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CELTA: the overview

overview

The CELTA Syllabus

There are five parts to the syllabus.  Hover over the topic for more information.  Click to go to the topic guide.

celta syllabus areas


judgement

CELTA Assessment

CELTA candidates are assessed in these areas:

assessment areas for CELTA 

Assessment comes in two parts, like this:

components 

Assessment of the CELTA in continuous and done mostly by the course tutors.  Once per course, a representative of the accrediting body (Cambridge English) visits the course, attends teaching practice sessions, reviews candidates' portfolios and discusses and agrees grades for all candidates with the centre tutors.


performance

CELTA Performance descriptors

There are 4 grades for the CELTA, three passing grades (A, B and C) and one Fail grade.
This is what they are and how they are described by Cambridge:

a
Candidates’ planning and teaching show excellent understanding of English language learning and teaching processes.

All CELTA assessment criteria are achieved and most are well achieved.  CELTA requirements for written work are met.

b
Candidates’ planning and teaching show good understanding of English language learning and teaching processes.

All CELTA assessment criteria are achieved and some are well achieved.  CELTA requirements for written work are met.

c
Candidates’ planning and teaching show satisfactory understanding of English language learning and teaching processes.

All CELTA assessment criteria are achieved.  Some may be less well achieved.  CELTA requirements for written work are met.

f
Candidates’ planning and teaching show minimal understanding of English language learning and teaching processes.

Candidates’ performance does not match all of the Pass descriptors.
Some CELTA assessment criteria are not achieved and/or CELTA requirements for written work are not met.


chances

Pass rates for CELTA

Your chances of passing CELTA are very good.
Worldwide, the figures are:

Pass with Grade A 5.1%
Pass with Grade B 23.1%
Pass with Grade C 67.5%
Fail or Withdrew 4.4%
(Source: www.cambridgeenglish.org/research-and-validation/quality-and-accountability/grade-statistics/2016/)

That gives you a nearly 96% chance of passing CELTA.
The purpose of this section of the site is to help you do rather better than pass, of course.



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