The Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA) is the most widely recognised pre-service ELT qualification in Australia and throughout the world. If you would like to teach in a university language centre or private language school the requirements are usually a CELTA, plus an undergraduate degree. The CELTA is the most well known and recognised TESOL certificate. It is externally validated and overseen by Cambridge University.
If you wish to gain further qualifications and develop a career in ESL, the CELTA is a pathway to the Masters in TESOL at the University of Melbourne or the Cambridge DELTA course.
It’s possible to do the course intensively in four weeks or part-time over 10 weeks. We also run a blended/ online CELTA, where teaching practice takes place over two separate intensive weeks at the centre and the rest of the course is conducted online. Watch a video demonstration of the online course here.
The CELTA provides training to people with little or no previous experience in teaching English to adults and is therefore very practical in content. The course aims to increase candidates’ language awareness and develop competence in communicative language teaching as well as an understanding of current teaching methodologies.
The full-time course is 4 weeks long and consists of approximately 120 hours.
Due to its intensive nature, the course requires a high level of commitment.
To help ensure success, candidates should be free of any other work or study commitments for its duration. Our 4 week courses run every month apart from April in 2017.
The next part-time face-to-face course (July 2017) runs for 10 weeks. Teaching practice is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Input sessions will be on Saturday mornings (over nine Saturdays).
The next part-time blended CELTA course (October 2017) will run for 12 weeks. The tutors will run training sessions online and there is plenty of support available from tutors even though you are not in the classroom. The blended CELTA (incorporating face-to-face and online training) is popular with trainees who are unable to attend all the sessions at our centre, but who wish to complete the CELTA within a relatively short time-frame. The face-to-face teaching practice element of the blended course will take place over two weeks.
See a sample timetable to get an idea of a typical day on a CELTA course.
The course is divided into:
These sessions cover:
Observation of Experienced Teachers
Assessment is continuous and is based on:
It is possible to pass the course at three levels:
The final grades are awarded by the tutors and ratified by the visiting assessor after the course.
Certificates are awarded by UCLES. In addition, each candidate receives a final report from Melbourne Training Associates.
If an applicant fails to meet the entry requirements, it may be possible to complete the course as an ‘observer’. Observers participate in most components of the course but are not formally assessed. At the end of the course, they receive a full report from Melbourne Training Associates outlining the course content and their progress.
The part-time blended CELTA course runs for 12 weeks. Teaching practice will take place two intensive weeks at the end of the course. The rest of the course will be taught online. The tutors will run training sessions online and there is plenty of support available from tutors even though you are not in the classroom. The blended CELTA (incorporating face-to-face and online training) is popular with trainees who are unable to attend all the sessions at our centre, but who wish to complete the CELTA within a relatively short time-frame. It also appeals to trainees living outside of Melbourne by reducing the number of days at the centre: the teaching practice element can be completed intensively in two weeks.
Feedback on the online CELTA:
Melbourne Training Associates
245 Cardigan Street (just south of Grattan St)
Carlton, AUSTRALIA 3053
Phone (03) 9041 5341