Eligibility and RequirementCANDIDATE APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION TO CANDIDATES
A Entry requirements, as stated by Cambridge Assessment English:
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the end of the course.
- Applicants must have a near-native level of English – equivalent to IELTS 7.5 or a C2 or high C1 level. Please note – this level does not need to be on paper as your English will be assessed throughout the application process.
- Applicants must have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels.
- Applicants must have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of teaching practice.
- There is no formal academic entry requirement. It is, however, recommended that applicants should have formal qualifications which would allow entry into higher education in their own country.
B The International House Bratislava application process:
- Read through the information which can be found on both CELTA-training's and Cambridge’s website and if you need any more information, please contact us via email or phone.
- Fill in and send the application form and fill in pre-interview tasks and send back together with the times and dates when you are available for an oral interview.
- IH Bratislava will confirm receipt of your application within 3 working days and you will be contacted with the result. This could be in one of three forms:
- You are invited to a selection interview at International House Bratislava or a telephone /skype interview; or
- We request additional information before your application can be taken further; or
- Your application is turned down.
- If your application is accepted you will be interviewed, and informed at the end of the interview as to whether or not you are to be offered a place.
- You will be sent additional pre-course information.
The interview is a Cambridge Assessment English regulation. The primary purpose is to ensure that you have the potential to comfortably pass the course (before you decide to invest the time and money.
C Interview Procedure:
An in-person interview lasts two hours and includes written tasks (one hour and 20 mins) and an oral interview (up to 40 mins). The written tasks can be done before and handed in up to 30 minutes before your interview. At this stage, you have an opportunity to ask any questions about the course to the course tutor or an experienced trainer.
Applicants within the Slovak Republic will be interviewed at International House Bratislava, Nám. SNP 14, 81106 Bratislava; applicants from outside the Slovak Republic will be interviewed by skype or telephone.
Telephone interviews are made at the applicant’s expense, and the applicant should make the call. Many applicants use Skype, which is perfectly acceptable and ensures that the cost is minimal. If you are unfamiliar with Skype, please ask us for information.
D Interview Aims:The interviewer (one of the course tutors) will ask questions related to your future plans, the content of your application, and some further questions similar to those on the application. You will have the chance to ask questions about the course, and anything else you would like to know. At the end of the interview you will be informed as to whether your application has been successful. Perhaps the main aim is to make sure that we don’t offer a place to – and accept money from – someone who we feel does not have a good chance of passing the course.
E Acceptance:If your interview is successful and you are offered a place in the course, you will be instructed on how to submit payment. If you are applying within six weeks of the course start date, payment will be required at that time to reserve your place. At this time, International House Bratislava, s.r.o. can receive payment via bank transfer. Feel free to contact us for more information or questions.
We will also send you our Centre´s Candidate Agreement and Pre-course task.
The aim of this task is to introduce you to some of the areas covered on the CELTA course and to provide you with the opportunity to prepare for the course. The tasks should be completed on a separate sheet, and you may be asked to submit it at the start of the course. This is not part of the interview and acceptance stages, but a series of 50 tasks to help you prepare for the course together with the answers.
The tasks should be thought about and completed in the order they are presented, but you are not expected to complete the pre-course task at one sitting. It would be more beneficial for you to work on the task in a number of sittings over a period of time.
There are five sections to the task, with each section focusing on a specific topic area from the Cambridge CELTA syllabus. These are the units on which candidates are assessed during the course:
Unit 1 – Section 1 Learners and teachers, and the learning and teaching context
Unit 2 – Section 2 Language analysis and awareness
Unit 3 – Section 3 Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
Unit 4 – Section 4 Planning and resources
Unit 5 – Section 5 Developing teaching skills and professionalism
To help you successfully complete these tasks it is advised to do some pre-course reading. Here are some books which may be useful:
Gower, Walters & Philips – Teaching Practice Handbook – 2nd edition (Macmillan)
Harmer, J. – How to Teach English – 3rd edition (Longman)
Kenworthy, J – Teaching English Pronunciation (Longman)
Lewis, M & Hill, J – Practical Techniques for Language Teaching (LTP)
Riddell, D - Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (Teach Yourself) (Hodder Arnold H&S)
Scrivener J – Learning Teaching (Macmillan)
F Cancellations:In the case of cancellation six weeks or more before the course starting date, 90% of the total fee will be refunded. With less than six weeks ‘notice, 50% of the total fee will be refunded. If cancellation occurs in the final ten working days before the starting date, no refund will be given. In the event of a course being cancelled the course fees will be refunded.
G Equal OpportunitiesInternational House Bratislava believes that equal opportunities are important in order to:
Encourage the development of individuals’ abilities, talents and potential to the full
Attract potential students from the widest possible pool of talent.
Meet its moral and legal obligations.
Provide a working environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation.
H Acceptance onto training courses:International House Bratislava staff involved in the recruitment and selection of trainees will ensure the company’s recruitment and selection policy is adhered to and that:
- A carefully worded and objective trainee interview profile is produced for all potential candidates, outlining the essential skills, knowledge and experience and characteristics required by Cambridge Assessment English.
- Suitably trained staff will judge eligibility for entry to all courses based solely on professionally and academically relevant criteria.
I Disclosure of information relating to disability or other relevant factors:Whilst legally there is no obligation for persons to disclose information pertaining to disability or other factors, International House Bratislava respectfully requests that all applicants disclose any disability or other health factor which might otherwise foreseeably contribute to the applicant being:
- At risk of harm or injury to self or others whilst attending a course
- At risk of compromising the successful outcome or completion of the course
- At risk of exposure to any other otherwise detrimental outcome or event.
J ComplaintsStudents or employees who feel they have been discriminated against should raise the matter with the Director and/or the course tutors. Initially the student/employee and Director/Tutors should aim to resolve the matter informally. It may be that discriminatory action is unwitting and easily resolved once the problem is clear.
If students or employees are dissatisfied with the outcome, or the complaint is very serious, or the Director(s) is/are the cause of the complaint, the student/employee should raise the matter, in writing to both the Directors of the school and Cambridge Assessment English.