Learn How to Teach English

Are you seeking a career in teaching English as a Foreign Language?

Then enrol on the Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA) in order to gain a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification that is trusted by employers, language schools and governments around the world. CELTA is the essential TEFL qualification that gives knowledge, confidence and hands-on teaching experience to those who would like to develop a successful career in teaching English as a Foreign Language. Nottingham Language Academy are proud to be an approved Cambridge English CELTA training centre (Centre No: 00512), and are keen to assist people in becoming qualified English language teachers with an internationally recognised certificate. CELTA is highly regarded both nationally and internationally and has been accredited at level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework. It has been given premium product endorsement by NEAS in Australia.

Who is the course for?

It is a course for native speakers or non-native speakers with a C1+/C2-level of English and is ideal for:

  • recent graduates seeking a career in teaching English as a Foreign Language,
  • current TEFL teachers without a formal qualification,
  • and/or people who would like a career change.

No previous English language teaching experience is required to study for the CELTA qualification but you must be at least 18 and have a minimum English language level equivalent to C1+/C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You'll also need an education level equivalent to that required for entry into higher education. Upon successfully completing the 120-hour course, you will be ready to start working in a variety of EFL teaching contexts around the world.

What is the course like?

The course is both theoretical and practical, focusing on principles underlying language teaching, lesson planning, adapting coursebooks, classroom management, presenting new language, using resources and materials as well as assessing learners. The CELTA is made up of instruction, teaching practice and reflection and contains the following components:

  • input sessions on language awareness, student awareness, classroom management and lesson planning
  • daily small group teaching practice with students at different language levels
  • detailed feedback and discussion sessions with tutors
  • observation of qualified teachers and your peers

The five main topics you will cover in the CELTA course are:

  • learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • language analysis and awareness
  • language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • planning and resources for different contexts
  • developing teaching skills and professionalism

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • acquired an understanding of English teaching methodology, theory and principles
  • developed classroom management skills
  • adapted coursebooks to suit your lessons
  • become familiar with and assessed course books and tests
  • designed lesson plans
  • selected and designed appropriate teaching material
  • become familiar with strategies for presenting new language and dealing with pronunciation
  • acquired and practised strategies for teaching reading, speaking, listening and writing skills
  • observed live lessons taught by experienced teachers
  • put the accumulated knowledge in practice through teaching real students in an actual classroom

Assessment, Attendance and Commitment

Assessment is made on a continuous basis and there is no final exam. However, particular emphasis is given to teaching appropriate lessons effectively. Please note that your teaching practice is supervised and followed by detailed feedback, assessment and group evaluation. In addition to the assessed teaching practice, the course also includes written assignments. You will be assessed regularly and kept up-to-date with your progress throughout the course during scheduled tutorial sessions. Final assessment is made on three main areas: Professional Development, Written Assignments and Teaching Practice. To receive a CELTA certificate you will need to complete the course and meet the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments. You will be assessed on 6 hours of teaching practice and 4 written assignments. There are three passing grades: Pass A, Pass B and Pass. CELTA is a demanding and intensive course. You should be prepared to complete regular assignments and assessments and must have the disposition, potential and drive to become an effective teacher. Throughout the course you will need to spend a substantial amount of time on lesson preparation and written assignments outside of timetabled hours. This means that in addition to the 120 contact hours, you will have to work at least a further 120 hours in your own time in order to produce work of a ‘pass’ standard. 100% attendance is expected as due to the practical nature of the course there is little chance of making up time missed.

Enrolment Information

CELTA courses are regularly oversubscribed, so we strongly recommend applying as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

  • Express your interest as soon as possible by contacting us.
  • Within two weeks of receiving your request, we will send you the CELTA application form and a language awareness task which you need to complete and return to us.
  • Once we have received the completed task, we will respond to you within five working days to advise you of the results, and whether you were selected for the interview or not. Interviews usually commence 2 – 3 weeks before the course start date.
  • If you are accepted on the course, you will need to pay a deposit to secure your place.

Acceptance on to the CELTA is dependent on a successful application process which includes a language awareness task followed by an interview. You should allow up to two hours for the interview.


£1,200 + £145 Cambridge registration fee