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CELTA Course Introduction

The CELTA is the most widely recognized TESOL/TEFL certificate in the world. It's highly regarded around the world because of its high standards and rigorous assessments. It is one of the few certificate programs that involves observed teaching practice.

The CELTA program is an excellent choice for those who are looking to teach in Europe or the Middle East, although this certification can be used worldwide. The CELTA program meets the TESL Canada and USA requirements, allowing you to teach English at home.

CELTA is for Everyone and All Ages

CELTA caters for a wide range of people and experiences. Maybe you've been teaching for a few years and would like to get a qualification. Perhaps you're a recent university graduate, or wanting to change job and try something else. Or you want to combine getting a teaching qualification with living in a foreign country. These are all people who enrol on CELTA courses.

In Washington DC, the CELTA is offered on a full time basis to make your transition from one career to the next quick and easy. There are some extensive (part time) CELTA courses also available.

During the program, teacher-trainees are observed by their CELTA tutors, who grade their Teaching Practice lessons. Assessors from Cambridge, UK inspect the course each time in order to assure that quality is maintained in every CELTA program that is taught.

Speakers of English as a Second or Other Language do the CELTA

If English isn't your first language this doesn't pose a problem.  You just have to demonstrate that you "have an awareness of the language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable you to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels" (Cambridge guidelines).

CELTA Course Aims:

  • How to be sensitive to your adult students and their needs
  • How to be sensitive to the different ways in which students learn and how to teach each learner
  • How to manage your students and classroom
  • Basics of grammar, lexis and phonology and how to teach it
  • How to teach reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • How to evaluate your own lessons before and after the class
  • How to adapt and evaluate teaching materials
  • Effective lesson planning
  • A professional classroom presence

Why take CELTA if I already have a masters degree or a teaching degree?

Having the CELTA in addition to an MA gives you an advantage over candidates who have a Masters. There are a variety of masters programs (both TESOL and non-TESOL masters, say English literature, etc). But because CELTA training is standardised and monitored by Cambridge worldwide and known internationally, employers will know exactly what standard of teaching to expect from a job candidate holding a CELTA. The fact that the course includes putting teaching into practice makes it stand out from a more theoretical knowledge of teaching a language.

I have no previous teaching experience.

Teaching experience is not a requirement of the program.

I don't know if I'm suited to being a good teacher.

If your idea of teaching involves a lot of lecturing in front of a class, you have the wrong idea of what communicative language teaching is.

Language teaching is different from most types of teaching. While there is a small bit of explaining that comes from the teacher at the front of the class, much of language teaching involves small groups, pair work, and other activities in which the teacher is not the center of proceedings, but a facilitator who encourages others to communicate.

Language teaching suits a variety of personality types and extroverts and introverts equally excel at and love teaching English. If you aren't sure, the ELTCampus TEFL preparation course gives a great introduction to what English language teaching looks like today.

I already have teaching experience, so do I really need the CELTA?

Regarding previous teaching experience or teaching qualifications, it depends on what and how you've been teaching and the content of your qualification. Did it include a learner centred style of teaching in the classroom? As that is what employers are looking for. Everyone can learn from the CELTA, it holds up a mirror to how you actually teach. Linguistic theory and teaching theory are all well and good, but teaching practice with feedback from Cambridge certified tutors is worth it. Experienced teachers find themselves fine tuning their teaching during the course. They are made to see and reflect on habits and practices, good and bad, that they never knew they had before.

Having this certificate also enhances your job prospects, regardless of the amount of teaching experience you already have.

Employment as an English Teacher after the Course

Currently, there are lots of jobs available abroad for English teaching, and it seems the demand for English teachers will only increase, not decrease, in the coming years. Nevertheless, as demand for teachers has risen, so has the number of people wanting to teach, so despite the large number of jobs abroad, competition for these jobs is fierce. Any advantage you can gain over other prospective teachers should help you gain a job, or a better job.

During the CELTA course,  graduates are guided toward the right job. The teacher trainers are qualified and experienced, and know just how broad the TESOL /ESL and EFL industry is, so are able to provide one to one employment assistance any time after graduation.

This employment assistance includes, but is not limited to

  • resume and cover letter assistance
  • job contacts
  • contract review
  • visa advice and assistance
  • anything else you need to begin working as an English teacher at home or overseas

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.

Can I teach in public schools in the USA with the CELTA?

The CELTA does not count towards becoming certified to teach in public schools in the US. The CELTA should, however, count towards professional development credit for current public school teachers.

CELTA Course Entry Criteria

To be accepted for the CELTA course in Washington DC, 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, an excellent command of the English language in all areas (CAE or equivalent for Second Language speakers)
  • No previous teaching experience required

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 so:

  • 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.

CELTA Course Structure & Content - Washington DC

The CELTA course is an introduction to the teaching of English as a foreign language and aims to lay a firm foundation on which a teacher can build as s/he gains experience. A CELTA course involves a minimum of 120 contact hours with tutors.

These are broken down into:

  • Practical seminars on methodology and language awareness
  • Supervised teaching practice
  • Lesson preparation and planning
  • Feedback on teaching pratice
  • Observation of experienced teacher

On your course there will most likely be ten to twelve people. For CELTA courses there are always two tutors and no more than six students per tutor.

CELTA Syllabus

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

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

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

CELTA Timetable

The CELTA full-time course is held during the working day from Monday to Friday Total input = 120 hours

The day will typically include:

  • Input sessions
  • Lesson Planning
  • Assessesd Teaching Practice
  • Teaching Practice feedback

CELTA Course Assessment – Washington DC

Assessment overview

  • One of the reasons CELTA is popular is precisely because there is no final exam. Evaluation is strictly practical and is based on your ability to plan and give lessons.
  • You will also have to write four assignments which are marked. Outside Cambridge assessors are involved in your final evaluation and grade. You must obviously complete the course, and if you do not meet the minimal threshold you can also fail; but the CELTA trainers will do their best to help you succeed throughout and advise you of your progress.

Assessment framework

There are two components:

Component 1: Planning and teaching

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

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

This component consists of four written assignments:

  • Adult learners and learning contexts
  • Aspect of the language system of English
  • Aspect of language skills
  • 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 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 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 Certificate Grades

The Certificate 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 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.

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

Pass B

This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their 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 A

This grade is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their 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.

Can I Fail the CELTA?

You must complete the course. Candidates who fail to meet criteria in any or all assessed components will receive a Fail.

Being accepted on the course is a clear indication that you have what it takes to pass and tutors will advise you of your progress throughout. However, the work must be done by you to pass. That candidates can fail ensures the quality and standard of CELTA as a certificate therefore giving it more strength as a qualification from an employer's perspective.

Beware: CELTA Intensives are INTENSIVE: "I kept telling myself "it's only for a month" as night after night I missed my regular yoga classes because of the study required. One of our tutors shared a comment that CELTA was "the cheapest personal development course around” an accurate description I have to agree with...I liked the intensity of the course, it ensured a person like me who multitasks and juggles life had no choice but to focus and stay focused. The rest of the world managed without my input." - -Matewiki Karehana, New Zealand

How to Apply for the CELTA in Washington DC, USA

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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i-20 Visa

For international students requiring a F1 Visa to take the CELTA course in the USA, this centre is not able to issue the required i-20 letter as part of the Visa application. Please check other US CELTA locations here to see US centres that will be able to offer this support.

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

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

  • Visa or Mastercard
  • Cashier's checks
  • Wire transfers
  • 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 School has to receive the whole net amount in USD.

Conditions of Enrolment

Fee payment:

Applicants accepted to the 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 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 applied which the center will clarify to you on application.

Selection criteria, assessment and grades

The CELTA Centre in Washington DC 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 Centre in Washington DC 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.

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