The teaching profession, like any other profession, necessitates that individuals comply with a code of conduct designed to facilitate and maintain a positive, professional working environment.

On CELTA courses at ICTE participants are expected to assume a range of professional behaviours and responsibilities as part of their training. These behaviours and responsibilities form part of the CELTA assessment criteria.

For future employability, it is very important for participants to demonstrate that they can handle these responsibilities in an effort to meet the fundamental standards of the profession.

ICTE CELTA Code of Conduct

While studying at ICTE, course participants are expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • to be punctual and attend all classes;
  • to inform tutors of and discuss unavoidable absence(s) from class or lateness (in advance where possible);
  • to be well informed about the course and course requirements and plan appropriately;
  • to take joint responsibility for their own learning and to monitor their own progress in the teaching and learning environment with some access to course tutors for support and assistance;
  • to meet course deadlines and submit course work in a timely manner;
  • to comply with the ICTE Plagiarism Policy and the ICTE CELTA assignment submission and resubmission protocols as stated in the ICTE CELTA Assignments Handbook;
  • to conduct themselves in a professional manner and treat staff, students and other course participants with respect, courtesy and equity, irrespective of cultural background, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, religion or political conviction and work with them in a cooperative, collegial manner;
  • to respect the rights of other course participants to a pleasant, mature and undisturbed learning environment;
  • to participate actively in and contribute constructively to input sessions and teaching practice feedback;
  • to reflect honestly, openly and with integrity on teaching practice and endeavour to incorporate feedback into future learning and teaching experiences;
  • to attend to and comply with the administrative requirements of the course;
  • to maintain an appropriate, professional dress code;
  • to respect the property and facilities of ICTE and The University of Queensland, including the Learning Centre and computing resources, and respect the rights of others to use these facilities and resources;
  • to comply with the protocols, rules and regulations of The University of Queensland;
  • to bring to the timely attention of course tutors and/or the relevant TESOL Director of Studies any issues or grievances which may impact on the smooth running of the course.

Participants should be aware that failure to comply with the Code of Conduct for Teacher Training and Professional Development Programs may constitute grounds for expulsion from the course.

    What participants can expect from ICTE

    While studying at ICTE, course participants can expect that the Institute will provide:

    • High-quality customer service from ICTE staff and high-quality teaching and training;
    • a course which meets the requirements and regulations of the accrediting institution/body in both its design and delivery;
    • accurate and timely information regarding course requirements, assessment, assignments and workloads;
    • individual and group consultation, support and guidance from course tutors;
    • individual and group assistance from tutors with course work and lesson planning;
    • a study environment free from harassment, discrimination, abuse of power and one which respects the privacy of individuals;
    • a study environment in which individuals are treated with respect and courtesy by tutors, ICTE personnel and other course participants;
    • a study environment in which Occupational Health and Safety standards are maintained and safety and security issues addressed;
    • access to a Process for the Resolution of Grievances if dissatisfied with any aspect of the administration or course program and an assurance that complaints and grievances will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

    Process for the Resolution of Grievances

    During the course

    In the first instance, candidates should discuss matters with the course tutors. If needed, candidates can also arrange an appointment to speak to the Academic Manager: Teacher Training and Professional Development (or in his/her absence the TESOL Director of Studies. If candidates still feel that the issue remains unresolved, they should arrange to see the Director ICTE.

    Post course: Enquiries on Results

    Where candidates wish to query the result recommended by ICTE, candidates must first put their query in writing to the Academic Manager: Teacher Training and Professional Development.

    If the problem cannot be resolved by discussion between ICTE and the candidate, the candidate must write a letter outlining the reasons for querying the result, forward it to ICTE who then forwards it to Cambridge Assessment English on their behalf.

    The Grade Review committee at Cambridge Assessment English will review the candidate’s case and ICTE and the candidate will be advised of the outcome.

    Post course: Complaints and appeals about course provision

    Candidates who consider that the course has not been provided in line with the conditions on the Centre Authorisation Certificate – CELTA (from Cambridge Assessment English), should, in the first instance, write to the Academic Manager: Teacher Training and Professional Development.

    If the candidate is not satisfied that the issues have been resolved through the internal complaints procedure of ICTE, the candidate should request the Cambridge English Assessment Teaching Awards Complaints form from ICTE. The candidate should complete the form and send it directly to Cambridge English Assessment.

    Time limit on complaints

    Complaints and appeals about course provisions must be made within nine weeks of the issue of final results by Cambridge English Assessment.

    Cambridge CELTA:  Plagiarism Policy

    What is plagiarism?

    Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education, as part of The University of Queensland, has adopted the following definition of plagiarism:

    Plagiarism is the act of misrepresenting as one's own original work, the ideas, interpretations, words or creative works of another. These include published and unpublished documents, designs, music, sounds, images, photographs, computer codes and ideas gained through working in a group. These ideas, interpretations, words or works may be found in print and/or electronic media.

    How can one avoid plagiarism?

    In order to avoid plagiarism on this course, all candidates are required to appropriately acknowledge and reference all sources.

    The following are examples of plagiarism where appropriate acknowledgement or referencing of the author or source does not occur:

    • Direct copying of paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence;
    • Direct copying of paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence with an end reference but without quotation marks around the copied text;
    • Copying ideas, concepts, research results, computer codes, statistical tables, designs, images, sounds or text or any combination of these;
    • Paraphrasing, summarising or simply rearranging another person's words, ideas, etc without changing the basic structure and/or meaning of the text;
    • Offering an idea or interpretation that is not one's own without identifying whose idea or interpretation it is;
    • A ‘cut and paste' of statements from multiple sources;
    • Presenting as independent, work done in collaboration with others;
    • Copying or adapting another student's original work into a submitted assessment item.

    What are the penalties if plagiarism is detected in internally assessed work?

    Plagiarism can be divided into unintentional plagiarism and intentional plagiarism.

    • Careless or inadequate referencing, or failure to reference (unintentional plagiarism), will be considered "poor academic practice" and a demonstration of carelessness in research and presentation of evidence. In these cases, you may lose marks for that part of the assessment that has been plagiarised and/or you may be required to correct the error.
    • Intentional plagiarism will be treated as misconduct

    You are encouraged to read the UQ Academic integrity and plagiarism policy which makes a comprehensive statement about the University's approach to plagiarism, the consequences and the principles associated with preventing plagiarism.

    Sources:

    http://www.uq.edu.au/myadvisor/academic-integrity-and-plagiarism

    http://www.uq.edu.au/hupp/index.html?page=25128

    What is the impact of plagiarism on the Cambridge CELTA Award?

    Candidates should be aware that severe penalties are applied by Cambridge Assessment English as the Awarding Body for the Certificate in Teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages (CELTA). This could also include disqualification for the person who has allowed their work to be copied.

    If plagiarised work is detected in externally assessed or moderated work or in any work submitted to Cambridge Assessment English, penalties will range from loss of marks to disqualification from the award and a ban on re-entry for a period of up to three years.

    Sources:

    Cambridge Assessment English CELTA Administration Handbook 2017

    Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications News Issue 35 September 2018.