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Teacher Training

Intensive 12 week preparation courses designed to offer you a thorough preparation in the major Cambridge Examinations.

The Holmes Teacher Training Institute is located in Melbourne in the golden mile of the city centre opposite the Victorian Parliament. Close to transport facilities considered the best in Australia, and alongside restaurants, parks and shopping malls, the Institute contains five floors of tutorial and classrooms, auditorium, computing labs, resource centre with large student common and recreational areas.
Holmes Institute introduced Cambridge Teacher Training courses to Victoria in 1988 and is now one of Australia's most respected centres, with extensive up-to-date materials, technological aids, and a spacious and modern working environment.
Cambridge CELTA
This is the most well known of the range of Cambridge awards for English Language Teachers. It is currently undertaken by around 7,500 candidates a year in centres worldwide and is widely regarded by employers overseas, and increasingly in Australia, as the indispensable initial teacher training certificate of its kind.
Course Aims

Courses are aimed to provide pre-service or initial training in English Language Teaching for those with little or no ELT experience. The focus is on practical hands-on teaching, with trainee teachers involved on a daily basis with multinational groups of adult learners. This is followed by constructive feedback sessions with the emphasis on participants gaining an understanding and awareness of their own effectiveness as teachers through self, peer and tutor comment. Written, oral and video feedback are provided.
Course Content

The University of Cambridge specifies a syllabus for the training process. From this, Holmes Institute has devised an enjoyable and fulfilling timetable with varied components and a solid practical base. Please note that Holmes Institute provides well in excess of the minimum Cambridge syllabus requirements. Holmes Institute CELTA course includes:
•seminars on the language systems of English: vocabulary, grammar, functions and pronunciation
• methodological training through experiential learning on how to present and practise language systems
• a foreign language lesson: participants experience the buzz of learning a language through that language
• teaching practice on a regular basis with multinational classes at a minimum of two levels
• useful live observations of experienced language teachers
• information on examinations for international students
• Holmes career advice with expert assistance on professional development and where and how to look for work, and a notice board with vacancies around the world
• tuition on a low trainer-to-trainee ratio

Entry Requirements

The Cambridge syllabus states that applicants must be at least twenty years old at the commencement of the course, have a standard of education which would allow entry to Higher Education in their country, an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course.
Additionally, Holmes Institute sets a series of pre-course tasks and an interview. This admissions procedure is designed specifically to safeguard applicants interests. It demonstrates the areas you will be involved in, it challenges you, and assists the institute in its endeavours to accept only those who have a realistic chance of success.

A highly significant factor when deciding where to undertake a teacher training course is the qualifications of the people who will be training you. Holmes Institute continues to have a tradition of employing trainers who have significant experience and sound qualifications. The training team experience is enhanced through their roles as Cambridge-appointed external assessors. They have visited and reported on many centres, and have drawn upon their experience to put together a practical and engaging training program. The trainers at Holmes Institute have international contacts and do their utmost to assist successful candidates in finding work overseas.

Assessment is on a continuous basis throughout the course and determined by Cambridge authorised trainers employed at Holmes Institute. Candidates are assessed principally in terms of their classroom teaching and how they translate that to their own practice methodology. Additional factors such as the accuracy of written and spoken English, presentation, punctuality, written work and the ability to work as part of a group are taken into consideration, but it is practical classroom teaching which counts the most. During each CELTA course, a Cambridge-nominated assessor moderates the 'trainers' evaluations of each candidate's work. At the conclusion of a Holmes CELTA course, successful candidates are equipped to teach English through English. They can:
• manage classrooms
• correct students
• analyse and present new language points
• provide practice activities
• prepare and develop materials and resources
• motivate learners
• find initial employment in the field

Additional Courses:

Holmes has made its name as the leading Victorian provider of the Cambridge CELTA. Holmes also offers, through its teacher training department, courses for overseas teachers of English, ELT (English language teaching) refreshers and introduction to ELT workshops. Observation only of  CELTA is also available.

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