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What does the CELTA Course offer?

The Cambridge CELTA is an internationally recognised teaching qualification for teaching English to speakers of other languages. It is recognised by the British Council and by a large number of employers and governments worldwide. As a teacher trained by St Giles you will acquire your new skills with one of the industry's most respected and longest established English language schools.

Maybe you are re-thinking your future because of recent world events. Successful completion of a CELTA course will enable you to begin a new professional career after just 4 weeks. Our CELTA trainees are from all different walks of life. Your opportunities are unlimited and we are committed to helping you on your way.

For those who prefer to study in their own home, we are now running a 100% online 4-week CELTA course (including teaching practice). You can take the course from anywhere in the world and you will achieve the same qualification.

We have now published the dates of our first three online courses. For further details of the course, please see St Giles online CELTA.

The CELTA Programme

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements are exactly the same for face-to-face and online CELTA courses.

    The full-time, the part-time and the 100% online CELTA courses consist of a minimum of 120 hours of attendance and additional hours of self-study. During the course you will complete four written assignments.

    If you take the the face-to-face CELTA you will observe qualified teachers at St Giles delivering lessons at one of the St Giles schools. If you take the online CELTA course, you will observe teachers on St Giles Live and/or watch videos of authentic teaching situations. You will also have a demonstration lesson from one of their course tutors.

    In all cases you will have teaching practice with groups of students every day from day 2 of the course (on which you will receive feedback from your tutors). For the online course the teaching practice will be conducted via Zoom.

  • Course Objectives

    The CELTA course is a structured and practical introduction to teaching: it will equip you with the professional knowledge, practical skills and confidence you need to start your teaching career. The course will show prospective employers that you:

    • understand the principles of effective teaching, how people learn and the roles of teacher and learner
    • understand how to analyse language for the purpose of teaching
    • have demonstrated the ability to put your new knowledge and skills into practice in a real-life teaching context

    On successful completion of the course, you can immediately seek work as a teacher in a wide range of countries across the world. This includes the UK and the US.

  • Course Structure

    Both the full-time and the part-time CELTA courses consist of a minimum of 120 hours of attendance and additional hours of self-study. You will observe qualified teachers at St Giles, you will have teaching practice with groups of students every day from day 2 of the course (on which you will receive feedback from your tutors) and you will complete four written assignments.

    The CELTA course has five units of study:

    • Unit 1- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
    • Unit 2- Language analysis and awareness
    • Unit 3- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
    • Unit 4- Planning and resources for different contexts
    • Unit 5- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Assessment

    The assessment process is the same for the face-to-face and the online CELTA courses. The CELTA course has two components of assessment:

    Component One – Teaching Practice

    You will be expected to teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two different levels of ability. Assessment is continuous and is based on your overall performance during the six hours.

    Component Two - Written Assignments

    You will be asked to complete four written assignments; one focusing on adult learning, one on the language system of English, one on language skills and one on classroom teaching.

    The certificate is awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets or exceeds the criteria for both components of assessment: your progress will be monitored by your tutors throughout the course. Successful completion is graded as: Pass, Pass ‘B’, Pass ‘A’.

  • “The CELTA course that I took at St. Giles London Central was well worth the money spent. The tutors are extremely knowledgeable and experienced and they did a great job equipping us during our time as trainee teachers. The input sessions gave a great foundation on which to base our teaching practice”.

    Deborah Chew
  • “I took great pleasure in studying at St Giles London Central. Despite the fact that the course itself was quite intense, our tutors did their best to make it enjoyable and useful. They made me feel well-supported and confident”.

    Kanwaljeet Kaur
  • “Doing a CELTA course at St. Giles London Central was one the most rewarding experiences of my life. Though I taught for 8 years before the course in my country, it revealed methods and strategies of teaching English language which were new to me. It changed my way of teaching and gave me a lot of confidence”.

    Ekaterina Bondarenko