Language teacher training in adult education (certificate course SVEB 1)
If you want to teach adults you need to train as a language teacher in adult education. This qualification is recognised all over Switzerland.
Module title
Conduction of language courses for adults/SVEB certificate course Level 1 (FA-M1)
Target group
The aim is to qualify participants to independently design, conduct and evaluate language courses.
Training is addressed to persons wishing to work as teachers in adult education, especially in the field German as a Foreign Language/Second Language or teachers wishing to acquire further qualifications.
Training is divided into five topics, which are integrated in the course structure giving participants a comprehensive understanding of the conditions and possibilities of teaching a foreign language. In addition to theoretical principles of adult-specific learning processes, topics include practical planning of language courses as well as variable conception, delivery and evaluation of language lessons.
Participants can moreover arrange to acquire the necessary proof of practical experience within the scope of an integrated teaching activity at academia language centres.
The course schedule can be found here.
Participants are required to be proficient in German (minimum B2) and have a high capacity of linguistic expression.
Number of participants
6 – 15 persons
Learning time
90 contact hours of 120 minutes each
plus 165 h of independent study.
Course formats
Course format 1: Intensive
Two consecutive weeks Monday to Friday,
then five Saturdays; at the following times:
10:00–12:00, 13:00–15:00, 15:30–17:00, plus independent study.
Course format 2: Alongside work
15 Fridays or Saturdays in total; at the following times:
10:00–12:00, 13:00–15:00, 15:30–17:00, plus independent study.

Location of course
Basel: academia language school, Schifflände 3, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland
Further locations will follow.
Price of course
CHF 3,450 minus any subsidies.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding subsidies.
Alexander Thielmann
Head of German
+41 (0)58 440 90 90
Certificate of completion
Participants receive a confirmation regarding the module upon completion. A SVEB 1 certificate is gained subject evidence of the required 150 hours of practical experience.
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is the most frequently recognised basic qualification for English teachers in the world. A unique combination of theory and practice gives teachers fundamental knowledge, hands-on teaching experience as well as the ability to teach English competently in various contexts.

CELTA is regarded as a criterion for acceptance to most language schools worldwide.
Module title Target group Description
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Target group
• People starting a career in English language teaching
• People looking for a career change or career break
• People already teaching English without formal qualifications
The course:

• teaches you the principles of effective teaching
• provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
• gives candidates hands-on teaching practice and feedback from experienced tutors

The syllabus covers five main topics:

• learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
• language analysis and awareness
• language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
• planning and resources for different contexts
• developing teaching skills and professionalism
Cambridge regulations state that candidates must:

• be at least 20 years old by the end of the course
• have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers
• have a minimum of a high C1 level in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course and complete all the assessed elements successfully

It is also strongly recommended that candidates have formal school-leaving qualifications that entitle them to enter higher education.

Due to the demands of the course and in the interest of candidates, acceptance on the course is not automatic but through a selection procedure. This includes the completion of an application form, pre-interview tasks and an interview.
Number of participants
Maximum 12 participants
Course duration
A minimum of 120 contact hours and approx. 80–100 hours independent study and preparation time.
Course formats
Annual summer courses running the whole month of July
Monday–Friday, 9:00–17:30

3 July–28 July 2017

Annual 10-week course from October to December
Friday and Saturday, 9:00–17:30

13 October–16 December 2017
Location of course
Basel: academia language school, Schifflände 3, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland
CHF 3,950
Antoinette Breutel
Head of English
+41 (0)58 440 90 90
Certificate of completion
Certificates are awarded to candidates who meet the assessment criteria. Assessment is both continuous and integrated. There is no final examination.

The two types of assessment are:

Teaching Practice
Candidates teach for a total of 6 hours, working with adult classes at a minimum of two levels of ability.
Assessment is based on overall performance and progress.

Written Assignments
The four written assignments (each 750–1,000 words) focus on:
• -analysing and responding to adult learner needs
• -analysing language for teaching purposes
• -teaching language skills
• -reflecting on classroom teaching

The possible certificate grades are: Pass A, Pass B, Pass, or “No Certificate Awarded”.
Workshops and continuing education courses on all language teaching topics

You can find a list of workshops here.

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