Cambridge CELTA Course in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is famous for its vibrant lifestyle, festivals and nightlife. Once awarded the European Youth Capital title, Thessaloniki is the second largest and major economic center in the country and an ideal place to take a CELTA course.

TEFL Certification in Thessaloniki, Greece

The cultural capital of Greece located at the corner of the Aegean Sea with a variety of ancient exploration and modern adventures, Thessaloniki is an ideal location to complete your CELTA certification. Thessaloniki is dotted with charming byzantine monuments, great cafes, friendly people and considered a model city for higher learning.

Taking a CELTA in Thessaloniki will not only guarantee a fulfilling study experience but one of adventure and fun.

At our TEFL training institutes in Thessaloniki, we offer trainees hands on practical teaching involvement either you are a teacher with no experience or you simply wish to obtain a professional qualification for opportunities in the global English teaching job market.

By the end of the course, you will have a better chance at professional development as a qualified English teacher through an awareness of classroom methodology and language analysis, an encompassing knowledge of teaching and learning context, methods of preparing effective lesson plans and resources as well as real life teaching practice.

Our course is a minimum duration of 120 hours with options of a full time which takes about 4 to 5 weeks or part time course that spreads over 12 weeks.

Thessaloniki 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.

Thessaloniki 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.

Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki

We operate two TEFL training institutes in the city of Thessaloniki with the sole aim of providing the most efficient training to all our CELTA trainees at both centers.

Our Dimitrou Gounari CELTA institute is close to historical landmarks such as the Palace of Galerius and Thessaloniki History Center. The institute has been in operation since 1991 inspiring trainees and supporting them to become the best language teachers in any area of the world.

Our candidates are provided with in training support from experienced staff and tutors targeted at different aspects of their professional life. There is the career office which offers support and career advice both during the training and even after you have completed your course.

Our training center at Egnatia is located within the Kamara Area. The center was established in 2001 and is situated right in the city center with a renowned energetic and diverse student population.

We have a newly renovated building with state of the art facilities including classrooms with high tech learning resources, a well-stocked library, computer room, cafeteria, and a lounge for relaxation as well as AV facilities. Just as the Dimitrou center, there are Cambridge certified tutors available to provide support to trainees throughout their training and beyond.

Job Support and Placement: Thessaloniki, Greece

At both our Thessaloniki training centers, we have an in-depth acknowledgment of trainees’ individuality and treat each CELTA trainee as a priority. As a result, we have job support programs aimed at assisting each graduate as an individual and following up on trainees’ career development.

Our TEFL graduates have access to various support services including career seminars and lectures involving practical experience on job searching procedures. We give personalized advice on further educational and professional choices as well as information on employment opportunities.

Our alumni thrive well in the global job market not only in English teaching career but also in the HR administration, management consultancy, song writing, media coordination and many other fields across the world.

Why Choose CELTA in Thessaloniki?

The question Why Choose Thessaloniki is one that is frequently asked by potential CELTA trainees, especially international candidates. However, the answer to this is not farfetched.

With an interesting mixture of ancient sightseeing and modern lifestyle topped with several captivating restaurants, pubs, the most colorful festivals and a perfect nightlife, it is easy to see why Thessaloniki is a perfect place to live and study for a world recognized English teaching certificate.

Thessaloniki also has a growing market with high demand for English teachers with CELTA certificate. There are opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector with officials willing to learn English for proper communication with tourists. Also, there are over 6,000 language institutes and centers called Kendra Xenon Glosson seeking professional teachers in Thessaloniki and the rest of Greece.

TEFL graduates in Thessaloniki can find opportunities all year round and teachers can earn up to 1,200 USD per month working an average of 30 hours per week. With your TEFL certificate such as a CELTA, you can get teaching jobs with benefits such as accommodation, long weeks of holidays, and enough time to make extra income and explore the city.

Things to do in Thessaloniki, Greece while taking a CELTA

Thessaloniki is one of the world’s best destinations for students who are lovers of adventure, history and coffee. While taking your CELTA in Thessaloniki, you will find that there is almost a coffee shop at every corner as Greeks are known to never joke with their coffee.

One of the most fascinating things is the presence of interesting historical figures and squares that you will encounter across the cities as you journey to and fro the training center.

However, when you think of memorable activities in the city, then you must not miss any of the international festivals. There is the Street Mode festival that features live performances, street art dance, sports and music.  The Thessaloniki international Film Festival and the Dimitria Festivals are also major celebrations anyone visiting Thessaloniki should experience.

Thessaloniki also has some of the most electric nights with an astonishing array of tavernas, clubs, bars and cafes. The nightlife is so fascinating that the city was named one of the first ten cities in the world for nightlife by the National Geographic.

Stop at Mylos or the Fix Factory of Sound for an amazing nightlife experience. If you are not a fan of large crowds, then you should try visiting Ladadika where you can find a number of softer bars and rembetadikos to enjoy the traditional blues, rembetika or the infamous bouzouki music.

Also in Ladadika, you will find the best of Thessaloniki cuisines and live music. Visit Palati or Negroponte, two of the best Greek restaurant that serves traditional dishes such as Moussaka, made of minced meat, eggplants and potatoes. Souvlaki, the Greek version of kebab or Pita Gyro, Thessaloniki sandwich.

The entire city of Thessaloniki is famed by UNESCO as an Open Museum of Early Christian and Byzantine Art so be sure to stop at a few of the sites like the Rotunda, for an amazing feel of the ancient side of the city.

Begin your CELTA course in Thessaloniki to obtain a globally recognized teaching qualification while you enjoy the cultural rich city and a modern lifestyle with Greek charms.     

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