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Native or Near-Native Speakers of English

Course Duration
17 Weeks
(incl. 2 individual weeks of practicum)

Teaching English as a second language is an exciting and rewarding career choice. St Giles San Francisco offers the internationally recognised TEFL award, the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), as an online/blended learning course, perfect for those who have full-time jobs and cannot take time off for intensive study.

The CELTA Online is a 17-week blended learning course, which combines collaborative online study with face-to-face teaching practice. This option allows trainees to work flexibly, where and when it suits them. Input sessions are delivered online and include forum and ‘live room’ (virtual real-time classroom) tasks, which trainees work on independently or collaboratively. Trainees only need to travel to the St Giles CELTA centre for lesson planning, teaching practice, evaluation and feedback for two individual weeks throughout the 17-week period.

During the course, trainees will have six hours of teaching practice, observation of experienced teachers and coursework assignments. On successful completion of the course, you will receive an internationally recognised certificate, which can help you to find a good teaching job at a reputable school.

The next course will take place between 9 Jan - 5 May:
Week 1 face-to-face practicum: 27 Feb - 3 Mar
Week 2 face-to-face practicum: 24 Apr - 28 Apr

Find out more about the course content at St Giles San Francisco here: CELTA

The following pages also provide useful information:

Video about how the course works
Trainee feedback video
FAQs on the Cambridge ESOL website


All students taking a CELTA Online course at St Giles San Francisco can take advantage of the following facilities during the two weeks of face-to-face practice:

  • Self-Access Study Centre
  • Student computers & free Wi-Fi
  • Student café
  • Library
  • Interactive whiteboards in all classrooms

St Giles San Francisco is a modern, friendly school which offers the latest facilities and resources for our CELTA Online students. The school is in an exciting downtown location on famous Market Street, close to Union Square and Chinatown. San Francisco is one of the USA’s most vibrant cities, which offers a warm Californian welcome to everyone who visits.

Course Objectives

After you take a CELTA Online Course at St Giles San Francisco, you should:

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"CELTA training at St Giles San Francisco has helped me use a method of communicative instruction that makes my classes more dynamic regardless of what I am teaching. My students often tell me that I have made reading more interesting because of my methods."

Angela Bailey-Sundahl