CELTA stands for ‘Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults’, and it is the most highly recognised and regarded initial English teaching certification worldwide.
Questions Answered About the CELTA
Top 5 reasons to do the CELTA course:
✔ CELTA 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 CELTA teacher education centres
✔ It is recognised as a Level 5 Qualification by the British Curriculum Authority, so it follows an authorised syllabus
✔ The CELTA includes real-life teaching practice with actual English learners, in an authentic classroom environment
CELTA Course Content:
All CELTA courses, whether face-to-face, online or mixed include a minimum of 120 hours of contact between candidates and course tutors. This includes tutorial support as well as consultation and supervised lesson planning. The CELTA course also contains 6 hours of assessed teaching practice for every candidate in front of real students. This teaching practice is supervised by a course tutor.
There are five main units of learning in the CELTA:
- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Planning and resources for different contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism.
Is the CELTA a ‘TEFL’?
You’ll find a lot of information out there alluding to a ‘TEFL’ certificate or qualification, which can often be confusing and misleading.
TEFL is not the name of any one specific course; in fact, it’s a concept. It stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’, and is often found written in many other variations: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), ESL (English as a Second Language), EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) among them.
Many other so-called ‘TEFL certificates’, whether achievable online or face-to-face, are often not monitored or unaccredited by large, independent organisations. Then, once you get out into the workforce, you’ll find that it’s not a globally recognised course.
The CELTA, however, is the TEFL qualification, and it’s what most employers are looking for when they request it on their job advertisements.
What does the CELTA teach?
- CELTA teaches an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English, and how to apply these in professional practice
- An initial understanding of the contexts within which people learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner
- Familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to learners of English
- Basic skills for teaching students in the language classroom
- Familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with learners of English for teaching, testing and referencing
- Opportunities for your own future development in the field (for example, job searches, professional development etc.)
Will I get a job with a CELTA certificate?
The CELTA is the most sought-after TEFL certificate by employers worldwide. According to a survey conducted by Cambridge English, 70% of job advertisements specifically request the CELTA. They analysed 500 ads from 23 international job search websites, across 56 countries, and found 350 references to CELTA. In the UK alone, 91 per cent of employers wanted their teachers to have the CELTA!
Furthermore, a part of the course is solely dedicated to professional development and finding work once you graduate. The schools often have jobs boards and contacts with other institutions looking to hire CELTA-qualified teachers. Plus, you’ll also be eligible to sign up for TEFLwork, an online jobs portal for qualified English teachers.
How is CELTA taught?
The CELTA is offered in the following formats:
The full-time CELTA is our most popular course format, and is usually a four or five-week, weekday, nine-to-five intensive course.
The most common format is usually up to 12 weeks in duration (though this can be more), with two afternoons a week and half a day on weekend morning.
100% Online CELTA
This option allows you to complete the course online at any centre from anywhere in the world, provided you have a stable internet connection and can attend any required sessions.
Online Mixed/Online Mixed Mode CELTA
This option allows you to complete the majority of the course online, you have to visit the centre to complete training practice.
How the CELTA course is assessed:
You are continuously assessed on your teaching practice and written assignments.
But, that’s not all. CELTA tutors also take into consideration amongst other things:
- Responsible and professional attitude to learning
- Planning and teaching of your lessons
- Punctuality and organisation (you must attend 100% of the course)
- Your response to feedback
- Overall progress and professionalism in the field
Possible CELTA grades:
- Pass A
- Pass B
Applying for the CELTA is the easy part!
Once you have decided on a course with an idea of the format and when you would like to take it, you can apply through our online application form.
To apply for a CELTA is completely free. Just make sure you have a spare ten minutes to complete this!
The Pre-Interview Task
Once you have applied, a member of staff will send you a pre-interview task.
This is a written task where your English proficiency and language awareness will be assessed.
There could also be questions about your own thoughts and approaches to teaching.
Take your time and double-check for typos!
Interview with the Tutor
If you are successful with your pre-interview tasks, you will be invited for an interview (either face-to-face or online – usually via Zoom).
This is where CELTA tutor will get to understand you as a learner from where you are in your ELT journey, your desire to learn and grow as an educator. The CELTA Tutor may also go through your pre-interview task and English skills to ensure you are prepared for the CELTA.
After completing your interview, you will be notified shortly afterwards about your CELTA place. If you wish to find out if you are eligible for the course, take our short online eligibility test.
What are the CELTA entry requirements?
CELTA entry requirements are:
- You must be over 18
- You must have the qualifications for higher education e.g. university
- You should have a flair for English and strong language awareness
- If you are non-native, your language level should be the equivalent to an IELTS 7.5 or a high C1
- A degree is not necessary