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Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages.

CELTA: initial TEFL qualification that will open doors and can change your life…

The CELTA (University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is the most widely recognised qualification within the English language teaching (ELT) profession.
Awarded by the University of Cambridge ESOL , the CELTA Online can open up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities around the world. Most language schools worldwide require their teachers to have such a certificate, as it guarantees that a basic level of teaching competence has been achieved by the teacher.

The Cambridge CELTA Course Online consists of two elements. Successful candidates must complete:

A course of flexible online self-study;
A programme of face-to-face teaching practice.
For a detail account of what the CELTA Online course is about, please visit the Cambridge website here.
For a course brochure in PDF format, please click here, and for as a demo video click here.

The CELTA Online is designed for teachers who are starting a career in education, looking for a career change, or looking to develop their repertoire and want the flexibility of doing part of the course at a distance.

CELTA Online is not only for native speakers of English; it is also a great opportunity for Italian teachers of English, as it offers rewards in terms of both personal professional development and enhanced job prospects. However, the required command of English is that of Proficiency or C1 within the Common European Framework of Reference, i.e. close to native speaker’s competence.

The CELTA Online will:
provide you with a sound basis in language teaching practice and give you confidence in the classroom;
give you the training you need to help you meet the challenge of your new profession, wherever you are in the world;
provide you with a sound base of modern English teaching that will complement your classroom practice;
help you learn techniques to improve your interaction with speakers of other languages.
Once you have gained your qualification you will have the skills and knowledge to teach English at any level to a wide variety of students in almost any country in the world where English is a requirement for work, leisure and life.

For extra information on CELTA Online visit the University of Cambridge.

The CELTA Online course is an introduction to the teaching of English as a foreign language and aims to lay a firm foundation on which a teacher can build as s/he gains experience. During the course, the following aspects are covered:

  • Introduction to the underlying principles of teaching language;
  • Ways of presenting new language items;
  • Techniques for further practice with emphasis on speaking;
  • Use of visual aids, drama techniques and video;
  • The listening skill, including use of taped material;
  • The reading skill, including use of authentic material and readers;
  • The writing skill;
  • Using, Adapting, Creating and exploiting materials and course books;
  • Alternative approaches to language teaching;
  • Analysis of language from a foreign learner’s point of view;
  • Correction techniques;
  • Teaching pronunciation;
  • To see the complete CELTA syllabus, please click here.

Syllabus Overview
This document outlines the syllabus and assessment criteria for CELTA.

The following syllabus is a reflection of the pre-service entry point of prospective candidates and outlines both the subject knowledge and the pedagogic knowledge and skills required for beginner ESOL teachers.

The syllabus consists of five units of learning that deal with specific topic areas in the teaching of ESOL.

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


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