The Course

The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course is intended for those with no previous experience who wish to enter the TEFL profession and for teachers with some experience but no previous training in the field.

Important information

For anyone intending to enter the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) profession, the CELTA is the ideal qualification to have. It is the most widely respected and recognised teacher training qualification globally, and most reputable language schools worldwide make it (or an equivalent) a requirement for anyone they employ.

Another advantage of doing your CELTA with us is that we can interview you for available positions anywhere within the IH network.

Fee includes the University of Cambridge registration fee. You are not required to buy any books in order to do the course, and IH Belfast has an extensive library available to all CELTA trainees. We do, however, recommend purchasing one book on Teaching English as a Foreign Language – either Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener or How to Teach English by Jeremy Harmer. One of these will be a very useful reference for the course and throughout your TEFL career.

If you would like to brush up on your language awareness and knowledge of grammar, we recommend Martin Parrott’s book Grammar for English Language Teachers; this is also an excellent reference book which will be of use throughout your teaching career. (We do not require trainees to have an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. Language awareness is acquired over time and over the course of your teaching career.) You can do further research on the Cambridge website regarding the criteria and assessment for the course.

The Cambridge CELTA is the most widely recognised and respected of the TEFL certificates available, with stringent criteria and guidelines set out by Cambridge ESOL (a department of Cambridge University). More detailed information on the course can also be found on the Cambridge ESOL website: www.cambridgeesol.org. For an idea of what jobs are available globally in the EFL industry and what is required for employment, look at the job listings at www.tefl.com.

Course price includes Cambridge Registration Fee.
Public holidays during a CELTA course are used as trainee study days.