Cambridge CELTA Course in Palermo

Palermo Sicily’s vibrant cultures, lavish coastlines, delicious street food, and reputation as the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea are some of the reasons it is an attractive destination to take a CELTA course.

TEFL Certification in Palermo, Italy

While Palermo is not much of an over visited city compared to Paris or Venice, it also has its share of attractions making it ideal to earn a CELTA. However, it is not just a wide range of historical monuments, excellent street food, and coastlines that attract teachers to study in the city. There is also a sunny climate, friendly populace and an excellent transport network. This allows our CELTA candidates to take exciting excursions to more exciting destinations around the city.

Our center at Palermo, Sicily offers face to face 4 week intensive TEFL training, which is very demanding yet enjoyable. The classes are slated for 10.00 AM to 18.30 PM on workdays with course inputs on language awareness and analysis, grammar, learning, and teaching context as well as professional skills development. Training also includes sessions of observed teaching, teaching practice, and feedback.

You are expected to spend your evenings and weekends on written assignments, which are a part of the continuous assessments and lesson planning in preparation for teaching practice. Weekly written assignments cover what you have been taught in class and how you can apply such in your own classrooms.

We adopt a teaching methodology that emphasizes learning by doing; hence, teaching practice is an integral part of the course. You will teach real-life students and improve your skills through honest feedback from our experienced tutors.

Palermo 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.

Palermo Course Dates

Due to the on-going pandemic (COVID-19), most of the courses are now ONLINE!
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Note that, an Online CELTA holds the same value as the face to face course, and is equally recognized by ESL employers worldwide.

Palermo 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 Palermo

Our CELTA training center at Palermo, Sicily is located right in the lively island of Palermo. Since its inception in 1975, the center has provided the perfect environment for teachers to learn and practice with modern facilities and resources.

Besides our spacious and comfortable facilities like the recreation center and a computer laboratory, we provide our teachers with access to up to date materials and books on methodology and grammar. There is a quiet room where teachers can do some self-study, homework, or prepare lesson plans.

We also arrange accommodation depending on our TEFL trainees' personal preferences and budget. There is the host family, homestay accommodation option, shared apartments and studio apartments. Teachers taking the homestay can either choose self-catering or pay for meals. Meanwhile, all our accommodation options provide excellent services with a high level of comfort.

Job Support and Placement: Palermo, Italy

Since our inception, assisting candidates in developing professionally and progressing in their career has been one of our major priorities.

We are always available on request from teachers to connect them with institutes that could offer them placement and offer helpful reference wherever necessary.

Also, we regularly provide career advice and job support sessions, especially between tutors and trainees, and a lot of our alumni are well-positioned within the global market in the ESL teaching and administrative sector.

Why Choose CELTA in Palermo?

There are still pockets of opportunities for teachers in Palermo although the city is more suited for vacationing or studying for a CELTA than actually getting a teaching job or living. Moreover, the city has an excellent transport system through which teachers can travel to other parts of Italy for more fulfilling opportunities.

In addition to this, Palermo has a beautiful climate, a leisurely lifestyle and vibrant culture that makes it attractive to English teachers. CELTA graduates who wish to stay back and enjoy the laidback lifestyle in the coastal city of Palermo can find opportunities in small private schools, high schools or chances of private tutoring especially if you speak a little Italian.

Better paying jobs can be found based on recommendations or references from reputable individuals in the city as a connection has a strong effect on employment chances. On average, English teachers with TEFL certificate in Palermo can earn up to 1,000 EUR per month or higher if they choose to move to other parts of Italy such as Milan, Rome, or Turin.

Things to do in Palermo, Italy while taking a CELTA

Palermo Sicily is one of the most exotic islands on the Mediterranean due to its historical sites, the rich mix of Islamic, western and byzantine culture, and beautiful architecture. As our CELTA trainee in Palermo, you have the opportunity to explore the cultural capital of Sicily, its colorful nightlife and delicious cuisines.

You can savor the tasty cuisines in the different restaurants, bars and street food malls scattered all over the city. If you are in for trying some recipes on our own, you can also visit the fantastic food markets that can be found almost everywhere across the city. Some of the famous markets in Palermo include Ballar and Vucciria. Try the Cazzilli, fried potatoes, Stugghiola, grilled lamb innards, and the Cannolo of Sicily made of sweetened ricotta cheese.

Adventurous places to visit in the city include the Palermos Cattedrale, with its impressive architecture described as the extravagant Arab Norman style. There is the Palazzo dei Normanni or the Palace of the Normans, one of the oldest royal palaces in Europe, the La Martorana, another cathedral, and the Palermo Archaeological Museum.

After an intensive TEFL session, to experience some of the natural beauty sited in Palermo, you should take a trip to the Monte Pellegrino. The mountain provides a scenic view that is captivating yet soothing at the same time. You can get a beautiful view of the Mediterranean and also find some locals to interact with and have fun. You can also visit the picturesque Ustica Island and Mondello Beach to relax.

Apply for your CELTA in Palermo Sicily to enjoy the coastal city and its colorful culture, delicious meals, and sunny climate as you train to become a professional English teacher with a globally recognized certificate.

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