
By:LSC Language Studies Canada, CELTA <celta@lsc-canada.com>

LSC Language Studies Canada Toronto offers the University of Cambridge CELTA program - the world's best-known and most widely-taken TESL/TESOL/TEFL qualification.

Key facts about CELTA:
• Each year, over 10,000 teachers successfully complete a CELTA course
• Over 280 approved centres in 54 countries provide almost 900 CELTA courses per year
• All CELTA courses are based on specifications designed by Cambridge ESOL
• Each and every CELTA course is evaluated by an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL
• LSC Toronto has actively been running CELTA courses in Toronto since 1996, making it the longest-standing course of its kind in the city
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Course Features
The full-time, 4-week CELTA course:
• Is intensive and requires a full-time commitment
• Involves a minimum of 120 hours with additional time required for preparation and assignments
• Follows the Cambridge CELTA syllabus and provides practical and professional awareness of learners, language, methodology and materials
• Develops practical ability in classroom management, lesson planning, introduction and practice of new language
• Develops practical ability in teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing skills

CELTA Course Content
The CELTA involves lectures, workshops, teaching practice, observations, and other assignments.

One of the key distinguishing features of CELTA is the supervised teaching practice component (TP). In TP, your trainer observes you teaching students in an actual ESL/EFL class and then provides you with detailed feedback on how to enhance your teaching performance. In the eyes of many employers, it is this element that makes the CELTA such a valuable certificate.

Lectures and Workshops on Language Teaching
This comprises about half the course time, with about 3 hours a day devoted to the basic principles and methods of language learning and teaching.
Topics include:
• Cultural and individual needs of learners
• Approaches to learning difficulties
• Motivation of adult learners
Language Awareness
• The English language: form, function, meaning and phonology
• Analysis of the English language for teaching purposes
• Course books, supplementary materials and special interest texts
• Reference works for teachers and students
Classroom Management and Lesson Planning
• Creation of a suitable learning environment and atmosphere
• Planning appropriate individual lessons and series of lessons for a range of levels
Introducing and Practising New Language
• Selection of language items suited to students' needs and levels
• Presentation, practice, checking learning, error analysis and correction
Developing the Skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
• Use of a wide range of techniques to develop the 4 skills individually and in an integrated fashion

Teaching Practice
Teaching practice accounts for approximately 2 hours per day, with trainees teaching graded classes of volunteer students under trainer supervision. One trainer is assigned to each group of a maximum of 6 trainee teachers. Teaching practice also includes analysis of and reflection on teaching practice sessions; and individual and group tutorials to monitor progress of participants. Trainees teach at 2 distinct levels during the course.

Six hours per course are devoted to observation. As part of the course, trainees observe classes taught by experienced teachers.

Preparation and Assignments
This consists of background reading, four written assignments, lesson preparation and preparation of teaching and learning materials. There is no final examination.

Class Size
A maximum of 12 trainees is accepted on each course.

CELTA Course Trainers
There are two course trainers for each group of 12 teacher trainees. All course trainers are approved by Cambridge ESOL.

Assessment is continuous throughout the course and is based on performance in teaching practice, the quality of lesson plans and accompanying materials, and the quality of the four written assignments submitted.

University of Cambridge ESOL Certification
Successful candidates receive the Cambridge CELTA – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, awarded by the University of Cambridge, England. The certificate states the grade received on the course. The course tutors provide successful candidates with a written report detailing their performance on the course.

CELTA = Employer Recognition and Confidence = International Job Offers
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