FAQ – on the CELTA course

Can I get a discount on the CELTA courses?

We do not offer any discounts on our CELTA courses.

Can I get assistance finding accommodation?

While we do not provide accommodation to CELTA trainees, we are happy to help you find accommodation near any of our centres.

Can I get the CELTA online?

Shakespeare School holds only face-to-face CELTA courses, both intensive and part-time.

Can I take the CELTA course if I haven’t taught English before?

Sure! You will meet some trainees on the course who have teaching experience – but it is not a requirement and our program will ensure you get the experience and assistance needed to become a competent teacher. The CELTA will provide you with the in-classroom foundational skills and experience you need.

Can I teach abroad without becoming certified?

There are schools in the world which will employ unqualified teachers. But this is due to the huge demand for English teachers around the world and the questionable ethics of some school owners. It’s definitely not in the best interest of the eager students to turn up to class only to be taught by someone who’s not properly prepared.

There are language schools that hire teachers whose only qualification is that they speak English. The fact is though, like any job, if you want to do it properly and professionally—in other words, take it seriously—it’s best to get some sort of qualification. With some training under your belt you can enter the ESL profession and teach with integrity and feel like you are giving your (paying) students a better deal for their money. Furthermore, not all English teaching positions pay well. If you work at a school that employs anyone off the street, whether they can teach or not, you are going to be making a lot less than if you work for a school that demands their teachers to be CELTA qualified. And the chances are that with certification you will be more respected and better treated too.

Experience tells us that the better you are at something the more you’ll enjoy doing it. Taking a CELTA training course with us ensures that you will be ready and confident to teach, allowing you to do a good job and enjoy the experience of teaching and living abroad.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

You will receive your CELTA certificate from Cambridge University a few weeks after your course ends.

In addition, at the conclusion of your CELTA course you will receive an end of course report. This report will include your grade, as well as a letter of reference from your teacher-trainer and a thorough breakdown of your strengths and areas for improvement.

Do people fail?

The course tutors do everything they can to ensure that trainees who experience difficulties are offered all the support and guidance possible. Hard work to complete course work and learn concepts, as well as stress and time management, are all vital skills to ensure students’ success. If a trainee is in risk of failing the course, we provide early warning and a very clear outline of what the candidate needs to do to improve their teaching and obtain a pass grade on the CELTA course.

Does Shakespeare School offer English classes?

Yes, Shakespeare School offers free classes that are taught by our teachers-in-training. These classes often run in the mornings, afternoons and evenings and are open to all nationalities and levels.

About the Classes:

  • Classes cover reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • No books are necessary. Students will receive hand outs in class.
  • All of our teachers are in training to receive a certificate accredited by Cambridge University.
  • Students who have good attendance will receive a certificate at the end of the course.
  • We offer pre-intermediate through upper-intermediate levels.
  • At this time, we do not offer beginner classes

Contact us at 004 021 230 20 06 or georgiana.bose@shakespeare-school.ro to learn more today.

How important is it to know English grammar?

Grammar is really the nuts and bolts of English, and so having a solid grasp of it is important. If a student asks you why one tense is right and another is wrong, you need to be able to explain it in a way that the student understands. This does not mean that you need to be a grammar whiz before you begin the course. The idea is that you familiarize yourself with the basics before the CELTA course (we will help you with this), have your awareness further raised on the CELTA course (during input sessions and in teaching practice) and then when you start ESL teaching you will continue developing your grammar knowledge. Each time you teach a grammar item you will learn about it, so that the next time you teach it, you’ll be more ready. But don’t worry: it’s still normal for even the most experienced ESL teachers to refer to a grammar book to answer certain questions.

How intensive is the CELTA?

The CELTA has gained a reputation for being the best, and most intensive, course. In fact, most people who finish the CELTA course say that it is the most intensive thing they have ever done. However, they also say that they have never learned so much in such a short space of time. It’s a very rigorous program, and being healthy and having a free schedule for the duration of the course* are vital if you want to get the most from it. You can expect to work very hard during the course. That said, you will leave the course knowing a lot about teaching, and you will be ready to succeed as a teacher. Look upon it as an investment that will pay huge dividends.

How many weeks is the whole course?

If  you are taking the Intensive CELTA course, it lasts for about 4 weeks (20 working days). If you are taking the Part-time CELTA course, it lasts for 20 weeks (with weekly classes, only on Saturdays).

I need to get a TOEFL score of 95? Is that a lot?

In order to qualify for the CELTA course, non-native speakers of English need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to a TOEFL iBT-score of 95 or higher, an IELTS score of 7.5 or higher or a Cambridge CAE grade C or higher, in addition to successful completion of the application, pre-interview task and the interview. If you think you qualify, apply today! If you’re not sure please email us at info@shakespeare-school.ro.

The “A” in CELTA stands for adults. Does that prevent me from getting jobs teaching children?

Yes, the “A” stands for adults, but there is such a strong market abroad for children’s classes that schools worldwide look to hire CELTA graduates to teach their young learners. The CELTA absolutely qualifies you to teach children abroad as many of the skills and techniques you will learn can be adapted for use with children. We also run a workshop near the end of the course where we look at the various techniques used to teach children. The demand for teachers of young learners is very strong and a CELTA will undoubtedly put you in a position to teach children overseas!

What are the requirements needed to apply?

In order to qualify for the CELTA course:

  • One must have a standard of education equivalent to the that required for entry into higher education.
  • Be over the age of 20
  • Have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels

What do the acronyms mean?

TESOL, TESL, TEFL, CELTA, ESL… are you overwhelmed by all the acronyms yet? While you don’t need to know the nuances of each, having a basic understanding will help you jump into this field. Here is a cheat sheet:

  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • EFL: English as a Foreign Language
  • TESL: Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • TESOL: Teaching English to Students of Other Languages
  • ELT: English Language Teaching
  • CELTA: Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching
  • GE: General English (i.e. not ESP or EAP)
  • ESP: English for Specific Purposes (e.g., business, medicine, technology)
  • EAP: English for Academic Purposes (e.g., university students)

Why is CELTA so highly regarded?

CELTA is a standardized course overseen by the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment Examinations, which is part of Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. Cambridge English Language Assessment ensures that all CELTA courses meet their standards regarding curriculum and methods of assessment. Cambridge-appointed assessors visit every CELTA course in the world to ensure standardization.Employers have confidence that anyone with a CELTA certificate has received effective, practical, real-world training that has prepared them to go directly into a teaching position.

Can I do the course if English is not my first language?

Yes, your English needs to be of a near-native level. This means that you need to have a command of English that allows you to complete all written assignments and teaching practice requirements to the University of Cambridge standards.

Have we answered all you questions on the CELTA courses? If not, don’t hesitate to contact us.