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Online full-time CELTA

Dates: Oct 26th – Nov 27th
Time Commitment: 5 weeks full time (Mondays off)
Teaching Practice: online via Zoom – 8 x 45 min lessons
Tutor Support: Daily

Face-face or online full-time CELTA

(online if restrictions remain)
Dates: Jan 4th – Feb 5th
Time Commitment: 5 weeks full time (Mondays off)
Teaching Practice: online via Zoom – 8 x 45 min lessons
Tutor Support: Daily

Email us for a chat about our upcoming courses. Apply now to secure your place.

Our CELTA graduates have been enjoying the chance to develop their teaching after the course with our internship programme. With support from tutors, the new teachers have been delivering two hours or one-hour lessons to help prepare themselves for the workplace. The feedback we get is that this has helped them feel more confident for their first lessons in their new teaching jobs.

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2021 courses

Full time CELTAs
Jan 4th – Feb 5th
Feb 15th – March 19th
May 3rd – June 4th
June 14th – July 16th
Aug 2nd – Sep 4th
Sep 20th – Oct 22nd
Nov 1st – Dec 3rd

Part time CELTAs
Feb 1st – April 30th
July 5th – Sep 30th

Online/blended CELTA
Oct 4th – Jan 21st 2022 (teaching weeks: 29 Nov -4 Dec /Week 2: 13Dec-17Dec)

CELTA info

  • Why the Cambridge CELTA?

    Why the Cambridge CELTA?

    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.

  • Aims of the Course

    Aims of the Course

    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.

  • Entry to the Course

    Candidates must:

    • Be at least 20 years of age (applicants over 18 may be interviewed in exceptional cases).
    • Have a good educational background (preferably of university entrance standard).
    • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Duration of the Course

    Duration of the Course

    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.

    Contact us to know more about the next part-time face-to-face course that runs for 10 weeks. Teaching practice is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Input sessions will be on Saturday mornings (over nine Saturdays).

    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.

  • Course Content

    Course Content

    See a sample timetable to get an idea of a typical day on a CELTA course.

    The course is divided into:
    Language Analysis
    These sessions:

    • Develop an ability to analyse language in terms of meaning, form, sound and usage
    • Mainly focus on grammar and pronunciation.

    These sessions cover:

    • Different approaches to language teaching;
    • Techniques for presentation and practice of new language;
    • Classroom management;
    • Lesson-planning;
    • Use of commercially produced and authentic materials;
    • Developing listening, reading and writing skills.

    Teaching Practice

    • Each trainee is required to complete a minimum of 6 hours observed teaching practice with classes of adult learners.

    Observation of Experienced Teachers

    • This involves observing Language Centre teachers for a total of 8 hours during the course.
  • Course Requirements & Course Assessment

    Course Requirements & Course Assessment

    Assessment is continuous and is based on:

    • Performance in Teaching Practice;
    • An ability to evaluate one’s own lessons;
    • The quality/punctuality of written assignments;
    • Lesson plans;
    • Participation in all aspects of the course attendance, which is expected to be 100%.

    It is possible to pass the course at three levels:

    • PassA
    • PassB
    • PassC

    The final grades are awarded by the tutors and ratified by the visiting assessor after the course.

  • Certification


    Certificates are awarded by UCLES. In addition, each candidate receives a final report from Melbourne Training Associates.

  • Application Procedure

    Application Procedure

    1. Complete the application task (which includes a Language Awareness Task and conditions of enrolment) and return it to the address below.
  • Observers


    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 Online CELTA

    The Online CELTA

    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.

    FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about the Cambridge CELTA Online.

    Feedback on the online CELTA:

  • Further information

    Further information:

    Melbourne Training Associates

    Level 1
    245 Cardigan Street (just south of Grattan St)
    Carlton, AUSTRALIA 3053
    Phone (03) 9041 5341

News about our CELTA grads…

Our recent CELTA graduates are securing work in Melbourne, Japan, China, Colombia and Russia. We have been happy to help with this and good luck to all of them. Great to be at the start of new adventures. Here is what two directors of schools in Melbourne recently said about our graduates:

“CQUEnglish has employed three teachers who completed a CELTA at Melbourne Training Associates. For some, it was their first opportunity to teach after completing their initial training course, while for another, it was a chance to put into practice the additional skills they gained during the 4 weeks. All teachers have received ongoing support and development at CQUEnglish through consultations with a mentor and observations, and have continued to develop their practice. The quality of CELTA trainees completing their course at MTA has been very high, and we will continue to approach the centre when our needs arise in the future.”

Will Alderton, Director of Studies, Central Queensland University

“MTA have been the sole provider of both ongoing and relief teachers for Nova English since 2016. The quality of the CELTA course training provided by MTA instils confidence in both their cohort of students and our strategic decision to continue hiring their graduates. As an ELICOS provider that prides itself on blending learning and integrating technology in the classroom, we find that MTA graduates have the familiarity with digital devices and practical application knowledge to really shine in the classroom; moreover, they are well prepared and this lends itself to providing increased confidence levels in the classroom while keeping students engaged and eager to return. I would recommend any future teacher who is looking to jump into ELICOS, and hit the ground running with employment sometimes even before graduating, to consider MTA as the place to complete their CELTA qualification. The staff and trainers are equally as professional as they are courteous and respected throughout the industry.”

Scott Maxwell, Academic Manager, Nova English

In the meantime, we have been asked for primary school teachers for a school in Shanghai, China. This is open to our CELTA graduates and to anyone who would like to start a career in ESL teaching children.

We have also been asked for teachers to teach one-to-one and small groups in Japan. These Japan job placements are for our CELTA graduates only.