Cambridge CELTA Course in Shanghai

Shanghai, positioned on the central coast of China is a financial hub and the country’s largest city. With something to offer every visitor and welcoming locals, Shanghai is a great location for your CELTA course.

TEFL Certification in Shanghai, China

A TEFL course here, and more specifically a CELTA, opens the doors to a wealth of job opportunities both in Asia and the wider world.  Due to its excellent reputation, CELTA is well regarded by employees and makes you a more attractive candidate for jobs.

Job opportunities are plentiful in Shanghai partly due to its population of more than 23 million! The job market here is always growing and this makes it simple if you choose to remain in the city itself but also makes it easy to find jobs further afield in Asia if you choose to stay on after your course.

Like all our CELTA locations, you will find that the TEFL certification here provides excellent course leaders, comfortable classrooms and an opportunity to develop your ESL skills. We offer plenty of teaching practice, an insight into teaching method, grading and ideas for implementation in your classroom.

We are confident that those who sign up with us leave feeling more confident, prepared and ready to start or continue with their teaching careers as better educators than when they began.

Shanghai 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.

Shanghai 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.

Shanghai 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.

Why Choose CELTA in Shanghai?

Shanghai is a city full of opportunities for ESL teachers just like you! English is popular and is taught in public and private schools, language academies and universities as well as for employees in many businesses.  Locals seem keen to embrace language learning and particularly English as it can open so many doors for further education and TEFL job opportunities.

Salaries for teachers with a TEFL such as a CELTA vary depending upon their experience and type of school they are teaching. For example in a private language academy you are likely to earn 1,900 USD to 2,200 USD (13,000-15,000 RMB) per month which allows for a comfortable day to day life and is a more than adequate income.  

Private tuition is also an excellent way to supplement your income as many people, particularly business people look for ways to fit classes around their busy work schedules.

Travel to other cities is easy. You can hop on the high speed train to Beijing or fly to other parts of China or Asia cheaply and hassle free. This makes your weekend adventures outside the classroom all the more accessible!

Things to do in Shanghai, China while taking a CELTA

Shanghai has goings-on and events to suit everyone and is always bustling with activity.  In your free time when you’re not focussing on TEFL you will be spoilt for choice for things to do.

With the hi-tech skyline across the Huangpu River you can see the landmarks of the Oriental Pearl TV tour and the Shanghai Tower which reaches 632 metres. The popular waterfront boardwalk known as The Bund has lovely colonial buildings and is a great spot for a walk.

Despite its long history Shanghai also has some art deco buildings and synagogues which come as a surprise to many. Nestled amongst the Buddhist temples and more traditional architecture these are some of the city’s gems.

Shanghai offers circuses, the Zhujiajiao Water Town boat trip for a relaxing bit of sightseeing whilst you’re meandering along the canal and lots of markets to explore. Food is also a focus for the locals here whether you choose to eat from a street stall or go for a more refined sit down meal.

There are a huge range of delicacies on offer for you to try, but to name just a few you should definitely try Xiaolongbao or Soup Dumplings, steamed crab and fried pork buns during your TEFL study.

With delicious food, interesting excursions and a classic mix of old and new, what better place to do your CELTA course? Particularly applicable for those thinking they may like to stay on in China after their TEFL course, our Shanghai course prepares you for your future teaching career.

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