Cambridge CELTA

(Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Awarded by Cambridge ESOL.

$100 Discount for early birds. See below for details. 


NZLC CELTA Graduates video:

Course Information

CELTA is an internationally recognised teaching qualification and is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English language teachers. It is a highly regarded course which gives you the skills and opportunity to acquire English teaching positions across the globe. It is suitable for people who want to start a career in English language teaching or those already teaching English with no formal qualification.

tt-cambridge-CELTA-levels* See below for course start dates
** Minimum number of students required

Why choose CELTA at NZLC?

  • NZLC Auckland is a Cambridge approved CELTA training centre
  • Each course is taught by highly qualified, experienced ELT professionals in a friendly and supportive environment.
  • The centre is very well-resourced and has a dedicated Teacher Training area including a study area and a well-stocked up-to-date resource room.
  • Trainees have access to computers and free Wi-Fi internet access.

"I would recommend the CELTA course at NZLC without hesitation. The learning that takes place over the four week period is incredible and testament to the high calibre of the tutors and way in which the course is designed."

- Amy Robin, New Zealand

"Since completing my CELTA course at NZLC I have taught English in Indonesia, Japan and Spain.  I use what I learnt on the course every day in my classes."

- Ana Flores, Spain

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Course dates and duration

The courses run Full-time for 4 or 5 weeks. The normal working day is from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.  The course is very intensive so, in addition to the above, you will need to allow time in the evenings and on weekends for planning lessons and writing assignments.

2015 Course dates

  • 5 Jan - 5 Feb 2015 (5 weeks, Mon-Thurs)
  • 20 Apr - 21 May 2015 (5 weeks, Mon-Thurs)
  • 25 May - 25 June 2015 (5 weeks, Mon-Thurs)
  • 7 Sep - 8 Oct 2015 (5 weeks, Mon-Thurs)
  • 16 Nov - 17 Dec 2015 (5 weeks, Mon-Thurs)

* Please note that there are no lessons on public holidays and weekends

* Please note that CELTA course enrolment is restricted to a maximum of twelve (for a tutor - trainee ratio of 1:6) and a minimum of size, so we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible.

See NZLC 2015 Course Calendar

NZLC 5 week CELTA course

This approach offers numerous advantages over the more traditional 4-week course: 

  • One integrated study day per week allowing more time to research written assignments and plan lessons
  • Less pressure / reduced stress
  • Greater enjoyment of the whole experience

Course Fees

2015: NZ $3,200 (or NZ $3,100 with early bird discount) including GST and Cambridge ESOL fee

Course participants are not normally eligible for student loans but any inquiries should be directed to the appropriate authority.

Early bird special: $100 discount for applicants who book and pay the $500 deposit 7 weeks prior to the course start date

Course Components

At the heart of the course is six hours of teaching practice. Input sessions on language awareness and methodology relate directly to this, as do the classroom observations and written assignments.

  1. Language awareness - what you teach i.e. grammar, vocabulary, phonology and how language is used to express different meanings.
  2. Methodology - how you teach i.e. classroom management plus procedures and techniques for language teaching.
  3. Teaching practice - six hours of supervised teaching, supported with guided lesson planning and personalized feedback on lessons.
  4. Classroom observations - six hours of classroom observations in which you will watch experienced teachers and teacher trainers in action.
  5. Written assignments - four assignments on topics involving language teaching and learning.  

Download the CELTA Information Packfor more details about the course.

Sample Time-Table (Week 1)

CELTA Sample Time-table

Entry Requirements for CELTA

  • Have a good standard of education (e.g. equivalent to that required for entry into higher education).
  • Be aged 20 or over (we will consider applicants between the ages of 18 and 20)
  • Have a standard of English which will enable them to teach at a range of levels.

Application process

  1. Complete the application formand send it to
  2. If your application meets the required standard, we will send you a pre-interview task and arrange for an interview either at the school or by Skype/telephone.

Course Assessment

The course assessment is continuous and transparent (there is no final exam). Each lesson you teach is evaluated and graded by your tutor with both verbal and written feedback. During the course you will have regular individual tutorials, where your tutor will help you to identify your strengths and areas for development. Final assessment is based on Teaching Practice, Professional Development and Written Assignments.There are three pass grades; these are Pass, Pass "B" and Pass "A", which are negotiated with an external Cambridge assessor.

What help will I get with finding a job after CELTA?

  • During the CELTA course, trainees will attend workshops dedicated to finding work beyond the course and professional development in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
  • Assistance will be given in finding job placements.
  • Receive guidance in preparing job applications and CV writing.
  • Q&A session on how to get your first teaching job delivered by NLZC's Director of Studies.
  • Guest speakers from recruitment companies on job placement advice.  
  • Trainees receive a Teachers' Survival Kit booklet at the end of the course.
  • Trainees are invited to join NZLC's online community page and stay abreast of job opportunities long after they have left the centre.

For more information about the CELTA course, or if you would like to apply, email

NZLC Head of Teacher Training

Since taking the CELTA in Oxford in 2002, Siân has taught General English, Business English and Exam Preparation courses in the U.K, Spain, Italy and New Zealand. After taking the DELTA in Oxford in 2007, she became involved in teacher training as a CELTA tutor and also taught and helped design material for a variety of teacher training courses, including Primary and Secondary teacher refresher courses and CLIL.

Sian Hudson - Head of Teacher TrainingSiân Hudson


NZLC Senior Teacher and CELTA trainer

Rhian began teaching English as a second language in 2004 and has since taught General English, Exam Preparation courses, Business English and young learners in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Rhian moved to New Zealand in 2009 and became a Senior Teacher at NZLC, where she teaches a variety of classes across the school and our teacher training courses: TESOL, TECSOL and CELTA.

Rhian Owen

Rhian Owen


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