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Celtic English Academy

Address: 18 Park Grove, Cardiff CF10 3BN, United Kingdom
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Description Celtic English Academy

  • The age of students: 16 years and older
  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
  • Residence type: family or residence
  • Dates: all year round (arrivals on Sundays, departures on Saturdays).

Celtic English Academy in the capital of Wales, the hospitable and beautiful Cardiff, began its work in 2004, and today up to 350 people come here for annual summer courses, many of which remain to study for the entire academic year. Each teacher at Celtic English Academy is a native English speaker, has a high professional qualification (CELTA or DELTA), permission to work with foreign students and international groups, and the school itself has received accreditation and high marks from key British organizations, the British Council, Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and English UK.

The school building is just a couple of minutes from the central streets of Cardiff: nearby you can find a huge number of bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes, shops, banks and a Pike, as well as numerous city attractions and cultural monuments (for example, the University of Cardiff, the National Museum of Wales). To study here is pleasant, comfortable and easy: the city has everything you need, which students of any age may need during the whole academic year (including ample opportunities for shopping and entertainment). At the same time life in Cardiff is much cheaper than, for example, in Dublin or London. In 2009, the capital of Wales was named the "European Capital of Sport", and in 2014 confirmed its rank: it is enough to mention such huge stadiums and sports facilities as Millennium, SWALEC and Cardiff City.

You can get to Heathrow Airport in about 3 hours (156 miles), and to Cardiff's local airport in just 35 minutes (14 miles).

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Celtic English Academy

Program name
from 230 £ / week

English courses

In each classroom there are no more than 10 students, each lesson lasts 45 minutes. At the very beginning of the course, students undergo introductory testing, which determines their initial level of knowledge and distributes them to the appropriate class, intermediate testing in the middle of the program determines the degree of progress, and the final mini-exam tests what successes the schoolchildren achieved during the entire educational period. Assessment of academic performance takes into account attendance, the quality of homework and screening tests, as well as the activity in each lesson.

The following variants of the general language program are suggested:

1) Morning General English Course

Morning classes are suitable for students who want to improve all basic language skills in a comprehensive way:

  • Reading
  • Auditing (listening comprehension)
  • Written speech
  • Oral speech (spoken English)
  • Phonetics (correct pronunciation, accent correction)
  • Vocabulary (active expansion of vocabulary)
  • Grammar.

There are three options for intensity:

  • Basic = 15 hours weekly (20 lessons)
  • Standard = 21 hours weekly (28 lessons)
  • Intensive = 30 hours (40 lessons weekly).

Classes are held in the first half of the day - from 8:45 to 12, 14 hours respectively, intensive lessons are conducted from 8:45 to 12:00 and from 14:15 to 17:30. The duration of the course can be practically any - from 1 to 50 weeks.

2) Afternoon General English Course

Also, a general, universal course aimed at developing all key language skills and knowledge with emphasis on improving oral, colloquial and listening skills (listening comprehension). The program accepts students with any level of initial education - from the very beginning to the advanced: all students are assigned to the appropriate groups and receive a suitable program for them.

The intensity of the evening courses is as follows:

  • Basic = 15 hours weekly (20 lessons)
  • Standard = 21 hours weekly (28 lessons).

Every weekday students are engaged from 14:15 to 17:30 (basic course) or from 12:30 to 17:30 (standard).

3) Ladies-only classes

At the request the girls can be enrolled exclusively in women's groups and engage with a female teacher. The course is also universal, helps to improve and develop all necessary language skills and skills for communication in English-speaking environment. Particular attention is paid to conversational, oral speech, improving listening skills, removing the language and emotional barrier, studying English culture.

Offered intensity options:

  • Basic = 15 hours weekly (20 lessons)
  • Standard = 21 hours weekly (28 lessons).

Classes are held from 8:45 to 12 and 14 hours respectively.

The cost of studying in a language school depends on the chosen program and its intensity.

from 245 £ / week

Preparation for the IELTS (IELTS Exam Preparation Course)

The IELTS exam, which determines the level of the English language, is required for all foreign students who plan to get a Tier 4 visa, to go to foreign educational institutions and receive education in the UK.

The educational program  improves all the basic, key language skills and knowledge. Students get acquainted with the structure of the IELTS exam, the content of its blocks and types of assignments, together with the teachers develop successful delivery strategies, academic skills. Depending on the level of initial preparation of each student, he can study at one of the 4 levels of the program:

  • IELTS Introduction (initial)
  • Bridge to IELTS (standard)
  • IELTS Preparation (intensive)
  • Advanced IELTS (advanced).

Accordingly, students are accepted for the preparatory program with different levels of initial education (on the IELTS scale): from 3.5 to 7.5.

The intensity of the course can be the following (for students who have previously studied English, it is recommended to start with Standard or Intensive, having booked a minimum of 12 weeks):

  • Basic = 15 hours weekly (20 lessons): 8:45 - 12:00
  • Standard = 21 hours weekly (28 lessons): 8:45 - 14:00
  • Intensive = 30 hours (40 lessons weekly): 8:45 - 12:00 + 14: 15- 17:30.
from 395 £ / week

Preparation for the Cambridge Examinations FCE / CAE

Program for hard-working students with already high level of English. If you want to successfully pass difficult exams CAE or FCE (for example, to enter a top-tier university or meet the requirements of a prestigious employer) - this program will suit you perfectly.

As with the preparation for IELTS, students not only improve their general language and academic skills - they get acquainted with the structure of FCE / CAE, learn its features and typical difficulties, "pitfalls" and traps of examiners, constantly practice on educational materials that copy past tests years. The FCE exam (First Certificate of English) is passed by students with an average and above average level of English, and CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) is designed for students with advanced level, almost free possession.

The intensity of the course can be varied:

  • Basic = 15 hours weekly (20 lessons): 8:45 - 12:00
  • Standard = 21 hours weekly (28 lessons): 8:45 - 14:00
  • Intensive = 30 hours (40 lessons weekly): 8:45 - 12:00 + 14: 15- 17:30.

The duration of the program can be selected from 2 to 10 weeks. The program is held on the following dates:

  • From 3 January to 10 March
  • From 27 March to 2 June
  • From June 25 to August 18
  • From September 25 to December 1.
from 60 £ / lesson

Individual English lessons

Individual lessons with an experienced, qualified teacher (one-to-one) are available to students year-round except for July and August (the peak season). Individual lessons will be an excellent effective addition to any basic booked program - each lesson lasts 60 minutes.

Together with the teacher you can work out all the main difficulties arising in the study of the English language, learn more about the most difficult aspects or topics, and additionally work on pronunciation, grammar or vocabulary. The schedule of lessons and the subject of lessons fully adapt to the capabilities and needs of each student, which makes the effectiveness of these classes as high as possible.

The cost of studying in a language school depends on the chosen program and its intensity.

Accommodation, housing and food

Accommodation for students of the language academy is offered in the host family or in the common residence:

  • Residence

It is literally a few steps from the educational building, surrounded by interesting buildings and monuments in the heart of Cardiff. The residence offers single bedrooms (with shared or individual amenities) and self-catering - meals are not included in the price of accommodation, which is why residences are offered only to students 18 years and older. All residents have access to high-speed Wi-Fi, a common lounge for relaxation, laundry and drying machines, bicycle parking, are provided with towels and bed linen.

  • Host family

Here you will not only be surrounded by care and comfort, but you will also be able to learn firsthand the characteristics of British culture, history, traditions and mentality, and also practice everyday conversational skills in conversations with native speakers of English.

Host families are available for students of all ages. With most homes, the school has been cooperating for many years, carefully selecting and testing new families.

Pupils can choose two room types:

  •  Standard (shared bathroom, personal bedroom)
  •  Superior (individual room with personal amenities.)

Also, all pupils are provided with bed linen and towels, access to a washing machine and dryer, a common living room and other places for recreation. The family has the opportunity to book half board meals (breakfasts + dinners), and for students under the age of 18, food is booked without fail.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : IELTS preparation, preparation for FCE

Events Celtic English Academy

Extra-curricular entertainment and leisure program is not only an opportunity to have a great time: students from other countries get acquainted with authentic and unique British and English culture, they can practice the classroom knowledge in informal atmosphere. On the online platform of the school, a calendar of upcoming events  is regularly posted (duplicated on the bulletin boards in the buildings and on the official page of Celtic English Academy in Facebook).

For example, students can choose the following directions for extra-curricular activity:

  • Walk around Cardiff, view its sights and historical monuments
  • Go to the picnic park
  • Visit the huge National Museum of Wales
  • Go to local  fairs and festivals
  • Visit the quiz in one of the local pubs 
  • All night watching movies
  • Play with friends in bowling
  • Take a master class on the history of drinks and make your own cocktail
  • Spend a day in London on an interesting excursion, take a walk in the English capital
  • Go to Oxford, inspect the campuses of the legendary educational institutions, monuments of architecture and history
  • Visit the cozy resort of Bath with its memorials 
  • Go on an excursion to Wales for the whole day.

There are many student clubs and communities, interest sections (they are all free of charge) on campus. - for example, on Fridays Conversation Cafe is going to be very popular among foreign students: here you can talk with classmates, find new friends and develop communicative, speech skills. Note also an interesting club Language Doctor: students can apply here if they have difficulties in learning English - other students will help you to understand a difficult topic, to work with you on pronunciation, to explain grammatical structures. On the last Friday of each month, the Book Club gathers: literature lovers (especially British authors) discuss selected books, magazines, articles and newspaper publications.

Equipment Celtic English Academy

Courses for students of Celtic English Academy organizes in 3 comfortable, modernly equipped buildings that have been recently renovated in large scale and updated with state-of-the-art technology - each building islocated a couple of minutes walk away from the next. In total, students are provided with 21 spacious classrooms with interactive equipment, a spacious computer lab (all PCs have Internet access), a library, quiet offices for self-study and homework, a recreation area and a reception where you can always seek help and advice. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, free vending machines with water and hot drinks are supplied (tea, coffee, hot chocolate).

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The school operates from 3 January to 24 March, from 27 March to 23 June, from 26 June to 22 September, from 25 September to 15 December. Basically, students begin programs on the following dates:

  • January 3
  • February 13
  • March 27
  • May 15
  • June 26
  • August 14
  • September 25
  • November 6.

Note the weekends and holidays in which the school is closed and lessons are not conducted:

  • On January 2
  • 14, March 17
  • 1, 29 May
  • August 28
  • December 16, January 1 (Christmas holidays).

The course price already includes:

  • Studying on the selected program
  • Accommodation and food in standard mode: Family - private rooms, shared facilities, half-board; Residence - personal room, common facilities, self-service (no food)
  • Full access to online resources and educational bases of the school
  • The company certificate and the full educational report for each student after the course ends
  • Recreational, sightseeing, entertainment program
  • International SIM card ( Lycamobile)
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access.

Additionally paid:

  • Flights to both destinations
  • Registration fee
  • Consular fee (payable at the Embassy)
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification, courier delivery of documents
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Compulsory health insurance
  • Issue of the international student ISIC card
  • Tutorials, books and materials
  • Examination fees
  • Transfer
  • Individual lessons (not available in July and August).

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 50 GBP
  • Registration fee (for accommodation) 30 GBP
  • Express mail 60 GBP
  • Transfer (one way) 200 GBP
  • Study materials 50 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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