Certificate to Teach Anywhere: What is CELTA?

CELTA is one of the most widely-taken and highly-recognised certifications students can earn to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages. As a course designed to allow you to teach English anywhere in the world, the CELTA programme is also a highly practical one that not only equips you with the skills you need to start your teaching career, but gives those with previous teaching experience the opportunity to develop professionally.

The CELTA programme is primarily aimed at native English speakers who have little to  no experience teaching English, or those who have experience but no formal qualifications or training. However, CELTA is also suitable for non-native speakers who have a high proficiency in both written and spoken English (C2/C1 on the Council of Europe Framework, equivalent to A/B grade at CAE or 7.5 on IELTS.)

This flexibility to cater to such a diverse audience makes the CELTA programme particularly useful for students who wish to travel abroad to teach, but the CELTA can also be obtained by proficient non-native speakers wishing to teach in their home country, or more generally, any student or professional who wishes to brush up on or further develop their English teaching skills.

 The full-time CELTA course at NZLC covers all aspects of ESL instruction, including language analysis, lesson planning, methodology, classroom management, and professional development. Students are trained in a supervised classroom setting and given both written and oral feedback on their teaching, lesson planning, and written assignments.

 What sets the CELTA course apart from other education training courses, however, is its practical component; during the programme students are given the opportunity to teach real ESL students for a total of 6 hours, making it a great way to jumpstart your career in ESL education

Additionally, the CELTA programme is externally moderated for curriculum quality and standard adherence by outside assessors, trained and approved by the University of Cambridge. These moderators regularly check that every CELTA course taught across the globe is performing to the specific standards that Cambridge has set, which ensures quality and superior educational standards for each of the programme’s students and administrators.

Ready to take that next step? Catapult your English education career today with this highly flexible and globally in-demand certification from the New Zealand Language Centre.


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