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Welcome to ELTS’ CELTA blog!

May 28, 2010

Welcome to the ELTSCELTA Blog. This blog is specially designed to showcase the successes of trainees from Swansea University’s Professional CELTA Course and to update present and past trainees with job opportunities, news and EFL information.


Teachers, English Excel, Hong Kong, starting June / July 2018

February 16, 2018

Freya Deveney writes from English Excel in Hong Kong about upcoming opportunities. The group of schools has a support package for  incoming teachers and accommodation (at a cost of HK$7,000 per month + bills) can be provided if you prefer.

English Excel have positions in Hong Kong starting in late June/early July. 

English Excel is a group of 13 British owned extra-curricular English Schools, (the only such group in Hong Kong) all located in central areas of Hong Kong. We focus on providing a high-quality, interactive, and encouraging learning environment for students between the ages of 3 and 16. Teachers are recruited to work in one of the 13 schools as part of a team of native English speaking teachers. Classes are strongly geared towards oral interaction as well as reading and writing. Classes are limited to a maximum of 4 students per class and so offer an ideal learning and teaching environment.

Please see flyer for further information 

Applications may be sent to

English Excel Package


Engagement and Training Officer with the Asylum Rights Programme,  Displaced People in Action (DPIA), Feb 2018

February 12, 2018

 Displaced People in Action (DPIA) is recruiting again! This time for a two-year Engagement and Training Officer post, based in Cardiff but the person appointed will need to travel to Swansea, Newport and Wrexham and perhaps beyond!

They are looking for someone who is able to support the existing Sanctuary Speakers teams and develop new ones to raise awareness of refugee and asylum issues amongst the public. This post will also support the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Forums and seek to bring out about improvements in services and their accessibility.

This post is part of the Asylum Rights Programme, so the post-holder will be part of a large, multi-agency team delivering a range of services and activities across Wales, led by the Welsh Refugee Council.

The deadline is 20th February – please see link for more details about the role and how to apply.

Supported 2-week placement for newly qualified English Teachers: Ady School, Szekszard, Hungary. Erasmus Plus programme.

February 12, 2018


David Gorbutt, the Director of  Languages Training & Development, Oxford writes about his company’s  Supported 2-week work experience placements for newly qualified English Teachers:

The opportunity is for a short two-week work placement at our Erasmus Plus partner school in Hungary. Flights and accommodation are covered by Erasmus. The participant also receives a small stipend. Refer to flyer below for more information.

The programme is now in its fourth year and has proven very popular with a great many Certificate graduates from a wide range of Trinity and CELTA centres undertaking it. Participants find they appreciate the experience gained with younger learners in a state school and to get their feet ‘damp’ before beginning a more permanent teaching position.

There are a few places available on the next programme 24 February – 11 March.

There is now the added benefit for those participants who wish and are eligible to bolt on the DipEd (PGCE equivalent leading to TQS) on a 100% funded basis. If you would like further information, please contact us. Refer to flyer below for more information.

Languages Training & Development is an approved Trinity Centre and EU/UK government training provider.

David Gorbutt Director

Languages Training & Development

Windrush Court, 56A High Street,

Witney, OX28 6ET

01993 708637

Flyer for Cert Providers Feb 2018

Mobility for TEFL graduates

ELTS, Swansea University: summer work on pre-sessional & General Summer programmes – Summer 2018

February 12, 2018

ELTS are now advertising for tutors to work on the pre-sessional programmes (12-week or 8 week contracts) and general Summer staff (6 week contracts). The links to the adverts are below and more details about the roles are there.

Pre-sessional roles:

General Summer:

Applications from ELTS CELTA trainees with some relevant experience post-CELTA are welcome for Pre-Sessional Roles, especially where the experience is in EAP or ESP.

Applications from ELTS CELTA trainees are welcome for General Summer Roles.


Busto Arsizio, Italy (near Milan). Short term taster teaching.

February 10, 2018
Nicky Partridge, the Centre Manager at Peartree Languages, Cardiff, has a “partner school” in Italy, BA Language Link. They are looking to give teachers a supported taster experience. Its important to note that this supports travel, accommodation and some limited payment, but is short term and is not a fully paid position.
Nicky writes:

I hope that all is well. I am attaching the latest advert from one of our Italian partner schools looking for newly qualified teachers, offering benefits in exchange for teaching work. There is no age restriction! 

I personally stayed in the accommodation offered in October of last year. The school is a lovely, local place and the town of Busto is really great, just 10 minutes from Milan airport and abut 30 minutes from Milan centre. I fully recommend this as an experience for newly qualified EFL teachers. I even tried the bicycle… cycling around the centre of an Italian town is not my preferred activity! 
Please share with your students past and present, if you think it’s appropriate. 

The Learn English in Wales Conference, Saturday 3rd March 2018, Cardiff.

February 8, 2018

The Learn English in Wales Conference is on Saturday 3rd March in Cardiff.

Students can attend for a reduced rate 

Tickets are available via Eventbrite



Ardmore Universal Language Training – Summer School, Croydon, Summer 2018

February 8, 2018

Colin Spicer, the Academic Director at the Whitgift School, Croydon has written about summer school opportunities:


I am writing to ask if you have any recently graduated CELTA trainees who you would like to recommend to us to work at our summer centre at the Whitgift School in Croydon. There are many choices of summer operator, but Ardmore, as well as being in this field since 1984, is an excellent place for your trainees to have their first experience in teaching for the following reasons.

We strongly believe in development so we have a CPD structure in place which we feel can support newly qualified EFL teachers and we would like to give as many as possible the opportunity.

We provide all of the materials that teachers will need for their lessons; we know how stressful the summer school environment can be so we aim to reduce the planning time to a minimum. Our in-house workbooks following a topical syllabus were specifically designed with this in mind, and they have detailed teacher’s notes and extra resources to accompany them. As well as this, we have an on-site Director of Studies to provide support and ideas, hold workshops during the summer and encourage ideas exchange between newly qualified and experienced teachers.

We are operating 21 centres across the UK this summer but thought that our centre at the Whitgift School may be of interest to some of your teachers.

Colin Spicer
Academic Director