CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages)

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages)

Why do CELTA?

The Cambridge Assessment CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages) is the most recognised initial English Language Teaching qualification in the world. It is a qualification that is trusted by employers, language schools and governments.

Why do CELTA with us?

ELTeach (Cambridge Centre No: 00411) works with a team of international and highly experienced teacher trainers in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT) who are led by our Head of Department, Neil McCutcheon. Neil has been working as a CELTA and DELTA trainer since 2005 and has delivered over 100 courses, both face-to-face and online. We understand the pressure that trainees work under, and do our utmost to ensure that you are working in a supportive and encouraging environment. (We won’t promise not to push you outside your comfort zone, but we want you to feel that this is an unthreatening experience.)

Can I afford to invest in this?

Can you afford not to? CELTA provides the knowledge, confidence and hands-on teaching experience you need in order to develop a successful career in teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is a passport to travel the globe, and will be one of the best investments you ever make. CELTA is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and has been accredited at level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework. It has been given premium product endorsement by NEAS in Australia.

Do I have the time?

We realise you may be busy, and aim to fit our courses round the other demands on your time.  If you are in a hurry and want to qualify this summer, we’ll do our best to book you in! If you already have commitments and are only available on certain days, why not try our part-time options? Want to take the course online? No problem – online CELTA is our area of expertise!

Do I know enough about grammar?

This needn’t worry you; we are used to training trainees who start with zero knowledge of grammar. We will assess your level of knowledge at the interview, and help you prepare with some recommended reading and a pre-course task. You’ll do a lot of learning on the course itself, both by observing lessons and in input sessions (or alternatively on the online units). Even by the end of the course, you are not expected to be an expert, though you’ll certainly feel much more confident in your ability to analyse and describe the language. Finally, teaching English isn’t all (or even mostly) about teaching grammar!

You can get off to a head start by taking our Pre-CELTA Language Awareness Course.

Will it be too intensive?

4-week courses (5 weeks online) are intensive and you will need to dedicate most of your time to the course. However, we have planned courses to take the sting out of this. With online courses, you’ll be introduced to working on the platform in a low pressure environment (together with other trainees). As well as weekends, you will have a free day mid-week. The face-to-face timetable is planned so that there are fewer input sessions when you need more time for lesson-planning.


Course information

CELTA is a Level 5 course on the English National Curriculum.

The course consists of the following components:

  • Teaching Practice & Feedback
  • Input Sessions
  • Observations
  • Written Assignments
  • Tutorials

The Total Qualification Time (TQT) on this course includes 120 Guided Learning Hours.


Class times and catering for different time zones

When designing the timetables, we have taken the different time zones and needs (e.g., trainees who are free to complete the courses full-time and trainees who have other commitments and can only complete the courses part-time/after work/after school, etc.) into consideration.

  • Our four-week-long, face-to-face, full-time courses are for trainees living or staying in the UK.
  • Our five-week-long, fully-online, full-time courses have their teaching practice, assisted lesson planning and input sessions scheduled between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm GMT and thus also cater for trainees living in different time zones (e.g., trainees living in India, Vietnam, China, etc.).
  • Our twelve or thirteen-week-long, fully-online, part-time courses have their teaching practice, assisted lesson planning and input sessions scheduled between 6:00 pm and 9:30 pm GMT on one weekday (typically either Tuesday or Wednesday) and between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm on Saturdays. Therefore, these courses also cater for trainees living in most European countries.

Timetables available upon request.

Language requirement: C1

To enrol online, please:

  • complete and submit the Application Form
  • pay the deposit of £300 so that we can hold your place
  • pay the remainder of your fees 21 days prior to the course start date

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