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CELTA Course Introduction

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 Canada and across the globe.


CELTA Course Key Points

  • Intensive TEFL course which requires full-time commitment
  • Involves a minimum of 120 hours with additional time required for ELT preparation and assignments
  • Follows the Cambridge CELTA TEFL syllabus and provides practical and professional awareness of ESL learners, language, methodology and materials
  • Develops practical ability in TEFL classroom management, lesson planning, introduction and practice of new language, and the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Is intended for native and non-native speakers of English whose English is of native-speaker level
  • Provides pre-service training to those with no ESL teaching experience
  • Is also suited to those who are already in the TEFL profession, but who have no formal teaching qualification

CELTA course aims

  1. Acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
  2. Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  3. Demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in a real teaching context

Candidates who complete the course successfully can begin working in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world.

CELTA Course Toronto - Entry Criteria

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

  • A minimum age of 18 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), minimum IELTS 7.5, TOEIC 945+ points,  i.e. close to native speaker's competence.
  • No previous teaching experience required

CELTA Course Structure & Content Toronto

4 week full time course or 11 week part time course

The CELTA courses will have a minimum of 120 contact hours including:

  • Input
  • Supervised lesson planning
  • Teaching practice (six assessed hours, teaching foreign students)
  • Feedback on teaching
  • Peer observation
  • Observation of experienced teachers (minimum six hours)
  • Consultation time

Candidates will need to dedicate a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre and post-session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.

CELTA Syllabus

The syllabus consists of five units of learning that deal with specific topic areas in the teaching of ESL:

  1. Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  2. Language analysis and awareness
  3. Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  4. Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
  5. Developing teaching skills and professionalism

Units 1, 4 and 5 focus on the preparation and delivery of ESL teaching programs. Units 2 and 3 focus on the content of ESL teaching programs as well as the pedagogic knowledge required for teaching language and language skills.

CELTA Toronto Course Assessment

Assessment overview

CELTA is awarded at the TEFL training cemtre in Toronto to candidates who have completed the course and who have met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments.

The overall assessment aims for each unit are that candidates should be able to:

  • Assess learner needs, and plan and teach ESL lessons which take account of learners’ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
  • Demonstrate English language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
  • Demonstrate knowledge about English language skills and how they may be acquired
  • Plan and prepare ESL lessons designed to develop their learners’ overall language competence
  • Demonstrate an appropriate range of TEFL teaching skills at this level and show professional awareness and responsibility

Assessment framework

There are two components:

Component 1: Planning and teaching

In this component, candidates are required to practice teaching English for a total of six assessed hours, working with adult ESL learners at a minimum of two levels in classes of the required size. By the end of the six hours of assessed TEFL teaching practice, candidates should have demonstrated successful achievement of all the teaching practice assessment criteria.

Component 2: ESL Classroom-related written assignments (of which there are four assignments in total).

This component consists of four written assignments:

  1. Adult learners and learning contexts
  2. Aspect of the language system of English
  3. Aspect of language skills
  4. Reflection on classroom teaching and the identification of action points

The assignments are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Assessment requirements

To meet the assessment requirements, candidates are required to attend a course and to:

  • Practice teach classes of the relevant age group and size for a total of six hours
  • Observe experienced TEFL teachers teaching classes of adult learners for a total of six hours, two of which may be on video
  • Maintain and submit a portfolio of all course work including all written assignments and materials related to ESL teaching practice.

Mode of assessment

Assessment is continuous and integrated:

  • Assessment takes place throughout the course.
  • Component 1 and 2 contribute to the overall grade.

CELTA Toronto - Certificate Grades

The CELTA TEFL certificate in Toronto will be awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in both assessment components. Candidates are ineligible for the award in cases where dishonesty or plagiarism is brought to the attention of Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards.

CELTA is internally assessed and externally moderated by a Cambridge ESOL approved assessor who samples portfolios and ESL teaching practice and who discusses and agrees the grades for all candidates.


This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and in the written assignments meets the specified criteria of the CELTA certificate.

They will continue to need guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.

Pass (Grade B)

This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their ESL teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to: Demonstration of the criteria for teaching skills and professionalism.

They will continue to need some guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.

Pass (Grade A)

This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their ESL teaching practice a level of ability and achievement and a level of awareness significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to:

  • Planning for effective teaching
  • Teaching skills and professionalism

They will benefit from further guidance in post but will be able to work independently.

Candidates who fail to meet criteria in any or all assessed components will receive a Fail.


CELTA is the most requested pre-service TEFL teaching qualification by both public and private employers overseas. When checking websites advertising English teaching jobs, you will often see CELTA listed as the preferred qualification.

Employers have confidence that anyone with a CELTA certificate has received effective, practical, real-world TEFL training that has prepared them to go directly into a ESL teaching position.

Both teacher training centres in Toronto provide you with the website addresses of major recruiters of ELT teachers worldwide. We encourage you to contact them so the recruiters can then forward lists of current worldwide teaching vacancies.

The TEFL teacher training centres in Toronto often receive job ads from employers, specifically seeking their CELTA graduates. These ads are posted on their job boards. While the English teacher training centres in Toronto have also hired many CELTA graduates, they do not guarantee employment - it's your responsibility to pursue the job opportunities you are interested in.


Find a TEFL Job Post CELTA

As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up for free to our TEFL jobs website www.teflwork.com. TEFLwork is a platform only for qualified English teachers and will allow you to find work both at home and abroad with your newly gained CELTA certificate.

How to Apply for the CELTA in Toronto, Canada

If you believe you meet the requirements to do the CELTA course, fill in our online application. After completing your application and any necessary pre-interview tasks you will be invited to an interview which can be conducted in person, by telephone or via Skype.

Please note: Your place is not confirmed on a course until you have been accepted and have paid a non-refundable deposit.

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Unsure if you are Eligible to Apply for CELTA?

If you are unsure if you meet the requirements to apply for a CELTA course then you can take our CELTA Eligibility Test.

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How to Pay - CELTA Toronto

Full Time CELTA: Payments (deposit & balance) can be made to the Center via:

  • American Express, Visa or MasterCard (credit card payments will be processed in Canadian dollars)
  • Money orders; Bank drafts
  • Certified checks
  • Wire transfers
  • Personal checks on Canadian accounts only (No U.S. or other currency personal checks can be accepted)

Part Time CELTA: Payments (deposit & balance) can be made to the Center via:

  • Visa or Mastercard
  • Cashier's checks
  • Wire transfers
  • Interac and cash (in person only)

Please note that you will be responsible for any bank charges (This includes international students who have already paid bank charges in their own country). So please, when paying make sure that the payment to the School is "free of charges" since the Toronto School has to receive the whole net amount in CAD.

Conditions of Enrolment

Fee payment:

Applicants accepted to the CELTA course must reserve their place by paying fees according to the deadline noted on their acceptance letter. The deadline is six weeks prior to the course start date although last minute applications are accepted subject to availability.

Last minute applications: For applicants who are offered a place on a CELTA course within six weeks prior to the course start date, a payment deadline within the week of the interview will be set.

If applicants fail to pay their fees in full by the indicated deadline, their place will be offered to another qualifying applicant.

Cancellation / Refund:

You may obtain a full refund (minus the non-refundable registration fee) any day before the start of the course, but after the first day, the refund schedule is based on either the Private Career Colleges Act 2005 for the Full Time Course Provider or the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Guidelines for the Part Time CELTA Course.

Selection Criteria, Assessment and Grades

CELTA is a Pass/Fail course, and if the candidate receives a 'Fail' grade, the result cannot be changed, and that the course fee will not be refunded.

The CELTA Centres in Toronto both require 100% class attendance, in addition to work outside of scheduled contact hours.  As a result, absences, tardiness, incomplete or late assignments may compromise grades on the course.

Information disclosed in the application must be complete and accurate, including any circumstances that may affect performance on the course.

Both CELTA Training Centers reserve the right to refuse admission to any student or to dismiss any student in the event of misconduct or unsatisfactory attendance or timekeeping or work, without refund of fees.

No liability is accepted by the school for the loss or damage of property.

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