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CELTA 100% Online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambridge has temporarily allowed CELTA courses to be taken 100% online. This is to ensure the safety of all CELTA trainees so that they can continue with their education from the safety of their homes.

What are the advantages of taking the CELTA course fully online?

One of the main benefits of taking the CELTA online is that you will get the same the qualification as the face-to-face CELTA but now you will also have the experience of teaching English online and be more familiarised with the online teaching environment and tools.

Other benefits of taking the CELTA 100% Online include:

  •  No flights costs
  • No accommodation costs
  • No visas
  • At the end of the course you will receive exactly the same CELTA certificate as the face-to-face course
  • An extra week of online teaching preparation
  • Learning in the safety of your home

CELTA fully online course structure

The online CELTA course is a 120-hour, 5 week intensive course, that serves as an initial training course for teachers. This course is available 100% online for the first time, giving you the same certification with added flexibility.

The CELTA course is suitable for novice teachers with no prior training and also seasoned teachers who wish to hone their skills.

The Online concept

The concept of online teaching and running a virtual lesson may seem scary at first. However, during the first week, you will be able to adjust to the platform and virtual classrooms by receiving input sessions, as well as giving unassessed lessons and observing experienced teachers. You’ll also have continuous support throughout the course to adjust to and navigate the platform.

Teaching Practice

Teaching practice is the practical element of the course, where you will be teaching a group of real students online in a virtual classroom. The teaching practice session are 45 minutes long, throughout the course you will need to complete 6 hours in total of real teaching, i.e. 8 sessions x 45 minutes each.
From week 2 to week 5, you will generally teach two lessons each week. Your lessons will be observed by the other candidates, and you will observe their lessons as well.
The lessons are also assessed and observed by the CELTA Tutors.
This is the opportunity to see what you’ve learned put into action.


You will receive both synchronous and a-synchronous input throughout the course, which will be useful and applicable in your teaching practice. Input may be in the form of live sessions hosted on a video sharing platofrm (such as Zoom) or Moodle based sessions with trainees collaboratively working on documents, presentations, or materials. These sessions will be led by the CELTA tutors and will encourage you to work with the other candidates through various digital platforms as you explore concepts.


One of the most important parts of the CELTA course is receiving feedback on lessons. After teaching practice, your group will come together in a live session to talk about the lessons observed that day. Those who taught will reflect on their lessons before receiving feedback from peers and from the tutor. These sessions allow you to more clearly understand your lessons, finding ways to build on your strengths and continue to improve throughout the course.

Lesson Planning

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to work individually with the tutors for assisted lesson planning. They will be available to you during these sessions to address questions, guide you, and suggest alterations to improve your plans. These sessions, building off the input sessions, will enable you to more easily implement new techniques into your practice and consolidate what you learn throughout the course.

What to expect on a day of the CELTA 100% Online Course?

On a typical day, you can expect two input lessons, teaching practice, group feedback, and lesson planning. During the course, you will also complete four written assignments.

The CELTA course is intense however you it’s a fruitful way to learning the core principle and concepts of English Language Teaching. You will be constantly receiving feedback from your CELTA classmates and from the Tutors. Additionally, you will also get the opportunity to observe your classmates and experienced tutors.

Will it says “Online” on my CELTA Certificate?

No. The CELTA certificate will certify that you have completed the CELTA and it won’t include the format of how you took the certificate. It will still be the same as someone who has completed a face-to-face CELTA.

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CELTA Course Introduction

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 world-famous University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition. Over 10,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.

CELTA is "the" TEFL qualification because of the following:

  • It is the most frequently sought after qualification for TEFL jobs worldwide.
  • 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

There are five main units of learning:

  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 contexts
  5. Developing teaching skills and professionalism.

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. It is the most widely recognised and respected international pre-service certificate offered in Turkey and in the world.

Questions and Answers

Who is CELTA for?

People who want to work in Further, Adult and Community Education.

Can I do the course if English is not my first language?

Yes, your English needs to be of a near-native level. This means that you need to have a command of English that allows you to complete all written assignments and teaching practice requirements to the University of Cambridge standards.

Do I need teaching experience to take the CELTA?

No. Prior teaching experience is not a necessary prerequisite to being accepted onto a CELTA course.

What does CELTA involve?

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. The course is designed to enable candidates to:

  • Develop an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in 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 referencing.
  • Identify opportunities for their own future development in the field.
  • It is a very practical course, which combines both input and teaching practice.

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’.

The assessment of CELTA is continuous and integrated. There is no final exam.

The candidates are assessed primarily in the areas of:

  • Teaching practice (each assessed lesson is given a grade)
  • Written assignments
  • The CELTA course also takes into consideration various aspects of professionalism and professional development.

These include:

  • Responsible and professional attitude to learning
  • Responsible and professional attitude to planning and teaching of your lessons
  • Punctuality and organisation
  • Willingness to respond to feedback and adjust your own teaching appropriately
  • Overall progress and professionalism in the field

CELTA Certificate

The CELTA certificate is awarded to candidates who satisfy all assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.

These include:

  • Attendance of 100% of the course
  • Completion of all teaching practice and observations of experienced teachers
  • Completion of all four assignments (three or more assessed as ‘Pass’)
  • The grades of the certificate are Pass, Pass B (above standard teaching) or Pass A (exceptional language awareness, teaching and professionalism).
  • Candidates who successfully complete the course, receive both the Cambridge CELTA certificate and a report/letter from the trainers at the Centre in Turkey. The letter describes the candidate’s performance in some detail and serves as a useful reference for employment

I've heard that CELTA is really hard. Why is this?

CELTA is not hard in the sense that the material is difficult to understand. The course is often considered difficult because it is very intensive and there are many deadlines to meet in the space of a month.

When taken intensively, it is a full-time commitment for 4 weeks. Evenings and weekends are devoted to completing assignments and preparing lessons for teaching practice.

Time management skills are very important to success on this course. Furthermore, assessment is continuous. Each day there is a 2-hour teaching practice with real students drawn from the community. During that time, you have to put into practice what you have learned.

The teaching practice is assessed by one of the course tutors and you are given written and oral feedback from your tutors and peers.

Who recognises CELTA?

CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers.

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

Employment as an English Teacher after the Course

The training centre will provide CELTA trainees job search Topics, such as:

  • resume and cover letter assistance
  • interview preparation
  • job contacts: addresses of major recruiters of ELT teachers worldwide.

Can I work in Turkey with CELTA?

CELTA qualified teachers are in demand all over the world and the CELTA teacher training centre has established an excellent reputation as leaders in teacher training. The CELTA qualification is the most prestigious and the most well-known of all the TEFL courses, and is recognised all over the world, not only in Turkey. This means that with the CELTA qualification, numerous TEFL job opportunities are available all over the world.


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.

CELTA Course Entry Criteria

To be accepted for the CELTA course in Izmir, applicants ideally should:

  • Have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels. If you are not a native speaker you should have an international certification about your command of the language at C1 level (CAE, IELTS band 7.5 or equivalent)
  • Centres may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully.

Can I do the course if English is not my first language?

Yes, your English needs to be of a near-native level. This means that you need to have a command of English that allows you to complete all written assignments and teaching practice requirements to the University of Cambridge standards.

Do I need teaching experience to take the CELTA?

No. Prior teaching experience is not a necessary prerequisite to being accepted onto a CELTA course.

Do you have to know a lot about grammar?

Knowing grammar is definitely beneficial for being an English teacher, but it is not necessary to know everything about grammar to take the CELTA. Key concepts like subject, verb, and verb tense are good to know.

Pre course material will be sent to you on being accepted to start orientating you toward what you need to know

You will go over some key grammatical concepts during the course and also be exposed to resources for future teaching.

How to Apply for the CELTA in Izmir, Turkey

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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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

Having been offered a place on the course the school will inform you of payment options. A deposit is required immediately to secure a place with the remainder due at least 30 days before the course start date.

The following conditions apply in the case of cancellation on full-time courses, to be communicated in writing:

  • Cancellation more than 30 days before the start of the course: the participant loses the deposit
  • Cancellation between 29 and 15 days before the start of the course: the participant must pay 80% of the balance
  • Cancellation less than 14 days before the start of the course or withdrawal once the course has started: the participant must pay the full amount of the course.
  • Candidates who withdraw after the start of the course will not receive any refund.

The Teacher Training Centre in Izmir reserves the right not to start a course if a minimum number of 8 participants is not reached. All deposits and fees will be refunded in the event of a course being cancelled and if subsequent courses are not suitable for the candidate.

100% attendance is compulsory.

Health problems:  Applicants are required to declare any serious health problems that would affect their performance on the course on the application form. During the interview, you will be asked about this and if deemed necessary, you should provide a medical report.  Any medical problems that come to light after the course has started will be examined on a case by case basis.  However, in order to protect yourself, you should declare any health problems at the application stage.

Candidates are urged to understand that there is a risk of failing and that in such an event, no money can be returned.

Certificates are presented to the participant within eight weeks after the course. The certificate can be sent to the participants living outside Izmir. The participant is liable for the cargo cost.

The Court of Izmir has exclusive jurisdiction in the case of financial disputes.

Payment Alternatives

Once you have been accepted, payments can be made.

  • In US dollars, Euros, Sterling or Turkish Lira
  • In cash
  • By bank transfer
  • By credit card

Conditions of Enrolment

Selection Criteria, Assessment and Grades

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

The CELTA Centre in requires 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.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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