Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)

Learn to teach English as a second language to adults.

Curtin English offers CELTA over 4 weeks full-time on our Bentley campus.

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (CELTA) prepares you to become a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. The CELTA course is recognised internationally and on successful completion, candidates can apply for paid and/or volunteer English Language teaching jobs both in Australia and overseas.

The CELTA course includes three hours of input every day on key topics related to teaching English. The course also involves six hours of teaching practice, six hours of observations of English language teachers and four written assignments.

This intensive, practical teaching course is designed for candidates with little or no previous English language teaching experience.

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Why you should study CELTA

  • CELTA courses are designed by individual centres, based on specifications produced by Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications. As such, CELTA will provide you with knowledge and skills based on international best practice.
  • CELTA satisfies the minimum teaching qualification requirements for employment in accredited English Language teaching (ELICOS) centres in Australia and most centres worldwide.
  • CELTA is trusted by employers, language schools and governments around the world.
  • On successful completion of CELTA you will be able to travel and work overseas with paid or volunteer work.
  • CELTA can be the first step to an English language teaching career and can provide opportunities for further study and progression to the Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA).
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What you’ll learn

  • How to plan an effective English language lesson with appropriate aims for individual lessons and choosing appropriate materials and resources.
  • Awareness of learners, teachers and the teaching and learning context identifying the needs of individual English language learners.
  • Develop classroom management techniques including giving appropriate language models, identifying errors and adjusting teacher language.
  • Develop language analysis and awareness of grammatical structures, vocabulary and phonology.
  • How to help learners develop language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.
  • Develop teaching skills and professionalism including giving effective feedback, and reflecting on teaching practice.

Course essentials

Contact hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

Course dates

You can view all available course dates for CELTA on our course dates page.

Course fees

You can view up to date course fees on our fees page under the CELTA heading.

What the course involves

  • Six hours of teaching practice.
  • Six hours observing experienced English language teachers.
  • Three hours of input every day on key topic areas related to teaching English.
  • Four written assignments.

Assessments take place throughout the course and each assessed component contributes to your overall grade. You’ll be informed of your progress through oral and written feedback throughout the course.

In addition to course hours allow 80 hours for pre-course preparation, reading, research, assignment writing and record keeping.

Entry requirements

  • English level required for entry: Advanced (IELTS 8 in all skills or equivalent)
  • Other entry requirements: You must have a standard of education equivalent to that required for university entry. You must be at least 18 years, but 20 is recommended


When to apply

  • Apply as soon as you are sure you want to do the course.
  • Early application will more likely secure your place. There are only 12 candidates per course.
  • Once you have successfully completed the application process, you will be given material for pre-course study.
  • The learning curve on CELTA is very steep. The more pre-course preparation you can do, the easier your CELTA journey will be.
  • It’s never too early!

You can find application information on our ‘How to Apply‘ page.


CELTA frequently asked questions

Do you offer CELTA part time?

All our courses are full-time on campus. For information about part time or on-line courses visit Cambridge CELTA website.

How long is the full-time course?

Approximately 135 hours. In 2019, this includes 2 additional evenings the week preceding the full-time component of the course.

How much are the fees?

Check our fees page, under the CELTA heading, for up to date fees.

If you are accepted into the course and pay your fees early, you will be eligible for an early bird discount. Early bird means that you have been through the application process, been accepted onto the course and paid fees by the early bird date.

Can I get fee help?

CELTA is a non-award course so it does NOT attract fee help.

Can I pay in instalments?

Fees are payable in full, and in advance of the start of the course.

Is there an enrolment/registration fee?

There is no cost to submit an application and attend an interview. Once an applicant is accepted onto the course, they are required to pay a deposit (non-refundable) to secure their place on the course. See our fees page for details.

Do I need a text book?

The course material is given to you. However, you will be required to buy two reference books: one on teaching methodology the other a grammar reference text.

Can I work in the public system with CELTA?

CELTA (+ a degree) qualifies you to work in in accredited ELICOS centres in Australia and in language centres overseas. You will need a different qualification to work in the Australian public education system.

Can I do CELTA if I don’t have a degree?

Yes, if you meet the entry criteria. However, you need a degree in order to work in accredited schools in Australia.

Do I have to complete the application task?

Yes. The purpose of the task is to give you an idea about the content of the course and for you to demonstrate that you can research language appropriately.

Why do I have to attend an interview?

The purpose of the interview is twofold: to answer all the questions you may have about the CELTA and to gauge whether you have the potential to be successful. It’s a very informal process.

When should I apply?

Applications will be accepted up to the Monday of the week before the start date of a course. However, numbers are usually capped at 12, so applications should be received as early as possible to ensure getting a place. Also the course is challenging, and allowing time for pre-course study, post interview, is essential.