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The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a Level 5 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework. This course is open to all native English speakers who have strong written and oral skills; no previous teaching experience is required. Non-native speakers holding the Cambridge Proficiency Examination in English (CPE), IELTS 7.0 or equivalent are also eligible to apply.

Benefits of the Qualification

  • Recognition as an English teacher both in Britain and abroad
  • Knowledge of the English language, its grammar, phonology and lexis
  • Knowledge of up to date methodology of language teaching to adults(i.e. age 16+)
  • Preparation for later study at diploma or postgraduate level


The course presents the principles that underpin language teaching, and deals extensively with the analysis of English from the learners' perspective. You will also cover training in the presentation of new language; activities that will develop language skills, the planning and effective use of classroom resources, syllabus design and timetabling.

The course is divided into two closely interconnected parts. Input sessions covering language teaching methodology and language analysis are followed by daily Teaching Practice sessions, with feedback from course tutors and other trainee teachers. The course syllabus is designed to enable candidates to:

  • Develop an awareness of language and knowledge of the systems of English so that these can be applied in the Teaching Practice
  • Develop an understanding of the contexts in which adults learn English, their motivation for doing so, and the respective roles of the teacher and the learner
  • Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English
  • Develop a range of skills for teaching adults in the classroom
  • Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners for teaching, testing, and for reference
  • Identify opportunities for their own future development as professionals in the field

Upcoming Course Dates

These courses are prepared in collaboration with our partners, Language Link. Established in 1975 in London, Language Link schools are accredited by the BRITISH COUNCIL, the principal accrediting body for Language teaching in Britain, and are members of ENGLISH UK. Language Link teacher training programmes are accredited by CAMBRIDGE ESOL. Language Link has over 100 schools worldwide, in Britain, Central Europe, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and China.

Locations for CELTA course:

  • UK
  • China
  • Vietnam
  • Russia

Study Formats


The course consists of four weeks of intensive study, Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5.00 pm, for those who wish to gain their teaching qualification within a short period of time. On occasions courses may run from 10.30am - 6.00pm - you will be informed of the start time for your chosen course at the interview stage.


The course lasts for 12 weeks and meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6.15 - 9.30pm, and on six Saturdays (10.00am - 4.30pm). This course is intended for those who prefer an extended period of study or who wish to continue earning while they follow a course.
For both course formats additional study and lesson planning will be required at home.

Entry Requirements

  • Hold a University degree or qualification permitting entry to Higher Education (e.g. A Levels, Leaving Certificate or International Baccalaureat)
  • A good standard of written and spoken English which enable the candidate to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels (CPE or IELTS 7.0 or equivalent for non-native speakers)
  • Demonstration of the potential to develop the necessary skills to become an effective teacher and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of practice teaching
  • Age 18+ at the start of the course
  • No previous teaching experience is required
  • Due to the demanding, intensive nature of the course, applicants should be in general good health

The CELTA message board is a resource for all CELTA graduates and teachers of English who are working or planning to work in China. You can use it to learn tips on teaching resources, class activities or simply for advice on living and working in China.