About CELTA

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.
 


Entry 

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. 

 


Fees

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).

 


Dates

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
Saturday 15 August 2020 – Thursday 29 October 2020
Application closing date: Friday 12 June 2020

Applications are now open

Successful applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday 24 June or Thursday 25 June 2020

CELTA full-time course dates

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

Course starting in January 2020
Monday 6 January 2020 – Friday 31 January 2020
Application closing date: Friday 25 October 2019

Applications are now open

Successful applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday 6 November or Thursday 7 November 2019

Course starting in June 2020
Monday 8 June 2020 – Friday 3 July 2020
Application closing date: Friday 27 March 2020

Applications are now open

Successful applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday 8 April or Thursday 9 April 2020

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*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

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.

 


Materials

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:

Contact

Contact us with any questions or phone +61 7 3346 6770.

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