The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous English teaching experience and is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part the University of Cambridge. You may be considering a career in English Language teaching and view CELTA as an entry into a good teaching position in another country, or you may want a qualification that provides a sound basis in the fundamentals of language teaching practice and gives you the confidence to take control in the classroom.

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Please see below for information on the next available courses. On the right-hand side, you can find downloads of some general information about the CELTA.

Key Information

The CELTA course at the ELTC:

  • group of studentsAll courses validated and externally moderated by the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment.
  • Over 120 hours of input and teaching practice.
  • A trainee-tutor ratio of 4 to 1 (normally 6 to 1) with experienced and trained teacher trainers.
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice (over 8 or 9 lessons) at 2 different levels of classes of multilingual adults we arrange for you.
  • 6 hours of observation of experienced teachers (live and video).
  • 18 hours of observation of fellow trainees.
  • Over 80 hours of input sessions, tutor feedback and tutorials on teaching methodology, classroom techniques, lesson planning and teaching practice, language awareness and specialisms. 
  • Job hunting and professional development advice with a report at end of course and reference service.
  • No exams - 4 practical assignments over the course, marked by your tutor and with resubmission possible.
  • Free Access to teaching resources, stationery, printing and photocopying.
  • University of Sheffield student status - access to library, online services and student card.
  • Online courses are delivered by a qualified online tutor from the ELTC using Cambridge materials and 'live' support via chatroom and email/telephone.
  • ELTC course fee includes the University of Cambridge entry cost, pre-course tasks, an online grammar course and one year's subscription to the Cambridge English Teacher website (over £150 in total).
  • 2 free copies of core text books will be offered to applicants who are current or former University of Sheffield students, those who have attended a TEFL taster session prior to applying for a course and current University of Sheffield staff.
  • Post course support, including an alumni group with information about opportunities for CELTA graduates.

Please note:

  • Courses are not suitable for applying for a Tier 4 student visa or council tax rebates.
  • The CELTA requires an excellent level of English language and literacy to be successful on the course and this will be tested at application and interview stage.
  • For applicants with English as a Second/Foreign Language we advise an English level of 8.0 in IELTS, CEFR C2, Cambridge Proficiency or equivalent is needed to successfully complete the interview tasks and CELTA course.
  • The CELTA is designed for people with little or no English language teaching experience (but those with experience can be considered with an initial discussion with the ELTC).
  • You should be at least 20 years old and hold qualifications that would allow you to enter a University degree (equivalent experience for mature applicants can be taken into account).
  • Courses are demanding in nature and you will be required to attend ALL parts of the course.
  • We require you buy or borrow 2 course books that we indicate prior to starting the course.
  • You will be required to complete all the application and interview process successfully before being made an offer on the course. Candidates may be placed on a waiting list or asked to have a second interview to check suitability.
  • No reductions in fees can be made and fees should be paid before the course starts.

Guide to CELTA Video

Unsure what CELTA involves? This Ultimate Guide to CELTA webinar can help you decide whether CELTA is for you.

Q: Why should you take take CELTA instead of a simiilar qualification? 

A: Three quarters of English language teaching jobs ask for Cambridge CELTA!

Upcoming CELTA Course Dates

Please note - There is no difference in the content, assessment and recognition of online and face-to-face CELTA courses. Our Online CELTA courses are an ideal way to complete the course if you are currently working or based outside of Sheffield.

Further information about each course can be found on the expression of interest form.

June to August 2018 - Online Distance CELTA with two-weeks intensive Teaching Practice in Sheffield

Study CELTA from anywhere in the world with this blended learning course. Combining online directed-study with only two weeks of intensive, classroom-based teaching practice (in Sheffield), this is a convenient and practical way to gain an internationally recognised teaching qualification.

Course dates: 4th June 2018 to 17th August 2018 online input (including a live room each week – time & day to be confirmed) with a two-week block of assessed teaching practice from Monday 23rd July to Friday 3rd August at the ELTC, University of Sheffield. Campus accommodation can be provided (not included in the fees).

Fees for this course will be £1353 (plus Cambridge entry fee of £147)

August 2018 - Full time, face-to-face

Monday to Friday, 9:30-17:30 from Monday August 6th - August 31st. Full-time intensive course taking place at the ELTC. Fees for this course will be £1353 (plus Cambridge entry fee of £147)

September to December 2018 - Part-time, face-to-face

Thursdays 9:30-16:30 and Fridays 13:30-16:30 from Thursday 20th September to Friday 21st December. Teaching practice and input for this course will take place at the ELTC. Fees for this course will be £1353 (plus Cambridge entry fee of £147)

September 2018 to January 2019 - Part-time, online

Monday 24th September to Friday 25th January. Online course input, including Live Room each week (time TBC). Please note that teaching practice for this course takes place in person at the ELTC on Wednesdays between 17:00-20:00. Fees for this course will be £1353 (plus Cambridge entry fee of £147)

October 2018 to March 2019 - Part-time, face-to-face

Wednesdays and Thursdays 17:00 - 20:00 from Wednesday 10th October 2018 to Thursday 14th March 2019. Teaching practice and course input will take place at the ELTC. Fees for this course will be £1353 (plus Cambridge entry fee of £147)

How to Apply

If you are interested in taking a CELTA course at our centre, please download and complete an expression of interest form. You should then return your completed form to tefl@sheffield.ac.uk.

After completing the form our Teacher Training team will get in touch to invite you along to an interview with one of our CELTA tutors.

If you have any questions or queries about CELTA, please contact our Teacher Training team.

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