English is a global language used on a daily basis in business, education and the media and there is a huge demand for English teachers around the world.
Our CELTA course will provide you with an initial teacher training qualification for teaching English as a second or foreign language (ESL and EFL) teacher. It is accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of Cambridge University. This internationally recognised qualification will equip you with the practical teaching skills and real classroom teaching experience for your employment in the UK or abroad.
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This course comprises both the subject knowledge and the teaching knowledge and skills required for beginner EFL/ESL teachers.
The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas:
- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
The course includes:
- 120 contact hours including interactive seminars and workshops. These cover teaching methodology, lesson planning, language awareness, pronunciation and classroom management
- supported lesson planning
- teaching practice with volunteer students at different levels
- feedback and reflection on your teaching practice
- observation of peers and experienced English Language teachers
- one to one support by trainers throughout the course
- written feedback on teaching practice lessons and on your written assignments
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Methods of Learning
You will be taught through interactive seminars and workshops, tutorials, classroom observation and teaching practice.
Full-time: four weeks (Monday to Friday) 2 July to 27 July 2018.
Part-time: 22 weeks (one day per week) October 2018 to March 2019.
For more information on the structure of studying our CELTA course full-time, please download the CELTA sample weekly timetable.
There is no final examination. You will be assessed throughout the course using two types of assessment:
- Teaching Practice. You will be assessed on your lesson plans and the taught lessons.
- Written assignments. You will complete four written assignments (each 750–1,000 words). These focus on: analysing and responding to adult learner needs; analysing language for teaching purposes; teaching language skills; reflecting on classroom teaching. Finally, your portfolio including the records of teaching practice and written assignments will be evaluated by Cambridge CELTA assessors. Successful candidates will be awarded CELTA at Pass, Pass B or Pass A grade.
Facilities and Special Features
- This is an internationally recognised qualification
- Balanced combination of theory and practical teaching skills
- Teaching practice with real learners
- Personal tutor support throughout the course
- UK and international job opportunities
Scrivener, J. (2011) Learning Teaching: a guidebook for English Language Teachers. 3rd ed. Oxford: Macmillan. Harmer, J. (2007) The Practice of English Language Teaching. 4rd ed. Harlow: Pearson. Parrott, M. (2010) Grammar for English Language Teachers. 2nd ed. Cambridge: CUP. Swan, M. (2005) Practical English Usage. 3rd ed. Oxford: OUP.
Graduates should be able to seek employment opportunities as an EFL/ESL teacher both in the UK and abroad, including: language schools, British Council schools, Further Education and Lifelong learning sector, Charities and NGOs, Self-employment and freelance work.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
The CELTA course is very intensive and demanding and we strongly recommend you have no other major commitments when attending the course full-time.
- be at least 18 years of age and ideally will have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) level of educational qualification
- have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English that will enable you to undertake the course and prepare for teaching learners of English at a range of levels
- have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become an effective teacher, and to successfully complete the written assignments and the assessed teaching practice.
If English is not your first langauge, you must have a level of competence at least equivalent to the Council of Europe level high C1 / C2 or IELTS 7.0 and above. Proof of English level will be required.
All applicants will complete a series of pre-interview tasks and attend an interview before being offered a place on the course.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
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UON staff, students and alumni do not have to pay the Cambridge Assessment Fee.
This exemption applies to:
- current UON students who are finishing their degree in June/July
- postgraduate, PhD and part-time students who are finishing their degree in June/July
- UON Alumni (who have graduated from UON in the last two years)
- full-time and part-time UON staff
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.