What is CELTA?
sometimes asked, "What is CELTA?"
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It is an initial teaching qualification for people who want to teach
English as a foreign language.
is awarded by Cambridge University (ESOL
division) and is an acronym for C
ertificate in E
eaching to A
That is obviously a little long, so the name of the qualification was
shortened to CELTA.
What does CELTA cover?
The CELTA qualification is the most popular EFL
qualification in the world. This is due to the excellent reputation it
has built up over the years, as well as the fact that it is a wide
ranging course with a range of assessment methods.
broadly covers five topics. They are:
• Learners and teachers, and the teaching
and learning context
• Language analysis and awareness
• Language skills: reading, listening,
speaking and writing
• Planning and resources for different
• Developing teaching skills and
Teaching and assessment methods
Teaching on a CELTA course is by a mixture of practical work
is the common term for when a teacher (the teacher trainer, not the
student) gives information, like traditional classroom teaching.)
There is no exam to sit at the end of the course and assessment is
Each student will complete four
, and will teach two different levels
for a total of 6 hours. The teaching is assessed on the performance
over the whole course.
There are three grades for the CELTA qualification:
- Pass B
- Pass A, with Pass A being the highest grade.
There are three ways to obtain the CELTA qualification.
1. Full time
A full time CELTA course lasts 4-5 weeks.
It is a very intensive course, and students will need to do homework
and lesson planning in the evenings.
2. Part time
Part time CELTA courses can last from several months to over a year,
depending on the frequency and length of the classes.
The classes and teaching practice are usually during the evenings or at
weekends, but there are some daytime part time CELTA courses available,
3. Distance learning
Cambridge ESOL also offer a distance learning option, and full details
of this can be found at www.cambridgeesol.org
Where to study for the CELTA qualification
If you've decided you want to study for your CELTA and take advantage
of the opportunities the qualification will offer you, you'll need to
decide where to study.
The good news is that CELTA courses are available worldwide
The bad news is that this makes deciding where to study very difficult!
If you want to gain experience teaching multilingual classes
then it is probably best to take a CELTA course in an English speaking
If you want to practice teaching monolingual
, then you can choose from centers all over the
Most worldwide CELTA courses include accommodation in their fees,
although you will usually need to buy your own food.
If you have a strong desire to work in a particular area, then taking
the CELTA course there can help you acclimatize and give you valuable
Many CELTA centers also offer help finding a job after you qualify.
If you want to be able to work anywhere in the world and meet lots of
fascinating people, doing a job which can be different every day, then
is a great career choice.
So asking, "What is CELTA?" may turn out to be the best thing you've