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About the CELTA course in Seoul, South Korea

The University of Cambridge ESOL CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the most recognised initial English teacher training/TEFL certificate in the world.

This certificate enables teachers to work in schools in South Korea and throughout the world.

It is a highly practical course, involving six hours of observed teaching practice to real ESL students at the centre in Seoul, observations of professional teachers, feedback and input sessions, and lesson planning workshops. In total, the course meets the standard 120-hour requirement for TEFL/TESOL courses.

As the ESL industry in South Korea expands, there is a growing demand for teachers who are qualified with the CELTA, as it is the most highly-regarded initial TEFL/TESOL certificate in the country.

The course is suitable for people with little or no teaching experience, or for teachers who want to formalise their qualifications.

The CELTA course in Seoul, South Korea, is designed in a 'semi-intensive' schedule, meaning you have more time to study outside of class, and experience the best of what this vibrant city has to offer.


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CELTA Course Content and Assessment

The five units of learning in the syllabus are divided into a number of sub-topics:

Unit 1: Learners and Teachers and the Teaching and Learning Context

  • Cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds
  • Motivations for learning English as an adult
  • Learning and teaching styles
  • Context for learning and teaching English
  • Varieties of English
  • Multilingualism and the role of first languages

Unit 2: Language Analysis and Awareness

  • Basic concepts and terminology used in ELT for describing form and meaning in language and language use.
  • Grammar: Grammatical frameworks: rules and conventions relating to words, sentences, paragraphs and texts
  • Lexis: What it means to “know” a word; semantic relationships between words
  • Phonology: The formation and description of English phonemes; features of connected speech
  • The practical significance of similarities and differences between languages
  • Reference materials for language awareness
  • Key strategies and approaches for developing learners’ language knowledge

Unit 3. Language Skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing


  • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing reading skills
  • Purposes of reading
  • Decoding meaning
  • Potential barriers to reading


  • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing listening skills
  • Purposes of listening
  • Features of listening texts
  • Potential barriers to listening


  • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing speaking skills
  • Features of spoken English
  • Language functions
  • Paralinguistic features
  • Phonemic systems


  • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing writing skills
  • Sub-skills and features of written texts
  • Stages of teaching writing
  • Beginner literacy
  • English spelling and punctuation
  • Key strategies and approaches for developing learners’ receptive and productive skills

Unit 4: Planning and Resources

  • Principles of planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
  • Lesson planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
  • Evaluation of lesson planning
  • The selection, adaptation and evaluation of materials and resources in planning (including computer and other technology based resources)
  • Knowledge of commercially produced resources and non-published materials and classroom resources for teaching English to adults

Unit 5: Developing Teaching Skills and Professionalism

  • The effective organisation of the classroom
  • Classroom presence and control
  • Teacher and learner language
  • The use of teaching materials and resources
  • Practical skills for teaching at a range of levels
  • The monitoring and evaluation of adult learners
  • Evaluation of the teaching/learning process
  • Professional development: responsibilities
  • Professional development; support systems

How to Apply for the CELTA in Seoul, South Korea

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 deposit.

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