The Online course
Please note that this is a blended learning course: it is not 100% online, as trainees have to attend 15 face-to-face sessions at Polyglot Oman. These face-to-face sessions will involve coming to Polyglot Oman on 15 consecutive Fridays or Saturdays from 9am to 5pm during the 18-week duration of the course, depending on the course of your choice.
The University of Cambridge requires candidates on all CELTA courses, whether online or face-to-face, to teach for a total of six hours during the course. This teaching is observed and assessed by course tutors and is divided into 8 separate teaching slots for each candidate, requiring attendance at the school on the fifteen days mentioned above for teaching, observation and feedback purposes.
The timetable of these days is as follows:
|09.00||10.00||Teaching practice preparation & supervised lesson planning of the next lessons|
|10.00||13.15||Teaching practice, including 15 minutes break|
|15.00||15.45||Supervised lesson planning of the next lessons|
|15.45||17.00||Supplementary input & question time|
Please note that the online CELTA is assessed and moderated according to exactly the same criteria as the full-time and part-time face-to-face courses and leads to exactly the same qualification.
The timetable, course format and delivery of the CELTA Online course may differ but it is to all intents and purposes identical to all other CELTA courses.
The online component
Candidates should be prepared to spend a minimum of five hours a week online to work on interactive tasks, participate in guided video observation and forum discussions.
There will also be online tutorials with the main course tutor.
All input is delivered online and can be completed in the candidate’s own time within deadlines set by the course tutor. The online materials are available to each candidate throughout the course, enabling easy self-study and revision.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course format is probably best suited for those who are resident in Oman, who can manage to travel to the school on the 15 occasions required over the 15 weeks the course lasts.
Note that you do not need advanced computer skills to take the online CELTA course: the ability to use email and the Internet and have basic typing skills is all that is required.