Cambridge CELTA Course in Queenstown

Popularly referred to as New Zealand's "Adventure Capital", Queenstown attracts visitors yearly for its outstanding features like the perfect weather and amazing sports activities.

TEFL Certification in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is a resort town in Otago, one of the largest urban areas in New Zealand's South Island. The city is a famous tourist attraction center and a unique destination for study. A TEFL course in Queenstown provides you with the prospect to study, work, and explore the beautiful city. The city offers lots of exciting activities to visitors willing to explore and try out new things. There are incredible architecture, culture, sports, food and drinks, and fantastic opportunities in the teaching career.

Taking the CELTA course at our Queenstown center allows you to obtain a world-recognized certificate while relating with highly experienced trainers who can provide you with beneficial insights on English teaching across the world.

A typical CELTA classroom at Queenstown has 12 trainees with two full-time tutors. The training lasts for 20 days spread over four weeks and covers five main units of learning, as specified by the Cambridge Language Assessment. Crucial to the CELTA training is the teaching practice, written assignments, and supported lesson planning. Course work and practical performance by trainees are assessed by internal and external tutors to ensure adequate and efficient learning experience.

At the end of your study period, you will obtain the CELTA certificate, which gives you a chance to travel the world as it is the most recognized initial teaching qualification by ESL employers around the globe.

Queenstown 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.

Queenstown 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.

Queenstown 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 Queenstown

Our CELTA training institute in Queenstown is located close to the center of the city at Level 1, 57 Shotover Street Queenstown, New Zealand. Over the years, we have produced thousands of teachers for career evolution both in New Zealand and abroad.

Our center has over ten modern classrooms, free wireless connection, a fully stocked library with self-access materials, and a students' lounge overseeing the city's outstanding landscape. Very close to the center is the Queenstown Gymnasium, with facilities that our teachers can access at their leisure.

The center provides trainees with accommodation options, which comes with different features, including free Wi-Fi and meals. More notably, our tutors are friendly, professional, and highly experienced. Hence you have access to a wealth of knowledge from different tutors around the world to facilitate your learning process at the center.

Job Support and Placement: Queenstown, New Zealand

At Queenstown, we assist our candidates in finding placements after their training either they decide to stay in Queenstown or choose to travel abroad.

Although we do not guarantee job offers, we strive to connect our teachers and provide them with access to potential employers. We have a website created to aiding successful CELTA graduates in finding job openings across the country.

Trainees are urged to visit the job page regularly for different job vacancy updates, and also connect with alumni to share relevant information.

Why Choose CELTA in Queenstown?

Queenstown is a city where CELTA trainees come in and do not want to leave because of the prospects available at the end of their training. Earning your CELTA certification in Queenstown is an exceptional choice if you are looking at traveling, exploring, and having an adventurous life while enjoying a fulfilling career.

As a major tourist site, Queenstown regularly gets a high population of international visitors, and there is growing economic development. These results in an increased interest in the English language and a corresponding demand for English teachers, especially amongst Asian learners in the city. Even more, Queenstown has a reliable transport system that offers easy access to any part of the country. This means CELTA graduates can explore teaching opportunities within Queenstown and other neighboring cities surrounding it.

The best period to place in your application for ESL jobs in Queenstown is just before winter - April/May, and during the summer - November. Usually, ESL teachers in Queenstown are paid based on their level of qualification and years of experience. Salary ranges between USD 2,000 and USD 3,000 monthly.

Due to the low cost of living in the town, beginning your English teaching career and living in Queenstown after your CELTA course is quite cheap. You can live comfortably while working with enough to explore the city.

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

Queenstown is a modern yet ancient city that attracts tourists yearly with different options of adventurous activities available to trainees in their time outside the classroom. Popularly regarded as a town for all seasons, the city welcomes visitors at any time of the year. There are numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars open all night day and also fascinating festivals for different periods that give you unforgettable experiences.

Famous tourist attraction sites to visit in Queenstown include the lakes. Queenstown may well be named the Queen of Lakes. Lake Hayes and Lake Wakatipu are some of the most beautiful lakes in the city. Other attractive water bodies include Lake Wanaka and the Shotover River, which is a fast-flowing river surrounded by a stunning natural landscape.

To experience some wildlife adventure in Queenstown, head to the Kiwi Birdlife Parkor the incredible Fiordland National Park. The mountains of Queenstown are also amazing avenues to see the city. Head to a mountain or resort and enjoy some backpacking during the weekends or at the end of your CELTA. The Remarkablesis one of the great range of mountains you can visit for a splendid backpacking adventure. The Shotover Canyon Swing, Skippers Road, and Hollyford Track are also interesting spots to visit.

Ski resorts are available during winter due to the proximity of Coronet Peak. Snowpark, Wairau Nordic Ski center, Cadorna and Treble Cone ski fields are where you should look for the best ski experience while you take your CELTA in Queenstown.

Your experience of living and studying in Queenstown will be incomplete if you miss the delicious cuisines. Dishes to sample include the traditional meal of meat and vegetable called Maori Hangi. Seafood is common so you can try meals like Duck Nachos, Kina from sea urchins, and Whitebait Fritters made of immature fish. Popular among the locals is the burger with bacon at Fergburgers and Gnocchi Carbonara.

Begin your CELTA in Queenstown. You will not only get a boost in your teaching career but also enjoy the opportunity to start an exciting life adventure.

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