Michael's CELTA Experience

The CELTA Advantage 

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge in the UK.
CELTA is internationally recognised and one of the most widely taken courses of its kind. Each year, over 10,000 people choose CELTA to open up a world of exciting English language teaching opportunities.
CELTA is offered at ICTE-UQ in Brisbane as a full-time (4-week) and  a part-time (12-week) course.  

CELTA Information Evenings 

ICTE-UQ CELTA information evenings are an ideal opportunity for interested applicants to meet with CELTA trainers and to learn more about the course.
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Cambridge English Language Assessment is offering CELTA candidates 12 months free access to Cambridge English Teacher.

ICTE-UQ CELTA candidates will receive access to this online professional development resource bank and network with their pre-course task.


Course Information  


The ICTE-UQ CELTA is a highly practical, hands-on training course designed to give you skills to:

  • Understand and use current English language teaching methodology, techniques and learning activities
  • Select, adapt and develop your own teaching and learning materials
  • Plan and deliver interactive and engaging English language lessons
  • Manage a classroom
  • Assess and evaluate students’ individual English language skills and their learning process
The ICTE-UQ CELTA includes a minimum of 120 contact hours including a combination of:
  • Workshops and small group-work activities
  • Practical teaching demonstrations
  • Observation of experienced teachers
  • Supervised practice teaching sessions with real English language learners (6 assessed hours)
In addition, candidates will also need to complete:
  • A minimum of 80 hours reading, assignment writing and lesson preparation
For more information about CELTA visit www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/celta/
To download the CELTA course syllabus visit www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/21816-celta-syllbus.pdf

No previous teaching experience is required, however, applicants should:

  • Have a high standard of competence in both written and spoken English 
  • Be at least 20 years old (18 & 19 year olds may be accepted at the Institute’s discretion)
  • Have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education, although applicants with no formal qualifications will also be considered
All candidates are selected on the basis of an interview and application tasks designed to assess language awareness, literacy skills and aptitude. More information about the CELTA application process is available here.

Full-time 4-week CELTA
Sample Hours: 9.30am - 5.45pm (Monday - Thursday) and 9.30am - 6.30pm (Friday)

  • Monday 25 August - Friday 19 September 2014
  • Friday 9 January - Friday 6 February 2015
  • Monday 13 April - Friday 8 May 2015
  • Monday 24 August - Friday 18 September 2015

Part-time 12-week CELTA
Sample Hours: 5.00pm - 9.00pm (Tuesday and Thursday) and 9.00am - 4.00pm (6 Saturdays). Candidates will also be required to attend approximately two-four hours observation of experienced English language teachers. Observation is typically scheduled to take place between the hours of 9.00am - 3.30pm (Monday - Thursday) and/or 9.00am - 1.00pm (Friday)

  • Tuesday 23 September - Thursday 11 December 2014
    (Classes will be held on the following Saturdays: 27 September, 4 October, 18 October, 25 October, 15 November and 22 November 2014)
  • Tuesday 22 September - Thursday 10 December 2015
    (Classes will be held on the following Saturdays: 26 September, 3 October, 17 October, 24 October, 15 November and 21 November 2015)

2014/2015: AUD$ 2,995 plus required books and moderation fee (£125 - paid in the Australian dollar equivalent at the time of payment).

Assessment is continuous throughout the course and integrated into all course components. It is based primarily on lesson planning and classroom teaching, with trainer evaluations, and a series of four classroom-based, written assignments.

Candidates compile a portfolio of written work including lesson plans, teaching materials and assignments.
Cambridge English Language Assessment awards the CELTA to candidates who satisfactorily fulfil all course assessment criteria and complete all course requirements.
An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, moderates each course, observes teaching practice and reads candidates’ portfolios to ensure worldwide consistency of standards and grading.
CELTA Preparation

Understanding English Grammar is a one-week part-time course designed to provide participants with an introduction to English grammar and phonology. This short course is ideal preparation for (or capstone to) CELTA certification.

Suggested CELTA Course Materials
While undertaking an ICTE-UQ CELTA course candidates have access to comprehensive materials held in the ICTE-UQ Learning Centre.
Candidates who have been accepted into a course are also recommended to purchase one grammar reference and one skills and methodology reference from the following:
Grammar - choose one of:
  • Swan, Michael (2005) Practical English Usage, 3rd Edition, OUP
  • Parrott, Martin (2000) Grammar for English Language Teachers (with exercises & key), CUP
Skills and Methodology:
  • Harmer, Jeremy (2007) The Practice of English Language Teaching, 4th Edition, Longman

Access to an Advanced Learners’ English Dictionary will also be useful – partial access is available free online:

On CELTA courses at ICTE-UQ participants are expected to assume a range of professional behaviours and responsibilities as part of their training. These behaviours and responsibilities form part of the CELTA assessment criteria.

The full ICTE-UQ CELTA Code of Conduct, including grievance resolution process is available here.

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