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Want a job that’s fun and rewarding with unlimited opportunities for travel, learning about different languages and cultures and working with people from all over the world? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

And if you do your research, you’ll notice that among all the certification programs to be an English teacher, the one name that keeps coming up again and again is the CELTA. There is a reason for this; the CELTA, run by Cambridge University, is the gold standard of TESOL programs. And employers around the world are looking to recruit teachers who have the CELTA.

What is the CELTA?

Whether you are looking to teach abroad or in the United States, the CELTA is the most widely known and highly respected training program for anyone who wants to teach English. Here are some important facts you need to know about the CELTA teacher training program:

  • The CELTA program is administered by Cambridge University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
  • CELTA stands for ‘Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’
  • CELTA is the original TESOL/TEFL certificate course and has been running for four decades.
  • It is the most internationally recognized TESOL training program in the world.
  • It is the most highly regarded certification by employers in the U.S. and abroad and will help you land a teaching job in almost any location worldwide.
  • The CELTA course is a hands-on practical course based around real classroom teaching experience working with genuine English language learners. You not only learn about ESOL teaching methods, but you practice what you learn in a real-life classroom with guidance and feedback from your teacher trainer.

Take the next step: Apply today!

Armed with your CELTA certificate and a passion for adventure, you have a lifetime of adventure ahead of you. We invite you to learn more by reading in detail about the CELTA course and the real classroom experience below. You can also discover a course location that works best for you or begin your journey by applying online today.

Why do the CELTA?

You’re going to embark on a journey into a new career and whether you go on to teach for 9 months or 9 years, you’ll enjoy the experience so much more if you know what you’re doing.

This is exactly what the CELTA will do for you; it will give you the confidence, experience and know-how to teach good, effective lessons, which means both you and your students will enjoy them.

In this regard, the CELTA course stands out head and shoulders above other TESOL courses:

  1. The CELTA is strictly regulated by Cambridge University, who ensures the course tutors, the curriculum and the center adhere to its high quality standards. You can trust the quality of any Cambridge University CELTA course.
  2. CELTA teacher trainers are the best in the field of TESOL: they have years of teaching experience and have trained extensively to become a CELTA teacher trainer. Cambridge University prides itself on the quality of their approved trainers.
  3. On the CELTA course, no trainer is responsible for more than 6 trainees at any time. Therefore you always receive the individual attention and detailed feedback you need to learn and progress quickly as a teacher.
  4. Due to the value given to Cambridge University within the TESOL industry, and the role CELTA has had in training teachers for over four decades, no other course is as highly respected as the CELTA program nor will open as many teaching opportunities.

As you research online and learn about the exciting opportunities that await you, you’re probably feeling a little nervous. You’re ready to go out in the world and teach, but you’re not quite sure what to expect. Maybe you’re questioning if you have what it takes to do your job well.

Let us put your mind at ease. Here is what the CELTA course will do for you:

  • Provide you with the ability to take on teaching challenges with confidence
  • Train you with the skills and knowledge of TESOL fundamentals
  • Give you the hands-on experience of working with real language learners so you leave the course with teaching experience not just TESOL theory.
  • Help you find the best employment opportunities with competitive pay and benefits

When you finish your CELTA course, you won’t just have a prestigious certificate to show for it (though you most definitely will have a prestigious certificate). You’ll have the confidence and the experience to handle any classroom situation and you’ll have the tools to continue developing your skills. Whether you go on to teach business professionals, undergrads, adults or children, you will earn the respect of your students through your abilities as a teacher.

And the most rewarding part of the CELTA course is knowing that all the hard work you put into the most respected and rigorous TESOL course in the world has resulted in smiling students who are motivated and inspired to work hard in your lessons, in positive feedback from your school director and having the confidence to walk into any classroom in any country and teach a great lesson.

What is the cost?

CELTA 2021 Course Fees:

The Cambridge CELTA cost is $2,645USD/£1,250 GBP and is due five weeks before the course starts. We do offer payment plans for those interested.

The cost is the same for the full-time, part-time or semi-intensive CELTA course.

This cost includes a $200 USD/£100 GBP enrollment deposit that will secure your place on the course of your choice. Your remaining course fee of $2,595 is paid 5 weeks before your course begins. All courses include US domestic shipping for your certificate once it arrives from Cambridge University. International shipping requirements may incur a postage supplement. NYC courses carry a $100 non-refundable registration fee in lieu of the enrollment deposit, this fee is part of the total course fee, it is not additional.

Earlybird Discount for UK courses:

Take advantage of our earlybird discount and pay only £1,150 GBP. Finalise your enrolment 3 weeks before your course commences to secure the earlybird discount.

CELTA 2022 Course Fees:

In 2022 our North American CELTA course fees are increased slightly to $2,695USD. Our UK fees will remain the same at £1,250 GBP.

Enrollment deposit:


CELTA candidates are required to pay a non-refundable $200 enrollment fee. This deposit is paid after the CELTA candidate has completed the application process, interviewed with one of our teacher trainers, and has been accepted onto the course. Once payment of the enrollment fee has been made, we confirm a place on the course of your choice (a course must have availability for us to confirm a place). NY candidates must pay a state-mandated $100 non-refundable registration fee in lieu of the enrollment deposit.

No application fee:


There is no fee to apply for the Teaching House CELTA, and applicants are in no way committed to taking the course after submitting an application. Because places are limited on our CELTA courses (the maximum ratio of trainees to teacher trainers is 6:1), it is advisable to apply for a place as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Books and materials:



CELTA Trainees can choose to buy a methodology book and grammar book, but these are not required (information on these books will be provided during the application process). This is completely optional, and we have copies of these books available at all of our centers.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us here. We are here to help.

Upcoming Course Dates - CELTA Face to Face

Face to Face CELTA courses:

We are excited to bring back our Face to Face CELTA courses for 2022. We currently have a small schedule of classes running at our London, Oxford, Boston, Miami, New York and Toronto centres for our full time courses. We will be adding more courses as COVID restrictions ease so please stay tuned, email info@teachinghouse.group for more information or fill out our contact us form here to be kept informed of new course additions.

2022 CELTA Face to Face Course Dates:

London

Full Time CELTA Course

  • January 10th - February 4th, 2022
  • May 23rd - June 17th, 2022
  • July 18th - August 12th, 2022
  • November 21st - December 16th


Part Time CELTA Course

  • June 3rd - 11th August, 2022

Oxford

Full Time CELTA Course

  • June 20th - July 15, 2022
  • August 22nd - September 16th, 2022


Boston

Full Time CELTA Course

  • June 20th - July 15, 2022
  • August 22nd - September 16th, 2022

Miami

Full Time CELTA Course

  • January 10th - February 4th, 2022
  • May 23rd - June 17th, 2022
  • October 24th - November, 18th, 2022


New York City

Full Time CELTA Course

  • February 7th - March, 4th, 2022
  • April 18th - May 13th, 2022
  • July 18th - August 12th, 2022
  • September 19th - October 14th, 2022
  • November 21st - December 20th, 2022


Part Time CELTA Course

  • September 30th - December 13th, 2022

Toronto

Full Time CELTA Course

  • May 23rd - June 17th, 2022
  • September 19th - October 14th, 2022

How is the CELTA assessed?

HOW IS THE CELTA ASSESSED?


The assessment on the CELTA course is continuous (throughout the course) and integrated (all components count towards the final grade). The CELTA qualification does not require a final examination. Assessment is based on evaluation of the candidate according to Cambridge criteria in the following two areas:


• REAL CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE

For each lesson that you teach you will create a Lesson Plan, which includes a breakdown of the lesson, showing how you will manage your materials and handouts to achieve the lesson’s aim or focus. You will also prepare analysis sheets on grammar, language, and vocabulary, which help you prepare and guide you throughout the lesson. They will also help you anticipate students' questions and problems. Working with the lesson plans and language analysis sheets will give you thorough training and a good understanding of preparing for future classes.

You will maintain a portfolio of your work during the course. This portfolio will contain your lesson materials, including handouts, lesson plans and the individual written feedback your tutor gives you.


• WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

During the CELTA course, you’ll complete four written assignments. The assignments are about 1,000 words each and are spread out over the length of the course. They are very practical in nature and focus on a variety of aspects, including a trainee's strengths and weaknesses, the students they teach, and their ability to teach language systems (grammar and vocabulary) and language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Individual tutorials are held with trainees to monitor and discuss progress. You’ll be informed regularly of your progress through feedback on your teaching practice and written assignments.



• CELTA QUALIFICATION AND MODERATION - CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

Each CELTA course is externally moderated by an assessor from Cambridge University. The assessor visits the center during the second half of the course and looks at trainees’ portfolios and assignments and observes their teaching practice. Trainees are invited to meet the assessor if they'd like to discuss any matters.

The clear CELTA qualification standards set by Cambridge University and the external moderation of each course are two of the many reasons why the Cambridge University CELTA Course is considered the best TESOL qualification in the world.

Learn through practical classroom experience

REAL CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE: ENGLISH TEACHING WITH REAL STUDENTS

There are some things in life that cannot be learned from just reading a book or studying online. For example, imagine turning up for your driving test having never been behind the wheel of a car. Good teaching is no different and can only be developed through hands-on experience in the classroom. Which is why the main component of the CELTA course is controlled, in-classroom teaching practice working with real language learners.

If you’re in any doubt about how important this experience is, consider these two scenarios.

Scenario #1:

You listed ‘college writing tutor’ and ‘online TESOL course’ on your resume and after a lot of searching you’ve finally got an English teaching job in the rough end of town. You’ve got a class of 20 students with a range of language learning needs and you’re not sure what from your experience as a writing tutor or the online activities you did for your TESOL course has helped prepare you for this lesson.

With sweaty palms you flip through the coursebook, trying to find an easy vocabulary lesson to teach because you have no idea how to teach grammar.

As your students take their seats, they open their notebooks and look up at you expectantly. They’ve paid good money for this course and they’re hoping you’re worth it.

You look at your watch and hope the next 45 minutes passes as painlessly as possible. But at this point, your English teaching career is off to a grim start.

Scenario #2:

It’s your first day with a new class of English students. You think back to your weeks of intense training on your CELTA course and the feedback and encouragement you got from your CELTA trainer.

You’ve prepared an interesting lesson to get your students working in groups, chatting with each other and covering some new vocabulary items, leading to the introduction of a new grammar point. Yes, this is your first day with a new class, but your confident posture, the handouts organized on your desk and the way you calmly and comfortably chat with the students as they walk into your class shows someone who is at ease in the classroom and knows what they’re doing.

As you chat with your students about their weekend before class starts, you can tell you’re going to have a lot of fun with this group, and the feeling is mutual.

Which scenario would you prefer to be in?


SO, WHAT DOES THE REAL CLASSROOM TEACHING COMPONENT INVOLVE?

When you start your CELTA course, you’ll be in the classroom from Day 1, working with real students from a range of non-English-speaking countries. By the time the course ends, you’ll have spent about 40 hours in the classroom teaching, observing your colleagues teach and evaluating students’ English skills.

Each lesson you teach will follow a cycle:

You work one-on-one with your teacher trainer to design your lesson and select activities to do with your class
While you teach, your trainer is present throughout the lesson to support you and to write a report on your lesson
After the lesson, you, your trainer and your small group of fellow trainees (maximum group size of six) discuss that day’s lessons and evaluate them – what worked, what didn’t and what steps you can take to improve
After this wraps up, you get a detailed written report on your lesson to take away and read through
You are now ready to prepare your next lesson with your CELTA trainer, building on your previous lesson and incorporating everything new that you’ve learned.


HOW DO YOU BENEFIT FROM THE REAL CLASSROOM TEACHING COMPONENT?

Once you’ve graduated from your CELTA course, and you find yourself standing before a new class of students, wherever you may be, you won’t feel petrified, or lost, or be hoping it was over already. You’ll have the confidence to meet your new students and their expectations and you’ll be able to teach quality lessons and enjoy doing it. You’ll have earned your CELTA and you’ll already have English teaching experience.

It’s no wonder that language school principals around the world are looking for teachers who have done the CELTA. Having a CELTA certificate in hand is the mark of a teacher who is prepared and knows what they’re doing.

For more information about what topics the CELTA course covers, go to our page on Course Content or go to our Course Locations to find a CELTA course near you.

CELTA Course Recommended Books

There isn't a specific textbook required for the CELTA teacher training course since Teaching House trainers draw from a wide range of materials and resources during the course. The goal is that, by the end, you will have collected a tailor-made manual of ideas, techniques, activities and methodologies to use in your future teaching pursuits.

Teaching House does, however, recommend two books that we believe will be beneficial in your teaching career and as a complement to the CELTA course. These are books that the staff at Teaching House have used and found to be extremely useful in our own teaching careers. You are not required to buy these books, and if you already have a grammar book and/or methodology book in your possession, it will probably not be necessary to buy another.

We recommend that you get one methodology book and one grammar book for the CELTA course:

Methodology Book



Learning Teaching


Jim Scrivener
ISBN: 0230729843
Macmillan Education

This book covers a range of essential theory and methodology. It includes practical teaching ideas, example lessons and samples from current teaching materials.

Note: If it is out of stock, or you prefer to buy it in person, please contact our office at info@teachinghouse.group

Grammar Book



Practical English Usage

Michael Swan
ISBN: 019442099X
Oxford University Press, USA

Considered by many ESL teachers to be 'the bible' of ESL grammar books. There are larger grammar books on the market, but for teachers in their first few years of teaching, this really is a good solid book to help you comprehend those tricky language issues.

Note: If it is out of stock, or you prefer to buy it in person, please contact our office at info@teachinghouse.group

The Enrollment Process

The Enrollment Process

All teacher training courses:

All Teaching House Courses start with an online application, then we will send you detailed information regarding the following steps, which usually include an interview with a Teaching House teacher trainer. For more details about the requirements for your course, contact us.

CELTA Course Enrolment:


The Teaching House Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other languages (CELTA) enrollment process is designed with three aims in mind:

  • To provide the applicant with a clear idea of what the course is, what to expect to get from it and what is required to succeed.
  • To ensure that once an applicant has been accepted, they have a very high chance of successfully completing the course.
  • To ensure those who are accepted have a high probability of qualifying for and attaining ESL teaching work in the country or city of their choice.

Pre-Requisites:

  • An applicant must have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education.
  • An applicant must be over the age of 18.
  • An applicant must have a standard of English which will enable them to teach at a range of levels, equivalent to a high C1 level on the CEFR.

The process for enrolling:

  1. All interested trainees must complete the application form located here. There is NO application fee. If you are not able to successfully complete the online application form, you can request an application via email (as a word document) through our contact us page. To ensure that you receive our emails promptly, please add info@teachinghouse.group to your Allowed Emails list.
  2. After reviewing your application, a member of our enrollment team will follow up by email and send you an assignment called the Pre-Interview Task. This task is a series of language and teaching activities designed to give trainees an idea of what the course (and teaching English!) is all about.
  3. Once we have received your Pre-Interview Task, we will schedule a time for an interview that is convenient for you. Most interviews are conducted via telephone or Zoom but in-person interviews are available at our New York, Boston, London, Melbourne and Toronto locations.
  4. The interview is a chance for you to speak to an experienced course trainer. The trainer will discuss your work from the Pre-Interview Task to gain a better understanding of your potential for English Language Teaching. The interview also provides an opportunity to speak with an enrollment advisor about the enrollment process and payment options.
  5. After acceptance, you must pay an enrollment deposit to confirm your place on the course of your choice (subject to availability—given on a first-come, first-served basis). The amount of enrollment deposit depends on your course location.
  6. The remainder of your course fee (less the enrollment deposit) is due no later than five weeks before the beginning of the course.


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Course Content

CELTA COURSE CONTENT - THE TESOL SESSIONS


Have you ever sat through a class or seminar and wondered if there was a practical application to what was being taught? Or attended lectures that felt more like endurance tests in note-taking than actual learning experiences?

We’ve all been there because we’ve all experienced, at some point in our lives, a teacher standing at the head of the class talking at us.

Thankfully, this style of teaching has no place in a thriving language-learning environment. Instead, a modern language lesson is an interactive process that requires experimentation, a willingness to make mistakes, immersion into real-life situations, a genuine need to use language and a great deal of student talking (instead of time spent listening to the teacher).


SO, WHAT DOES THIS KIND OF TESOL CLASSROOM LOOK LIKE?


For one, you will not find clearly delineated rows of silent students writing in notebooks and looking at their teacher, the only speaker in the room.

Instead, the TESOL classroom has students with moveable desks facing each other, or groups of students moving around the classroom with a paper and pen in hand talking to other students while consulting the whiteboard for a word they might need, or grabbing the teacher to ask a question.

You may see a teacher milling around the classroom ducking into groups of students to listen and take notes. The teacher may move quietly from group to group without interfering until suddenly they signal an end to that phase by directing the students’ attention towards a language point or vocabulary word on the board.

Yes, there will be times when students are sitting quietly, writing in their notebooks. After all, there are vocabulary words to be recorded, grammar examples to be written down and sometimes there are writing exercises to be executed. But more often than not, a good TESOL classroom will be alive with students’ voices as they verbally play with the language they’re learning. The teacher in these scenarios is very much a resource and a facilitator. They control when one activity ends and another begins and they insert language and meaning when students are struggling to find the language they need to express themselves. This is what active learning looks like.

SO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME? WHAT DOES MY CLASSROOM LOOK LIKE WHEN MY TUTORS ARE TEACHING MY TESOL SESSIONS?

For reasons of demonstration and because the process of learning is active rather than passive, your Course Sessions on language teaching will look very similar to the kinds of language classes you will be teaching.

You will not be lectured at or expected to memorize tomes of information. You will, however, learn teaching methodology through the same techniques we’re encouraging you to use in your own classroom. The process shouldn’t be silent, and it should be fun.

Your tutors will teach you about how to effectively teach grammar, for example, by demonstrating techniques on you and asking you to work in groups or pairs to analyze and discuss the tools used and how these could apply to your own TESOL classroom. Though the idea of teaching grammar often evokes fear in the hearts of first-time teachers, your trainers will demonstrate how a grammar lesson may start with something as simple as a game.

There will be no grammar trees and no lectures using sentence diagrams. The key is engagement and practical application.

You’ll also attend a TESOL Session on how to create your own authentic materials for the classroom (which is also an assignment you’ll complete on the course). Your tutor isn’t going to lecture you on the different types of authentic lessons available, expecting you to take notes and understand the theory without the practice. They’re going to engage you in learning from an authentic materials lesson they’ve created. And as you’re doing the exercises as a student, you’ll also be exposed to the methods used and asked to analyze in groups and pairs the different types of techniques you found effective for learning.

You’re in the hands of experts now. And CELTA trainers are not lecturers. They are expert educators. They have had years of experience with language learners and in training teachers; they know how to engage you in the process of becoming experts in your own right.

Here are some of the topics that your sessions cover. All sessions are practical in nature, with some foundation in theory, and demonstrate techniques that you can use immediately in the language lessons you teach.

The following areas are among those that will be covered:

• How to teach grammar and vocabulary effectively
• How to motivate your students
• How to help your students get the most out of a reading text
• How to order the stages of a lesson
• How to influence the dynamics of a classroom for the best results
• How to use teaching books and materials effectively
• How to bring authentic materials – articles, songs, stories – into the classroom

There are also sessions on a range of topics to help you find the best teaching jobs at the best schools.

These sessions include:

• Where to find the best TESOL jobs
• How to write an effective resume and cover letter
• What kinds of questions to expect in an interview
• What to expect from a TESOL contract (including housing, flights and medical care)

Are you interested in experiencing an active learning experience like this? Apply for the CELTA course or contact us today to find out what availability we have on upcoming courses.

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