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Teach English Abroad with CELTA English Teacher Training

Updated on June 10, 2012

CELTA (or Certificate in English Language Training to Adults) is an internationally recognized English teacher training certificate that will enable you to get great jobs to teach English abroad. I completed this course and now I enjoy llving and teaching English abroad.

The CELTA teacher training course, that over 10,000 people study for each year, is an accepted and proven method of teaching English to students who want to learn English as a second language.

The majority of English teaching jobs require prospective employees to have either a CELTA or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) certification. Employers usually specificy that they require a certificate which has 100+ hours of study and one which includes practical teaching experience. Teaching practice is an important part of the CELTA certification

How Long is the Course?

There are two ways to do your CELTA certificate. Each covers exactly the same material.

1. Four Week Intensive Course

During this course you will be immersed in the ways to teach English as a second language.

When they say intensive, it is! Don't even think about working during the course - the workload is heavy. You will have difficulty even trying to fit part-time work into your schedule while doing this course. I recommend that you postpone your social life for the month as well.

To pass this course you will attend lessons, prepare lesson plans, obsere others on the course with you and experienced teachers etc. In fact, for the duration of the course, you will be working and thinking about TEFL certification from sun up until long after the sun sets.

On the course I completed, we had two teachers with years of classroom experience and they too commented that they found the workload heavy but its worth it.

In some places the intensive course is extended to five weeks but the curriculum and practical teaching aspect is the same.

2. Part time CELTA course

The length of this course varies from centre to centre and the time-frame varies from six weeks to one year.


CELTA plan to begin the online option commencing 2012. Check here for updated information.

Once you have this TEFL certification, then you are well equipped for teaching English as a second language. There will be a lot more learning once you are on the job though!

What's covered during the CELTA course?

The course covers effective teaching techniques using a variety of approaches which will prepare you to teach English to adult students but the techniques are just as good with childrent. It includes:

  • 6 hours of practical teaching in front of a class of students
  • classroom observation of other students
  • four written assignments

You will learn about classroom management, the components of language skills: reading, speaking, listening and writing. In addition, there's a strong focus on planning, pronunciation, grammar and language awareness.

As native English speakers we take a lot for granted and the course helps trainees to understand this from the learners perspective.

Get a Certificate and Get Jobs Teaching English

For more information on how to get a good jobs teaching English abroad check out this information.

How to get a job Teaching English Overseas or in your own country.

Common Acronyms

CELTA Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

ESL English as a second language

TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Where can I do the training course?

The CELTA training course can be taken at any one of 286 approved centres around the world. 54 countries offer this course.

The CELTA English teacher training course is administered and rigourously controlled by Cambridge ESOL so you can be assured of very high standards no matter where you decide to study. Imagine, you could study in one of your dream destinations and then perhaps secure a job afterwards! Many centers will help with job placements.

To do this course you need to be over the age of 20, and although there are exceptions, English should be your first language. Many centers expect you to have a first degree as well.

Note that when it comes to looking for a job, many of the better employers expect you to have at least one degree - the subject matter is not usually critical. However, increasingly employers want a language/linguistic component, particularly for the well paid Middle East positions.

Personally, attaining this CELTA qualification was one of the most exhausting but rewarding experiences of my life. I cannot imagine trying to teach English as a second language without this training.

Check out the video link below which shows trainees views about a course run by the International House in Barcelona, Spain.

And finally.....

Writers love feedback so please leave a comment, rate the hub and/or pass it on.

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CELTA Graduates Talk about the course - IH Barcelona


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      6 years ago

      It depends on the country in Asia. TESOL, TEFL, CELTA is not legally required.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      CELTA training for ESL teachers has been taught for a couple of decades. Although its not widely known in the US, it is well respected (and expected) in much of the rest of the world. I'm so glad you found this article interesting and thanks so much for leaving a comment.

    • Megan Coxe profile image

      Megan Coxe 

      7 years ago from somewhere between here and there

      Had not heard of CELTA training. I taught abroad last year and hope to again sometime, so thank you for this useful hub.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      You are right, it can be confusing when you begin looking and I'm so glad you think this hub sets the record straight. Thank you so much for your comments.

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      Teach English Abroad 

      8 years ago

      Great Hub - packed with useful info and tips. For many who want to teach English abroad and are just starting out it can be pretty confusing deciding whether they need TEFL or not, especially considering the cost. This Hub sets the record straight!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I'm happy you found the information even if it took you awhile:)! It's a shame happy faces don't work in comments Denise, but imagine one if you will.

      I'm even happier that you found it useful.

      Regarding the pay and additional questions you are sure to have, please feel free to send me an email and I will try to help.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Travel-My apologies for not reading/commenting on this hub earlier. It's great. Wonderful information. It is something I have considered doing. Teaching is my first love. I will continue to think serioiusly about this...does it pay decently? I am actually thinking of moving to teaching when I get clear of my financial debt-not far to go. :) Thanks for this hub.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      You could even do it while your son is living with you. Schools in several countries provide a package and schooling (at an international school) is provided.

      But, if you decide to delay it, it will be a lovely goal for you to look forward to.

    • Ingenira profile image


      8 years ago

      I'd love to do what you do, maybe one day, when my son has grown up. I will sign up for this course and travel around the world, teaching English for part time. Sounds like excellent idea !

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Exactly right hathibelagal! You get the right qualifications for the positions you need.

      Most of the countries I want (and am eligible) to work in have a strong bias towards CELTA. Having successfully completed it I am very happy to have it.

      Thanks for your comment and enjoy the travel!

    • hathibelagal profile image


      8 years ago from A jungle inn

      Very useful! I have a TESOL certification, only because, CELTA is not available in my country. Nonetheless, they serve the same purpose.. fly to a distant country and teach English!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Hello and welcome to HubPages. I couldn't see a list of other programs on your hub - just a link to a program. Thanks for your comment anyway.

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      8 years ago

      There are many good training courses out there, not only CELTA, although this company does have a good reputation. If you'd like a short list of how to evaluate potential programs, take a look at my hub.

      Good luck to everyone!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Carl, there are summer job programs and these are very suitable for students to "test the water" since they only last 3-4 months. Many countries have summer programs.

      I'm not sure if you could do this while still in college. However some places will employ people without qualifications but generally you need a university degree and a CELTA (or similar) certificate.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Carl Madison 

      8 years ago

      This sounds like a great opportunity. Many of our study abroad students go on to do this. Studying abroad is a good way to test the waters while you're in college to see if a program like this would fit your lifestyle.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      The CELTA program is very intense. Most of us on the course (and we all had degrees and done other study) said it was the most intense experience of our lives. But during the course there was a lot of support from other students and our tutors. It was an incredibly rewarding experience. Thanks for your comment Gypsy.

    • Gypsy48 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very informative, I didn't realize how intense the course was for a teaching position abroad. Something to think about. Great hub.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      There are many empty nesters teaching English overseas. If you want to you can do it too storytellersrus!

      The CELTA training is certainly a very highly sought after qualification and although expensive is worth getting.

      Thanks for your comment ST.

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Perhaps this would be a job for an empty nester, lol. I am over 20 after all! I will forward this hub to my daughter who is getting her graduate degree in Teaching Theater. She loved living overseas and this hub really generates excitement for CELTA Teacher Training. Thanks!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks De Greek!

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Very useful, well done:-)


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