How old do I have to be to do a CELTA course?

Trainees must be 21 years old or over.

Are there any educational entry requirements prior to applying for a course?

Trainees should have educational qualifications equivalent to those necessary to enter higher education in their country.

Can non-native speakers do a CELTA course?

Yes. Non-native speakers should be able to prove a level of English at a good C1 level at the very least (e.g. Pass grade A or B at CAE).

Does CELTA teach me to teach children?

No. CELTA primarily trains you to teach adults. However, we do include some focus on teaching primary and secondary aged children. This reflects the fact that many CELTA qualified teachers working in Spain will find themselves teaching young learners.

Does CELTA qualify me to teach in state education?

This depends on the individual country, however, in general, no it doesn’t. Most CELTA graduates work in the private sector, primarily in private language schools.

What happens in the interview?

The aim of the interview is twofold. First of all, we want to make sure that you know everything you need to know about the course so you can decide if it’s really what you want to do. Secondly, the interviewer, who is one of our teacher trainers, needs to assess whether you are ready to take a course.

One of the main areas we assess at interview is an applicant’s language awareness, their understanding of how English works. Interviewees are given a language awareness task to complete before the interview, which they then discuss with the interviewer. Applicants are not expected to have a great depth of language awareness before taking the course; however they need to show the potential to develop their understanding of language in the interview.

What happens in seminars?

The seminars are led by one of the trainers and are very practical. The trainer will show you how to use some classroom techniques (e.g. teach vocabulary) and then you will try to do it yourself either in the seminar or later in Teaching Practice (TP).

What happens in TP?

In TP trainees teach real students. You must teach for at least six hours and at two different levels (e.g. low and mid). You will also teach a range of different lesson types (e.g. grammar, vocabulary, reading skills).

During the first half of the course you will receive a lot of guidance in what to teach and how to teach it. In the second half of the course, you will need to start becoming more independent.

What is feedback?

After every lesson you teach, you will receive feedback from the tutor. This takes two forms: firstly, oral feedback which is delivered in person and, secondly, written feedback. All your lessons will be graded so you have a clear idea of the progress you are making.

In addition to feedback, you have to reflect on your own teaching after every lesson.

Do I need to buy a lot of books before taking the course?

No. If you are offered a place on a course, the centre will recommend a few books that you will need.

How intensive is the four-week course?

Very! You’ll be at the centre from around 09.00 until 18.00 and then you should expect to do a further 3 hours in the evenings. You’ll have assignments to write over the weekends too. It’s hard work.

Do I have to attend the whole course?

Yes. You need to attend the course as you would a job (i.e. reliably and punctually). Make sure you apply for a course at a time when you genuinely have enough time to devote to it.

Does everyone pass CELTA?

No. Trainees do not automatically pass the course; they have to satisfy the assessment criteria. The percentage of CELTA trainees who fail the course annually worldwide is very low, however.

Does the course guarantee me a job?

No. Completing CELTA does not guarantee a trainee a job. S/He has to find one for themselves. As part of the course content we will give you advice on looking for work, preparing for interviews and starting work. Lenguas-Vivas may offer some successful trainees employment if the school has vacancies at the time, however, we cannot guarantee placements.

How can I find out more about CELTA?

Download the CELTA Syllabus: