Cambridge CELTA course

Once you have completed one of our four-week intensive Cambridge CELTA courses, you'll be able to work as a TEFL teacher anywhere in the world.

Join our TEFL jobs for CELTA graduates page to see TEFL jobs you could apply for after completing the course.

The Cambridge CELTA course

Our course leads to the internationally recognised Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). This is the first professional qualification for TEFL (teachers of English as a foreign language).

Typical participants include:

  • College graduates
  • Professional people looking for a career change
  • Teachers of other subjects
  • People who see TEFL as a means of living and working abroad
  • Gap-year students
  • Non-native English speakers and international applicants are also welcome

If English is not your first language, you should have a level of proficiency in English equivalent to CPE, CAE or an IELTS score of 7.0, TOEFL 600.

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Course aims

Our CELTA course will give you all the basic skills and the essential knowledge you need to find a good job as a TEFL teacher anywhere in the world.

The course will enable you to...

  • acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
  • acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • demonstrate your ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context.

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Key CELTA course content:

The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas:

  • Topic 1: Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Topic 2: Language analysis and awareness
  • Topic 3: Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Topic 4: Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
  • Topic 5: Developing teaching skills and professionalism

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Success on the CELTA course

Our course is very practical, covering all the fundamental principles of teaching English. This will help you develop your confidence as you learn more useful TEFL classroom techniques, and cover all the fundamental principles of teaching English as a foreign language.

After the course you will be familiar with a range of task types for all sorts of lessons, and will feel confident about teaching in different circumstances anywhere in the world!

We believe our programme will give you all you need to begin a successful career in TEFL anywhere in the world.

Every TEFL course provider is different. Our focus on quality, and the fact that we offer far more than the minimum requirements of a CELTA course, will help you become a confident TEFL teacher able to teach in a variety of different circumstances.

In addition, you will have all these advantages:

  • Our excellent range of TEFL materials: We have a well-stocked study room with a vast range of TEFL resources
  • Life in a busy language school, where you can get to know all our students personally
  • Daily contact with foreign students from all over the world: We generally have 10-15 different nationalities in school at one time
  • Top-quality teaching from experienced TEFL teachers who are also examiners and materials writers
  • Career guidance: Very practical advice about traps to avoid and how to ensure you have the best chance of getting the TEFL job you want in the school you choose.

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Frequently asked questions

Q: What's the difference between CELTA, TESOL, TEFL and  ELT?

A: TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and ELT (English Language Teaching) both refer to the industry of teaching English as a foreign language. TESOL and CELTA both refer to the qualifications that can be gained if you would like to teach English in the UK or abroad. CELTA refers to the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and TESOL refers to the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Q: Are there any differences between the Cambridge CELTA and the Trinity Cert TESOL?

A: Not really. Both Certificates teach the same basic TEFL/TESOL skills and require the same number of hours of teaching practice and observation, for example. Both lead to the same level of professional qualification, which is Level 5 of the National Qualifications Framework, and both have equal status on the TEFL job market.

Q: What's the difference between your course and a cheaper weekend or online course?

A: Weekend or ‘taster’ courses may be helpful in giving you an idea of what to expect when teaching English as a foreign language. However, you will not get the full range of input ‒ training in teaching methodology, language analysis, classroom management, and so on ‒ that you will get on a longer course. More importantly, it is not a recognised qualification and no quality school would accept you as a qualified teacher.

Similarly, online courses can be very helpful and you may enjoy working in the privacy of your home or workplace. However, you will not get the full range of training that you will receive on a CELTA or TESOL course. There will also be less experience of working face-to-face with trainers and other trainee teachers, which is very important for teachers at an early stage of their professional development. Again, an online qualification may not give you access to the range of teaching posts you would be eligible for with a qualification following a longer, face-to-face course.

Q: I've never studied English grammar. I'm worried I won't understand how to teach it. Is that a problem?

A: Don't worry. Many, many participants say this. On the course we'll help you understand how grammar works, what the key terms mean, and how to teach it effectively. There are lots of books to help you, too.

Q: What nationalities are in the school?

A: We have students from all over the world. Our classes are always mixed. At any one time there could be up to 15 different nationalities in the school. This is of particular benefit to you: you'll experience the learning problems of students from as far afield as Korea and South America.

Q: I don't live in Bristol. Can you help me with accommodation?

A: Of course. We can arrange a room at Liberty Park, a students residence just minutes from the school and we have many host families in Bristol and can easily arrange half-board or self-catered accommodation. See our Accommodation page or contact us for details.

Q: Will I be able to continue with my part-time job during the course?

A: No. It's not a good idea. You'll have a lot of reading and preparing to do after classes in the evenings. You'll probably want to organise your notes and catch up on some reading during the weekend, too. You need to be giving 100% to the programme. After all, it's the start of a new career; don't jeopardise it before it's even started.

Q: Do I have to pay when I apply?

A: No, we don't ask you for money until after you have accepted a place on the course. When you get to the payment page of the application form, it says you do not pay at this stage.

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Pre-Course Task and recommended books

If you are accepted on the course, we will send you a pre-course task to complete. The aim of this task is to introduce you to some of the areas covered on the CELTA course and to provide you with the opportunity to prepare for the course. You may find one or more of the following grammar books useful for referencing:

  • Aitken, R - Teaching Tenses (Nelson)
  • Swan, M - Practical English Usage (OUP)
  • Murphy, R - English Grammar in Use (CUP)
  • Thornbury, S - How to Teach Grammar (Longman)

If you wish to do some additional reading before the start of the course, the following books may be of interest:

  • Scrivener, J - Learning Teaching (Macmillan)
  • Harmer, J - How to Teach English (Longman)
  • Underhill, A - Sound Foundations (Macmillan)

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Dates and prices

2018 / 2019 Prices
24th September to 19th October 2018 COURSE FULL £1,425
5th to 30th November 2018 £1,425
7th January to 1st February 2019 £1,425
11th February to 8th March 2019 £1,425
18th March to 12th April 2019 £1,425
13th May to 7th June 2019 £1,425
12th August to 6th September 2019 £1,425
23rd September to 18th October 2019 £1,425
4th to 29th November 2019 £1,425

This price includes all tuition, use of resources and Cambridge fee of £140 plus VAT. You will need to purchase Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener, which can be bought from Amazon for approximately £25, and read it before the start of the course.

You do not pay at the time of applying. International House Bristol will invoice you for a deposit of £250 once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course. Please note that if you cancel your place on the course, the registration fee of £100 is non-refundable.

Please note that we would cancel any course if we had fewer than six candidates signed up.

Shadowing can be done at any time before or after the course and for any duration by arrangement. The cost is £36 per day.