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Take the Online CELTA via Budapest, Hungary

Due to the current pandemic where many people need to stay at home, Cambridge Assessment (a part of the University of Cambridge) is allowing trainees to take the CELTA fully from home. This is due to health and safety and for all candidates to continue with their teaching careers in lockdown.

The CELTA centre in Budapest, Hungary are now allowing candidates to take the CELTA online via their centre. Applications are now open!

How can I take the CELTA Online via Budapest?

The CELTA will follow the same content and syllabus as the face-to-face CELTA. Taking the online CELTA at the Budapest means that you will use the following online platform to  carry out all elements of your course:

    • Zoom: this is used as the basis for synchronous elements of the course such as TP, feedback, input, tutorials and assisted lesson planning;
    • Google Classroom: this is where you tutors will keep you up-to-date, where your portfolios are stored, and where you can access key documents such as assignments, timetables and handouts

As all elements are now transferred online, you will need to be available for the timings specified so you can join the virtual classroom.

How will I be assessed taking the CELTA 100% Online?

Just like with the face-to-face CELTA format, you will be assessed by a qualified CELTA Tutor who will observe at least six hours of teaching practice. You will regularly be offered feedback to improve and develop your teaching throughout the course. You will also be offered feedback from your CELTA classmates and vice versa.

You will also need to complete four written assignments during your spare time on the CELTA course. Just like the fill-time face-to-face, this course is intensive but you will have the support of your tutor, your classmates and there will be extra support staff that you can contact throughout your time on the online course.

What will a typical online CELTA day look like?

The CELTA hosted by Budapest will follow a daily schedule like this:

9-12:                       Teaching practice

12-12:30                Break

12:30-13:30         Feedback

13:30-14:30         Lunch

14:30-15:30         Assisted Lesson Preparation

15:30 – 16:00     Break

16:00-17:30         Input

Will it say online on my CELTA certificate?

No it will be exactly the same as a CELTA certificate and it will not show how or where you took your CELTA.

What are the advantages of taking the CELTA online?

There are many advantages to taking a CELTA. Here are a few things you can experience by taking the certificate online:

- Real teaching practice experience
- The opportunity to observe qualified TEFL teachers
- Learn how to teach online due to the online environment
- A world-renowned TEFL certificate that is accredited by the University of Cambridge
- A more flexible and accessible way of taking the CELTA (e.g. no visa headaches or extra accommodation/travel costs)

What do I need to take the CELTA Online?

Requirements to taking the CELTA is exactly the same as taking it face-to-face. With the online CELTA, you will need:

- A working laptop or desktop computer with microphone/sound facilities
- A designated and comfortable working area
- A strong internet connection
- Zoom

We do not recommend taking the CELTA with a tablet or phone.

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CELTA Course Introduction

Who is the course for?

  • People who wish to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) either overseas or in the UK
  • People who have little or no experience of English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • People who have some experience of English Language Teaching or teaching in other fields but noformal qualification in ELT
  • Although it was originally designed for native speakers of English, it is also open to non-native speakers who are highly competent in both spoken and written English.

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the most highly regarded and widely recognised initial qualification for international English language teachers. The full-time CELTA is an intensive four-week course which focuses on the basic techniques of effective English language teaching and their practical application in the classroom, giving you hands-on teaching experience.

CELTA courses are run at University of Cambridge approved centres worldwide all year round. Certificates are awarded by UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate). UCLES approves all aspects of the course including the course programme, the trainers, and facilities. CELTA is an internationally recognised qualification and has British Council approval. It is the foundation qualification for employment in most recognised language schools. Course tutors are experienced English language teachers who have taught in a wide range of professional situations and are accredited CELTA trainers. All courses are externally moderated by UCLES, ensuring that rigorous standards are maintained.

You can find more information about the CELTA course here.

CELTA Recognition

CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. Because it is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition. Over 10,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.

Cambridge English Language Assessment also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.

CELTA is "the" TEFL qualification because:

  • It is the most frequently sought after qualification for TEFL jobs worldwide.
  • it is moderated by the University of Cambridge every time a course runs, not just on an occasional basis.
  • Tutors are highly qualified, experienced trainers in well-established teacher education centres
  • It is recognised as a Level 5 Qualification by the British Curriculum Authority, so it follows an authorised syllabus
  • It gives you hands-on teaching practice and effective tools for teaching.

Many people believe that to teach English you must be born in an English speaking country. However, increasing numbers of English teachers are not native speakers, but instead have mastered the language and have chosen to pursue an exciting career of teaching the English language both in their native countries and all over the world.

In order to become a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, you must reach a certain level of aptitude, you must be trained on how to teach and you must have the necessary recognised qualifications. The one month intensive CELTA course provides an initial training for those new to the profession and also for those teachers with experience but with little formal training.

If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply for a CELTA course, why not take our simple eligibility test here?

The course is designed to enable candidates to develop and identify:

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

A Typical Day on the Full Time CELTA Course

  • 9:00 - 11:30: Teaching Practice. Your group of 5 or 6 teacher trainees teach a class of students learning English. Your tutor and other trainees watch the lesson.
  • 11:45 - 13:15: Feedback and ALP (Assisted Lesson Preparation). You have the chance to discuss your lesson with fellow trainees and the tutor and some good ideas for moving forward in your teaching. Then, in ALP, you discuss the lessons for the next day with your tutor and peers.
  • 14:15 - 17:00: Seminars and workshops. The trainers give practical input sessions to get you thinking and give you lots of practical teaching ideas in all the key areas. Interactive, challenging and really enjoyable.

On some days you also do observation of experienced teachers in their classes. You sit at the back and see a real class in operation. You’ll notice the skills and techniques used and spot what you can borrow for your own lessons.


How does CELTA relate to TEFL/TESOL?

‘TEFL’ or ‘TESOL’ are terms often used to describe qualifications for English Language teachers. CELTA, the most widely taken initial TESOL/TEFL qualification of its kind in the world, was previously known as CTEFLA and the ‘RSA certificate’.

There is no such thing as "the TESL certificate" just as there is no such thing as "the B.A.". There are several kinds of TESL/TEFL/TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificates offered by many institutions. CELTA is one of those certificates. CELTA is an ELT (English Language Teaching) certificate, which encompasses TESL and TEFL.

How is the CELTA Course Assessed?

To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades — Pass, Pass ‘B’ and Pass ‘A’.

There is no final examination but you are assessed by your tutors throughout the course. You are required to maintain and submit a portfolio of course work including materials related to teaching practice and four written assignments.

Teaching practice

You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability (e.g. pre-intermediate/upper intermediate). Assessment is based on your overall abilities in the classroom during the 6 hours of teaching practice.

Employment as an English Teacher after the Course

As in so many locations all over the world now, English is becoming an essential part of so many jobs and businesses and a necessity in many people´s everyday lives. For this reason the market for English teachers is on the rise. And with the CELTA qualification being the most popular ESL qualification among Language Schools, finding work in Hungary may not be as difficult as you may imagine.

To add to this, the Budapest Teacher Training Centre has a great knowledge of the local teaching community, an impressive number of contacts, and brilliant advice on how to look for work post-CELTA. Each CELTA course includes content on how to look for work in Hungary and all over the world in general. So whether it´s private one-on-one teaching you are looking for after completing your course, or trying to find work in schools and centres, the possibilities are endless.

Can I work in Hungary and other countries with CELTA?

CELTA is the most requested pre-service teaching qualification by both public and private employers. When checking websites advertising English teaching jobs, you will often see CELTA listed as the preferred qualification. If no certification is required, and there are scant details about the contract, you have to ask yourself if the provider is a reputable employer and language school.


Find a TEFL Job Post CELTA

As a StudyCELTA trainee, you will be able to sign up for free to our TEFL jobs website 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 Budapest, Hungary

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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Candidates who withdraw from the course after making payment will be reimbursed the course fee minus the deposit and bank (transfer) costs if they notify the Centre in writing (via email OK) more than three weeks before the course start date. After that time the course fee is non-refundable.

Candidates may transfer to another course. The deposit is non-transferable however, and must be paid again. The course fee is transferable as long as the Budapest Teacher Training Centre is notified in writing (via email OK) more than three weeks before the start date of the course for which the candidate has paid.


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