What is CELTA

The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is the most widely recognized initial qualification for those wishing to follow a career in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). The CELTA course is highly regarded by employers around the world as a qualification providing sound initial training and a strong basis for further professional development as an ELT teacher. Experienced teachers can also benefit from learning up-to-date methodology, as well as staying competitive in the job market.

InterPress Teacher Training Centre is an Authorized Cambridge English Language Assessment Centre.

Cambridge English Language Assessment, a not for profit department of the University of Cambridge, which holds responsibility for validation and certification of the courses as well as approves the tutors who run InterPress International House's CELTA courses. An external assessor for each course is provided by Cambridge.

A useful website for more information about CELTA and other Cambridge courses: www.cambridgeesol.org

The CELTA course aims

CELTA aims at providing solid, practical foundation for teaching, classroom management skills and a range of effective ELT techniques.

CELTA course contents

Input session

Input sessions are often held in the form of a workshop or interactive lecture. Topics address the issues of language awareness, the learning/teaching context, planning, methodology, classroom management and areas of language analysis and presentation and professional development.

Teaching practice and Observation

Teaching practice is a major component of the CELTA course. The program is closely related to work done during the seminar sessions. Small groups (the maximum is six) obtain practical experience through working with classes at different levels. After each teaching practice session the lessons are discussed with the tutor. CELTA Trainees must liaise with other members of their group outside course hours in order to produce a series of cohesive lessons.

The observation of practising teachers is an intrinsic part of the course and takes place outside course hours. We emphasise that the CELTA course is quite intensive. It demands full commitment from participants over the duration of the course.

Additional work outside CELTA course hours

  • Liasing with other course participants for timetabling and lesson planning.
  • Observation of classes at InterPress IH for a total of six hours.
  • Optional viewing of teacher training videos.
  • 4 written assignments during the course (total of 3,000 words).

Occasional homework assignments related to input seminars.