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International House Budapest Teacher Training Institute     [Provider profile and all courses offered]
Course Title:The Cambridge CELTA Course 5 Reviews
 
Course location
Country:Hungary
Address:Vérmezo út 4.
City/town:Budapest
State/province/region:-
 
Mode of Delivery:Face to face
Final qualification: Cambridge CELTA
Course fee including any registration fees:GBP 899.00 (*EUR 1,091.66, USD 1,509.91)
Minimum number of Teaching Practice hours:6
Maximum number of Teaching Practice hours:6
Supporting documentation:The trainees need to maintain a portfolio during the course. The tutors give reference and report about the trainees after the course.
Career support:This school provides support for trainees in finding a teaching position in a number of ways:


The Assistant Head of Teacher Training (or a Senior Trainer) meets with the group during the course in order to offer concrete and industry-specific advice on how to find employment in EFL - whom to contact and how, what form a CV should take, what to ask in an interview, how to screen job offers, and tricks for ensuring that your CV is at the top of the pile.

Trainees are then sent (upon request) a booklet of ’post-CELTA experiences’ written by the school's graduates, which gives further specific advice on how to attack the job market and what difficulties to expect whilst carrying out a jobsearch.

In addition, the school is approached regularly by schools in the region (and beyond) looking for teachers - they know that the school runs CELTAs and turns out excellent teachers - such approaches are passed on to trainees through email and through the school facebook page. In fact, it is not uncommon for a trainee to finish the course and walk more or less directly into a position.

For positions further afield, the school helps trainees make good use of the school’s affiliate network (more than 200 schools in 40 countries), as well as identify quality teaching institutions in whatever geographical area they're interested in. They have a well-developed network of contacts, including many former CELTA trainees (25 years’ worth), who help keep the school in touch with the opportunities around the world, and inform on employers who should be avoided.

As you might hope, the school very much believes it’s in their own interest that you find a teaching position that suits you, both in terms of location and in terms of the support you'll get when working there –and to that end, the school is willing to do their very best to ensure you end up getting the opportunity to put what you will have learned into practice and continue to develop as a teacher.
 
Means of Assessment
Titles of written assignmentsYou are assessed and graded on the following areas:

- Teaching Practice
- Written work
- Self-awareness
- Professionalism
(reliability, self-awareness, receptivity to feedback, being a good colleague etc)


Whilst the CELTA will often be your foot in the door, it is invariably the report about what you are like that’ll get you the job.

Please note that it's possible to fail this course. A 'Fail' grade is awarded to candidates who fail to meet criteria set. This is the decision of the course tutors involved and it is irrevocable.

This course is also assessed by an external assessor.
Observed teaching practice with language learnersyes
Final examination - please specify what is to be examined There is no final exam- you are primarily assessed on your teaching (see above).

After successfully completing the course, you’ll receive a certificate and an individual course report that will be used as a reference for future job applications.
Portfolio of evidence of competence yes
Assessment criteria:At the end of the course the trainees have to maintain and submit a portfolio of their coursework.
Other:-
Course entry requirements:The application procedure involves submitting a registration form and a written language awareness test, after which an oral interview is arranged (the interview can be done by telephone).
Entry Age: Minimum18
Entry Age: Maximum-
 
Course dates:From 2014-05-12 to 2014-06-06
From 2014-06-10 to 2014-07-04
From 2014-07-07 to 2014-08-01
From 2014-08-04 to 2014-08-29
From 2014-09-01 to 2014-09-26
From 2014-09-29 to 2014-10-24
From 2014-10-27 to 2014-11-21
From 2014-11-24 to 2014-12-19
Course length: total hours:120
Total observed and assessed teaching practice hours:6
Course duration:4 weeks
Tutor-trainee ratio:1 to 6
Minimum tutor qualifications:The Cambridge DELTA
Minimum ELT teacher training experience of tutors:2 years
Minimum ELT language teaching experience of tutors:5 years
Course content:
  • Planning individual lessons
  • Selection of appropriate teaching styles and techniques
  • Effective management of teaching/learning
  • Adaptation of existing learning materials
  • Use of appropriate learning materials
  • Role of the teacher
  • Class management
  • Teaching of the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Effective use of audio material
  • Effective use of pair work
  • Effective use of group work
  • Effective use of role play
  • Effective use of simulation
  • Phonology
  • Assessment of learners' language learning achievements
  • Evaluation and modification of lessons
  • Levels trained for & taught in teaching practice:Lower intermediate
    Higher intermediate
    Age groups trained for & taught in teaching practice:adults
    Minimum number of language learners in teaching practice groups:6-12
    English for specific purposes covered:
    Preparation for EFL examinations covered:N/A
    Course summaryThis Cambridge CELTA course is held at the most prestigious English & Teacher Training centre in Hungary. Prepare for one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life! Although on paper the course is just 5 days a week for four weeks, it can best be described as ’intense’ and you should be aware that you’ll need to do a fair amount of work outside of course hours. This ’extra’ work primarily consists of lesson planning, background reading and the written assignments. Having said all of that, you will undoubtedly find some time to relax with colleagues over a drink or two and get out and about and enjoy Budapest; and it’s over such times that great friendships are formed. Despite all of the hard work involved in doing the CELTA, ex-trainees consistently attest to this being an experience they believe they’ll never forget- we don’t expect you to be any different! Please be aware that this course is also available in a part time format (12 weeks).

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    5 customers reviews of The Cambridge CELTA Course

    The Cambridge CELTA Course
     Reviewed by Eszter, Tuesday 19th of August 2014 01:05:00 PM

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    I did my CELTA course at IH Budapest 2 years ago as I had already known I would move to Ireland (although I had MA TEFL) and an internationally recognized certificate was needed for a career outside Hungary. Our group was a mix of nationalities including Hungarian, British, Russian, Romanian, American trainees. We became one big family by the end of the course. The location of the school is ideal, in the very heart of the amazing Buda, easily accessible by public transport, close to busy shopping malls, takeaways and pubs. The administration staff can help with accommodation, all the flats are walking distance from the school. The trainers were helpful and supportive all times, they gave a lot of advise which we could use during the teaching practice and even those who had no previous teaching experience could keep up with the more experienced ones. The students were mixed in age and gender, with no idea that some of us share the same mother tongue with them. Sometimes it can be challenging with the older generation who are more focused on grammatical awareness than anything else but they were all very enthusiastic. No surprise that by now we are teaching all over the world (Japan, Korea, Spain, Great-Britain, Ireland, Russia, Romania etc.) as this qualification is the one a future English teacher needs. I would highly recommend IH Budapest to anyone, as the city and the school have always something good to offer in any time of the year.

    The Cambridge CELTA Course
     Reviewed by Chris, Tuesday 03rd of June 2014 11:16:38 AM

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    Having had no experience of any kind of teaching, or any sort of focused study of the English language, I could perhaps be a case study for anyone unsure of whether they are right for the course or not. I approached my first day fully expecting to be torn apart by experienced teachers or to end up re-teaching the English language in a completely different format to the one currently in use (which I happened to save for Day 2…). Within a matter of minutes of meeting my fellow trainees and CELTA teachers I had forgotten all about these reservations and didn’t look back. Choosing IH Budapest for the CELTA is a no-brainer and Budapest as a city to study and live in is fantastic. The four week course is hectic and intense but you’ll never experience anything as fulfilling as the CELTA at IH Budapest. I also returned to IH Budapest after my CELTA as a freelance teacher, and can\'t speak highly enough of the school.

    The Cambridge CELTA Course
     Reviewed by Ivett, Tuesday 03rd of June 2014 03:38:38 AM

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    I did my CELTA training in 2013 with IH Budapest. As a resident of Budapest, it was an obvious choice – but I was very content with the school. The structure of the CELTA is a given standard, I guess (which dictated a tense schedule - it would have been beneficial to have some more time for incorporating the learned techniques into the teaching practice), but the tutors filled it with such engaging material that all our lessons were fun besides being very informative. The attitude of the trainers was excellent: they had always been available and ready to help with planning. Their feedback on teaching practice was immensely appreciated - not to mention the supportive atmosphere they created for peer-feedback. I believe I learned a lot from my peers thanks to this. Their competence and teaching skills were the brightest examples of why I chose to do the CELTA. Their attitude to us, trainees was exemplary of a good teacher-student relationship. The library available was extensive, with a wide range of resources for both planning and theory on teaching. As for the downside: at the time only a small room with 4-5 computers was available for trainees (we were 17 in the course if I am not mistaken). It was too small, with slow computers. I prefered to plan my lessons and write my assignments in school, so I could have done with some more space. (I gave feedback on this, too, and from their attitude I believe they did their best to improve this.) At the end of the course I expected to have a feedback session with the tutors just as we had at 2/3 of the course - I am sure we would have benefited a lot from personalised commentary on the suggested route for further development. But again, this may be the criticism of the CELTA, not the school. All in all, if I were to start again, I would definitely go to IH Budapest - I am actually planning on going to their other courses, such as one-to-one methodology, preparing for exams or teaching young learners. I think that says it all. My trainers were: Neil Anderson, Zoltán Pál and Gary Steven.

    The Cambridge CELTA Course
     Reviewed by Peter, Sunday 11th of May 2014 07:35:10 AM

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    I took the CELTA at IH Budapest back in December 2012. I felt the course was absolutely brilliant. The trainers were really experienced, engaging and very patient - I felt supported and encouraged throughout the course. The limited intake for each course is good as it means it is highly personalised. I came into this course having already had some teaching experience - my goal was to refine the basic skills I\'d already acquired. Contrary to this, in the space of 4 weeks I realised just how much more I could learn at this initial level of EFL training, and I have nothing but praise for the tutors, who made such knowledge and skills accessible and enjoyable to learn! The facilities at IH Budapest were more than adequate. The general atmosphere of the place was positive and even some of the hard-working teachers in the building were willing to share ideas and assist training teachers, which was a great help. I have met 4 other teachers since 2012 that undertook the CELTA here too - all of which have spoken very highly of the place, in fact all of us described the training as \'excellent\'.

    The Cambridge CELTA Course
     Reviewed by Carl, Sunday 05th of May 2013 04:46:18 PM

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    I did my CELTA training at IH Budapest some years ago and earned a grade of Pass. My whole experience with the IH Budapest organization from the beginning to the end was great. I really look back fondly on it. From my initial contact with the staff seeking information about the course to my last day of class (and even follow up afterwards), I felt that I was dealing with a quality organization. All the staff I interacted with (whatever their role) were friendly, courteous, and helpful. My course tutors were fantastic—very knowledgeable and effective. The curriculum was challenging and rigorous but well designed and manageable. Several of us came into the program with no previous experience teaching English, and our tutors worked to bring us up to pace through classroom instruction (don’t think lecture, it was very interactive), written assignments, practice teaching, and observation. The students in my class came from different parts of the world (primarily from the UK and Australia), and we developed a real camaraderie. Being in the heart of Budapest offered a great opportunity for an authentic cultural experience. I believe that the school is now located in a different facility than when I attended, so I really cannot comment on it too much other than to say it looks nice and seems to be conveniently located to public transportation (which is great in Budapest). Overall, the training I received at IH Budapest was some of the best training I have ever received in any context (academic or professional). What I learned then has remained with me years later. I am generally a tough reviewer, but I would certainly recommend IH Budapest for any level of teacher training. If I had the opportunity, I would certainly return for additional courses.

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