Take your first step to becoming an English language teacher with our full-time CELTA course. Develop practical teaching skills, with real classroom experience, and gain a teaching qualification that's recognised in the UK and around the world.
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is an internationally recognised qualification for language teachers. It's a practical course that will help you develop a career in English language teaching – and it's accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of Cambridge University.
Our course includes a combination of seminars, workshops, tutorials, classroom observation and hands-on teaching. You will teach volunteer students who are keen to improve their English. You'll begin teaching immediately, supported by our experienced tutors, who will help you develop your confidence and independence.
By the end of the course you’ll have considered teaching approaches for a range of lessons, the role of the teacher and the learner, effective strategies for planning lessons, how to analyse language for teaching purposes, use of materials, and a range of classroom management and teaching techniques for both face-to-face and online teaching.
Our CELTA is a full-time course, and you'll be required to attend all sessions.
The course includes:
This course is a blended programme of a two-week intensive block of face-to-face training, followed by a seven-week block of online, part-time training.
You'll cover the basics of English language teaching in a short period of time, so full-time attendance is required. You're also likely to undertake an additional 2-3 hours of private study every day on the full-time part of the programme, to prepare lessons, complete written assignments, and carry out research and reading.
The summer 2023 CELTA course begins with an 11-day block of full-time training on ARU's Cambridge Campus from 12 May 2023 to 26 May 2023.
The online block of the course runs from 5 June 2023 to 20 July 2023. Online classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
This course is available for current ARU students and recent graduates only (alumni should have graduated in the last three years).
Tuition fees are £1500 inclusive of the Cambridge Assessment examination fee. This is a special reduced rate for ARU students and recent graduates.
The course fee includes:
CELTA is an assessed course, accredited by Cambridge English Language Assessment.
You'll be assessed throughout the course on:
Completion of the course does not guarantee that you will be awarded the Certificate in English Language Teaching. However, if you reach the required levels, you'll be awarded a Pass, Pass B or Pass A grade. You will then receive your final certificate from Cambridge English Language Assessment.
We'll also give you a report at the end of the course (whether you achieve the CELTA award or not).
Our Language Centre is here to support your academic success.
We offer a wide range of English courses, including academic and general English, as well as providing English language support for ARU students during their courses. We can also offer summer programmes, English language assessment and bespoke courses for groups.
You'll find a friendly, supportive teaching environment here with highly experienced and qualified teaching staff who are dedicated to helping you pursue your ambitions.
To apply please complete the application form and return this to [email protected]. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to complete an interview which all applicants must attend. Those not based locally will be offered an online video interview. Acceptance onto the course depends upon successful completion of the interview.
The interview process
The interview is an important part of the application process of the CELTA programme. It provides a good opportunity to meet us and find out more about the programme, as well as ask any questions you may have. It also allows us to assess your suitability for this demanding programme.
You will have an interview with a CELTA tutor, designed to find out your motivations for doing the course and your understanding of what language teaching might entail, to confirm your suitability for the course. You will also be required to complete a short pre-interview task, which must be submitted to us at least 24 hours before the interview.
The CELTA course is a very intensive and demanding programme and we strongly recommend you have no other major commitments when attending the full-time block of training.
To apply you must have:
A degree is not an entry requirement for CELTA, but please be aware that without a degree it will be more difficult to find employment teaching English as a Foreign Language in the UK or abroad.
The CELTA is designed for people with little or no English language teaching experience (but those with experience can be considered).
If you require any further information please contact Amanda Bailey at [email protected].