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Are you connected to any other language school(s) in Cardiff?

No, we are not associated with any other school either in Cardiff or elsewhere. Although certain schools may have a similar name to ours, CELT is a privately-owned independent school and the longest established private language school in the city (founded in 1989). We have two teaching centres in the city; our Adult Centre at 6-8 Salisbury Road and our Young Learners Centre at 20-22 North Road.

How far is Cardiff from London?

Cardiff is approx. 150 miles from London taking the most direct route, the M4 motorway. The journey takes about 2 hours by train from Paddington Station and 3.5 hours by coach from Victoria Station.

When can I start?

You can start on any Monday, except holidays.

When can I go up a level?

At anytime. Teachers at CELT constantly monitor their students and will move a student to another level when the student is ready. This is decided by a student’s ability and application. Also, all returning students re-take the diagnostic test at the beginning of each term providing an opportunity to demonstrate what was learned in the previous term

Is there a coursebook?

For our General English morning classes, you will need a coursebook which you can purchase or borrow from reception. For all other classes, your teacher will bring the materials you need.

Can I change course after I start?

Yes. If you wish to change to another course with the same price structure, your enrolment will be automatically transferred. If your new course has a different price structure, you can spread use your previous payment to cover that cost but please note that no refunds can be given. If your new course has a higher price than the original, you will only need to pay the difference.

What scores have our students achieved in IELTS?

At CELT, we are proud of our track-record in helping our students reach their individual aims. The vast majority of our students achieve their IELTS targets and progress to the next step in their education or career.

Do you have different prices for different nationalities?

No, everybody pays the same in our school. We believe that everyone should be treated equally and that it is unfair for people from one country to pay more than people from a different country for the same course. We are a private school and do not receive any financial help from our local or national government.

Do I need a visa to study at CELT?

It depends where you are from. If you are from any country within the EU (European Union) or EEA (European Economic Area) you do not need a visa to study in the UK. All other students need a visa to study here. CELT is a registered sponsor licence holder with UK Border Agency (UKBA) and can provide you with the type of letter required to obtain the relevant visa.

Different countries have different visa requirements, so for up-to-date information please visit the UKBA website.

How do I become a homestay provider?

Please contact CELT on 02920 339290 or at chen.hodges@celt.co.uk. We will contact you to arrange a visit to your home and give you all the information needed.

How long do students stay?

From 1 week up to 11 months. Young learners stay for 2-3 weeks on average.

Where are the students from?

All over the world. Mostly from the Middle East, Brazil, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic. We ask that hosts have only one speaker of any particular language in their home at any one time (unless otherwise requested) and no more than 4 students present.

What is their English competency?

Varied – can be from elementary to advanced.

How old are the students?

The age range is from 13 to 17 (young learners) or 18 and above (adult students).

Can I choose if I have a male or female student?

Yes, you can. You can specify your gender preferences when you sign up.

What are they studying?

Young learners have an English course combined with social programme in the afternoons and some evening activities and a full day trip on Saturdays. Adult students either study in the mornings or full-time.

What is expected of a homestay provider?

Hosts are expected to integrate the student into their family and make them feel like at home, providing a safe, friendly and welcoming family environment. Students should be treated as a member of the family. On the first day, hosts are expected to take the student to the school and show them how to get back.

How and when do the homestay providers get paid?

The agreed sum is paid in full halfway through the course. For long-term students (students staying longer than 6 weeks), payment is made monthly in arrears. Payments are made directly to the host’s bank account.

What food should I provide for students?

Adult students should receive half board (breakfast and evening meal) from Monday to Friday and full-board (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) on weekend and holidays. Young learners should receive full board all week (breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal).

What dietary requirements do they have?

Students will expect to eat typical British food, so there is no need to make any arrangements. Sometimes, students may have specific dietary requirements. For any special diet (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, Halal, etc.) £2.00 extra per night will be paid.

What happens with laundry?

Homestay providers are requested to provide and wash bed linen and towels. Hosts are also required to either include their students’ laundry in the household wash, or, to indicate to student how to wash their clothes once a week.

What support does CELT provide?

The accommodation organiser is the emergency contact for homestay providers. Additionally, other staff in CELT can answer your queries and deal with any issues you may have.

How much space do students need?

Adults should have their own bedroom. Young learners can share a room with other students of the same gender and similar age. There cannot be more than 2 students in one room unless requested by the school. The bedroom should have a desk or study space, wardrobe and drawers, a bed, adequate natural and artificial lighting, and heating.

Is there a curfew in the evening?

Yes. Students under 16 should be home by 10pm and students aged 16 to 17 should be home by 10.30pm. If your student is over 18, you should agree with the student what time they should be at home. While giving a key to a young learner is at the discretion of the homestay provider, a copy of the house key must be provided to an adult student.

Can I choose who stays at my home?

Yes. You will be given information about the student before they arrive and before you agree to take them.

What happens if there is a problem with my student?

You will have details of staff at CELT to contact if there are any concerns. There is also an emergency number available to you when you cannot reach the school.

What happens if my property is lost/damaged?

CELT cannot be held responsible for any accidental damage or loss of property caused by a student, group leader or teacher to your home. Homestay providers are responsible for having adequate home insurance.

What happens in a medical emergency/if a student gets ill?

If a student is taken ill, please contact the accommodation organiser and the group leader immediately (if applicable). Then, if necessary, please take your student to your family doctor. Long-term students will be encouraged to register with your GP, and we will provide each student with a letter to help them do this.

I have pets, is that okay?

Yes, this is fine. We ask students to specify their allergies and preferences in order to place them with the most appropriate family.

What happens if I am away/on holiday?

If you want to take a break from hosting or go on holiday, just let us know. We will mark it on our calendar and won’t be contacting you with possible students until you’re back.

What happens if there is a change in my circumstances?

If you move house or carry out significant renovations, please inform us so we can arrange a revisit.

Do I need certification?

Yes. You will need to provide a fire risk assessment and a copy of your annual gas certificate. If you want to host young learners, you will need to get a DBS check every three years. Contact CELT if you need assistance with arranging this.

Do homestay providers get paid during school holidays?

Homestay providers get paid half rent for the time that students are not in their home but still holding the room with their belongings.

Is transport expected?

Both adult students and young learners will be able to use public transport to get to and from school. Young learners will automatically have a bus pass in most cases. Adult students need to get the bus pass themselves. Hosts are required to collect their students from the National Museum or bus station on arrival and take them there on departure. If for any reason a host is unable to do that, CELT can arrange for a taxi. However, please note that the host is responsible for covering the cost of the taxi.

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