Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a highly rewarding career, offering you the chance to live and work abroad. You will need an internationally recognised teaching qualification, and CELTA – highly regarded throughout the world – gives you the skills you need and will make it easier to get a teaching job.
There are five main units of learning:
- Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Planning and resources for different contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
The course includes seminars and workshops on the areas of the syllabus as specified by Cambridge
You can view the entire handbook below:
The list below includes the main topic areas but you can get a better idea by looking at a sample course timetable which we use for our 4-week courses here.
* The Cambridge Syllabus is in pdf format. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from here.
A part time 12-week option is offered at least twice during the academic year starting in October and January with sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 09:00 to 16:00.
A full time 4-week option is offered several times a year in February,May, June, July, August, September, November. Sessions are every day from 09:00 to 17:00.
For details of times for our part time evening course, please email us if interested. Sessions will run p.m. on weekdays and a.m. on Saturdays.
Selection and Pre-testing
Selection of participants is determined through
- a pre-course/pre-interview task which must be completed and sent in before the interview. This task aims to ensure that your language knowledge and skills are of a high enough level to be able to deal with the course successfully as well as to teach adult learners at a range of levels.
- a personal interview with the Course Tutor. In cases where a face-to-face interview is not possible, it is acceptable to be interviewed over the phone, Skype, Google Talk or other voice messenger.
Both native and non-native speakers are accepted on the course and both are expected to have a level of education, language awareness and competence in English which will enable them to deal with all aspects of the assessment in a successful way.
Am I eligible to apply?
Ideally you should:
- have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
- be aged 18 or over
- have a standard of English which will enable you to teach a range of levels including advanced classes
You may still be accepted if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully.
If you have read the information above and think you qualify, please complete an online application form which you can download by clicking here.
How can I apply?
Follow these instructions to apply for the CELTA course:
- Print out a copy and post to the CELTA Course Tutor, CELT Athens, 77 Academias Str., 106 78 Athens, Greece
- CELT will contact you to arrange a date and time when you can complete the Pre-interview task in 90 minutes and return it completed within approximately two hours after receiving it.
- On the arranged day, you will receive the Pre-Interview Task via email (attached as a Word.doc)
- Complete and return the Pre-Interview Task
- CELT Athens will contact you to arrange an interview. The interview can be conducted face-to-face if you are in Athens, or by Skype (or other type of messenger service) – Telephone interviews are held only as a very last resort and the cost of the call must be borne by the candidate.
- If you are offered a place on the course, you should pay in your tuition & assessment fees
- Undertake the preparation programme that will be sent to you
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed throughout the course on a continuous basis. There is no final written examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course. There are two components of assessment:
1. Teaching practice
You will teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.
2. Written assignments
You will 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.
To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are four grades, Pass A, Pass B, Pass and Fail.
Tuition is 1450 Εuros. Fees must be paid fully up to one month in advance of the start of the course in the case of full time courses; to see the payment schedule for part time courses, please download and read the application form.
CELT Athens is an Authorised Cambridge Teaching Awards Centre for CELTA and DELTA and has been running Cambridge Diploma level courses since 1993. CELT supports trainee teachers in a variety of ways:
- CELT Athens offers a free library membership for the duration of the course and 3 moths beyond – our library is one of the best in the field of Engish Language Teaching.
- Free photocopying of all Teaching practice material as well as Wi-fi access and access to PC’s and the internet.
- Teaching Practice Classes are organised at the centre and they are available throughout the programme.
- Lifetime membership to our CELTA resources website where they are able to download great tools, materials and find links for their continued professional development.
- Support through our very strong international presence in the social media – as an example check the following
- A growing community of TEFL teachers who completed courses at CELT Athens, many of who are now Directors of Studies or Recruiters and prefer to hire from amongst our trainees
- To contact the centre, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form in the right-hand column to receive important updates