CELTA Courses in Sydney

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CELTA Course Dates & Fees Sydney

Full Time CELTA Courses in Sydney
January 18 - February 12 2016
April 11 - May 6 2016
July 4 - July 29 2016
September 26 - 21 October 2016
$3,316 AUD
(Plus £140 Cambridge Assessment Fee) Monday to Friday from 09:00am - 17:00pm.
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Part Time CELTA Courses in Sydney
January 18 – April 8 2016
April 11 – July 1 2016
July 4 – September 23 2016
September 26 – December 16 2016
$3,220 AUD
(Plus £140 Cambridge Assessment Fee) Monday and Wednesday from 17:45pm - 21:00pm + Alternate Saturdays 09:00am - 16:30pm
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CELTA Course Information & Entry Requirements, Sydney

About the CELTA course

The Cambridge University ESOL CELTA Certificate is an introductory TEFL course in teaching English for candidates who have little or no previous English Language teaching experience. It may also be suitable for candidates with some TEFL experience but little previous teacher training.

CELTA is an ELT (English Language Teaching) certificate, which encompasses TESL (i.e. Teaching English as Second Language) and TEFL (i.e. Teaching English as Foreign Language). It is the most widely recognised and respected international TEFL certificate in teaching English offered in Australia.

For all the information you'll need on the Cambridge CELTA course, read this helpful article.

CELTA course Entry Requirements

To be accepted for the CELTA courses in Sydney, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • A minimum age of 20* at the start of the CELTA course
  • A good standard of education* (e.g. having gained university entrance qualifications, completed High School)
  • Awareness and high level of competence in written and spoken English in order to be able to follow the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels
  • For non-native speakers, the required command of English is that of Proficiency (CPE), IELTS 8.5-9.0 , TOEIC 945+ points,  i.e. close to native speaker's competence.
  • No previous teaching experience required

*Applicants who are not at least 20 years old or who have not gained university entrance qualifications may be admitted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

CELTA Course Content and Assessment

CELTA Course Content

The course consists of:

  • A minimum of 106 contact hours between participants and course tutors (This includes lectures, tutorial support, lesson planning,
  • A minimum of 6 hours teaching practice supervised by a course tutor, feedback on teaching practice and peer observation)
  • A minimum of 8 hours directed observation of lessons taught by experienced teachers
  • In addition to the scheduled timetable, the course also requires a minimum of a further 50 hours for required reading, research and preparation of lessons and assignments.

The course content covers:

  • Language awareness
  • The learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
  • Planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
  • Classroom management and teaching skills for adult learners
  • Resources and materials for teaching English to adults
  • Professional development for teachers of English to Adults


The Cambridge CELTA course (formerly known as the RSA/Cambridge CTEFLA) leads to an internationally recognised qualification and is intended for people without previous teaching experience who wish to enter the profession of English language teaching to adults. It is also appropriate for those with some EFL experience, but no formal qualification or training, as well as for teachers from other fields who are interested in developing a career in English language teaching.

During the course, participants develop familiarity with the principles of effective teaching and acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners.

The course is highly practical in approach and is designed to enable participants to:

  • Develop an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in their professional practice
  • Develop an initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner
  • Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English
  • Develop basic skills for teaching adults in the language classroom
  • Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and for reference
  • Identify opportunities for their own future development as professionals in the field

CELTA Course Assessment in Sydney

Course assessment, which is continuous and integrated, is based on classroom teaching practice and on written assignments. The certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.

An external assessor, who is appointed by Cambridge University, visits each course in order to observe practice teaching and to inspect candidates' portfolios of written work. Their role is to standardize grading, recommend final grades and monitor the courses. The University of Cambridge awards final grades and issues Certificates to successful candidates.

The full-time course is very intensive and requires total commitment. In addition to course hours you should allow between three to four hours each evening for lesson preparation and writing assignments and one weekend day would also be required.

It is highly unlikely that you will be able to fulfil the course requirements if you have any other obligations over this period such as a part-time job or a commitment to another course. You should also be in good health and be able to manage the stress arising from an intensive course of this nature.

Further tertiary training with the CELTA certificate

The Teacher Training Centre has established links with leading universities to ensure that teachers can continue to develop professionally through further study. Teachers who complete the CELTA in Sydney have advanced standing (credit points) awarded on a basis of:

University of Wollongong

1 out of 8 subjects in the Graduate Diploma in TESOL (can be taken by distance)

1 out of 4 subjects in the Graduate Certificate in TESOL (can be taken by distance)

Macquarie University

1 out of 10 subjects of the MA Applied Linguistics (can be taken by distance)

University of New South Wales

1 out of 6 subjects of the MA Applied Linguistics

University of Canberra

1 out of 3 subjects of the Graduate Certificate or 1 out of 6 subjects for the Graduate Diploma in TESOL. 

How to Apply for the CELTA in Sydney

  1. If you believe you cover the minimum requirements to be considered as a candidate for the CELTA course ask for the application package that includes the enrolment form and the pre-interview task.
  2. Prospective trainees must complete the pre-Interview task, fill in the enrolment form and return them to the CELTA Programmes Coordinator via email. It's advisable to do this well in advance.
  3. Within 5 to 10 days after receiving your application, pre-interview task and CV, someone from the CELTA Department will contact you, at their own discretion, in order to arrange a day and a time to have an interview.
  4. During the interview, which can take up to 2 hours, the interviewer will assess your awareness of language structure and function as well as general sensitivity to adult language learning issues. Enrolment on the course is subject to successful completion of the interview. For those living outside the Brisbane area, this will be conducted on the telephone or via Skype.
  5. After your interview they will decide if they offer you a vacancy on the course or not; if they do it, you will have one week from the offer of place to pay a deposit in order to secure your place on the course.
  6. 6 weeks prior the course commencement the balance will need to be paid.

Employment opportunities with the CELTA

There are many job opportunities in Australia and overseas for CELTA and Cert IV in TESOL participants. The courses include a job workshop which gives practical advice on how to go about finding employment all around the world, and there is open access to the training center job notice-board with details of many positions offered in a range of countries.

The Training Center is part of a large English language College with campuses in Sydney, Perth, Cairns and Brisbane and teachers who successfully complete the courses and have the right to work in Australia often find employment within the organisation or within other recognised and accredited Australian colleges that recruit directly from these courses.

Students who complete the CELTA course will be eligible to sign up to TEFLwork, an online jobs portal for qualified English teachers.

How to Pay

Payments (deposit & balance) can be made directly to the School via Bank Transfer, Bank Cheque, Cash, VISA or MASTERCARD. Personal cheques will not be accepted.

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