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TEFL Courses

CELTA is the most widely recognised and highly respected pre-service training course for intending teachers of English as a foreign language. Validated and overseen by Cambridge English Language Assessment (a division of Cambridge University) for over 30 years, and recognised worldwide, CELTA is the initial teaching qualification that employers know and trust.
NILE’s CELTA tutors are highly experienced teachers and trainers, including CELTA and Delta Assessors, ELT authors and tutors on many of NILE’s other courses. All tutors have been approved and standardised by Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Currently, NILE does not offer a part-time course.
CELTA courses are extremely intensive, requiring full-time attendance 5 days a week for four weeks. On most days the timetable runs from 09.15 to 17.00. In addition trainees are required to produce four short written assignments, as well as preparing for teaching practice.
There are normally 12 trainees on a course. They come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, both from within the UK and from other parts of the world, and range from recent graduates to people of retirement age.
Trainees normally have to teach every other day. The students come from a range of different countries and are mostly resident in the city for relatively short periods, though some may have settled in Norwich. From their perspective, teaching practice provides them with access to free English Language tuition.
Each trainee observes 6 hours of teaching in addition to observing fellow trainees during teaching practice and opportunities to see further classes on video. Observation is organised so that trainees have the opportunity initially to see classes at the level that they are teaching. Although trainees are not required to teach beginners or very advanced students, they will have the chance to observe those levels when they are available. Observation is task-based and trainees are directed to focus on particular aspects of teaching / learning in each observed lesson. Notes written during / after observation also provide the Course Tutor with an indication of what is being learned from the experience.
There are four assessed written assignments of a practical nature. In addition, trainees are required to hand in their observation notes and lesson plans and to do a variety of short written tasks. There is very little time for extensive reading. Reading references are given throughout the course, but these tend to be articles or chapters from books rather than entire books. Reading on the CELTA is also highly practical– teacher’s handbooks rather than theoretical writing. Trainees are, however, strongly recommended to do as much reading before the course as possible.
Supervision is in teaching practice groups of 6. Each trainee also has at least one individual tutorial meeting with their supervisor half way through the course.
Most trainees who pass the CELTA do go on to find employment after the course, but there is no guarantee of work.
Pass A and Pass B grades are awarded to a minority of trainees, and provide an indication to potential employers that newly qualified teachers are likely to need less support from a Director of Studies or Senior Teacher. But a Pass, combined with a positive Centre report, is still sufficient to get employment in a reputable school; subsequently the teacher’s performance in that first job and the references they obtain will be a more decisive factor when they apply for a further post.
As CELTA is based on a system of continuous assessment throughout the four weeks, there is no opportunity for re-assessment other than taking another course.
Yes, year-round with host families in and around the city, and in the summer (late June to early September) in residential accommodation at the University of East Anglia.
Delta is the most widely recognised and highly respected in-service training course for experienced teachers of English as a foreign language. Validated and overseen by Cambridge English Language Assessment (a division of Cambridge University) for over 30 years, Delta is the advanced teaching qualification that employers know and trust.
Delta was divided into three free-standing modules precisely because candidates were finding it increasingly difficult to follow a ten- or twelve-week face-to-face course or a six-month part-time course. There are still a few centres offering an all-in-one Delta course, but this is not an option offered by NILE.
The courses for Modules 1 and 3 are delivered entirely online. Module 2 is administered online by NILE and supervised online by a local tutor, known as a Personal Delta Tutor (PDT), who also visits the candidate’s school or college to observe and assess their teaching on four occasions (the first of which is purely for diagnostic purposes).
Yes - as on all other NILE Online courses, there is a dedicated forum.
Yes, although we strongly recommend doing Module 1 first to gain a grounding in the key areas. Those teachers with greater experience and knowledge may be accepted onto Module 2 as a first component but this will depend on application and interview.
For Module 1 you do not need to be teaching a class.
For Module 2 you do need a class (minimum of 5 students) for your teaching to be assessed, although it does not have to be the same class for each of the four assessed lessons. Ideally the class(es) should be your own, though it could be a ‘borrowed’ class for the assessments.
For Module 3 you need a class (minimum 3 students), or access to a class, for one or two sessions, to conduct needs analysis and diagnostic assessment as the basis for a course proposal. You do not have to teach the course [Note: The class size requirement does not apply if you opt for Teaching One to One as your specialism].
No - there are no limits to the time that might elapse between modules.
15-20 hours per week for Modules 1 and 3, and at least the same for Module 2 for the 16-week option, but less for the 9-month option.
This depends very much on your personal career objectives. The Delta is a much more practical teaching qualification than most Masters courses, but if you are thinking of doing the Delta first and then going on to do a Masters, it is worth noting that a Pass in all three Delta modules can be accepted by the University of Chichester as Accreditation of Prior Learning, counting for 60 credits and giving you exemption from the core module of NILE’s MA. NILE has created a video that tells you more about choosing between the MA & the Delta.
For Module 1 you can re-take the exam without re-taking the course. Similarly, for Module 3 you can submit a fresh assignment (or a revised version of your original assignment) without re-taking the course; however, you may well wish to re-enrol for a reduced version of the course, so that you can benefit from further supervision. The nature of Module 2 means that you would have to re-take the entire course (though perhaps without the need for another diagnostic lesson For Module 2, you would normally not submit your work unless it was to standard and so you would only ‘Fail’ the External. This can be re-taken within a year. If the entirety of your portfolio is judged to be a fail, you would have to re-do the whole course.). For Module 1, on payment of a moderate fee, you can request a clerical check of the mark awarded, or to have the papers completely re-marked. (However, it is not possible to obtain any detailed commentary on exam performance.) For Modules 2 and 3, on payment of a moderate fee, you can request an individual assessor’s / examiner’s report to get detailed information on your weak areas before you re-take the module.
Delta Modules can be paid per module or as a package: candidates who sign up to take all three Delta Modules with NILE pay a total of £3148, saving a total of £155. The package price is not available in conjunction with any other discount.
The Delta package can be paid in full prior to starting the first module, or according to the payment plan set out on our payment page. The payment plan must be agreed prior to starting the first module.
Module 1 includes ‘tutor tasks’, which are submitted online and to which the Module Leader responds with corrections and feedback. In addition, there is also a revision package at the end of the course in the form of practice exam papers, and candidates receive detailed feedback on their performance. Module 3 includes 35 tasks, mostly designed for reflection, with answers and / or commentary provided online, but candidates may submit any of these tasks for feedback. In addition candidates are invited to submit drafts of each of the five sections of the extended assignment for feedback, as well as one final draft of the entire assignment.
The Module 1 course lasts for 12 weeks and consists of nine units delivered weekly with a full practice exam in Week 10 and the last two weeks of the course leading up to the exam dedicated to revision, including feedback on the practice exam. The course material covers the entire Delta syllabus, as well as providing a focus in each unit on the standard task-types used in the exam. Units are released on a weekly basis, and each unit includes a number of ‘Tutor Tasks’ to be uploaded onto the moodle platform for correction and feedback.
At NILE if that is convenient; otherwise at your closest Cambridge exam centre. When you approach another centre to arrange to take the exam, please make it clear that you are NILE is enrolling you for the exam and you are asking them simply to host the exam for you. Once you have made such an arrangement, please inform NILE (registrar@nile-elt.com) so that we can liaise with the centre. Please also be aware that other centres may charge a small administration fee.
We offer a 16-week and a 9-month Delta Module 2 course so that you can choose the one that best fits in with your work situation. The 16-week courses will probably suit people who work part-time, while the 9-month course is designed for people working full-time. Please discuss the best course option with us when you apply.
The diagnostic lesson and the first three assessed lessons are supervised and assessed by the Local Delta Tutor (LDT), supported by a NILE online tutor. The final assessed lesson is seen by an External Assessor (someone who is or has been a Delta tutor at another centre).
We recommend you try to find a local Delta tutor yourself; ideally it would be someone who is already a Delta tutor who works with or near you and who you would be happy to work with. Alternatively, you can suggest someone who is an experienced teacher trainer who could follow NILE’s online Delta tutor training programme to train up to be your tutor. Cambridge requirements for local Delta tutors are available on request. NILE will help to find you a local tutor if you have difficulty.
The local Delta tutor’s fees are included in your course fees.
NILE takes responsibility for organising the External Assessment, doing everything possible to ensure that you get an assessor for the date you want.
All local costs and payment to the External assessor are covered by NILE and Cambridge. Any international transport costs need to be covered by the candidate. NILE will liaise with you to keep these costs as low as possible.
The Module 3 course consists of five units, corresponding to the five sections of the extended assignment. (See p. 71-73 of the Cambridge Delta Handbook).
Unlike the Module 1 course, all the course material is available from the outset. At the end Units 1-4, a draft of the relevant section can be uploaded for tutor feedback, and a final draft of the whole assignment to be uploaded for tutor feedback at the end of Unit 5.
Cambridge offer a choice of 16 different specialisms for Module 3 (See p 68 of the Cambridge Delta Handbook for the complete list of specialisms). In most cases, the choice will be clearly linked to a current teaching context, but in cases where specialisms may overlap or where the choice is not an obvious one, NILE will advise on the most appropriate option.
Please note that NILE does not offer the ELT Management alternative mode for Module 3.
No – most of the work required for the Module 3 extended assignment depends on generic principles and procedures (relating to needs analysis, diagnostic assessment, course design, assessment of learning outcomes and course evaluation) which are applicable to any course regardless of the specialism involved. The NILE course for Module 3 includes supplementary units per specialism outlining key considerations for the particular area of teaching chosen.