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Our Holiday Course: A CELTA for Practicing Teachers

One of the challenges in running face-to-face CELTA courses during the school year is designing a schedule that would allow practicing teachers to participate. It’s a challenge for them to find the time to take the course during the year, and they need their summer holidays to recharge their batteries.

And yet, the CELTA has been shown to have a powerful impact on the careers of practicing teachers, both inside the classroom, and outside the classroom (with regards to professional development and job opportunities).

Our Mixed Mode Holiday Course is the answer to this dilemma.

Employment opportunities A course Designed from the Perspective of School Teachers :

We looked at the Ministry of Education schedule and saw that there was space in the regularly scheduled holidays for us to fit in the face-to-face part of the mixed mode course. Candidates would travel to Meknes on two occasions: once in October, and once in December, each time for a total of 3 days.

Each trip would take place during official school holidays, and here’s the great news: teachers only have to come to Meknes for half of the school holidays, which means they have time to rest during the remaining 4 days they have off.

A lighter Online Schedule:

But there’s more. As with all mixed-mode CELTA courses, a part of the course will be run online, including teaching practice. Because this course is run over a period of three months, and because of the intensive nature of the face-to-face teaching practice (two lessons taught in three days), the online portion of the course is far less intensive: one session every two weeks, instead of one session every week. This also provides far more time for candidates for self-study, using the Cambridge CELTA Moodle platform, and for assignments.

Fewer Candidates for Greater Focus:

Needless to say, this kind of course schedule can only work with a small contingent of candidates. Such courses may be less profitable for our center, but the flexibility they provide means that they will make the CELTA course more accessible to a greater number of candidates. From its inception, this has been one of English for Africa’s guiding principles: to bring quality teacher training to a maximum number of English teachers, in Africa and beyond.

To this end, we shall cap the number of participants on each of these courses at a maximum of 4 candidates. The Benefits of our Mixed Mode Course: To recap, here are the benefits of this new course format:

  • Getting an official CELTA certificate from Cambridge University (the format of the course is not mentioned on the certificate you get from Cambridge at the end of the course;

  • Training in online and face-to-face teaching, for the best of both worlds;

  • A less intensive bi-weekly schedule for the online part of the course;

  • Only two trips to Meknes, for three days each, for the face-to-face part of the course;

  • The face-to-face parts of the course take place during school holidays, guaranteeing that both public and private school teachers will be able to attend, without sacrificing all of their school holidays;

  • A smaller course for more focus and individual attention from the trainers;

  • Obtain your certificate during the school year, so that you can focus on professional development and job opportunities, and land your dream job by next summer.

We at English for Africa are particularly proud of this new format, and we’re excited to share it with you.

Here are the documents you’ll need to apply.

Pre-interview task
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CELTA Application form
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Fill out the application form and the pre-interview task and send it to


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