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What is CELTA?

Our full-time and part-time CELTA courses in London, Manchester, York and Edinburgh are pre-service courses giving you a thorough grounding in all aspects of teaching the English language to adults, through a mix of theory and practical teaching work.

Part of the University of Cambridge and validated by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the Cambridge CELTA course is recognised and accepted by teaching institutions worldwide. One of the most widely taken qualifications of its kind, thousands of people each year choose CELTA to open up a world of exciting English language teaching opportunities.

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CELTA is for those who:

  • have little or no teaching experience
  • would like to learn how to teach English to speakers of other languages
  • want to increase opportunities of living and working abroad
  • wish to obtain an internationally-recognised qualification

Entry requirements:

  • At least 18 years old (it is generally recommended that candidates should be aged 20 or over, but candidates aged between 18 and 20 can be accepted at the centre’s discretion)
  • Educated to a level suitable for higher education or university (A levels or equivalent)
  • Competent in both written and spoken English (C1 minimum)
  • Successful completion of an interview and a language awareness test

Course delivery and assessment:

CELTA courses at Experience English are interactive and hands-on, with a positive and supportive atmosphere. We look for trainees with a high level of motivation and commitment, who can work as open and reflective members of a team.

  • 4 week full-time course of 120 hours or 16 week part-time course of 144 hours
  • 6 hours of teaching observation
  • 2-3 tutorials – this is an opportunity to discuss your progress and offer you constructive feedback
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice, teaching groups of EFL/ESOL students at two different levels. You will be expected to cover all four skill areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and demonstrate lesson-planning and self-evaluation
  • 4 assessed written assignments, practical in nature
  • Preparation of a portfolio of work for assessment

Please note, the full-time course is very intensive in nature; it is important that you are able to attend the whole programme as well as dedicate an additional 20 hours per week for homework, reading, written assignments and lesson preparation.

The part-time course is designed for those with other commitments, and classes are held 3 evenings per week after 17:30.

Course content:

Throughout the course you will cover a variety of topics through sessions and workshops:

  • Classroom management skills
  • Lesson planning
  • Understanding the contexts within which adults learn English
  • Understanding students’ motivations, and the roles of both the teacher and the learner
  • Language analysis (grammar, phonology and lexis)
  • Developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Teaching methodology, ideas and techniques applicable to ESOL/EFL teaching
  • Evaluating authentic and published materials
  • Teaching basic literacy
Location Course Weeks Dates Price Places Left Enquire
Manchester CELTA full-time 4 26/05/17 1400 fully booked
Manchester CELTA full-time 4 03/07/17 1400 fully booked
Manchester CELTA full-time 4 31/07/17 1400 fully booked
Manchester CELTA full-time 4 18/08/17 1400 4
Manchester CELTA full-time 4 25/09/17 1400 10
Manchester CELTA full-time 4 23/10/17 1400 10
Manchester CELTA full-time 4 20/11/17 1400 10
York CELTA full-time 4 09/06/17 1350
York CELTA full-time 4 28/07/17 1350
York CELTA full-time 4 17/11/17 1350
Edinburgh CELTA full-time 4 29/05/17 1050
Edinburgh CELTA full-time 4 03/07/17 1050
Edinburgh CELTA full-time 4 07/08/17 1050
Edinburgh CELTA full-time 4 11/09/17 1050
Edinburgh CELTA full-time 4 16/10/17 1050
Edinburgh CELTA full-time 4 20/11/17 1050
London CELTA full-time 4 05/06/17 1245
London CELTA full-time 4 03/07/17 1245
London CELTA full-time 4 07/08/17 1245
London CELTA full-time 4 11/09/17 1245
London CELTA full-time 4 23/10/17 1245

The tutors were excellent and so encouraging and approachable. It was so rewarding to see myself and my peers develop and to be challenged throughout the CELTA course.

Naomi, English Language Centre York

I really enjoyed the CELTA and learnt a lot, especially from the practical side of it. I have also managed to get a job very easily, I would definitely recommend the course.

Anna, Manchester Academy of English

The course was well-run, organised and enjoyable. The staff were supportive and inspiring, and the course laid a good foundation for a career in EFL. Thank you!

Sarah, Manchester Academy of English

I started CELTA with no previous teaching experience or even of talking in front of people. I now feel very confident in front of a class.

Nasir, English Language Centre York