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What is the CELTA?


The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the most popular and widely recognised initial qualification in teaching English as a foreign language. CELTA has enabled many teachers to obtain their first position and has long been considered a basic requirement for teaching English to adults worldwide. It is regulated by the UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation at level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework. The course is highly regarded by employers around the world as providing sound initial training. This is the qualification you need if you plan to seek employment as an English language teacher in a quality language school.


Who's the course for?

The CELTA is an introductory course with a focus on understanding the principles of effective teaching and learning practical skills for teaching adults. It is suitable for:

• people with little or no previous teaching experience

• teachers with experience but little or no formal training

• practising teachers in need of a qualification with international recognition

• practising teachers who want to develop their use of communicative methodology.

Applications from both native and non–native speakers are welcome. All applicants are required to have a very high standard of both spoken and written English (CEFR level C1-C2).


What are the benefits of the course?

Above all, a CELTA course will give you invaluable hands-on experience of teaching real adult learners with guidance and feedback from experienced tutors. It will help you:

• Understand the underlying principles of effective teaching

• Learn about how the English language works

• Acquire a range of practical skills and techniques for teaching English

• Choose appropriate resources for teaching and testing

• Build your confidence in the classroom.


What are the entry requirements?

Candidates must:

• be at least 18 years old

• have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education

• be proficient in spoken and written English (at or close to CEFR level C2).

Candidates without formal educational qualifications at the level indicated above may still be accepted if they can demonstrate that they would be likely to complete the course successfully.


Is this the right course for me?

If you want to be an English language teacher and you fulfil the basic entry requirements above, you should also consider the following points:

• CELTA is practical rather than academic.

• If you want to teach others, you must understand the workings of English language yourself – or be prepared to learn about them.

• Teaching requires good interpersonal skills.

• You will need to be able to give clear instructions, and explain effectively and patiently when learners don't understand.

• You will be asked to reflect on your lessons, spot your strengths and weaknesses, and think of ways to improve.

• You should be open to hearing feedback on your teaching, from both tutors and peers. This will always be supportive but at times it will also be critical.

• It is possible to fail a CELTA course if you don’t meet the standard required.

• The course is extremely rewarding but it is also very hard work. Most candidates enjoy the course but also find it stressful at times.

If none (or almost none!) of the above worries you, then why not give it a try?


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