Cambridge CELTA

(Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

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


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Course Information

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

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* See below for course start dates
** Minimum number of students required

Why choose CELTA at NZLC Auckland?

  • Cambridge approved teacher training centre
  • Highly qualified, experienced professionals
  • A friendly and supportive environment.
  • Well-resourced, dedicated Teacher Training department
  • Access to computers and free Wi-Fi

"I would recommend the CELTA course at NZLC without hesitation. The learning that takes place 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 5 weeks. From 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday (or Tuesday to Friday if Monday is a public holiday). As the course is very intensive, you will also need to allow time in the evenings, on Fridays and weekends for planning lessons and writing assignments.


2015 Course dates

  • 7 Sep - 8 Oct 2015
  • 16 Nov - 17 Dec 2015

2016 Course dates

  • 5 Jan - 5 Feb 2016
  • 14 Mar - 14 Apr 2016
  • 23 May - 23 June 2016
  • 5 Sep - 6 Oct 2016
  • 14 Nov - 15 Dec 2016

* There are no lessons on public holidays and weekends

* Enrolment is restricted to a maximum and a minimum of size, so we recommend submitting your application as soon as possible.

See NZLC 2016 Course Calendar

NZLC 5 week CELTA course

This approach offers clear 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

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 Content

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 - grammar, vocabulary, phonology and how language is used to express different meanings.
  2. Methodology - classroom management, plus procedures and techniques for language teaching.
  3. Teaching practice - six hours of supervised teaching at two different levels, supported with guided lesson planning and personalized feedback on lessons.
  4. Classroom observations - six hours of experienced teachers in action.
  5. Written assignments - four assignments (750 -1000 words each) on language teaching and learning.  

Download the CELTA Information Packfor more details about the course.


For the full Cambridge syllabus, please visit:  http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/21816-celta-syllbus.pdf

Sample Timetable (Week 1)

CELTA Timetable

Entry Requirements for CELTA

  • Aged 18 +
  • Level in English: Native English speaker or equivalent (C1+ to C2 or Advanced CAE ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade or IELTS 7.5)
  • Academic Requirement: University Entrance (UE) or equivalent
  • Have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of practice teaching

Application process

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

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. During the course you will have 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: Pass, Pass "B" and Pass "A", which are discussed with an external Cambridge assessor.

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

  • Q&A session with NLZC's Director of Studies.
  • Workshops on finding employment and professional development.
  • Assistance in finding work.
  • Guidance on job applications and presenting your CV.
  • Teachers' Survival Kit booklet at the end of the course.
  • Teacher Training Facebook page to stay abreast of work and professional development opportunities.

For more information about the CELTA course, or if you would like to apply, email training@nzlc.ac.nz


NZLC Head of Teacher Training

Bruno has been a language teacher since 1989. He took the CELTA in 1997 and has taught English in a wide range of contexts, from General English and Business English to English for Academic Purposes and various Exam Preparation courses. He became a CELTA tutor after completing the Delta in 2003. Since then he has worked as a teacher trainer and teacher in the UK, Kuwait, New Zealand and Vietnam.

048aBruno Balducci

M.A, B.A, Delta, CELTA, PGCE

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

B.A, Delta, CELTA


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