CELTA Overview – the ESL teacher training programme

Celta overview

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

The CELTA is an ESL teacher training programme, an initial qualification for people who are interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages. It is one of the most popular courses for people who wish to teach English. Over 10,000 people a year take a CELTA course. CELTA gives you the skills you need to get teaching jobs all over the world and is suitable if you have no previous experience or if you are already teaching but want a formal qualification.

Course summary

The part-time CELTA course has the same components and the same contact hours as the full-time CELTA, only it spreads over 20 weeks and is suitable for candidates who are not able to dedicate 4 weeks to full time study or prefer a less intensive option.

CELTA part-time course

Minimum age: 20 Staff/student ratio: 1:6
Minimum level: High standard of English language knowledge and fluency. Course length: 20 weeks
Entry requirements: Educated to degree-level or with relevant teaching experience. Course fees: £1150
Class hours: Only on Saturdays Location: Bucharest
Average class size: 6 Accommodation

CELTA intensive course

Minimum age: 20 Staff/student ratio: 1:6
Minimum level: High standard of English language knowledge and fluency. Course length: 4 weeks
Entry requirements: Educated to degree-level or with relevant teaching experience. Course fees: £1150
Class hours: Full time – Monday to Friday Location: Bucharest
Average class size: 12 Accommodation

Course overview

The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the most highly regarded and widely recognised qualification for international English language teachers.

Shakespeare School offers both intensive and part-time Cambridge CELTA courses.

The intensive CELTA course is an ESL teacher training programme packed in an intensive four-week course, whereas the part-time CELTA course takes place over a period of 20 weeks, with weekly meetings only on Saturdays. Both courses share the exact same syllabus and offer the same content, the only difference being the different schedule (daily meetings from Monday to Friday for CELTA intensive, as opposed to weekly Saturdays meetings for CELTA part-time). Also, both courses equally focus on the basic techniques of effective English language teaching and their practical application in the classroom, giving you hands-on teaching experience.

Course aims

  • Improve your English language awareness
  • Develop your teaching methodology
  • Understand the learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
  • Develop your classroom management technique
  • Plan and resource lessons
  • Help you to develop professionally

CELTA Materials

CELTA Syllabus – click to download.

Want to know more about our ESL teacher training? Learn more on the actual CELTA course programme.