CELTA

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 (4 live and 2 video).
  • 18 hours of observation of fellow trainees.
  • Over 100 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.

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.

Upcoming CELTA Course Dates

PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN THE CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND RECOGNITION OF THE ONLINE CELTA COURSE AND THE FACE-TO-FACE ONE. The Online CELTA is an ideal way to do the course if you are currently working or not based in Sheffield. FURTHER INFORMATION FOR EACH COURSE CAN BE FOUND ON THE EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM.

September 2017 to December 2017 - Part-time, face-to-face

Thursdays 9.30-16.30 and Fridays 13.30-16.30 from Thursday 21st September to Friday 22nd December. Teaching practice and input for this course will take place at the ELTC. Fees for this course will be £1500

October 2017 to March 2018 - Part-time, face-to-face

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 17:00-20:00 from Wednesday 18th October 2017 to Thursday 22nd March 2018. Teaching practice and input for this course will take place at the ELTC. Fees for this course will be £1500

January 2018 to June 2018 - Part-time, online

Monday 29th January - Friday 1st June (including 3 week Easter break). Online course input, including Live Room each Thursday between 17:00-18:00. 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 £1500.

February 2018 to May 2018 - Part-time, face-to-face

Saturdays 9:30-16:30 and Tuesdays 17:00-20:00 from Saturday 3rd February to Saturday 26th May. Teaching practice and input for this course will take place at the ELTC. Fees for this course will be £1500.

June 2018 to July 2018 - Full-time, face-to-face

Monday to Fridays, 9:30-17:30 from Monday June 25th until July 21st. Full time intensive course taking place at the ELTC. Fees for this course will be £1500.

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 £1500. 

How to Apply

If you are interested in taking a CELTA course here, please download and complete the CELTA Expression of Interest form (RTF).

Please return your completed form to tefl@sheffield.ac.uk.