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Cambridge CELTA at The English Academy Dublin

Teaching English to speakers of other languages can be a highly rewarding career, offering you the chance to live and work abroad. You will need an internationally recognised teaching qualification, and CELTA — highly regarded throughout the world — gives you the skills you need and will make it easier to get a teaching job anywhere.

What is CELTA?

CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. Because it is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition.

Over 10,000 people successfully complete a CELTA course each year.

How does CELTA relate to TEFL/TESOL?

'TEFL' or 'TESOL' are terms often used to describe qualifications for English Language teachers. CELTA, the most widely taken initial TESOL/TEFL qualification of its kind in the world, was previously known as CTEFLA and the 'RSA certificate'.

Who is CELTA for?

CELTA is suitable for a wide range of people. It is the ideal qualification for those who want to start English language teaching anywhere in the world. It is also suitable for people who want a career break or change and for those already teaching English who have no formal qualification.

What does CELTA involve?

The CELTA is a full time intensive course (typically four to five weeks). It comprises 120+ hours.

Your chosen course:

  • Teaches you the principles of effective teaching
  • Provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • Gives you hands-on teaching practice.

There are five main units of learning:

  • 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.

You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge, moderates each course. There are two components of assessment:

1. Teaching practice -
You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the 6 hours.

2. Written assignments -
You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills; and one on classroom teaching.

To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are three grades — Pass, Pass 'B' and Pass 'A'.

Who recognises CELTA?

CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English Language teachers. The Cambridge CELTA has been accredited by Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework for England. Cambridge ESOL also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally. Popular destinations looking for the CELTA from Irish teachers seeking work abroad include for example Australia, Canada and China.

In Ireland the CELTA is recognised by The Irish Department of Education and Skills, by the NQAI and by ACELS. To teach English (ESOL) in Ireland in an approved School you must have a primary degree in addition to a TEFL Certificate.

How to apply?

Am I eligible to apply?

Ideally you should:

  • Have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education
  • Be aged 20 or over
  • Have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels.

Centres may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. Some centres may, at their discretion, accept applicants aged between 18 and 20.

How much is the course?

The price is €1,600 inclusive of all exam and registration fees.

When does the next course start?

We have 8 full-time courses every year starting on Mondays and finishing on Fridays. Courses run from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. See dates below.

Selection on the course is by written application and interview.

Prospective trainees should initially complete our CELTA application form and return it together with a written personal statement outlining why they feel they would be a successful teacher to:

By email: celta@theenglishacademy.ie
By fax: + 353 1 8726 022
By post: The English Academy, College House, 2-3 Townsend Street, Dublin 2

Applicants will also be sent a pre-interview task to complete. This task gives the applicant the opportunity to demonstrate their language awareness skills.

Interviews will take place, by pre-arrangement with a Course Director/Tutor. The Interview process lasts approximately 60 - 90 minutes during which candidates will be tested on their ability to successfully complete the course. Acceptance into the course is determined following the interview.

Please note that places are limited and being called for an interview does not guarantee acceptance onto the course.

Cambridge ESOL and CELTA operate on the principle of open and equal opportunity for all, regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, creed, colour, race, ethnic origin, age or disability


Dates & Prices

Dates Prices
11th January 2016 - 5th February 2016 (4 week full-time course) Full
15th February 2016 - 11th March 2016 (4 week full-time course) Full
11th April 2016 - 6th May 2016 (4 week full-time course) Full
9th May 2016 - 3rd June 2016 (4 week full-time course) Full
13th June 2016 - 8th July 2016 (4 week full-time course) Full
18th July 2016 - 12th August 2016 (4 week full-time course) Full