Cambridge CELTA Course in Auckland

Nicknamed "The City of Sails," Auckland is the largest city and the seat of most public businesses in New Zealand. With over two million international visitors yearly, Auckland provides a great mix of prospects and diversity for ESL teachers.

TEFL Certification in Auckland, New Zealand

If you are a lover of boats and the sea, then taking a TEFL certification in New Zealand's most vibrant city, Auckland gives you more than just a ticket to one of the most fulfilling careers in the world.

In Auckland, you can walk from one edge of New Zealand to the other in hours through the incredible Coast to Coast Walkway. You can kayak to a volcanic island or get friendly with penguins at the largest penguin colony exhibit in the world. With its fascinating landscape and abundant prospects, Auckland is more than just a CELTA study destination.

Our CELTA institutes in Auckland were established to offer the internationally recognized CELTA course for the professional development of ESL teachers. The course is suitable for individuals who are either recent graduates, professionals willing to change to the teaching career, or experienced teachers who need a formal qualification.

You can either take the CELTA at Auckland as a full-time course over four or five weeks or as a part-time, usually lasting about ten weeks. The five-week course schedule is designed to ease the stress of trainees and give more room for research and assignments. During the CELTA course, you will get the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to become a successful English teacher in New Zealand and overseas.

Our Auckland CELTA centers admit trainees from over 25 countries, creating a diversity that makes learning more exciting and fun.

Auckland Course Highlights - A Quick Glance

  • A minimum of 120 contact hours at our center, with additional hours spent outside class for self-study: background reading, lesson planning and assignment writing.
  • Trainees are involved in lesson planning, language analysis, observation of peers and experienced teachers, reflection on their teaching practice and feedback from trainers.
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice along with peer observation.
  • 6 hours of observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT professionals.
  • On-going job support, suitable assistance and continous professional development services.

Auckland Course Dates

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the CELTA courses continue to be delivered Online. However, both Mixed-mode and Face-to-face courses are being conducted depending on the interest. Please contact us to inquire about the specific course formats available.

Note that, an Online CELTA holds the same value as the Face-to-face course, and is equally recognized by ESL employers worldwide.

Auckland Course Details

Entry Requirements

  • You should be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course (trainees can be accepted over 18 at the center’s discretion).
  • While the course itself does not require you to have a degree, you should have a standard of education equivalent to that required for an entry into primary or higher education.
  • Have a strong command, awareness of English language with equal skills over verbal and written English so as to follow the course and complete the assignments.

Course Syllabus

Some of the main units of learning are:

  • Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation and management skills
  • Teaching practice and guidelines


You will be continually assessed throughout the course and there is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

  • Teaching Practice
  • Written Assignments

CELTA course trainees will always be kept informed of their progress during the course and an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, moderates each course.

Teaching Practice, Observation

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course where trainees work in groups to plan, observe and give feedback to each other.

  • Six hours of assessed teaching practice with real students in real classes.
  • Detailed oral and written feedback of your teaching practice.
  • Observation of both peer and qualified ELT teachers for six hours.

CELTA Training Center in Auckland

We have three world-leading CELTA institutes in Auckland that teachers can choose from.

Symonds Center: Located at 67, Symonds Street, Auckland, our Symonds center is a part of a larger institution ranked one of the world's top 100 higher institutions in 2019. The center is close to spectacular spots in the city, making it easy for CELTA trainees to explore during their free time.

While studying at Symonds, you will get the support you need to learn within a friendly environment, with computing facilities and the latest teaching technology. More so, we provide both pastoral care and accommodation support and offer some exciting sporting and cultural activities.

Princes Center: Our Princes center is situated at 27 Princes Street, City Center, Auckland, New Zealand. Nestled within the heart of Auckland city, we are close to several downtown shopping centers and bounded by the beautiful gardens of Albert Park.

Like all of our centers in New Zealand, the Princes center has an international atmosphere with candidates from over 20 countries. Our facilities cover comfortable and well-equipped classrooms, a learning center where you can self-study, a wireless network, and a student lounge with a variety of food and drinks.

Customs Center: Our third but equally standard CELTA center is located at 104, Customs Street, West Auckland, New Zealand. The center is located next to the Viaduct harbor and surrounded by water providing a calm and serene atmosphere for study. Established in 1984, our best strength at Customs lies in our decades of experience and the professional background of our trainers.

Job Support and Placement: Auckland, New Zealand

At all our Auckland centers, we are dedicated to helping trainees achieve their teaching goals and career ambitions. As a result, we render assistance in different forms. We assist candidates in creating career pathways and exploring new opportunities in New Zealand and abroad.

Trainees undergo in-course and post-course employment support in the form of workshops and seminars. During these workshops, we advise on CV writing and interview tips. Trainees also get to ask questions on job searches and have experienced professionals and alumni provide answers.

Why Choose CELTA in Auckland?

Auckland is undeniably New Zealand's largest city, often confused as the capital. A few years ago, the city was ranked the number one city for quality living among English speaking countries.

Although Auckland is an English speaking country, there are still opportunities to teach ESL and enjoy a good dose of the Maori culture of New Zealand.

To apply for ESL jobs in Auckland, you can visit any of the numerous job sites available online. You can try SEEK or check out other job websites like Trade Me, Jobseeker, and Education personnel. ESL jobs in Auckland are mostly available in international schools, private language academies, government-sponsored programs, and public schools. ESL teachers in Auckland can also teach in private schools or work as private home tutors.

Your salary as an ESL teacher in Auckland depends on some factors such as your qualifications, years of experience, and an assessment conducted by the Teachers Council of New Zeland. On average, starting salaries for ESL teachers in Auckland is usually between 35,000 USD and 45,000 USD per annum. Teachers who take on private tutoring may earn an extra USD 20 per hour. With living cost below 2,000 USD, you will be able to save something tangible monthly.Your CEWLAT qualification will also help you get better deals with employers.

Things to do in Auckland, New Zealand while taking a CELTA

The secret of discovering the best of Auckland is not in staying and touring the city center, but in exploring the downtown and countryside regions. Besides the sprawling city center, Auckland is an attractive city to visit with about 50 volcanoes, amazing regional parks that cover over 40 000 hectares, black and white sand beaches, and the most beautiful sights of seas and boats. During your CELTA in Auckland, you will have a lot of sights and adventures to fill your free time.

Waiheke Island is one of the not-so-hidden attractions in Auckland and the best place to begin your experience, especially if you are a lover of art and nature. You can get a scooter from the island oasis to visit the WWII tunnel network or the Connells Bay Sculpture Park. Waiheke is adorned with several vineyards, top-class restaurants, and art studios. You can also take a walk along the coast to surf and have fun.

Some other islands you can tour include the Tirtiri Matangi Island with its wide variety of wildlife or the Aotea or Great Barrier Island. You can also take some time to see Auckland's youngest volcano, Rangitoto Island. Stop at the Auckland Museum, home to the most extensive collection of Maori gems in New Zealand or the Kelly Tarltons aquarium that houses the largest penguin colony in the world.

Auckland has a lot of amazing iconic structures as well. The Sky Tower, which is the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere, is one of the most beautiful parts of the city's skyline. If you are highly adventurous, you can try bungee jumping while you are there. Similar to the Sky Tower in terms of height, Mt Eden, also called Maungawhau, is a volcano and the highest natural point in the city. The Maungakiekie hill, a famous volcano, also called One Tree Hill is another famous spot to see.

While you are absorbing the attractions of Auckland, try out some of their delicious foods. Auckland has diverse and highly palatable cuisine influenced by both the Maori and western cultures. Popular local foods you should try include Hangi, made of meat, lamb, chicken or pork cooked in underground ovens, and the seafood delicacy, Whitebait.

Start your CELTA in Auckland. Earn an internationally recognized teaching qualification while you enjoy the vibrant history and beautiful Maori culture of Auckland.

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