Cambridge CELTA

Cambridge Certificate In Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages

CELTA is an international recognized teacher training course that will give you the qualification you need to teach English as a second language in English and non-English speaking countries.

CELTA courses are run at Cambridge English Teaching Awards approved centres worldwide. Certificates
are awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment. Course tutors are experienced English language
teachers who have taught in a wide range of professional situations and are accredited CELTA trainers. All
courses are externally moderated by Cambridge English, ensuring that standards are maintained.


Why study CELTA at NZLC?

•   NZLC offers a unique 5-week course instead of the more commonly seen 4-week course.
– One integrated and supported study day per week, allowing more time to research written assignments and plan lessons.
– Less pressure/ reduced stress. Greater enjoyment of the whole experience.
•   Over 95% passing rate.
•   Over 80% of our graduates find employment in ELT after completing the course.
•   A reputable NZQA Category 1 Language School with over 500 students from 25 different countries.
•   Winner of the ST Star Award English School in the Southern Hemisphere 4 years in a row!
•   The largest language school in New Zealand with lots of teaching opportunities available.
•   In-course and post-course employment support, including job workshops, Q&A session on how to get your first teaching job delivered by NZLC’s Academic Department, job placement support etc.
•   Be trained by our internationally experienced tutors who have undergone a rigorous selection and training process that is monitored by Cambridge.
•   Perfect location right next to the vibrant Viaduct harbour, surrounded by the water and minutes away from Britomart transport station and ferry terminal.
•   $100 discount for early birds (see details below).


Who is CELTA for?

CELTA is just what you’re looking for if you are:
•   Looking for a career change.
•   Planning on moving or travelling overseas, eager to meet and know people from all walks of life.
•   Interested in gaining an internationally recognized teaching qualification.
•   Passionate about getting practical knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and essential.
classroom confidence.
•   A recent graduate with little or no teaching experience.
•   A teacher of other subjects wanting to retrain as an English language teacher.


18 March – 18 April 2019.
27 May – 27 June 2019.
9 September – 10 October 2019.
18 November – 19 December 2019.
*There are no lessons on weekends and public holidays.

Early Bird Special

$100 discount for applicants who book and pay the $500 deposit 7 weeks prior to the course start date!
Course participants are not normally eligible for student loans but any inquiries should be directed to the appropriate authority.

How much does the course cost?

Total of NZ $3,400 (or NZ $3,300 with early bird discount) including GST, including:
•    Enrolment Fee: $250.
•    Material Fee: $100.
•    Cambridge ESOL Fee: $300.
•    Tuition Fee: $2750 (or $2650 with early bird discount).
Course participants are not normally eligible for student loans but any enquiries should be directed to the appropriate authority.

Early bird special: Receive a $100 discount if you book (and pay the $500 deposit) 7 weeks before the start date.

For more details about the course download: CELTA Information Pack.

Bruno Balducci is the main course tutor of our CELTA course. He is a qualified Cambridge CELTA trainer with DELTA qualification and has a wealth of international teaching experience. He is passionate about working in a multi-cultural environment where students are constantly learning about each other, about their backgrounds and their personal experience, and about other countries. He also finds great satisfaction in helping them to cope with the challenges of an English-speaking environment.

Read an article from Bruno on Study CELTA blog.

CELTA is suitable for native speakers of English, but is also open to non-native speakers who have native
speaker competence in both spoken and written English.

Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:
•   be aged 18 +
•   be a native English speaker or have an equivalent level in English (C1+ to C2 or Advanced CAE ‘A’
or ‘B’ grade or IELTS 7.5)
•   meet the 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

Most English speaking countries and non-English speaking countries are very keen to employ Cambridge CELTA trained teachers. CELTA ensures that you have a globally recognised qualification that is accepted as a standard in most parts of the world. Additionally, because of the shortage of teachers with the CELTA, you will be able to be far more selective about where you choose to work and to command better terms and conditions. The CELTA qualification also gives you access to a range of further study options as your career develops – after a few years of practice you can take the Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Delta). This course will help you move into academic management, teacher training or materials development, for example.

The courses run for 20 days over 5 weeks from 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Thursday (except public holidays). 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.

The core of the course is six hours of teaching practice. In this time, CELTA students teach a variety of lesson types to adult learners of English at two different levels. The supervised teaching practice is supported with guided lesson planning and personalised feedback on lessons. There are seminars or workshops each day, which include demonstration lessons, discussion of teaching principles and techniques, materials evaluation, and language analysis for teaching purposes. Students also observe six hours of teaching by experienced teachers and teacher trainers in language classes at the school or on DVD. In addition, students write four assignments (750 -1000 words each) on language teaching and learning. The course also includes teaching practice and an assessed lesson with pre-intermediate level students in the final week.

The course assessment is continuous; there is no final “exam.” The training centre will make the assessment procedure as transparent as possible. Students are able to ask their trainer at any point in the course how they are progressing and what they can do to improve. Students are made fully aware of the criteria for assessment throughout the course and are given tutorial sessions to focus on strengths and to identify areas in need of development.

The grades awarded are Pass, Pass B and Pass A and are based primarily on teaching ability and competence in lesson planning. About 20% or more of candidates are awarded Pass B, 5 % Pass A and 70% Pass.
The written assignments are also taken into account for the final grade. Award of the CELTA requires meeting Cambridge criteria for the ability to teach adult learners of English. On very rare occasions, students can fail the course if they do not meet the standards. In this case they will not be certified. If any student is at risk of failing they are offered additional tutor time and support.

At NZLC we make every effort to be explicit and clear about the grading system. Each lesson is graded with tutor comments explaining the grade and how, if it is appropriate, the grade could be improved for the next lesson. During the course you will have ongoing oral and written feedback and two individual tutorials with your tutor who will explain how you are progressing and support you. A certificate, issued by Cambridge ESOL, is sent out approximately six weeks after the end of the course.

Baz McKenzie, England.

“CELTA at NZLC is a great passport into a career in ESL teaching. I couldn’t have wished for a more professional and supportive environment and I started my first teaching job the week after my course finished!”