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.
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.
Useful links for CELTA: a comprehensive list of all of the resources I know of which could help you during your CELTA course
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)
A few tips for mature entrants to the EFL profession (guest post by Helen Dennis-Smith following IATEFL Manchester 2015)
ELT Playbook 1 – my ebook or paperbook to help you continue to develop after the course
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:
- IATEFL Manchester 2015
- IATEFL Birmingham 2016
- IATEFL Glasgow 2017
- Rethinking reflection on initial teacher training courses (guest post by Dan Baines following IATEFL Birmingham 2016)
- What I’ve learnt about teacher training this year (my IATEFL presentation in 2021)
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:
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.