What is the CELTA?

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If you’re searching for an internationally recognized qualification in teaching English as a second or foreign language, then the Cambridge CELTA is right for you.

What is the CELTA?

The Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – CELTA – provides the initial training needed for new teachers to enter the EFL industry and essential for experienced teachers who wish to build on their existing skills.
The course is highly regarded by employers around the world as it provides a strong basis from which you can continue to develop into a highly effective teacher of English. In many parts of the world companies might not consider applicants who have not passed the CELTA qualification.
Previous English language teaching experience is not necessary to attend this course.


● The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the most widely recognised TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) qualification in the world.
● The CELTA is recognised by employers around the globe. It is recognised by language centres and will qualify you to teach around the world. It is asked for by 9 out of 10 English language teacher employers in the UK and 7 out of 10 worldwide (source: Cambridge English). They know that people with this qualification do their job well and have been tested properly.
● The CELTA is accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, which makes it respected and schools looking to hire you know you have been trained to a high standard.
● Many of CELTA candidates choose to take the course to add to their existing university teaching qualifications; either to learn more modern classroom methods or to be guided and observed by experienced, Cambridge certified, teacher trainers. Therefore, the course is normally a great opportunity to share and learn from a wide variety of professional and cultural backgrounds.
● The CELTA doesn’t expire so you will be a qualified English language teacher for life.
● The CELTA has theoretical and practical components so you do not only learn the rules of teaching others but you can practise them during the course.
● The opportunity to conduct lessons during the course, when a more experienced teacher is observing you, allows you to correct your mistakes earlier. It’s better to work on imperfections with your course instructor rather than be criticised by your boss.
● Cambridge makes sure that all of these centres run standardised courses, which means that people who’ve obtained the CELTA qualification are teachers of the same standard. This is a reason why companies are more likely to hire CELTA-certified teachers.

The CELTA syllabus is set by Cambridge Assessment English and covers the following learning areas:
✔️ Learners and teachers, teaching and learning context
✔️ Language analysis and awareness
✔️ Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
✔️ Planning and resources for different contexts
✔️ Developing teaching skills and professionalism

Input sessions

These are interactive, highly informative and very closely linked with classroom teaching. Some include:
✅ Classroom techniques: language clarification, practice, error correction, classroom management, group work and pair work etc.
✅ Teaching and learning the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
✅ Principled lesson planning of different types of lessons, course planning
✅ Different learning and teaching styles at adult level, adult learners‘ motivations and learning styles

You will be also asked to complete four written assignments on the following areas:
✅ Adult learners and learning contexts
✅ The language system of English
✅ Language skills
✅ Reflection on classroom teaching

You will also complete:
✅ 6 hours of assessed teaching practice, supported by guided lesson planning and feedback
✅ 6 hours of observations of experienced teachers

There are essentially three possibilities to take CELTA: full-time, part-time, and online. And the choice is entirely up to you, your learning preferences, and your personal situation.

CELTA Full-time:

CELTA Full-time – also known as an intensive option.
It can be a very intense experience as it expects you to take in a lot of information and put it into practice straight away.

The typical full-time CELTA course involves 4 to 5 weeks, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm.
On top of that, you will have weekly assignments to complete.


✅ You are more focused since you are full-time (and have little time to think of much else!).
✅ It requires Total immersion!
✅ There is very strong peer support since you spend most of the course together with other trainees.
✅ The course is completed much faster than the other alternatives.


✅ This option seems more intense and demanding than others.
✅ The course requires you to take an entire month off – basically, you will need to essentially ‘pause’ your life for a month.
✅ You might need to move cities temporarily or decide to take the course abroad. You will need to add accommodation fees and living expenses to the course cost.

Who is it for?

You need to be
✅ Over the age of 18 with qualifications equivalent to those to get into higher education
✅ Out of work (for a course period) or have a flexible working arrangement
✅ Motivated
✅ Organised
✅ Prepared to spend many hours working both within and outside of the training course.

Who is it NOT for?

It isn’t a good option for people that
✔️ have work or family commitments that may interfere with completing an intense 4-5 week course
✔️ can’t attend each day as well as work outside of course hours
✔️ can’t cope well with intense pressure and are not prepared to focus almost 100% on a single goal for 4 weeks.

Your daily CELTA day might look like this:

9.00-10.30 – Input session 1
10.45-13.30 – Input session 2
13.30-14.30 – Lunch time
14.30 – 17.30 – Teaching practice
17.30 – 18.30 – Teaching practice feedback
18.30 – 19.00 – Assisted lesson planning  

CELTA Part-time:

A typical part-time course will take place over several months and will involve 3 to 6 hours of study per week.
The content covered is exactly the same, it’s just spread out over a greater length of time making it a less intense experience.
The typical part-time CELTA course involves 12 weeks, Friday (17.00-20.00) and Saturday (9.00-17.00)

● Part-time means you don’t have to make too much of a change to your current schedule.
● Ideal for those that need some flexibility to fit in around work or family.
● All the content is the same, but the pace is much different from the full-time equivalent.
● More time is given between teaching practices, input sessions, and assignments; so you have more time to reflect or experiment new techniques and approaches with current groups you teach.

● It takes a longer time to complete and to get the CELTA certificate. This might affect you plans for employment or job promotion.
● If you want to qualify quickly, this isn’t the option for you
● The course will be held at a CELTA centre so be prepared to travel so add up the transport costs to the course cost

Who is it for?

You need to be
● Over the age of 18 with qualifications equivalent to those to get into higher education
● More flexible in your schedules or you have weekday commitments such as work or taking care of family.

Who is it NOT for?

It isn’t a good option for people that
• want to complete the course quickly and can handle intense hours
• can’t be at home for large parts of the study.

Your daily CELTA day might look like this:
• Friday: 17-18.30/18.45-20.15 (Input sessions + ALP)
• Saturday:
9.00-10.30 – Input
14.00-15.00 – Lunch
15.00-16.00 – Lesson Feedback
16.00-17.00 – ALP

Blended CELTA Course:

It’s a convenient way of getting qualified as it involves blended learning. The courses follow a similar approach as the face-to-face courses, focusing on teaching practice, language awareness, methodology of language teaching and learning, written assignments and live online observations.

How Does CELTA Online Work?

The virtual environment uses Cambridge CELTA Online platform allows trainees and teacher trainers to interact before, during, and after class.
All of the “input sessions” are held virtually, and assignments are turned in online as well. As with the other alternatives, the course syllabus remains similar.
It will normally involve 100+ hours of online learning as well as time at the CELTA centre for face-to-face time with your course tutor and practical teaching practice for one or two days per week. You will still be required to physically attend a CELTA centre for course elements such as the teaching practice.

Online component:

- Your input sessions involve reading, watching video lessons, interactive tasks
- You are required to participate in forum discussions and have live online sessions with your online tutor(s) and other course participants.
- Your work is monitored by your online tutor (s) and they facilitate your work through feedback and remarks on discussions
- You are also required to work on your own doing action research for your written assignments and working on your self-reflection

Live component (at IH Kyiv)

- 6 hours of assessed teaching practice in real adult classes of two different levels
- You are coached and supported by experienced, Cambridge certified, CELTA trainers when planning your lessons
- After each assessed TP, you receive feedback on your teaching from other course candidates and your CELTA trainer
- You observe experienced teaching classes and watch other course participants teach their classes
- You will expand your network while collaborating with other candidates from different places and teaching contexts
The course is taught online by the same experienced and qualified teacher trainers.

• It’s a more flexible way of gaining the CELTA qualification as it blends online self-study and live teaching practice.
• You can do the course work on the sofa or in a café and when it’s best for you.
• Any questions or clarifications can still be answered by tutors online.
• Same highly experienced teacher trainers and supporting team as physical courses
• Technical and online support before and throughout the course
• You can interact with your peers via online forums.
• The practical aspect of the course will still be held in person at an approved centre. Even though the theoretical aspects of the training are covered online, but you still get the hands-on practical experience offline.
• The fact that some of the input session modules can be taken online at home allows you to fit in other commitments if necessary.

● It’s not 100% virtual.
● Some people produce better work and comprehend more in a classroom setting.
● Although there may be online features to encourage sharing and support between CELTA trainees, you won’t have the same level of access to other people studying on the same course.

Who is it for?

The course is ideal for those that
• prefer to study over a longer period, even online, to minimise family and work disruption.
• can afford flexibility with their training.
• are self-motivated and have good time management skills considering that a large chunk of the course will require independent learning
• wants to be qualified to deliver lessons online and in a traditional classroom

Who is it NOT for?

The course is not ideal for people that
- need a lot of prompting and supervision
- find it hard to motivate themselves without a course trainer guiding them.
- find it difficult to learn by themselves through watching videos and reading course materials


❓ Will I have problems on CELTA if I have no teaching experience?
CELTA can be taken both by people with teaching experience and by people with no teaching experience. Teachers who have worked in more traditional, teacher-centred classroom environments are not necessarily at an advantage when they take the course. Similarly, inexperienced candidates are not necessarily at a disadvantage. The important thing is that all candidates are prepared to learn new approaches.

❓ I have previous teaching experience, is CELTA a suitable qualification for me?
✅ Many experienced teachers have taken the qualification in order to improve their teaching skills, provide them with a professional qualification and improve their overall confidence and English Language Teaching knowledge.

❓If I’m not a native speaker, do I need to take an English qualification to qualify for a CELTA course?
✅The course requirement is that your level of English is good enough to teach at a range of levels (up to CEFR 1 Level B2 / upper-intermediate level). This means you should have a level of English at CEFR high C1 / C2 level.

❓After taking CELTA, when can I take DELTA?
✅ Normally, candidates taking Delta will have an initial English language teaching qualification, such as CELTA, and at least one year’s experience teaching English.

❓ Are all CELTA trainers native English speakers?
✅No – CELTA trainers may be native or non-native speakers. All trainers meet the same rigorous standards set by Cambridge English Language Assessment, and have been through a programme of training before becoming CELTA trainers.

❓Are CELTA courses of the same quality in all countries?
✅CELTA courses worldwide meet exactly the same standards, follow the same syllabus, and are assessed in the same way by Cambridge English assessors.

❓Will I learn ‘grammar’ on the course?
✅You will improve your understanding of grammar on the course and you will explore the skills to break it down and explain it effectively to learners.

❓Will I have problems on CELTA if I am not a native speaker of English?
✅Many trainees who successfully complete CELTA speak English as a second or third language. However, your English should be proficient enough for you to cope with the demands of the course – ideally a C1 (Advanced) level. If you apply to do CELTA, the tutors will assess your English level carefully as part of the selection process.

❓Will I have problems on CELTA if I don’t know much about English grammar?
✅You don’t need to start a CELTA course with a great knowledge of English grammar. However, you have to show that you can research and analyze grammatical structures so that you can teach them properly in the classroom.

❓Is there an age limit on doing CELTA?
✅No. People who have successfully completed CELTA courses range from being eighteen years old to be in their retirement. However, 18-year-olds are accepted at the discretion of the center.

❓I’m a non-native speaker of English. Will CELTA teach me some new English?
✅CELTA is a teacher-training course, not a language-learning course. Do not apply for CELTA if you only want to improve the level of your English.

❓What’s the application procedure for CELTA?
✅CELTA applicants should complete an application form and task-sheet. If their application meets the required standard, they will then be invited to an interview. Applicants who pass the interview will be offered a place on a CELTA course.

❓If I decide to quit a CELTA course, can I get my money back?
✅Please be aware that trainees who start a CELTA course but decide not to complete it, or who complete the course but do not pass it, are not eligible for a refund. Make sure you are sure about your commitment to CELTA before paying the deposit and balance.

❓How intensive is CELTA?
✅CELTA is very intensive. Trainees taking a full-time course should ensure that there are no other demands on their time and attention for the duration of the course.

❓How demanding is the CELTA course?
✅Trainees put in a lot of hours each day into planning lessons, teaching, writing assignments and participating in class, which means they often have to put their social life aside so they can dedicate full days to achieving everything the CELTA expects of them. 100% attendance is required and you’re not just a student – you’re a teacher trying out what you learn, as well. You will have a great deal of help from your trainer

❓Can I have work commitments while I do CELTA?
✅It is very risky to try to combine a full-time CELTA course with any sort of work commitment, even a part-time one. The majority of people who drop out of or fail a CELTA course do so because they have misjudged how demanding the course is; often those people have been trying to do some work on the side.

❓Does CELTA use a textbook?
✅No. However, trainees will receive a lot of hand-outs during input sessions (and need to be organized when filing these hand-outs away).

❓What is teaching practice like?
✅The teaching practice comprises guided preparation, lesson performance and reflection on the lesson.
Each trainee teaches for a total of eight 45-minute lessons with two groups of students at two different levels. Teaching practice is organized in small groups of 5-6 trainees who also observe each other. Each teaching practice session is followed by a group feedback session, led by your course trainer, as well as a detailed, personalized written feedback and assessment of each lesson.

❓How many students are likely to be in the teaching practice classes?
✅Teaching Practice classes may vary in size from six to about 18 students.

❓How will I be assessed during the course?
✅CELTA trainees are assessed on their teaching practice performances, their written assignments and their overall level of professionalism. CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and who have met the assessment criteria for lesson planning, teaching and for written assignments. The outcome of the course is decided on a continuous assessment basis, there is no final examination.

❓If I pass the course, when will I receive my CELTA certificate?
✅Trainees who complete the course will have a grade recommended by their course tutors. When this is approved, Cambridge English will send them certificates that state their official grade. It commonly takes Cambridge English six-to-eight weeks to send out official certificates

❓Does a CELTA certificate expire?
✅No – CELTA certificates don’t expire.

❓What is the pass rate for CELTA?
✅The application and interview procedure for CELTA is to ensure that candidates accepted onto a course have the potential to develop the skills necessary to pass it. Therefore, the failure rate is not high. However, CELTA is not a course where accepted candidates automatically pass.

❓Do you get a grade at the end of the course?
✅Yes – successful CELTA candidates are graded as Pass, Pass B or Pass A (Pass A is the highest grade).

❓Is there a final examination on CELTA courses?
✅No – you will be assessed throughout the course. Assessment is on the 6 hours of teaching practice and the 4 written assignments.

❓What will my final report be like?
✅The tutors will make recommendations about what the trainees need to do in future to ensure that they continue to develop as English-language teachers.

❓Do you provide trainees with help in finding jobs afterwards?
✅There will be a professional development session at the end of the course which includes advice on finding work after the CELTA course. However, International House Kyiv is unable to help trainees with individual job-hunting.