The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an entry-level qualification providing initial teacher training for teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

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I completed my own CELTA part-time at Durham University Language Centre from October 2007 to February 2008. Unfortunately this course no longer runs. I became a CELTA Assistant Course Tutor in August 2014, and since then I have written a lot of posts about the course. I have collected them all here to help you find them more easily.

For trainees

Useful links for CELTA: a comprehensive list of all of the resources I know of which could help you during your CELTA course

Starting a CELTA? Brand new teacher? Lacking confidence? Read this…

One way to approach lesson planning for CELTA (though obviously not the only one!)

Two teaching hacks to save you time preparing your materials (for face-to-face teaching)

How to set up an information gap

Mistakes trainees make in CELTA TP

A few tips for mature entrants to the EFL profession (guest post by Helen Dennis-Smith following IATEFL Manchester 2015)

Am I bothering you?

Two trainee perspectives on participating in CELTA online: Yawen and Nadia

The CELTA Teaching Compendium by Rachael Roberts (a review)

ELT Playbook 1 – my ebook or paperbook to help you continue to develop after the course

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For trainers

10 tips to help you become a teacher trainer

Rhythm of a CELTA: a list of things to make sure you’ve checked with the centre if you’re working as a freelance tutor

TP interrupted: the role of the CELTA trainer in Teaching Practice (guest post by Amy Blanchard)

Life after CELTA: a selection of things I believe it’s important for us to introduce to CELTA trainees to prepare them for life after the course

Summaries of IATEFL talks connected to teacher training, many of which were specifically about CELTA:

#CELTAchat summaries:

My experiences as a CELTA trainer

A week-by-week account of training on a course at IH Chiang Mai in Thailand:

A week-by-week account of my first experience of working on an online CELTA course, conducted in conversation with Stephanie Wilbur, who was doing her first online course at the same time:

Integrating technology into CELTA

Four CELTAs (or excuses for not blogging)

Reflections on a year of CELTA training

Two years as a CELTA tutor

A video recorded for Lang LTC Warsaw, one of the schools I’ve done training for, sharing some of my ideas about what CELTA is and how it can benefit new and experienced teachers (plus an advert for my ebook!):


Please note that all information about the CELTA on my blog is my personal opinion or the opinion of the guest post writers, unless otherwise stated. It does not constitute anything officially sanctioned or recommended by Cambridge or any of the centres I have worked for.