About this course

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is an introductory teacher training course for those who have little or no previous English language teaching experience. It is also suitable for people with some experience but little previous training.

CELTA is recognised around the world and is a requirement for all teachers looking to work with quality language teaching institutions such as the British Council.

Our CELTA course will enable you to:

  • learn about and become familiar with the principles of effective teaching
  • acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • demonstrate your ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context.

How is the course delivered?

CELTA is made up of a minimum of 140 contact hours. On the course you will:

  • attend input sessions covering all aspects of teaching English as a second language
  • benefit from directed lesson planning and tutorial support
  • complete six hours of assessed teaching practice
  • receive constructive feedback on your teaching practice from your tutors and peers
  • complete four assessed assignments (750–1,000 words each)
  • have the opportunity to observe experienced ELT professionals (six hours in total).

How will I be assessed?

There is no final written exam, but you will be assessed on your:

  • lesson planning and teaching
  • ability to apply what you learn in the classroom
  • awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of your teaching
  • contribution to group input and feedback sessions
  • written assignments.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • a professional, internationally recognised qualification in teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • a solid foundation in lesson planning and teaching
  • the techniques and tools for effective teaching
  • been guided through your own development as a teacher
  • an awareness of different approaches to ensure student-centred teaching.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • be at least 18  years old (it is generally recommended that applicants should be aged 20 or over)
  • have a good awareness of language and an advanced competence in both written and spoken English
  • have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to successfully complete the teaching practice and written assignments.

Selection process

Selection of participants is determined through:

  1. An application form and the CELTA Application Task. The task looks at your knowledge of English language teaching methodology and your language awareness. If you are a non-native English speaker, the task will also be used to assess your level of written English.
  2. A one-to-one interview with a CELTA trainer (via Skype).

Where is this course taught?

Calendar and fees

Course dates 2017

Please note that our twelve-week January–April CELTA course is now full.


Course 1
Twelve weeks
  • 14 January–5 April 2017
    Monday & Wednesday, 10.00–13.30
    Saturday, 14.30–18.30
 
Course 2
Four weeks
  • 15 May–12 June 2017
    Monday to Friday, 09.00–17.30

Course 3
Four weeks
  • 26 June–21 July 2017
    Monday to Friday, 09.00–17.30

Course 4
Four weeks
  • 31 July–29 August 2017
    Monday to Friday, 09.00–17.30

Fees 2017

Course fee €1,425
Cambridge English certification fee €150

How to apply

  1. Email your completed application form (MS Word, 44 kb) to CELTAGreece@britishcouncil.gr.
  2. Once we‘ve confirmed your participation on the course, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €425 within ten working days to guarantee a place. The remaining CELTA course fee (€1,000) plus the Cambridge English fee (€150) must be paid by the course start date. You can make the payment in one of two ways:
  • By direct deposit/bank transfer to the British Council account at Citibank:

    Account number: 0444215003
    IBAN: GR51 0840 0010 0000 0044 4215 003
    
Swift Code: CITIGRAA

   Please quote your name followed by CELTA in the 'Αιτιολογία' field on the deposit
   slip (e.g. N. Papanikolaou, CELTA).

  • In cash, by credit card or by cheque at our Athens office (Monday to Friday, 09.00–14.30).

For further information, please call Customer Services on +30 210 369 2333 & 801 500 3692* (Monday to Friday, 08.00–17.00).

* Calls from anywhere in Greece are charged at local rate.

Conditions of payment

  • Fees can be paid in cash, by bank transfer, by credit card or by cheque.
  • Once we‘ve confirmed your participation on the course, you will need to secure your place on the course within ten working days and will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of €425. The remaining CELTA course fee (€1,000) plus the Cambridge English fee (€150) must be paid by the course start date.
  • Refunds are not available.

General conditions

  • We reserve the right not to open a class with fewer than 8 students.
  • Normally the maximum number of students in a class will not exceed 12.