The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the most highly-regarded and widely-recognised initial qualification for English language teachers globally. The CELTA is accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge.
CELTA is a four-week, assessed course which focuses on practical skills, introducing you to hands-on teaching experience straight away.
This highly intensive, practical course includes:
- Practical workshops and seminars: there are 120 contact hours in the course including workshops and seminars which focus on language awareness, phonology, language learning, teaching methodology and professional development.
- Teaching practice and feedback: you will teach six hours of classes attended by volunteer adult learners of English. In a feedback session you will discuss the lessons taught and receive individual verbal and written feedback from tutors.
- Observation: you will observe a minimum of six hours of classes of experienced teachers (this may include two hours of audio material).
- Lesson preparation: lesson preparation is initially supervised by the course tutors, but you are encouraged to work more independently as the course progresses. By the end of the course you should have a basic toolkit which allows you to teach effectively in an EFL classroom.
Our teacher trainers are experts in their field and use a variety of effective educational methods and strategies throughout the course. This means trainee teachers benefit from an outstanding learning experience themselves before applying the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own classrooms.
Real teaching experience
CELTA is taught in our schools, so you will become immersed in a real teaching environment. Teaching practice takes place in our classrooms, with enthusiastic people from the local community that want to improve their English (Bell offers all lessons with trainee teachers free of charge to students).
Please note that the course is very intensive. Most participants tell us that they spend 2-3 additional hours at home each evening researching language, completing written assignments and preparing lessons. This course provides you with a basic toolkit for teaching English and covers a lot of ground; although we look at some language analysis, and tutors will support you, the assumption is that you will research grammar and language issues for lessons outside the sessions.
You should ensure that you do not have other time consuming commitments during the course and are in good physical and mental health before embarking on the CELTA.