Cambridge CELTA Course in Lyon

Situated in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and about 290 miles from Paris, Lyon is a city with a rich history. Taking your CELTA here opens you to an incredible culture, fun and stunning surroundings.

TEFL Certification in Lyon, France

Taking a CELTA in Lyon will give you a stimulating experience that’s hard to forget. Lyon is famous for its food, the yearly Fête des Lumières (light festival) and in the past, for the traditional silk weaving. Lyon is a tranquil and historic city, easy to navigate and close to other places of interest within France. Moreover, the city gives easy access to our TEFL course trainees to explore mainland Europe, so you won’t be short of things to do or places to visit.

Our Lyon institute is situated such that it allows you a bit of fun and relaxation while maintaining a well-balanced training schedule. We have designed the prestigious certification course to include hours of observed teaching, supported lesson planning, and real-life teaching practice with model students.

This way, our TEFL course trainees are open to a lot of new perspectives and practical teaching methodologies. The skills you learn on the training will prepare you not only for a future teaching career here in Lyon but additional opportunities throughout Europe and across the world.

Even though the CELTA is an intensive four-week course lasting a minimum of 120 hours, the course is well organized to allow you some free time to explore the city. The center is located close to some of the city’s most beautiful attractions you can enjoy when you step away from the classroom.

During the four weeks of training, there is a continuous zeal to work hard on your lesson plans and teaching practice when you are assured of a fun-filled weekend to look forward to.

Lyon 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.

Lyon Course Dates

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Lyon 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 Lyon

Our teacher training in Lyon is situated in the 9th district, a very calm and serene area of Lyon, France. It is close to the metro stop Gorge de Loup and easily accessible to public transportation facilities allowing our teachers to move around town easily and sightsee.

The center is well equipped with modern facilities like a library and computer room with printing and photocopying equipment. We allow you to bring your own laptop so that you can work after teaching hours and plan for the next day.

To assist our teacher trainees with accommodation, we usually make available a list of options that you can explore before your training commences so you can plan. We have self-contained accommodation as well as the homestay alternative with host families.

Job Support and Placement: Lyon, France

With our decades of experience in language and teacher training, we have been able to establish a wide range of connections with language schools and companies within Lyon and across France.

As a result, our TEFL teachers can explore the opportunity to utilize our broad base of contacts when seeking job openings and placements across the country.

Moreover, the center is routinely approached by prospective employers and language schools ready to recruit some of our CELTA graduates.

Why Choose CELTA in Lyon?

In addition to the easily accessible location and scenic landscape Lyon offers to CELTA trainees, the city boasts of ample ESL jobs for those who decide to stay after their training. This is true not only for our graduates who choose to remain in Lyon but also for those who wish to go further afield within France.

Lyon has an established school system, a need for teachers in businesses and young children.  The city is also known for several in-company teaching related jobs, openings in private institutes, and public schools. You may even find a few opportunities in universities across the country.

A typical salary for TEFL teachers with a CELTA certificate is around 20 EUR per hour or about 1,500 EUR per month depending on the type of institution you choose to teach.

Most English teachers in the city enjoy the benefit of paid holidays. Living costs in Lyon is relatively moderate but will inevitably vary based on your lifestyle and budget planning. The city is full of markets selling fresh produce, a good way to shop and save yourself some euros. Generally, Lyon is cheaper to live in than some other cities in France, and it has an excellent transport system.

If you prefer to work in a different part of Europe or a different continent, our training and your CELTA certificate will prepare you to explore those opportunities.

Things to do in Lyon, France while taking a CELTA

Beyond doubt, France is a top tourist destination in Europe, and Lyon is its famed city with a young vibe that attracts visitors from other parts of the country. The town has a friendly, laid-back feel that makes CELTA trainees very comfortable and their study period enjoyable. Additionally, Lyon is one of the largest cities in France, but with far fewer city-related disadvantages in comparison to other metropolitan areas.

There is a wealth of activities in and around Lyon that you can do in your free time as a TEFL course trainee. Visit one of the many Cathedrals and historic buildings such as the Fourvière Basilica and Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Explore the historic streets of Lyon like the Vienx-Lyon old district peninsula to catch a glimpse of its striking structures and monuments. The Sathonay Square and Old Rhone River banks, are popular spots you shouldn't miss to take in the richness of Lyon's cultural heritage.

When you're not soaking up culture in the heart of the city, stop at one of the cafes dotted around to sample a café au lait and croissant, while you polish your French with the locals. You should not forget the La Maison des Canuts for a glimpse of Lyon's silk weaving history which has been the core of French textile trade for many centuries.

In the evenings, eat at one of Lyon's many restaurants or dance the night away in a club. The best place to try some French cuisine is the indoor food market, Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse. While you eat, you will find yourself staring around admiring the striking architecture of the building.

Begin your CELTA in Lyon. With its small-town feel and big-city offerings, learn teaching tips, and share ideas with other professionals while sightseeing and discovering all the city has to offer - a great balance between work and play.

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