School’s closed – now what?

What’s the situation in Spain and at Cambridge School?

Spain imposed a state of emergency and national lockdown on 14th March and since then, nurseries, primary and secondary schools and universities have been closed to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Cambridge School, our main activity is delivering language courses to children, teenagers and adults. With the start of term 3 on 14th April, all of our language courses moved online, with a team of 90+ teacher now working and teaching from home via live video conferencing!

The state of alarm has been extended provisonally until 24th May, but the Spanish government has already started scaling back confinement measures. At Cambridge School, this is how we’re adapting to the situation.

Will the summer CELTA course run?

The summer CELTA will run either face-to-face or 100% online, from 25th June until 29th July. It will run face-to-face if the lockdown in Spain has been lifted, we’re able to open our school, and any measures or restrictions that may still be in place allow for the course to run smoothly. The course will run 100% online if the lockdown is still in place and/or there are restrictions in place that hinder us from conducting any aspect of the course successfully.

What’s it like to complete the CELTA course online?

Completing the CELTA course online means all aspects of the course are delivered electronically by our highly-skilled team of tutors:

  • Input sessions
  • Observation of experienced teachers
  • Lesson preparation and tutorials
  • Assessed teaching practice lessons with groups of students via live video conferencing
  • Group feedback
  • Assignments

The online course has the same content as the face-to-face option and leads to the same prestigious CELTA certification. All you need to follow the course online is a computer and internet connection! And still on the plus side, there would be no accommodation or flight costs!

When will we know if the course will run face-to-face or online?

We hope that we will find out soon from the government when we will be able to open the school. We’re updating our applicants regularly with any news, and trust that a month from now we will have all the answers! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at teachertraining@cambridgeschool.com

Will the summer Delta Module Two course run?

The summer Delta Module Two course will run face-to-face from 25th June until 29th July, if the lockdown in Spain has been lifted, we’re able to open our school, and any measures or restrictions that may still be in place allow for the course to run smoothly. Because we are unable to guarantee that we will be albe to run the course in June/July, we have programmed two alternative Delta Module Two courses for the coming months: one in October/November 2020 and one in January/February 2021. Although it will be very disappointing if we’re not able to run the summer course, we encourage all applicants to make the most out of the summer: Our Delta Module Two course is a blended learning course. As soon as you have been accepted on one of our courses and paid the deposit, you have access to our Online Induction Course. The online component consists of approximately 30 hours of reading and induction tasks designed to introduce you to the key concepts which prepare you for the face-to-face course.

My Delta Module Two course has to wait, what else can I do?

If you’re unable to travel to Spain this summer because of travel restrictions in your home country, consider advancing your career prospects with our Delta Module Three course! It is fully online and completely adaptable to your needs. Find out more here!

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