Cambridge CELTA Course in Kobe

There is a famous saying; "If you can't go to Paris, go to Kobe." Kobe is a sophisticated city located on an island and snuggled between the sea and the mountain. Alongside other Japanese cities, Kobe has one of the top job markets for teaching English in Asia.

TEFL Certification in Kobe, Japan

From world-class cuisines to astonishing natural wonders coupled with a thriving business atmosphere, taking a TEFL in Kobe is more than just attending classes and obtaining a certificate. There are lots of adventures to engage in and a myriad of opportunities to practice a fulfilling teaching career at the end of your CELTA course in Kobe.

We have two CELTA training centers in Kobe that exist solely to provide high-quality training to English teachers from all over the world. The course is designed primarily to help trainees understand the basic methodology of English teaching. Classes cover intensive training on language awareness and analysis, lesson planning, classroom management, teaching, and learning contexts.

The most important aspect of the course is the Teaching Practice. Candidates engage in hours of practice teaching observed and assessed by professional trainers. You will teach groups of learners in different levels of English ability within a real-life classroom setting.

There are feedback and evaluation sessions where you will be able to discuss your strengths and weakness with qualified trainers. Our classes are fast-paced and interactive with a student base from different parts of the world.

Kobe 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.

Kobe Course Dates

Due to the on-going pandemic (COVID-19), most of the courses are now ONLINE!
Contact us, to receive an update on the upcoming CELTA course, dates & fees in Kobe.

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

Kobe 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 Kobe

We have two centers where new and experienced teachers can choose to take the CELTA course in Kobe.

Chuo-ku Center: The Chuo-ku CELTA training center is located at Taiyo Bldg 6 Floor 5-1-2 Kitangasa-Dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe. The center boasts over 30 years of providing excellent CELTA courses for candidates within and outside Japan. Our Chuo-ku center is within a calm and welcoming environment that helps trainees to settle down comfortably. To ease the stress of study, there is access to the modern state of the art facilities and study materials.

Shintaku Center: The Shintaku center located on the 9th floor, Mitsubishi UF J Shintaku Ginko Building, 36 Nishimach, Chuo-ku, Kobe- Shi, Hyogo-Ken, Japan. The facilities at this center include a new building with free wifi for trainees' use. There is a well-stocked library, a lounge area, and a student welfare desk that caters to the needs of all trainees. The Shintalu center won the prestigious 'World Language Schools' Award by STM Star in the year 2014 and is recognized as a leading language school both locally and international.

Job Support and Placement: Kobe, Japan

A significant aspect of our CELTA training is the job support and placement advice that we offer our trainees. Although there are no guaranteed job openings at the centers for CELTA graduates, trainers are always available to give advice and tips on how to get the best jobs after your training.

Occasionally, the centers may also have job opportunities for which you can apply. Throughout the training, our tutors enlighten candidates on the types of jobs available to them at the end of their course and how to make the best use of their certificate to get the best jobs available.

Why Choose CELTA in Kobe?

Japan has a lot of ESL teaching positions available for TEFL qualified teachers. There are opportunities within Kobe and even more across cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and others. Besides the employment opportunities, Kobe is the most liveable city in Japan and makes for a good study and work experience.

There are private language academies, public schools, and opportunities to teach in corporate settings. The JET program, which is run by the Japanese government, is also a very exciting avenue for ESL teachers to practice. For extra income, you can explore private tutoring jobs both within the city and online.

English teachers with a CELTA certificate in Kobe can earn up to 3,000 USD per month with an average cost of living of about 1,500 USD per month. Teachers employed in the JET program are paid about 40,000 USD annually with benefits like housing, while private lessons can earn you as much as 30 USD per hour.

More than being a fascinating destination to study for a CELTA and teach English, Kobe is a vibrant city that is full of charm and calmness, providing a getaway from the hustle and bustle of other Japanese cities. Kobe provides both the calm of the countryside and the modern vibes of a metropolitan.

Things to do in Kobe, Japan while taking a CELTA

Located on Honshu Island, Kobe offers a lot of adventurous options to CELTA trainees while they study. Whether you are a first time visitor in the city or a long-time resident in Japan, you will always find interesting things to do during your free time. Kobe is the cultural center of Japan, and the best destination to absorb the beautiful Japanese culture.

The Cross Akashi Kaikypo Bridge is one of the most famous tourist attractions within the city. Walk across the bridge, which is popular as the tallest in Japan. The floor of the bridge is made of glass and will be a thrilling over the edge adventure for people who love heights.

The Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum is another popular place to visit with a striking display of ancient carpentry tools that were used in ancient Japan. You will find all sorts of axes and saws made from stones and also a few rare modern exhibitions. Kobe has its own mountain called Mount Rokko, also popularly called Rokko-san, where you can hike and enjoy the great night views if you do so in the night.

For relaxation, you can take a trip to the Arima Onsen or explore the Fruit Lower Park for some time with nature. If you are lucky, you may bump into a Japanese wedding going on at the park. The park is home to thousands of blooming tulips during the springtime.

The Kobe Luminarie Festival is one you shouldn't miss too. The festival is held in honor of those who died during the Hanshin Earthquake and involves a display of many bright lights that represent each soul lost in the disaster. Another place to learn about the city's earthquake history is the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum.

Finally, it will be a loss to complete your CELTA in Kobe without trying any of the local food, especially the Kobe beef. The beef is amazingly delicious and is cooked until it becomes soft and very juicy. Other popular dishes in Kobe include fried noodles and rice called sobamechi and gyozas.

Apply for your CELTA course in Kobe for a perfect chance to experience Japanese culture, history, super delicious meals, and a thriving ESL job market.

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