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Cambridge CELTA Certificate Course: Brisbane, Australia

2014 CELTA Brisbane Course Dates & Fees
Full Time: 4 weeks Monday to Friday, 9.00pm – 5.00 pm
2014 Total $3125AUD + Cambridge Assessment Fee £122* due Day 2 of the course

2014 CELTA + Cert IV in TESOL via RPL = After completing the CELTA, pay $500 extra and, by doing extra hours and assignments, gain the Cert. IV TESOL also

Holidays: New Year's Day Jan 1 (2014), Australia Day Jan 27, Labour Day Mar 3, Good Friday Apr 18, Easter Monday Apr 21, ANZAC Day Apr 25, Bank Holiday Aug 4, Royal Queensland Show, 13 Aug, Queen's Birthday Sep 29, G20 Summit Holiday Nov 14, Christmas Break Dec 20 - Jan 3 (2015) Classes closed: 25 & 26 December, New Year's Day Jan 1 (2015)

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Recommended Course Texts to buy, beg or borrow:

  • Learning Teaching, Jim Scrivener (Heinemann)
  • A Concise Grammar for English Language Teachers, Tony Penston (TP Publications)
  • Practical English Usage, Michael Swan (Oxford University Press)

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CELTA Course Information and Entry Requirements, Brisbane:

Internationally Recognised Cambridge CELTA Course - (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

The most widely recognised qualifications for English language teaching are those offered by the University of Cambridge. Cambridge Certificate (CELTA) and Diploma (DELTA) courses will qualify and prepare you to teach overseas and in Australia.


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.

CELTA Entry Criteria

To be accepted for the CELTA course in Brisbane, applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  1. No previous teaching experience or training is required.
  2. Candidates must be 20 years old by the commencement date of the course (candidates can be accepted over 18 at the centre's discretion.).
  3. Candidates should normally have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education, meaning having completed High School at least. However, applicants who do not have formal qualifications may be accepted if the screening tasks suggest that they are likely to complete the course successfully).
  4. Older candidates who finished studies and schooling some years ago are encouraged to apply as the screening tasks will show their competence and ability to complete the course successfully or not.
  5. Have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels
  6. Please note : Fulfilling entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place on the CELTA course. Selection of candidates is based on an application task and a pre-course interview. If applicants have been successful, they will receive an offer of a place.

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CELTA Course Content and Structure:

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.
  • Course hours are usually 9am to 5.00pm (although this may vary).

CELTA Course Objectives

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 Syllabus

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

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CELTA Course Assessment, Brisbane:

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 standardise 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 fulfill 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.

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Dual Qualifications - CELTA & Certificate IV in TESOL

In some cases it is a good idea to have both of these qualifications. Our training centre in Brisbane offers the opportunity to gain both the CELTA and Certificate IV in TESOL course through an RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) process. Both are pre-service qualifications in TESOL and both meet the TESOL requirements of NEAS ( Australia for working in accredited language schools in the overseas student sector.


  • The CELTA qualification is awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL.
  • CELTA is recognised in Australia and throughout the world. Some employers (e.g. overseas, many private colleges in Australia catering to overseas students) prefer their teachers to have the CELTA.
  • If you’re planning to work overseas or in a normal English language college for overseas students in Australia, do CELTA. There is no need for the extra work and stress of doing two identical qualifications.

The 40649SACert IV in TESOL

  • The Cert IV in TESOL is awarded under the Australian Qualifications Framework by a registered training organisation.
  • The 40649SACert IV in TESOL is recognised primarily in Australia.
  • The 40649SA Cert IV in TESOL is designed to provide knowledge and skills for working within the competency based Australian VET sector. Australian based vocational training colleges, schools for adult literacy, aboriginal English language projects, NGO organisational training for Australia and overseas prefer 40649SA Cert IV in TESOL.

How to gain the Cert IV TESOL after doing the CELTA:

In your third week of the CELTA course you will be offered the opportunity to gain the Cert IV in TESOL via RPL. You can indicate in your application that you are interested in this option, but only on completing the CELTA course can you take that option up.

  • Pay $500 extra for administration of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)
  • Do extra hours and assignments.

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CELTA Study Pathways:

The Teacher Training Center has established links with leading universities to ensure that teachers can continue to develop professionally through further study. Teachers who complete the CELTA in Brisbane 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.

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CELTA Couse Duration in Brisbane:

  • 4 weeks full-time intensive study: 9am - 5pm + evening preparation


Sessions are held between 9.30am and 5.00pm including teaching practice. Note that the course is full-time: it is not possible to combine the course with regular teaching. Observation of experienced teachers (8 hours in total) takes place after course hours, as does individual lesson preparation.


Due to its intensive nature, the course requires a high level of commitment. To help ensure success, candidates should be free of any other work or study commitments for its duration

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CELTA Enrolment Procedure


  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.

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Employment with 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.

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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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Our partner school is accredited by:

Our partner School was founded in 1983.

Cambridge accredited CELTA centre since 1983

Cambridge accredited TKT testing center since 2005

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