Cambridge CELTA Course


The Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is the most widely recognised qualification for those entering the field of teaching English as a foreign language. It is recognised by language schools around the world. This qualification provides the skills needed to begin a career teaching English as a foreign language and makes finding work in a language school easier.  

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 English, moderates each course. There are two components of assessment:

Teaching practice

The course is very practical in nature with a heavy emphasis placed on performance in observed and assessed teaching practice sessions. Candidates teach six hours of assessed lessons over eight to nine lessons. Teaching practice is completed at two different levels with candidates teaching volunteer groups of students. Assessment is based on overall performance at the end of the 6 hours.

Written assignments

There are four written assignments with a total word count of 3000 words: 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 for the certificate - Pass, Pass "B" and Pass "A".



This course ideally suits people who:

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

If you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully, you may still be accepted.  At the course organiser's discretion, applicants aged between 18 and 20 may on occasion be accepted.

Candidates need to attend 100% of the course. Absence is allowed in the case of illness or exceptional circumstances, with time missed needing to be made up. A high level of commitment is required of candidates as the course is very demanding.



Please download the application form and language awareness task below; these should be completed and then emailed or brought to the ELA. If this stage of the application is successful, you will be invited for an interview at a mutually convenient time. The deadline for all stages of the application procedure for the CELTA course is usually two weeks before the course starts.


Application Form 

CELTA 2019 Application Form and Language Awareness Task


2019 Dates 

  • 6 July 2019 - 12 September 2019 (Part time)
  • 18 November 2019 - 13 December 2019 (Full time)

2019 Course Fees



Full-time: 4 weeks (Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm)
Part-time: 10 weeks (Monday 5 - 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday 5 - 9pm and three Saturdays 9am - 4pm)

Payment is accepted via EFTPOS or credit card.  A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 on acceptance of a place on the course is required (courses are subject to student numbers).  Full payment is due 2 weeks before the start date.

Please be advised that no refunds are available once the course has commenced, and no student loans are available for this course.


If you have any questions regarding the CELTA programme please contact the course organiser:

Kathryn Delaney, Manager Teacher Training & Professional Development
09 923 6952

Insurance for International Students

All international students are required to have approved insurance while studying in New Zealand. International students will be charged automatically one of the amounts below for insurance upon enrolment. If you already have an approved insurance policy, you will need to provide the ELA with details to waive this fee. Please see Insurance

Full-time Course ($55)
Part-time Course ($165)




“Studying the CELTA course at ELA has opened up many opportunities for me to teach both in NZ and abroad, as it is a universally recognised qualification. The quality of the course and teaching staff was high; tutors were helpful and highly experienced. They encouraged teamwork and feedback, which made for a motivating and inspiring atmosphere. The course has given me practical teaching skills and developed my confidence as a teacher.” 

Joanna Cass, Cambridge CELTA Graduate