Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)

CELTA applications

CELTA applications for 2017 are now closed. 

Course content

CELTA is a practically-oriented, intensive, four-week training course designed to provide you with the skills and accreditation needed to teach the English language to adults. It is suitable for people who are interested in learning to teach and who either have some initial teaching experience but no initial qualification or for people with little or no teaching experience. CELTA at the University of Bristol prepares you to teach in the UK and internationally using state-of-the-art tools, such as interactive Smartboards, digital projectors, and digital visualisers as well as preparing you to teach in low-tech situations.

There are two online courses that you can do before the CELTA. The first is a free 6 week online course (12 hours in total) which will help you prepare for the course, covering areas such as student motivation, classroom management, teaching skills and communication. Details on this course can be found here. Once signed up to the CELTA, you will also have the opportunity to do a preparatory course covering the syllabus areas as well as follow an online grammar course, designed by the ELT expert, Jo Gakonga and provided to you free of charge as part of your preparation.  Details on this grammar course can be found here

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Specifically, CELTA is designed to enable participants to:

  • Develop an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in their professional practice
  • Develop an initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner
  • Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English
  • Develop basic skills for teaching adults in the language classroom
  • Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and for reference
  • Identify opportunities for their own future development as professionals in the field

Download a full copy of the syllabus (PDF, 533kB).

The tutors were always available for questions and really supported every one of us through the course.

Sam (Previous CELTA student)
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