CELTA Teacher
Training

Learn to teach English at UTS:INSEARCH. Teach English in institutions worldwide, as well as providing a pathway to postgraduate TESOL programs at UTS.

CELTA Overview

University of Cambridge English Examinations

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and is one of the most widely taken qualifications of its kind.  Over 10,000 people each year choose CELTA to open up a world of exciting English language teaching opportunities.

CELTA is awarded by Cambridge English, a department of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, which provides a range of qualifications for language teachers. Cambridge English approves centres around the world, such as UTS: INSEARCH, to conduct courses leading to the award. The course is practical in nature and is strongly regarded by employers as providing sound, initial training.



CELTA in Sydney, Australia

UTS:INSEARCH has been delivering CELTA courses since 1992. By choosing to do your CELTA with us you will be working with trainers highly regarded in their field with qualifications including Masters Degrees in Linguistics, TESOL or Adult Education as well as the Cambridge DELTA (Diploma in English Language Training to Adults). The CELTA program at UTS:INSEARCH also provides a pathway to further postgraduate studies at UTS. A preference is always given to our own CELTA graduates for teaching positions at UTS:INSEARCH and in our off-shore centres.

CELTA in Shanghai, China

Since 2003 we have also delivered CELTA courses at the Sydney Institute of Language and Commerce (SILC), Shanghai, China. This is a joint venture institute between UTS:INSEARCH and Shanghai University.

CELTA at a glance and Information Evenings

Duration

  • Full Time: 4 weeks
  • Part Time: 10 weeks  

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Time Commitments

 

  • Full time: Monday to Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm
  • Part time: Saturday, 9.30am - 3.30pm + Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 6.00pm - 9.30pm

Course Fee

  • Sydney: AUD $3090 *
  • Shanghai: RMB15500 *

*includes the assessment fee payable to Cambridge English for certification

Course Frequency

  • Sydney: 2 full time and 3 part time courses per year
  • Shanghai: 1 full time course per year

Course Locations

  • Sydney: UTS:INSEARCH, CPSU House, 191 Thomas Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000 Australia
  • Shanghai: Sydney Institute of Language and Commerce (SILC), Shanghai University, 20 Chengzhong Rd. (Jiading) Shanghai 201800 China

Contacts


Information Evenings



You are welcome to attend an information session during which you will be able to meet a course tutor, hear a presentation covering all aspects of the course and ask questions. You will also be able to see a video of trainees doing some practice teaching on a previous course.  There is no need to reserve a place.

 

Location: CPSU House
191 - 199 Thomas Street, Haymarket
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dates:

15 January 2015

26 March 2015

4 June 2015

13 August 2015

22 October 2015

Course Dates 2014/15

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Full Time (4 weeks)

24 November – 19 December 2014
Orientation: Thursday, 20 November 2014

5 January – 30 January 2015
Orientation: Thursday, 18 December 2014

6 July – 31 July 2015
Orientation: Thursday, 2 July 2015

27 July – 21 August, Shanghai (SILC)
Orientation: Sunday, 26 July 2015

4 Jan – 29 Jan 2016
Orientation: Thursday, 17 December 2015

Part Time (10 weeks)

21 March – 30 May 2015                     

8 August – 17 October 2015 

17 October – 23  December 2015               


Course Fees 2014/15

  • Sydney AUD$3090 *  (fees are accurate as shown but are subject to change)
  • Shanghai RMB15500 *  (fees are accurate as shown but are subject to change)

*includes the assessment fee payable to Cambridge ESOL for certification

How is CELTA different from TESOL?

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a short-course, internationally recognised TESOL qualification which appeals to people who may not come from a teaching background. It focuses on techniques and materials suitable for adult English language teaching.

Certificates and diplomas in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) are offered by universities as postgraduate courses.  They are usually from 1 to 2 years in duration and appeal to people who wish to gain a formal teaching qualification that enables them to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) in primary and secondary schools, and to adults.

How is the course structured?

There are 3 components: methodology, teaching practice and written assignments.

  • Methodology sessions are conducted by our CELTA tutors.  Candidates are introduced to materials and practical techniques for adult English language teaching.
  • Candidates do teaching practice with a class of adult English language learners under the supervision of a CELTA tutor.
  • Four written assignments, totalling 3000 words,  are given during the course. 

What is the method of assessment?

Assessment is continuous and integrated throughout the course.  There are two assessed components:

  • Teaching Practice
  • Written Assignments

There is no final examination.

What grades are possible?

  • Pass A
  • Pass B 
  • Pass
  • Fail/Withdrawn

Grades are determined with reference to the assessment criteria for the two assessed components.  Assessment criteria are given in a Cambridge English document at the beginning of the course.  There is no quota for grades..
In 2013,100% of trainees who completed the course passed and more than 40% of trainees achieved Pass A or Pass B

What employment pathways does CELTA offer?

CELTA qualifies you to teach English to adults in many countries.  Because of its practical nature, the course is internationally recognised by language centres and graduates are in high demand worldwide.

Does CELTA qualify you to teach adults in accredited language centres in Australia?

In addition to CELTA you need to have a degree (or equivalent) to be eligible to teach in NEAS accredited language centres in Australia. 

Can you do the course if you don’t have a degree (or equivalent)?

Yes, but you may have restricted employment prospects in Australia.

Is the course demanding?

Yes, very.  The full time course requires total commitment for 4 weeks.  A typical day is from 9.30am to 5.30pm here at UTS:INSEARCH and then at least 3 hours of lesson preparation/assignments each night.

Can you do the course on-line/by distance?

Cambridge English has introduced on-line delivery of the methodology component of the course. Trainees still need to attend a CELTA centre to complete the teaching practice component. UTS:INSEARCH does not yet offer this option.

Can you gain exemptions for prior learning or experience?

Cambridge English does not allow for this.  All candidates must successfully complete all components of the course to be awarded CELTA.

Can CELTA be used for credit transfer to university?

CELTA can be used to negotiate credit transfer to post-graduate courses at a number of universities.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable them to undertake the course (determined by a course tutor at interview) 

Can you do the course if you are not a native speaker of English?

Yes, if you fulfill the entry requirements.

What is the selection procedure?

A written application (hard copy or on-line), followed by an interview which includes a language awareness assessment. Allow 1.5 hours for the interview and assessment.

Is there a cut-off date for applications?

No. However, our advice is to apply as far in advance as possible as numbers are usually limited to 12 trainees per course and some courses are full well before the starting date. 

How can you prepare for the interview/course?

Refer to Our Booklist and Language Awareness Excercise page for details.

Is FEE-HELP available for this course?

This is not possible because of the authorisation agreement between UTS:INSEARCH, UTS and Cambridge ESOL.