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

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.

ICTE’s CELTA is Quality Endorsed by NEAS 




You need to have a high standard of competence in both written and spoken English and 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. 



Tuition fees are AUD$ 3,300. Other costs are for the required books and moderation fee (£184 - paid in the Australian dollar equivalent at the time of payment).


CELTA at ICTE is offered as a 4-week full-time course and an 11-week semi-intensive course including eight Saturdays (4.5 hours per day).

CELTA semi-intensive course dates

Typical course hours: 4.30pm - 9.00pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9.00am - 3.00pm on Saturdays

Course starting in August 2020 - CANCELLED
Saturday 15 August 2020 – Thursday 29 October 2020
Application closing date: Friday 12 June 2020

Applications are no longer being accepted

CELTA full-time course dates

Typical course hours: 9.00am - 5.15pm from Monday to Friday.

Course starting in January 2020 - CLOSED
Monday 6 January 2020 – Friday 31 January 2020
Application closing date:  Monday 9 December 2019 - 12pm (midday) AEST

Applications are now closed

Successful applicants will be interviewed between 9am - 12pm, Thursday 12 December 2019

Course starting in June 2020 - CANCELLED
Monday 8 June 2020 – Friday 3 July 2020

Applications are no longer being accepted

*At the time of submitting your application, please advise ICTE if you are unable to attend an interview on one of the nominated days so alternative interview arrangements can be made if possible.


Course content

Course content and delivery is highly practical and hands-on and will cover how to:

  • 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.

Your participation will involve 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).

You will also need to complete a minimum of 180 hours pre-course preparation, reading, assignment writing and lesson preparation.

For a formal description of the syllabus, download the CELTA course syllabus (PDF, 176KB) from Cambridge English.



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

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



Candidates who have been accepted into a course are 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:

Credit transfers

Credit transfers available to UQ students

The CELTA course is ideal for UQ students who wish to gain a formal qualification whilst undertaking a degree.

Students who complete CELTA at ICTE are eligible to receive 2 units of credit (one course) in lieu of SLAT7001: Introduction to Second Language Learning and Teaching, as part of a Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics or Master of Applied Linguistics.

To check your credit transfer options, please visit the credit precedents database in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (search course code: SLAT7001).


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