The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is an initial training course in English Language teaching. It is one of the range of Cambridge English certificates and diplomas provided for teachers and is placed at Level 5 of the UK government's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF).
CELTA is a highly regarded qualification which gives you the skills you need to help get a teaching job anywhere in the world, including the UK. Each year we welcome candidates from all over the world. Applicants have ranged in age from 20 to 70 and come from a variety of backgrounds including recent graduates and people looking for a career change.
We offer the course in a variety of formats with several start dates across the academic year as follows:
22 September – 17 November 2023
Part Time Course – Face-to-face delivery
Times – Attendance in person on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 09.00 – 17.15
16 January - 09 May 2024
Part Time Course -Online Evening
Times – Attendance online twice a week on Tuesdays & Thursdays 17.00 – 21.15.
28 Februrary – 10 May 2024
Part Time Course – Mixed Mode Daytime
Times – Attendance in person every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 09.00 – 17.15. For the first half of the course, you are required to be present in college whilst the remainder of the course is online and so does not require attendance in person.
14 June – 12 July 2024
Full Time Course – Face-to-face delivery
Times – Attendance in person everyday Monday-Friday from 09.00 – 17.15. Candidates will also be expected to work evening and weekends as required to complete assignments and prepare lessons for teaching.
01 August – 09 September 2024
Full Time Course – Fully Online
Times – Attendance online every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 09.00 – 17.15.
CELTA is very widely recognised around the world and requested as a minimum qualification by most language teaching organisations.
During the course, we offer advice on finding teaching jobs and possibilities for trainees post CELTA. We also regularly send our CELTA graduates information about job posts that come up.
All trainees are invited to our Facebook alumni page where they can network with other CELTA graduates working around the world and hear about job posts.
Trainees who successfully complete the course would be able to seek posts teaching English to non-native speakers within the UK and abroad.
The course is suitable for people with little or no teaching experience though would also benefit more experienced teachers needing a practical formal qualification in teaching.
Each year we welcome candidates from all over the world. Applicants have ranged in age from 20 to 70 and come from a variety of backgrounds including recent graduates and people looking for a career change.
Ideally applicants should be aged 20+ though we may take suitable applicants aged between 19 and 20. Previous teaching experience is not required but may be helpful.
Trainees must have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education. Competence in both spoken and written English and good language awareness are essential. For non-native speakers we require a high level of fluency and accuracy.
More information on the courses is available on our CELTA website: www.camre.ac.uk/celta.
Regardless of the intensity of the course you choose, your syllabus will cover these essential elements:
• 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 teaching contexts
• Developing teaching skills and professionalism
The course involves a minimum of 120 contact hours which includes input of teaching methodology, language awareness, 6 assessed hours of teaching practice and feedback, tutorial time, supervised lessons planning, 6 hours of classroom observation of experience.
Assessment takes place throughout the course and considers the trainee's overall performance.
There are two assessed components: being able to demonstrate successful planning and teaching and completion of four classroom-related written assignments.
Trainees are observed teaching real students and given feedback from the tutors after each lesson.
All results are approved by Cambridge English with standards monitored by an external assessor. Full attendance on the course is required.
Guidance is given for teaching practice and there are individual tutorials to discuss your progress and to offer help where necessary.