Cambridge CELTA

What is CELTA?

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (earlier known as Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults), popularly referred to as CELTA is an internationally recognized English language teaching certification (a professional qualification) that makes the holder eligible to teach English as a Second Language in any part of the world.

CELTA is an intensive and highly practical English teaching qualification that passes international standard for teaching English and can help even individuals with no prior English teaching experience become well trained and capable of taking on a rewarding life experience as an English teacher to students learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

CELTA is the ESL qualification that lays the standard for other qualifications in TEFL. It is certified by the University of Cambridge and acceptable anywhere in the world.

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Who is this course for?

CELTA is a professional teacher training course designed for people who are either beginning to build a career as an English teacher or those already teaching with no formal teaching qualifications. The course may also be taken by practicing English teachers as a means of continuing professional development.

To sum it up, CELTA is suitable for individuals who are 20 years of age or above and are:

  • Fresh graduates or individuals considering an English teaching career and seeking a good foundation upon which they can build their professional teaching practice.
  • Existing English teachers who are in need of an internationally recognized formal teaching qualification.
  • Professionals who are in other fields and business domains such as writers, marketers or educational managers interested in delving into teaching or want to add CELTA as a qualification to their existing credentials.
  • Currently active English teachers seeking additional professional development to further enhance their career.

5 reasons to take a CELTA course

Apart from benefits such as increased chances of landing exciting TEFL jobs, developing your skills as a professional language teacher and polishing your confidence in the classroom, below are the top five reasons you should take a CELTA course.

  • A CELTA certificate is recognized worldwide and is one of the most requested teaching certificate for TEFL jobs globally.
  • CELTA is accredited by the University of Cambridge which moderates each course therefore maintaining a high level of quality training at all times.
  • A CELTA certificate is highly recognized by the office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual) of England at level 5 based on the Qualifications and Credit Framework and follows an approved framework.
  • ¬†The CELTA course is flexible and can either be taken as an intensive 4 week course or spread over a 12 week period.
  • CELTA is an important stepping stone for English teachers willing to take a step further by obtaining the DELTA ( Diploma of English Language Teaching to Adults)

CELTA Course Content

The CELTA syllabus consist of various topics which are covered under five main units;

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context: Under this unit, you will learn about the different teaching and learning contexts around the world including the various types of learners, their cultural, linguistic backgrounds and motivation for learning. You will learn abut different types of classes, multilingualism and teaching preferences.
  • Language analysis and awareness: The second unit is where you learn how to analyze different aspects of the language including grammar, lexis and phonology. You will study learners’ challenges to learning and the best way to introduce the language based on your learners’ context.
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing: Here, teachers will learn the four basic skills of learning a language, their features, purposes, potential barriers and how to introduce learning activities that incorporate all four of them to your learners.
  • Planning and resources for different contexts: An in-depth study of the principles of planning to ensure effective teaching, evaluation of lesson plans as well as the selection of materials and resources for planning and evaluation
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism: This unit deals with classroom management organisation, control and several other practical skills for teaching at all levels. You will learn about your professional development responsibilities and support systems.

Ways to take a CELTA course

The CELTA course although intensive, can be very flexible. The following are the available curse delivery formats;

  • In-class (face to face) / Full time CELTA: The In-class CELTA course or Full time CELTA as it is common referred to, is a highly intensive and engaging learning experience for teachers that lasts a period of 4 weeks, usually weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Part time CELTA: These courses are run for a period of 12 weeks (or 3 months). Classes are in the afternoons twice during the week and half a day on Saturday mornings.
  • Online Blended CELTA: This format allow teachers to take most of the course online with only the training practice taken at the center.

Entry Requirements

To enroll onto a CELTA course, candidates must be:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Have¬†a native level of English or possess a minimum of an IELTS 7.5 or Cambridge CPE.
  • Educational level sufficient for university entry application.


  • Applicants do not necessarily need to have a degree.
  • CELTA tutors accepts candidates based on their discretion.

CELTA Assessment

CELTA is a continuous assessment program, which means, your progress is assessed as you proceed with your CELTA course. The two types of assessment are:

  • Teaching practice: As part of the requirements of the CELTA certificate, you will be expected to teach for a total of 6 hours usually adult classes and at least two different levels of learning ability.
  • Written Assignments: Secondly, you will be given a total of four written assignments at different times during the course. Each will be about 750- 1,000 words and will focus on different aspects of learning including language analysis, teaching language skills, adult learner needs and classroom teaching.

Note: There are no final written exams.

What Next? - The Application Process

  1. First Step - Express your interest by submitting the application form here.
  2. Second Step - Receive a pre-interview task based on the location you've choosen.
  3. Third Step - Submit the completed task, and get invited for an interview.
  4. Final Step - Confirm your place after a successful interview.

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