Summer CELTA 2017 news

Eight weeks of intensive CELTA (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training drew to a close on July 21st. The Language Centre is proud to have helped 17 trainee language teachers successfully pass the course and take their first steps towards a teaching career. The centre maintained its 100% good pass rate and saw 20% of candidates gaining a grade B Cambridge teaching certificate.

The Language Centre is especially proud that 5 of the 17 candidates have gone straight into employment as a result of the course. Working closely with local schools and other language education providers, both in the UK and internationally, some candidates were able to find teaching work even before the course had ended.

We would like to thank the teacher trainers on the CELTA for their diligence and professionalism on the course, they were an inspiration and model for all the trainee teachers.

The next Online CELTA course is now full and is scheduled to run from September 2nd to December 9th however, we are taking applications for the Online CELTA scheduled for January 2018.

Online and undergrad CELTAs land on target as Summer CELTAs blast off in June

May saw the end of the second year 30 credit module Lang2011 CELTA in the Language Centre, with a 100% pass rate and with one student, Tia, earning a much sought after B grade Cambridge certificate.

Tia worked extremely hard to get the grade and has gone on to secure employment with an English school this summer. Meanwhile, one year after completing LANG2011, another grade B CELTA teacher, Helen, has found a teaching job with Kingsway, a local EFL school.

The first Online CELTA also came to a close in May, again with 100% pass rate and the first grade A CELTA candidate for the University. This grade, awarded by Cambridge Language Assessment, is exceptionally difficult to attain so congratulations are in order for that student and this reflects exceptionally well on the Language Centre delivery and the University as a CELTA provider. The Online CELTA also resulted in two grade B certificates amongst the certificates awarded and candidates from the course are already securing interviews for work abroad.

The Language Centre is now busy delivering the first of its two four-week summer CELTA courses. There is still space on the second four-week intensive CELTA course running from June 23 to July 21 (please see the Language Centre web page for details).

The next Online CELTA course is scheduled to run from September 2 to December 9 and the Language Centre has doubled the number of applications from second-year students for LANG2011.


The Language Centre – CELTA Courses: 4-week Intensive Summer Courses – places available

The CELTA is recognised by employers internationally as a sign of professionalism and quality. It’s a practical English language teaching qualification that gives you the essential knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence to qualify as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

CELTA is great for recent graduates, people who are changing career, or teachers who want to gain a formal qualification.

Staff and UoW students are eligible for a discount of £200 from the full fee of £1500.

There are two Summer courses running, 26/05 – 23/06/2017 and 26/06 – 21/07/2017.

Click CELTA for full information on how to apply or email:

CELTA teacher training opportunities this summer and beyond!

Gain a qualification that is in demand all over the world.

The Language Centre is running two CELTA courses this summer at the Language Centre, Jenny Lind Building. The CELTA is a level 5, internationally recognised, and highly regarded teaching qualification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This 4 week intensive course is ideal for professional development, for those who want to travel and work around the world, and for those who specifically want to teach ESOL or EAL. The Language Centre is running course 1 from May 26 to June 23 and course 2 from June 26 to July 23.

Can’t do the full time, four week course? You can now take the CELTA part time by either joining the year two module LANG2011, which is conducted entirely face to face and runs from late September to early May (24 weeks), or by joining the Online CELTA course (blended learning) which runs from early September to December.

Discounts on course fees for all University of Worcester staff and students. To find out more contact


Free Mandarin Chinese classes

putonghua-poster-jan-17-imageDo you come across Chinese students in your work? Do you wish you could pronounce their names or greet them and make them welcome in their own language?

We are fortunate to have two students from the Education University of Hong Kong here on placement with us and offering free classes to staff, students and their friends and relatives.

Tuesdays, 13:15 – 14:15, from 31 January: lunch time taster classes (can be booked as a six week course or one off classes).

Mondays, 18:15 – 21:15, from 30 January: 6 week course for complete beginners.

Mondays, 18.15 – 21.15, from 30 January: 6 week course for improvers (only slight previous knowledge needed).


Either book through the Staff Development page or register with Heather Brinkworth at the Language Centre (01905 855241).


One-to-One English support from the Language Centre

The Language Centre’s One-to-One sessions are available to all students.

Are any of your students struggling with grammar, formal writing etc?

Please encourage them to book a One-to-One session here:

Full details are here:

Thank you.

New Online CELTA course

The University is offering the Cambridge CELTA Course Online as a ‘blended-learning’ level 5 teacher training course that combines online CELTA training with face-to-face components.

The input for this flexible 15 week course is conducted online, working through multimedia materials, doing interactive tasks, discussing topics with other course participants and your tutor in forums and collaborating with other course participants in a virtual classroom. Teaching practice takes place at the weekend on Saturdays.

An advantage of the online CELTA component is the increased amount of time and support for you to reflect on and develop what you have learnt. It is suitable for those who would prefer to study in their own time over a longer period and are able to attend the teaching practice weekend sessions.

Who is it for?

The CELTA course is ideal for anyone who:

• would like to learn how to teach English to non-native speakers on a flexible basis

• prefers to work and study online, or who is unable to attend normal classes at the school

• has little or no teaching experience

• would like to increase the opportunities of living and working abroad

• would like to obtain an internationally-recognised teaching qualification

• is at least 18 years old and educated to higher education or university

• is competent in both written and spoken English (C1 minimum)

• successfully completes the interview and language test


Contact Dave ( at the Language Centre for more information.



Language Centre News

The Language Centre is delighted to announce their re-location to: City Campus – Jenny Lind Building.

We are on the ground floor to the right of Reception. The staff directory will be updated as and when staff return from summer leave. From 3 August 2016 please send all post to JLG004.

If you know anyone who could take advantage of our free General English Classes, please ask them to visit this link: English Classes.

We will soon be offering MFL and EFL classes to staff, students and members of the public at vastly reduced rates, subject to T&Cs. Visit our web pages soon for full details of this excellent opportunity to take a not-for-credit language module.

This initiative is known as Auditing Students.

The Language Centre looks forward to welcoming you to our new home.

Please see below our Information Sheet.

If you would like a copy please email:

Information Sheet


Summer 4 week CELTA course

Making plans for the summer?

Get the most out of this summer by taking a 4-week CELTA course @ to launch your career as a teacher of English as a foreign language. The Cambridge CELTA is an internationally recognised qualification that will provide you with the skills and confidence to stand in front of a class, teach and take advantage of the many varied job opportunities in the UK and abroad.

Want to find out more? Come to the Taster Day on Saturday 13 February 2016.

CELTA full time course 2015

The CELTA full time course provided by the Language Centre was a roaring success with all 12 candidates passing and three of those with a high grade ‘B’. Three of the successful candidates were University graduates; one of whom has already started a new job teaching English in Japan. This is an excellent result and evidence of the University commitment to providing opportunities to develop a wide skill set that leads to successful employment.

Comments from candidates included:

“The course is well organised in general and the trainee teachers are very well supported” Paul

“There was a good support network when we needed it” Ryan

“The quality of the teaching has been extremely high. It has always been consistent, well planned and of value.” Keith

“The ability to teach frequently and observe and reflect upon the teaching of your colleagues and tutors greatly improved my own teaching skills” Amy

“It’s a very intensive course but you come out feeling confident about teaching with so many ideas about how to teach EFL” Vie

Feedback from candidates on the course delivery was extremely positive and the external assessor was also very positive about the quality of the course. A very big ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped with the delivery of the course. The Language Centre has plans to build on this success and offer more courses in the future. Anyone interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language should contact the team at

IELTS course starts at the Language Centre

The Language Centre is starting its first IELTS preparation course for 2015 this week. The IELTS course runs for 6 weeks and is open to the general public and has proven to be so popular that they are no longer taking applications for the current course. However, the language centre will be running a second IELTS course in May for anyone interested in preparing for this English language exam.

Spare room to let for one month?

We have a Main Course Trainer, Nigel Shaw, working at the Language Centre from 26 June to 25 July 2014. (approx dates).

Can anyone offer a ‘spare room’ accommodation with use of kitchen and bathroom facilities?

His name and contact details are:
Nigel Shaw .

Please email Nigel directly if you are interested in progressing this.

Thank you
Language Centre

New Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Did you know that the Language Centre has been accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English?

As a result of this, the Language Centre is pleased to announce the launch of CELTA* – Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  CELTA is an internationally recognised qualification for the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL). The CELTA certificate is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge.

Do you know anyone amongst your family and friends who might be interested in this exciting initiative? The first Public Course is being delivered as a 4 week full-time intensive course from 27 June to 25 July 2014.

Visit the website to see what one of our colleagues has to say about CELTA:

Contact the Language Centre for more information here:
or visit the webpage: