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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What to expect from a CELTA course?

Expect a demanding and exciting 4-week intensive teacher training programme with:

120 contact hours, overall
daily sessions of theoretical input
minimum 6 hours of teaching practice with real students of English
approximately 6 hours of observation of experienced teachers
4 written assignments totaling up to 3,000 words
an estimate of 4-6 hours of doing homework outside course hours

Expect to receive input in workshop- rather than lecture-format sessions in the following 5 areas:

  1. Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  2. Language analysis and awareness
  3. Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  4. Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
  5. Developing teaching skills and professionalism

Expect to be assessed throughout the course on

your teaching practice

your 4 written assignments, of which

  • assignment 1 focuses on adult learners and learning contexts
  • assignment 2 focuses on an aspect of the language system of English
  • assignment 3 focuses on an aspect of language skills
  • assignment 4 requires reflection on classroom teaching and the identification of action points

your participation in and contribution to the input sessions

Finally, expect support and guidance from your peers and the two course tutors, during

Guided lesson planning before your teaching practice hours0%
Feedback after your teaching practice hours0%
Tutorials held at least twice during the course0%

Download the CELTA syllabus and assessment guidelines