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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.

Unity in Diversity, Swansea. Volunteer needed.

March 11, 2020

Paddy, an ex-trainee, has written to me, asking for new volunteers:

“About 18 months ago you passed on a request for volunteer ESOL lecturers for the Unity in Diversity charity. I volunteered and I firmly believe it is the best teaching experience I have ever had. I  really look forward to teaching each week. 

One of the lecturers has had to drop out for personal reasons so the charity is once more seeking lecturers. If you know anyone who might be able to help, could you please ask them to contact: 

David Browell, email: or on 07531 294 145, thank you.”

Background: “The Unity in Diversity group is a registered charity (#1167339) that runs twice-weekly sessions providing food, support and learning opportunities to asylum seekers and refugees in the Swansea area. Run entirely by dedicated volunteers we have helped over 500 people of 40+ nationalities/ethnic origins in its 5 years of fun and cooperation.”


Cara Syria Programme For Academics in Need

March 11, 2020

Cara Syria Programme For Academics in Need

The CARA SYRIA PROGRAMME was launched in 2016 to provide support to Syrian academics affected by the crisis, working primarily with those in Turkey where the largest number has sought refuge. Nearly all are committed to return when security allows, but in the immediate future they urgently need support to facilitate their continued academic development, engagement and contribution whilst in exile, Central to this is developing their academic English skills. As a major part of Syria’s intellectual capital, this group will be vital to the rebuilding of Syria, its Higher Education sector and the training of a new generation of professionals, including teachers, engineers, medics, architects and, of course, academics. The Programme owes a major debt to the around 60 EAP teachers from 16 universities who are giving so freely of their time, expertise and energy to ensure its success. As the programme expands, we are looking for EAP teachers to volunteer to provide online lessons.

What can YOU do to help?
The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) strand of the programme blends weekly one-to-one online lessons, with week-long face-to-face workshops in Istanbul every 2 or 3 months. It is the first activity in which we engage new Programme participants. EAP tutors generally commit to a 1 hour weekly online lesson with an estimated additional hour for preparation and communication. These are run through Adobe Connect, with formal induction provided to all new tutors and participants. The participants’ levels range roughly from CEFR A1 to C1.

“This programme is very beneficial for us, after the circumstances we have been living, after all routes were cut off around us, the roads towards research were closed in our faces. This programme is like a candle that is a light in a very dark tunnel.” – Syria Programme Participant

If you want to know more please contact us: or visit:

If you would like to volunteer, please email Michael Jenkins:



Cara was established in 1933 by Sir William Beveridge and other key figures of the day to rescue academics being persecuted under the rise of Nazism and Fascism across Europe. Our founders defined their goal as ‘the relief of suffering and the defence of learning and science’. Those helped included Nikolaus Pevsner, Karl Popper, Albert Einstein, Ernst Gombrich, Karl Mannheim and Sigmund Freud. Cara’s work has continued over the decades, responding when world events place academics in danger. More recently, Cara’s focus has shifted to the Middle East, and Syria in particular.



Calling CELTA teachers who speak French or Spanish

March 5, 2020

A guest post from Sian Brooks, Swansea University Education Department, about the new PGCE course.

Calling CELTA teachers who speak French or Spanish –

Our PGCE course needs you!

Our PGCE course will be starting in September 2020 and it is a new and innovative course although be reassured that the subject teachers are experienced in both secondary teaching and teacher education. We are recruiting students (through UCAS Teacher Training) in a number of shortage subjects including Modern Languages (French and/or Spanish).

As an experienced MFL PGCE Tutor, I have loved working with ex-CELTA students as they bring so much to the course.  I have found that their knowledge of pedagogy is excellent and they make inspiring MFL teachers, which is what we need in the UK!  This may be something that interests you for this September or it may be something that you might want to put on the back burner for now but consider in the future.

There are so many similarities between CELTA teaching and teaching French or Spanish but there are differences too.  You may have found that your pupils are eager to learn English whereas Welsh children might not be so keen to learn French or Spanish!  The challenge then is not only to make the context of the lesson more engaging to pupils but also to be an ambassador for studying languages. 

The curriculum in Wales is transforming and there never has been a more exciting time to teach MFL. I do hope that this versatile qualification might be of interest to you.  If so, please do not hesitate to get in contact me for further information –



EFL teachers, ELAC Vacations – England and Wales, summer 2020 vacation courses

March 5, 2020



Kera Gustafson, the Vice Principal at Elac Study Vacations, writes from Bath

We are currently recruiting teachers for our summer schools in the UK, and it would be great if you could forward this information on to your CELTA trainees who may be looking for summer work.

We are a British Council accredited school and pride ourselves in the CPD and support offered to our teachers; there is ongoing professional development via weekly workshops, a collaborative teaching environment  with a Senior Teacher/Academic Manager on hand to help, and lesson observations followed by both face to face and written feedback. This is therefore an ideal teaching environment for newly qualified teachers.

We have centres in Cardiff, Bath, Eastbourne x 2, Hayward’s Heath, Horsham, Mayfield, and Nottingham. 

I have attached the recruitment poster and job description to this email, and those interested can also take a look at our websites:  : For general information : For recruitment information

Contact us via

Kera Gustafson | Vice Principal  BA (Hons), DELTA, MA TESOL

22 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DE.

 +44 (0) 1225 443261

Teacher 2020 Poster 1

EFL Teacher 2020

Summer School Teachers & Activity Leaders – Target English International – England and Scotland

February 19, 2020

Kay Donnelly, the Recruitment Manager with Target English International, writes regarding summer school opportunities:

“It’s February and we are once again looking for newly qualified teachers to join us in Summer 2020 at our language centres across the country.

If you know great teachers who would like to add to their experience teaching young learners, receive weekly CPD training and enjoy the exciting and welcoming environment of summer school then please pass on this email! We have open positions for full-time and part-time teachers, and teacher-activity leaders for those who would like to spend more time teaching in the open air!

Attached are the job descriptions, including hours, available centres, and benefits of working with Target English International.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at or by phone at +44 (0) 1482 214955 with any questions.

All information is also available on our website at

Kay Donnelly

Recruitment Manager

+44 (0) 1482 214955  

 JD – TAL 2020

JD – Teacher 2020

English Language Camp Counselor, France – starting March 19th & March 26th, 2020

February 19, 2020

Mark Buckley, from American Village, writes:

“We are currently recruiting for a CELTA-related job in France with contracts starting on March 19th & March 26th.

As a fellow CELTA graduate myself, this job allowed me to use many of the skills I learned on the course both in and out of the classroom during my time at camp. Below you’ll find more information about these positions.

Position Title: English Language Camp Counselor

Dates: Positions available starting March 19th & March 26th, 2020

Location: One of our 15 language villages across France. Exact location to be announced after hire.

Description: American Village Camps in France is looking to hire English-language camp counselors!  We have programs that are British-themed and American-themed.  Our camps have been running with success for 25 years! 

Our immersion camps create a positive environment where it is fun, natural and necessary to use English. Each camp also focuses on cultural exchange. Native Anglophone counselors lead activities & English classes. Activities are things like sports, arts and crafts, large-scale games, skits, story-telling, song-leading & cheers. Counselors are also responsible for the safety and well-being of the campers under their care. Counselors live at camp for the duration of their contract.

This is a unique work experience in rural France, working on a multi-cultural team and meeting people from all over the United Kingdom and North America – all while having fun with the campers under your care.

  • Monthly Salary: 1170 euros per month, before French taxes
  • 50 € travel reimbursement within France
  • All housing and meals are paid for by the employer (around 30 euros/day/person)
    • We do not provide family, couples, or pet housing
  • Accident/liability insurance while working

An ideal English language counselor applicant is: 

  • Someone who is outgoing, fun and energetic!
  • Someone who is responsible, organized and tidy!
  • Someone who loves working with people of all ages!

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • We seek camp counselors who are native English speakers.
  • minimum age 20, (generally applicants are 20 to 35 years old)
  • recent camp counselling or childcare experience
  • clear criminal history
  • a positive professional reference
  • a high school diploma (A-levels/Leaving Cert) from a school in an anglophone country
  • Knowledge of French is not a requirement!
  • Having a CELTA diploma is not a requirement, but can be a plus!

 Want to apply? Read more about the program and access the online application on our website:

If you have any questions regarding this job or our company, feel free to email me or give me a call. Should you like to receive regular updates about our recruitment needs, don’t hesitate to let me know!


Mark Buckley

Technical Assistant

Tél: +33 565 76 55 03

4 new full time permanent ESOL lecturing posts at Gower College Swansea

February 13, 2020

Gower College have just released details of 4 new full time permanent ESOL lecturing posts at Gower College Swansea.

ESOL Lecturer x4

Grade: ASL 1 – UP1

Salary range: £20,020 – £36,637 per annum

37 hours per week


 A number of exciting opportunities have arisen to join our well established and highly successful ESOL team, delivering on a range of both part time and full time ESOL courses.

The ESOL team is primarily based in our historic Llwyn Y Bryn campus, located in the Uplands area of Swansea. Further ESOL provision is offered at both city centre and community venues.

Gower College Swansea currently has just under 1,000 ESOL learners, ranging from a wide variety of backgrounds, who are looking to develop their English Language skills with a view to progressing onto higher levels of learning or employment.

To cater for increasing demand, we are now in a position to significantly grow our ESOL provision and are seeking applications from outstanding individuals to deliver exceptional teaching and learning experiences for our ESOL learners.

Holding a relevant degree, you will possess a CELTA Certificate (or Level 5 equivalent) and have knowledge and experience of teaching non-native speakers of English. Both previous and recent experience of teaching ESOL would be advantageous.

Successful applicants will develop and employ a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including the use of ILT, delivering successful outcomes for our students and assisting the team in achieving targets for retention and attainment.

Successful applicants must be committed to continuous improvement and quality and have a sincere desire to help our students achieve. A clear and confident communicator, you will have excellent organisational, leadership and problem solving skills and the ability to work flexibly, on your own initiative and as part of a team.

Applicants should ideally possess a recognized teaching qualification, such as a PGCE, or be prepared to work towards one (Gower College Swansea offers an internal PGCE programme). Applicants will also be expected to have achieved a grade C or above in a Level 2 literacy and numeracy qualification.

ESOL Advert

ESOL Lecturer JD-JS Feb 20

Application Link