What is CELTA?
CELTA is the University of Cambridge « Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults » It is probably the most well-known and most accepted initial qualification for people who wish to become professional teachers of English to speakers of other languages. It is the threshold qualification demanded by employers around the world for those wanting to teach English, maybe for the first time.
What is the difference between TEFL and CELTA?
The letters can indeed be confusing. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) has been around a long time as a description of what we do as language teachers. Also many organisations today offer TEFL certificates through on-line courses or quick weekend training sessions. You need to be careful as these do not have the same value as Cambridge's CELTA, nor even London University's Trinity diplomas. If you are going to invest in a qualification it is best to choose one that has worldwide status in the industry. If you're not sure, consult a professional ELT association in your country. In France there is « TESOL France » and in Germany every region has its ELTA association.
Is the CELTA only for native speakers of English?
CELTA is open to absolutely anyone who meets the Cambridge criteria for entry, irrespective of nationality or native language. They stipulate simply that the candidate needs to “have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable you to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels”. This is also in your interest as the course is an important personal investment and you want to make sure before you start whether your level of English will be an obstacle. If you're not sure about your level, try the test we provide. You're also very welcome to get in touch and discuss this with me.
What is the course like?
CELTA courses have a reputation for being extremely hard work. People often describe them as being like a whirlwind but with a lot of fun as well. We aim to give you the right mix of theory and practice so that at the end of the course you can identify concrete aspects of your teaching which you feel you are competent in.
What sort of people do the course?
We look for a good mix on the course and every participant will bring their own individual reason for applying. Maybe you're looking for a change of career? Others will be fresh out of university wanting a practical basis to launch their career as a teacher. Some of you may already have been teaching for a while but with no teaching qualification, and you'd like to finally get one. The practical nature of the course, the observation of your classes and the observation of others is often of real help to even those who have been teaching for quite a while.
How many people are on each course?
On your course there will most likely be ten to twelve people. For CELTA courses there are always two tutors and no more than six students per tutor.
What does the course cover?
CELTA courses cover the principles of effective teaching and the practical skills for teaching English to adults. For example, the principles cover such areas as how to manage a class of students, how to analyse and present English grammar. The practical skills involve lesson preparation, evaluation of teaching materials, using different materials in the classroom (including virtual materials) and, very importantly, how to evaluate your teaching.
The five components of the course are:
Check our list of downloads for the complete syllabus.
Why should I do the CELTA?
It is true that there are still employers who will employ a teacher simply because they come from the US, UK or Australia, for example. However, not only is teaching English much more than simply being able to speak the language, if you apply for a job simply on the basis of your nationality you will probably find yourself in the demoralising situation of working for employers who do not respect their teachers, pay them peanuts, and offer no career development. Serious language schools nowadays demand qualifications, and in return they create working environments where you have more chance of being treated as a professional, and not as simply hired labour. CELTA is the qualification most recognised around the world, and increasingly it is extremely difficult to get a job teaching English nowadays without it.
How will I be evaluated?
One of the reasons CELTA is popular is precisely because there is no final exam. Evaluation is strictly practical and is based on your ability to plan and give lessons. You will also have to write four assignments which are marked. Outside Cambridge assessors are involved in your final evaluation and grade. There are different grades awarded: a simple pass, a pass with merit or a pass with distinction. You must obviously complete the course, and if you do not meet the minimal threshold you can also fail; but we will do our best to help you succeed thoughout.
Will I be able to find work easily after the course?
As the single biggest provider of teacher training in France, The ELT Hub is able to help you find work both here in France and throughout the world :
Can you help with accommodation?
Indeed. We have negotiated special low rates for those coming to do their CELTA, both for self-contained appartments and home-stay in the city and in Brittany we have beautiful country houses available where we usually stay . Whatever your accommodation preferences are, contact us as soon as you are thinking of applying so that we can help you find the right place.
I already work in France. Can I get help with my course fees?
The Pôle Emploi regularly finances CELTA courses if you are unemployed or working on a freelance basis. France is also a country where there are a lot of salarial contributions towards training. Discuss your intentions with your employer, you may well find they support you whole-heartedly.
How do I apply?
First of all download the application from this site and send it to us. Since acceptance on a CELTA course is not automatic, you have to meet the Cambridge criteria, we will do our best to help you decide if this is the right course for you. Cambridge states that applicants must:
a) be at least 18. It is generally recommended that candidates should be aged 20 or over, but candidates aged between 18 and 20 can be accepted at the Centre's discretion
b) have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels.
c) have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of practice teaching.
Once we have received your application form we will invite you for an interview. If this will be very difficult for you we can, under exceptional circumstances, conduct the interview by phone. Please let me know if you foresee a problem as soon as possible.