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The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) gives you the essential skills, knowledge and hands-on teaching practice you need to teach English to adults and is your passport to global teaching opportunities.

One of the reasons behind the success of CELTA is its strong practical element, giving trainees confidence and showing employers that they already have experience of teaching second language learners.

I would just say it is the best experience I have ever had in my educational life.” (SMU-TLC CELTA graduate, July 2018)

Why take a CELTA:

  • 120-hour course builds on a strong foundation in English language teaching
  • Get expert training and feedback on your teaching
  • It is internationally-recognised
  • The CELTA is the teaching qualification asked for by 9 out of 10 English language teacher employers in the UK and 7 out of 10 worldwide*
  • CELTA is internally assessed and externally moderated by a Cambridge Assessment English approved assessor, who samples candidate portfolios and teaching practice and who discusses and agrees the grades for all candidates
  • It is an intensive course and our graduates qualify with the confidence to teach anywhere in the world and in a range of English language teaching contexts.

*Source: Cambridge English Feb 2018, based on 500 English language teaching (TEFL/TESL) job adverts across 23 international industry employment websites since April 2015.


  • teaches the principles of effective teaching
  • provides a range of practice skills for teaching English to adults
  • gives hands on teaching practice
  • builds the candidate's confidence

The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas:

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

Assessment Overview

CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and who have met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments.

Course Program

The course has a minimum of 120 contact hours including:

  • input
  • supervised lesson planning
  • teaching practice (six assessed hours)
  • feedback on teaching
  • peer observation
  • observation of experienced teachers (minimum of 6 hours)
  • consultation time

Candidates will need to dedicate a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre- and post-session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • be at least 18
  • have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education*
  • have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English
  • be proficient speakers of English and have a minimum language level of a high C1 on the CEFR, such as an IELTS 7.5 (with no individual band below 7)
  • have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of practice teaching

*In accordance with Languages Canada, a teacher must have a university degree.


The CELTA is offered throughout the year, in a variety of full-time and part-time formats. Choose the one that best meets your needs.

Part-time (12 weeks - Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00-9:30 pm; Saturdays, 9:30-2:00 pm)

  • March 24-June 13 2020

Full-time (4-week intensive course)

  • November 18 - December 13, 2019
  • July 6 - July 31, 2020
  • November 16 - December 11, 2020

CELTA Online - Blended (15 weeks)

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 (Orientation)
  • Saturday, September 12 - Saturday, December 12, 2020 (Teaching Practice at Saint Mary's University - TLC)


Total course fees: $2500.00.

The course fees include the University of Cambridge entry fee and all course materials.

How to apply

Contact us to speak to one of the course tutors or request further information. You can also download an application form and pre-interview task in Word below and submit by email.

CELTA Application Form 2019.2 Word

CELTA - Pre-Interview Task 2019 Word

CELTA Application Form 2019.2 PDF

CELTA - Pre-Interview Task 2019 PDF

Course Cancellation Policy

Six candidates are required in order to run a CELTA course. Saint Mary`s University reserves the right to cancel a course if the minimum enrolment is not reached two weeks prior to any start date.

In the event that the minimum number of candidates is not reached, the course will be cancelled and 100% of the applicant's fees will be refunded, or deferred to a later course.


For more information, please contact the Centre Exam Manager's office:

Further information

Download the CELTA Syllabus and Assessment Guidelines - 5th edition here.

Celta Syllabus and Assessment Guidelines - 5th edition

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ELT (English Language Teaching), TEFL/TESL (Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language), TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are terms used to describe the field of English language teaching.

The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course is the most internationally-recognised language teaching qualification. Qualified Cambridge teacher trainers will take you through the course content, and through a process of active experimentation and reflective observation, as they guide you through the teaching practice, which runs concurrently through the course. Many alternative courses follow a methodology course and then a separate practicum, often with different instructors, who have not received any significant trainer training. We encourage you to look for a course that is:

• externally validated
• locally and internationally recognised;
• internally assessed and externally moderated, for additional quality assurance;
• delivered by trained teacher trainers.

Answer: Before you are invited for interview, you will be asked to complete a written task. This will include a focus on language awareness as well as consideration of other issues related to teaching English. If this written task shows that you have the appropriate level of English and the potential to develop the skills needed to pass the course, you will be invited to interview.

You will have a 1-2-1 interview with one of our CELTA tutors. You will be asked to show how you think about language and learning/teaching English so that the interviewer can confirm that you have the potential to develop the skills needed to teach English, and meet the criteria to pass the CELTA course.

Answer: The course requirement is that your level of English is good enough to teach at a range of levels (up to CEFR Level B2 / upper-intermediate level). This means you should have a level of English at a CEFR high C1, preferably C2 level. We may ask for evidence of this, but there is no Cambridge English Language Assessment requirement for you to have taken any specific language examination. A high C1 CEFR level is equivalent to a minimum of an IELTS 7.5 (with no individual band below 7).

Answer: Yes – the requirement for taking a CELTA course is that you have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education. However, in order to work in Canada for a Languages Canada accredited school, teachers are required to have an undergraduate degree.

The CELTA course gives you the essential skills and knowledge you need to teach English to adults and older teenagers. You get hands-on teaching practice and observation of experienced teachers, applying your learning in the classroom with English language learners. Many of the skills and techniques you’ll practise on a CELTA course can be adapted and applied to teaching young learners as well.

Answer: There are 4 written assignments on the CELTA course, which focus on:

  • analysing and responding to learner needs
  • analysing language for teaching purposes
  • teaching language skills
  • reflecting on classroom teaching.