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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.

Calling all ELTS CELTA graduates who are also ex-students of COAH

February 12, 2021

Calling all ELTS CELTA graduates who are also ex-students of COAH

Alexia Bowler at The College of Arts and Humanities is interested in hearing from any Swansea University alumni who studied within the College to showcase  their employment journeys post-university to current CoAH students.

All contributions and responses from a brief two liner to a longer description would be gratefully received.

Level 5 Teaching Apprenticeship, ESOL (x10) – Leeds – closing Jan 3rd 2021

December 15, 2020

Level 5 Teaching Apprenticeship, ESOL (x10) (Ref: APP226)

Location: Leeds

Salary: £16,822 PA

Closing Date: Sunday 03 January 2021

This apprenticeship is a 2 year fixed term contract. 

Luminate Education Group consists of; Harrogate College (HC), Keighley College (KC), Leeds City College (LCC), Leeds Conservatoire (LC) and White Rose Academies Trust (WRAT) Luminate Education Group is one of the fastest improving and most innovative education groups in the country. 


The ESOL department at Leeds City College had over 3000 students in 2019-20 with a team of ninety, bringing education and life-changing experiences to our students; in a volatile global climate of Covid19, Brexit, migration and superdiversity in our UK cities. ESOL learners are some of our most vulnerable citizens and account for the largest populations in the poorest Wards in Leeds. The ESOL team are based predominantly at the Enfield Centre LS7, and with 16-19 (Sixth Form) groups in North Street, and smaller provisions at Beeston, Seacroft and some outreach centres. The area has a high BME population of both settled and migrant communities with a wide range of languages spoken. The population in the area has the highest unemployment rate in the city, large numbers with no qualifications and there are health inequalities. The area is isolated from the prosperity of the city and few local people gain work in the city’s growing industries. Social integration through second language acquisition is fundamental to the work of the team, breaking down some of these inequalities. The ESOL provision at Enfield has an outstanding word-of-mouth reputation, and has been validated grade 1 by LCC for the last three years in a row. The learner profile includes groups of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are well educated in their own language and wish to progress to skilled work and Higher Education. There are British born children and migrant children who have had poor success in school because of unmet language needs, including a high percentage of people who did not complete their education in their home country. Many learners are new to the UK. Others have been in the UK for many years, and for a number of personal complications, are only now accessing second language learning.

Learn more about the department here –

We are looking to appoint 10 Level 5 Teaching Apprentices. This is a two year salaried position and an excellent opportunity to be trained as a teacher whilst being paid. You should have a genuine interest in Second Language Acquisition and in languages in general with a desire to teach in the FE sector. One day study with the college and four days placement in ESOL classes, with some teaching of your own groups, and supporting 1:1 and small groups in other taught sessions.


  • Learn how to plan, prepare and develop schemes of work, session plans, teaching and learning resources, learning and assessment plans
  • Develop the essential knowledge and understanding to teach ESOL learners
  • Create individual SMART learning targets linked to learner study programme/course
  • Gain knowledge of the ESOL subject and FE sector
  • Develop a knowledge of educational research to develop evidence- based practice
  • Observe how other teacher motivate and inspire students to achieve targets and develop their skills to enable progression


  • A degree in English or similar is desired. Recent English degree graduates might find this a good opportunity into teaching
  • You are looking for a career teaching ESOL in Further Education
  • You may have some experience teaching EFL or similar but no significant paid experience in a UK college

Please note: To be eligible for this apprenticeship you should not hold a Level 5 Teaching Qualification or above(e.g. Cert Ed, PGCE, Delta), but should hold an undergraduate degree, ideally in English.

Please read the attached introduction on Second Language Acquisition to ensure this is an area you are interested in.



Leeds City College is part of the Luminate Education Group, and is one of the UK’s largest FE establishments with around 1,440 employees and over 22,560 students. We offer a curriculum as diverse as our students within a vibrant and multicultural learning environment. Our goal is to deliver excellent and innovative education which supports and inspires every student to achieve their ambitions. 


We have a range of excellent benefits and rewards at Leeds City College, including:

  • Annual leave entitlement starting from 27 days + 8 bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary college closure days at Christmas

  • Excellent pension scheme with the West Yorkshire Pension Fund and the Teachers’ Pension

  • Discounted travel cards for those who regularly use public transport across the region with Northern Rail and Metro

  • Exceptional learning and development opportunities for all of our staff

You can read about these benefits, and others in more detail by downloading the Staff Benefits document attached to the vacancy.  



Luminate Education Group is committed to the Safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

All successful applicants are required to complete all mandatory pre-employment checks, including:

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check

  • Children’s barred list check (we may also check the adult barred list if the role involves working with vulnerable adults)

  • Two professional references 

  • Fitness to work, this is conducted by our occupational health partners, NHS Airedale 

  • Section 128 check for all staff entering management roles

  • Prohibition check for all staff entering teaching related roles


Please Note: All successful applicants who have lived or travelled overseas for three months or more in the past five years will be required to undertake an overseas check as part of the pre-employment checks.


More information on overseas checks can be found on the government website: 


We cannot accept CVs as part of the application process. 


All offers of employment are subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks.




We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community, all candidates will be treated fairly irrespective of race, gender or gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief or age.




For more information about the role please contact:


Stephen Woulds


Please use the person specification (on the job description under “Documents Available”) to complete your supporting statement.



EYST FT Youth Policy; Participation Officer, Swansea, Immediate Dec 2020

December 15, 2020


Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales (EYST) is an award-winning and unique, beneficiary-led charity supporting ethnic minority young people, individuals and communities across Wales. We deliver the All Wales BAME Engagement Programme on behalf of Welsh Government, and as part of this programme, are seeking to appoint a FT Youth Policy & Participation Officer on a fixed term & remote basis (initially) until September 2021, for a salary of £21,000-£24,000 per annum. The postholder will be working, as part of a team of staff working across Wales, and will focus on supporting the participation of young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in relevant initiatives and seeking to influence policies affecting BAME young people in Wales. 

Please see attached for full Job Description. To apply please complete and return the attached application form  to by the deadline of 5pm Thursday 17th December 2020. Interviews will be held on Monday 21stDecember.

EYST is an equal opportunities, family friendly, living wage and culturally sensitive employer and we welcome applications from under-represented groups. 

Rocio Cifuentes

Chief Executive

Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales (EYST Wales)

Units B & C, 11 St Helens Road

Swansea, SA1 4AB

01792 466980/1

07971 302829

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EYST Application Form 2020

EYST All Wales BAME Youth Policy Participation Officer JD- 2020


TEFL/CELTA-related jobs in France Feb – Oct 2021

November 10, 2020

Amanda Barrot writes from American Village Camps in France

“I’m reaching out to you today because we will soon be recruiting for TEFL/CELTA-related jobs in France. American Village Camps offer 1 to 3 month jobs from February to October annually.   Our 2021 recruitment opens in December and we will be hiring non- native (C2 level) and native English speakers for English language counselor positions at our camps across France.

If you have any questions regarding our jobs or our company, feel free to email me or give our office a call. You can also see more on our website :

I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

Description : Description : AMVILL-logo2018Amanda Barrot American Village Camps Recruitment Team Call us : +33 565 765 529Visit the recruitment website : our promotional video (in French) : https://youtube/v7nxSc1mB08 

Youth-focused positions – South Wales Nov 2020

November 10, 2020

Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales (EYST) is an award-winning and unique, beneficiary-led charity supporting ethnic minority young people, individuals and communities across Wales. Thanks to a range of funders, we are recruiting for the following Youth-focused positions to provide support to ethnic minority young people in a variety of locations across Wales. 

We are seeking to recruit to the following posts. 

FT Youth Worker – Belonging Project (Swansea)

£21,000 -£24,000 per annum (dependent on experience) – Full Time 35 hours per week 

Fixed Term till October 2021

2 x (0.75 FTE) Youth Workers – NYC Project (Newport) 

£15,750-£18,000 per annum (£21,000 – £24,000 pro rata – dependent on experience)- 0.75 FTE – 26.25 hours per week 

Fixed Term till March 2022

FT Youth Support Worker – BME CYP Project (Cardiff)

£21,000 per annum – FT 35 hours per week 

Fixed Term till March 2021

The full job descriptions for the posts are attached. To apply please complete and return the attached application form  to by the deadline of 5pm Wednesday 18th November 2020. 

EYST is an equal opportunities, family friendly, living wage and culturally sensitive employer and we welcome applications from under-represented groups. 

Rocio Cifuentes

Chief Executive

Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team Wales (EYST Wales)

Units B & C, 11 St Helens Road

Swansea, SA1 4AB

01792 466980/1

07971 302829

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Huanghuai voluntary teaching assistants – Oct 2020 to Dec 2020

October 7, 2020

We are currently looking for volunteer teaching assistants to help us from October 26th to December 18th 2020. Ideally, we would be looking for teaching assistants who could commit to the same slot/slots each week. However, our students have a real desire to meet other English speakers, so if you can only commit to one or a few sessions, you are also more than welcome. 

This course has been running for a few years and is part of a joint project between Swansea University and Huanghuai University, China. More recently this course has been taught online due to the covid-19 pandemic.

We have a rather large cohort of around 180 accounting and finance first year students who will be taught by us online for 10 weeks. If you are interested in coming along to some of our classes to help out and get some more teaching experience, we will be more than happy to have you on board.  You will be a real asset to our learners, and we will provide you with guidance all the way. 

Email Vicki for more information

See pdf for details and timetable:

Teaching assistants



Happy English Academy, Sant Carles de la Rapita (Tarragona Province – Catalonia Region), Spain. Sept 2020

September 1, 2020
Kimberly writes from Spain (see pdf for details):
Please see attached our new offer for a teaching position at Happy English Academy in Sant Carles de la Rapita (Tarragona Province – Catalonia Region), Spain. We offer competitive pay, help with housing and obtaining residency papers/work permits, and a rewarding opportunity for work.  We have one remaining position for September 2020. 
Kimberly Ross
position offered

Morriston Newsletter

July 15, 2020

A guest blog from Jacqualyn Box, who is the External Funding Programme Officer for Swansea Council. She is liaising with Morriston Tabernacle to create a community hub there. Language Support is part of the longer term planning for provision at this amazing location.

“Prynhawn da everyone,

Hope you are all doing well.  Please find the attached copies of our Morriston Newsletter.

First of all a big thankyou to those of you who helped us with the various articles in this issue- (including Amina and Vicki from Swansea Council, Robert from Morriston Camera Club, Jane and Becca from Tabernacle and Cindy, Roxanne, Hannah, Amy and Elaine from Swansea Council for Voluntary Services.  Also a special thankyou to Becca our intern who created the layout for print and Erin who created the logo.

Alongside these electronic versions we have been able to print 1000 paper copies, which we hope will be useful for reaching people who do not have access to computers or prefer to read paper copies.  We are very grateful to Swansea Council for Voluntary Services for providing a grant to enable this.

Could I ask please that those of you who have contacts of individuals or groups in the Morriston locality that would benefit from receiving the paper versions, get in touch as soon as possible, so that I can arrange where to drop copies to be sent out or delivered.  Also if you are able to send the electronic versions out to anyone that would be great.

During these troubling times for many people we hope this will bring a little positivity and provide readers with some useful information for wellbeing and local services.

Thank you so much

Cofion cynnes


English The Monkey

Welsh Y Mwnci

Gulf College Oman. EAP Teachers for Sept. 2020

June 22, 2020

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NATECLA Online Forum: How does it feel to be an ESOL volunteer? Friday 10 July

June 22, 2020

NATECLA Online Forum: How does it feel to be an ESOL volunteer?

Friday 10 July at 3:30 – 4:30pm via Zoom

** Please register for this free event via Eventbrite HERE **


Places are limited, so book now

We have all undergone enormous changes in a short space of time. Our forum is here to discuss these changes and to plan for 20/21.

Please note:

  • This forum is open to all ESOL volunteers  (future forums may be NATECLA members only).

Request further information

  • Date(s): 10 July 2020 to 10 July 2020
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Online forum
  • Main contact: Fatima Bibi
  • Email: