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Teaching English to speakers of other languages can be a highly rewarding career, offering you the chance to live and work abroad. CELTA is a highly regarded qualification which gives you the skills you need to help get a teaching job anywhere.

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 widely recognised around the world and requested as a minimum qualification by most language teaching organisations.

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.

Trainees who successfully complete the course would be able to seek posts teaching English to non-native speakers within the UK and abroad.

Hugh Kelly
Hugh Kelly: CELTA

The CELTA certificate is the absolute gold standard of TEFL qualifications and is looked upon with great respect in industry, I have no doubt it will open the door to a huge range of opportunities.”
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4 Jun 2021 – 16 Jul 2021

100% ONLINE
(online teaching practice)

Full-time intensive (6 weeks)
Times – Online teaching practice takes place 4 afternoons a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 14:00-17:15 GMT). Candidates also need to be available on these mornings for live input and asynchronous work.

Sample timetable for Online 6 Weeks HERE

30 Jul 2021 –
10 Sep 2021

100% ONLINE
(online teaching practice)

Full-time intensive (6 weeks)
Times –
Online teaching practice takes place 4 afternoons a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 14:00-17:15 GMT). Candidates also need to be available on these mornings for live input and asynchronous work.

Sample timetable for Online 6 Weeks HERE

4 Oct 2021 – 3 Dec 2021

100% ONLINE
(online teaching practice)

Part-time semi-intensive (8 weeks)
Times
– Online teaching practice takes place 3 afternoons a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 14:00-17:15 GMT). Candidates also need to be available on these mornings for live input and asynchronous work.

Sample timetable for Online 8 Weeks HERE

18 Jan 2022 – 19 May 2022

100% ONLINE
(online teaching practice)

Part-time
(15 weeks)
Times – Online teaching practice takes place 2 evenings a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays 17:00-21:15 GMT). Trainees do around 10 hours a week of asynchronous online work at times that suit them plus live input via Zoom.

Sample timetable for Online 15 Weeks HERE

4 Mar 2022 – 13 May 2022

100% ONLINE
(online teaching practice)

Part-time semi-intensive (8 weeks)
Times – Online teaching practice takes place 3 afternoons a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 14:00-17:15 GMT). Candidates also need to be available on these mornings for live input and asynchronous work.

Sample timetable for Online 8 Weeks HERE

3 Jun 2022 – 15 Jul 2022

100% ONLINE
(online teaching practice)

Full-time intensive (6 weeks)
Times – Online teaching practice takes place 4 afternoons a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 14:00-17:15 GMT). Candidates also need to be available on these mornings for live input and asynchronous work.

Sample timetable for Online 6 Weeks HERE

29 Jul 2022 – 26 Aug 2022

Face to-face delivery

Full-time intensive (4 weeks)
Times –
attendance in person every day 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.

Sample timetable for Online 4 Weeks HERE

FAQS
What is CELTA?

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 very widely recognised around the world and requested as a minimum qualification by most language teaching organisations.

CELTA Infographic

Who is CELTA for?

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.

Trainees who successfully complete the course would be able to seek posts teaching English to non-native speakers within the UK and abroad.

What are the entry requirements?

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 and for non-native speakers a high level of fluency and accuracy is essential.

Is the course full-time or part-time?

At Cambridge Regional College we offer a choice of full-time and part-time.

The full-time course is a highly intensive, face-to-face, 4-week course: Mon – Fri; 09:00 – 17:15.

The part-time courses offer more breathing space with a choice of a 7-week face-to-face course across three days a week (Mon, Tue & Fri; 09:00 – 17:15) or a 15-week blended online course.  Please note the online course requires attendance at the college two evenings a week (Tue & Thu; 17:00 – 21:30) for assessed teaching practice. For more information about the online course download this Online-CELTA-Course-FAQs.

At interview you can discuss which course would be more suited to your needs.

Will I need to study outside the course times?

Yes!

Trainees will need to spend further time in the evenings and at weekends on pre-session tasks, lesson preparation, completion of assignments as well as background reading and research. The four-week course is very intensive while the part-time course is less so.

What does the syllabus cover?

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 experienced teachers, and four written assignments.

There are five units of learning:

  • 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
Can I see a sample timetable?

Yes, click on the links below for the sample timetable of the delivery mode that you are interested in:

100% Online (Full time – 6 weeks)

100% Online (Part Time – 15 weeks)

100% Online (semi-intensive – 8 weeks)

Full Time (face-to-face – 4 weeks)

How is the course assessed?

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.

All results are approved by Cambridge Assessment with standards monitored by an external assessor. Full attendance on the course is required.

Teaching Practice (TP)

You are required to practice teach at two levels for a total 6 hours. The students attending these classes are volunteer adult, multilingual learners of English. Trainees are divided into two teaching practice groups and will follow a teaching rota. Fellow trainees observe and contribute to the feedback given at the end of the day’s teaching. Each TP session is observed by your CELTA tutor who gives written and verbal feedback to the trainees. You are given guidance about what to teach and there is tutor support while you plan and prepare your lessons. Greater independence is encouraged as the course progresses. A lesson plan must be provided for each session and the trainee provides the tutor with written comments once the lesson is finished. In addition to the lesson taught, the plan and the trainee’s own feedback are taken into consideration when the tutor assesses the lesson.

Written assignments

There are four classroom-related written assignments; task one focuses on the learner, task two is a language related task, task three concentrates on language skills, and the fourth is a reflective task to identify your strengths and weaknesses, to show what has been learnt from your own teaching and from the observation of others.

Trainees are expected to use written language that is clear, accurate and appropriate to the task.

Your tutors will give you clear guidance about how to present the tasks and what needs to be included to pass. You may be asked to resubmit your work if it is not up to standard or does not cover all the necessary points. You are given deadlines to meet for completion and resubmission.

What support is there?

Guidance is given for teaching practice and there are individual tutorials to discuss your progress and to offer help where necessary.

How can I prepare for the course?

You will be given ideas regarding preparation at your interview and when you accept your place. It is important that you spend time to complete the pre-course task and consult books on the CELTA reading list. For applicants who have more time, we highly recommend signing up to a free online course run by Cambridge Assessment as part of their pre-course preparation – Exploring the World of English Language Teaching

Where does this course take place?

The course takes place at Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2QT.

Please see the college website for maps and information about our facilities.

Class size

The maximum class size is 12.

What about books and materials?

We will give you a book list recommending core reading and suggesting other titles you will find useful. You will have access to our CELTA library and other material in our Learning Resource Centre.

What support do I get after the course?

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.

Facebook Page: ‘Cambridge Regional College CELTA Graduates

Read about where some of our CELTA graduates have found teaching posts on our Life after CELTA.

How much does the course cost?

The tuition fee for 2020/2021 for both the full-time and part-time course is £1,505.00 and includes Cambridge English registration fees and materials (except for online course which requires an additional Cambridge fee of £82.5).

An initial non-refundable deposit of £350 is required upon booking.

Information regarding how and when to pay your deposit/balance of fees will be given following a successful interview.

Is there any financial support available?

CELTA qualifies for Advanced Learner Loans. The maximum loan is £811 and most UK nationals and residents aged 19+ should qualify. Eligibility doesn’t depend on income and there are no credit checks – loans have to be repaid when the individual has both completed the course and is earning a specified amount (currently £21,000 p.a.).

Here is a list of eligibility criteria along with information on the loan application process.

Follow this link for further information.

Can you help with accommodation?

We can help to arrange accommodation in a homestay, halls of residence or shared house. Please follow this link for more information: Accommodation

Why should I consider taking the course at Cambridge Regional College?

Over the past 9 years, we have trained over 500 candidates, with a pass rate of 99%. We are currently the only centre in Cambridge that offers the choice of full-time courses, part-time courses and online courses. We also offer a competitive price for taking the CELTA in Cambridge. Our CELTA course is one day longer than most courses, allowing trainees a little more time to assimilate the information given on the first day; trainees will also meet and get to know their students in unassessed teaching practice before their first assessed lesson.

We are one of the few centres in the region which can accept the Advanced Learner Loans (see ‘Financial Support’ above).

As a student of the college, all CELTA trainees are entitled to free download of Office 365 and heavily discounted use of the gym at the sports centre. All trainees are also issued with a student card, which may entitle students to discounts in shops, cinemas and restaurants.

To hear what our CELTA graduates have to say about the course, please see our testimonials below and independent reviews on celtadelta.com

To read about a recent CELTA graduate’s experience on the course, please click here.

You can also find out more about our CELTA courses through this in-depth interview with graduate, Helen.

How do I apply for this course?

Interested in this course? Contact the CELTA Team by email: celta@camre.ac.uk

Find out more about the CELTA application process – CLICK HERE

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