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The CELTA course

 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages

 University of Cambridge assessed practical teacher training course.

Practical teacher training at the highest level of TEFL / TESOL.

Teach English to young learners and adults in business, government and private schools and universities.

Secure higher paying teaching positions in  Europe, Asia, the Americas and native English countries.


The Cambridge CELTA certification

You will learn the principles of effective English teaching to all individual levels.

 You will developed a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners.

 You will have learn how to apply your abilities and learned skills in a real teaching context.

You will be ready to begin teaching in a variety of ESL teaching contexts anywhere in the world.

Is the CELTA course for me?

You should have a high grade of English language awareness and proficiency, both written and spoken, that enables you to follow the demanding teacher training CELTA course and complete the assignments to teach English at a range of levels.

You should generally have a standard of education that would allow you entry to higher education in your country. However, no educational qualification is required to enrol in the CELTA course.

An application is submitted and evaluated before an interview for admission to the CELTA course. The application is found on this page to download and complete. Submit to the application to support@tefl-southafrica.co.za

A desire to teach and learn from other cultures is essential to your success as a (ESL) English as a Second Language teacher.

This course is a Level-5 Cambridge University assessed course. Your 100% full attention and concentration with minimal outside distraction is required over 4-weeks when deciding to enrol in the CELTA course.

Course Requirements

The CELTA Cambridge Certificate requires an attendance of a minimum of 120 hours over 4 weeks. These hours include:

Tutorial support and consultation
Supervised lesson planning
Six hours assessed TEFL teaching practice
Peer observation of TEFL teaching practice
Six hours directed observation of live lessons taught by experienced ELT teacher training professionals
A minimum of 80 hours of unsupervised work outside of timetabled course hours is also required
Candidates must be present for at least 80% of each component of the course in order to pass, although 100% attendance is expected, and time off is granted in exceptional circumstances only.

Assessment Overview

The CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments.

By the end of the course candidates should show that they are able to:

assess learners’ needs and plan and teach English lessons which take account of learners’ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
demonstrate language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
demonstrate knowledge about language skills and how they may be acquired
plan and prepare lessons designed to develop their learners’ overall language competence
demonstrate an appropriate range of English language teaching skills at this level and show professional awareness and responsibility

Teaching Practice and Observation

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course and takes place every day. It is related to the areas covered in the input sessions. Trainees work in groups of six to plan, observe and give feedback to each other on the teaching they have done. Candidates teach at least two different levels of students on the course to get experience of teaching at different levels. In feedback on teaching, all lessons are discussed by TP groups and tutors.

Tutors give both verbal and written feedback on each assessed lesson. Trainees also observe at least 6 hours of lessons given by qualified teachers.

Additional time is required for lesson preparation and written assignments.

As the course is full-time and very intensive, it is impossible to have any other commitments during the period of the course. Candidates will find they have to work most evenings and at weekends on course-related work.


Assessment is carried out on a continuous basis. There are two components for assessment:

Component one: planning and teaching
Component two: classroom-related written assignments.

There is at least one individual tutorial (mid-course), when trainees have a chance to discuss their progress to date with a tutor.

The Certificate is awarded to candidates who have met the course requirements, and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in both assessment components.

A “Pass” is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and on the written assignments meets the specified criteria. These criteria are available for inspection at International House throughout the course and can be viewed on-line at www.Cambridge ESOL.org/teaching

A Pass Grade B is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to classroom teaching skills and professionalism.

A Pass Grade A is awarded to candidates whose performance on the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass level criteria in relation to planning for effective teaching, classroom teaching skills and professionalism.

An external assessor evaluates each CELTA course to ensure that standards are met by all centres. On completion of the course, International House Johannesburg will supply a written report for each candidate to indicate specific strengths and areas needing development.

The training Center will send out provisional grades a few days after the course. These will be confirmed on receipt of the official certificates from Cambridge approximately four to eight weeks after the course end.

Gaining a Cambridge CELTA certificate is a prestigious and tremendous academic achievement in ESL / TEFL.

Cambridge CELTA Application

Download the application found on this Page

Complete the word document application carefully. Take your time on the assessment questions.

E-mail it to: support@tefl-southafrica.co.za

Your application is assessed by the Director of Studies at the training center you have chosen.

An interview at the training center in Braamfonetin Joburg near Wits or Sea Point Cape Town will be arranged with you.

Before submitting your application, please ensure:

a) You are available for the 4 weeks dates you have chosen.

b) You have the means to pay for the course or you have already secured your course funding.

The CELTA course has a strict limited intake of only a maximum of 12 teacher trainees per class. You should therefore be prepared.


Training facility offers:

The training facilities are approved learning centers by Cambridge ESOL and International House Language schools.

Fully equipped training centers with learning technology, library, in-house canteen, free WiFi internet access, quite study spaces and friendly experienced support staff. Walking distance to all major transport hubs.

If you are visiting from abroad, South Africa is an affordable top tier destination with world class facilities across all sectors. Stay after your course or come early and take in some amazing sightseeing and unique South African culture.


Need to arrange accommodation? Let us know how we can help. Various types of accommodation is available. From B&B’s various grades of hotels and our popular Home Stay.

The home-stay program is a great budget option for out of town students. Cost is approximately R12 000 ($900) per month including meals and transport to and from the training center. Contact us for more details for this service.

Some sight seeing while you in the city…

Johannesburg and Surroundings

The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is a popular location for many new teacher candidates to take the CELTA course. Johannesburg offers diverse cultural experiences and a great choice of attractions to visit, shop or relax.

Social activities are offered by the teacher training centre in Johannesburg, such as visits to the landmark sites like Gold Reef City theme park, famous Soweto’s Vilikazi street, home to two Nobel Peace prize recipients. Or a short trip to the Cradle of Humankind, Lion Park or many other attraction unique to Joburg and its surrounds. Visit this site for more tourist info: http://www.joburgtourism.com/

Cape Town & Surroundings

Table Mountain: The cable car will take you to the very top of Table Mountain in about 5 minutes. On the way up you already get a taste of what’s ahead. The rotating base allows you to see in all directions from the minute you leave the foot of the mountain.

Guided Walks: There are two guided walks offered daily on Table Mountain, free of charge. The meeting point is at the Upper Cable Station at 10h00 and 12h00 respectively.

For more information about this attraction have a look at Table Mountain’s official website: www.tablemountain.net

Robben Island: Situated only 12km from Cape Town, Robben Island offers visitors spectacular views of Table Mountain, the city and its coastline as you make your way to Robben Island and back to the V&A Waterfront by ferry. The island has been declared as a World Heritage Site and promises a once in a life time experience.

The V&A Waterfront is more than just an average mall. It is an experience that ranges from shopping, dining, sunset cruises, museums and theatre. With over 400 retail outlets, 200 restaurants, museums and cafes there is more to do than you can fit into one day. Enjoy live music and entertainment in the open-air amphitheater, sip on champagne while on a sunset cruise, choose from gourmet food from all over the world or just sit and relax at one of the bars dotted along the harbour.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden This botanical garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) has collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country.

You can pack a picnic and enjoy the breathtaking nature that surrounds you. From the top gardens you have a view of the city below and from anywhere in the gardens, you can marvel at the majestic giant that is known as Cape Town’s icon, Table Mountain.For more information about this attraction have a look at Kirstenbosch’s official website.

Cape Point & the Cape of Good Hope – Cape Point is situated 60km south-west of Cape Town and is a nature reserve that forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is also a Natural World Heritage Site. For more information, you can visit Cape Point’s website.

Write to us and inquire more: Fernando@tefl-southafrica.co.za


Cambridge CELTA Course Dates

4-weeks – In-person – Full-Time – Monday to Friday 8 a.m – 4 p.m

Johannesburg, Braamfontein, De Korte Street, Near Wits University.

R18 100 ($990)

17 January to 11 February 2022

07 March to 01 April 2022

30 May to 24 June 2022

01 August to 26 August 2022

26 September to 21 October 2022

14 November to 09 December 2022


How to enrol in the  CELTA course: 

Download the CELTA Application. Carefully complete and submit.

The Course manager will contact you to arrange a personal interview.

Acceptance decision will follow after the interview.

 “It changed my job prospects overnight and changed the way employers viewed me. It’s amazing how valuable five letters can be.”

Vicky Rowland,

CELTA graduate and English teacher,

Cambridge CELTA Course

4-week in-person TEFL CELTA course by Cambridge ESOL

Fee payable, only after formal acceptance by the CELTA training center