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Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)

The CELTA Advantage 

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment , part of the University of Cambridge in the UK.

CELTA is internationally recognised and one of the most widely taken courses of its kind. Each year, over 10,000 people choose CELTA to open up a world of exciting English language teaching opportunities. CELTA is a NEAS Premium Endorsed Product.

CELTA experience at ICTE-UQ

CELTA is offered at ICTE-UQ in Brisbane as a full-time (4-week) and  a part-time (12-week) course.  

ICTE-UQ CELTA information evenings are an ideal opportunity for interested applicants to meet with CELTA trainers and to learn more about the course. Visit our events calendar for upcoming information evenings.

Hear how other students have found the CELTA experience at ICTE-UQ in our videos addressing common questions such as how will I be assessed and what is the teaching prac like?

Course dates and fees

CELTA courses are offered at least twice per year and on a full-time and part-time basis.  

  • Full-time sample hours: 9.30am - 5.45pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am - 6.30pm, Friday
  • Part-time sample hours: 5.00pm - 9.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday, and 8.00am - 4.00pm on six Saturdays.

Candidates will also be required to attend approximately two-four hours observation of experienced English language teachers. Observation is typically scheduled to take place Monday - Friday in the morning or sometimes in the afternoon if suitable classes are available.

Get the latest CELTA dates and fees

Course information

Entry requirements

No previous teaching experience is required, however, applicants should:

  • have a high standard of competence in both written and spoken English 
  • be at least 20 years old (18 & 19 year olds may be accepted at the Institute’s discretion)
  • have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education, although applicants with no formal qualifications will also be considered.

All candidates are selected on the basis of an interview and application tasks designed to assess language awareness, literacy skills and aptitude. 

Course content

The ICTE-UQ CELTA is a highly practical, hands-on training course designed to give you skills to:

  • understand and use current English language teaching methodology, techniques and learning activities
  • select, adapt and develop your own teaching and learning materials
  • plan and deliver interactive and engaging English language lessons
  • manage a classroom
  • assess and evaluate students’ individual English language skills and their learning process

The ICTE-UQ CELTA includes a minimum of 120 contact hours including a combination of:

  • workshops and small group-work activities
  • practical teaching demonstrations
  • observation of experienced teachers
  • supervised practice teaching sessions with real English language learners (6 assessed hours)

In addition, candidates will also need to complete:

  • a minimum of 80 hours reading, assignment writing and lesson preparation


Assessment is continuous throughout the course and integrated into all course components. It is based primarily on lesson planning and classroom teaching, with trainer evaluations, and a series of four classroom-based, written assignments.

Candidates compile a portfolio of written work including lesson plans, teaching materials and assignments.

Cambridge English Language Assessment awards the CELTA to candidates who satisfactorily fulfil all course assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.

An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, moderates each course, observes teaching practice and reads candidates’ portfolios to ensure worldwide consistency of standards and grading.

Recommended preparation and materials

Suggested CELTA Course Materials

While undertaking an ICTE-UQ CELTA course candidates have access to comprehensive materials held in the ICTE-UQ Learning Centre.

Candidates who have been accepted into a course are also recommended to purchase

  • Parrott, Martin (current edition) Grammar for English Language Teachers. Cambridge University Press
  • Scrivener, Jim (current edition) Learning Teaching. Macmillan

Access to an Advanced Learners’ English Dictionary will also be useful – partial access is available free online:

Code of Conduct

On CELTA courses, ICTE-UQ participants are expected to assume a range of professional behaviours and responsibilities as part of their training. These behaviours and responsibilities form part of the CELTA assessment criteria.

Read the ICTE-UQ CELTA Code of Conduct.

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