CELTA stands for “Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults”. It is the original certificate course in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) or teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), and it has been running for four decades. It is highly respected and recognized globally, with 7 out of 10 employers worldwide asking applicants to have it.

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Generally speaking, the course provides a sound theoretical basis of the best methods to teach the four language skills as well as grammar and vocabulary. Moreover, innovative techniques are shared for adapting coursebook content and using authentic materials in the classroom. Language analysis, student motivation, English teaching methodologies, plus hands-on training and exploiting learner errors – these are the areas you will explore thoroughly on this 3-module course.

Module 1


It is a written exam made up of two 90-minute papers which test the candidates’ knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning English in a range of contexts.
It comprises six topics:
  1. Theoretical perspectives on language acquisition and language teaching
  2. Different teaching approaches and methodologies, including current developments
  3. Language systems and learners’ linguistic problems
  4. Language skills and learners’ problems
  5. Knowledge of resources, materials and reference sources for language learning
  6. Key assessment concepts and terminology
To prepare you for successfully going through the examination, we offer an online preparation course in which your individual study (implying a commitment of minimum 8 hours a week) will be supplemented by weekly group sessions of online face-to-face coaching with a tutor who will provide essential support, preparation and guidance.

Module 2


It takes place face-to-face and it focuses on developing awareness and expertise in the principles and professional practice of teaching English in a range of contexts.
It covers seven topics:
  1. The language learner and the language learning context
  2. Preparation for teaching English language learners
  3. Evaluating, selecting and using resources and materials for teaching purposes
  4. Managing and supporting learning
  5. Evaluation of lesson preparation and teaching
  6. Observe and evaluate other teachers’ lessons
  7. Professionalism and opportunities for professional development
It is assessed through observed teaching practice by your course tutors and a Cambridge English assessor, and five written assignments on Professional Development, Language Systems and Language Skills.

Module 3


It is conducted online via email, under the guidance of a tutor, and it includes two options.
Option 1: Extending practice and ELT specialism
This option focuses on needs analysis, syllabus design, course planning and assessment. It implies independent investigation leading to the design of a course programme related to specialisms ranging from business English to teaching young learners (see the complete list here).


The 6 topics addresed include:
  1. Research into specialist areas
  2. Syllabus design: principles, influences on, methodological effects of, and major syllabus types as applied to the specific learning context
  3. Designing syllabus and teaching programmes to meet the needs of learners in the specific context of their selected specialism
  4. Course design and development in the specific context of their selected specialism
  5. The principles and practice of testing and assessment and application to the candidate’s specialist area
  6. Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and quality of courses and programmes of study


Option 2: ELT management
This option focuses on situation analysis, planning and implementing change. It implies carrying out an independent situation analysis leading to the design of a change proposal in one of the following specialisms: academic management, human resource management, customer service and marketing.


The following 6 topics are covered:
  1. Research into specialist areas
  2. Management: principles and applications
  3. Principles and procedures of the specialism and their application in the Language Teaching Operation (LTO)
  4. Designing management initiative to meet the requirements of the specific context
  5. Implementing the initiative in the LTO
  6. Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the initiative
Module 3 is assessed through a 4,000-4,500-word written assignment on a chosen teaching specialism (Option 1) or ELT management specialism (Option 2).


To browse the complete Delta syllabus, click here.
To download the Delta Handbook for Tutors and Candidates, click here.
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