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Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The CELTA is the gold standard of TEFL qualifications, which is why it is the qualification most sought by employers worldwide. It focuses on developing practical skills with face-to-face teaching practice, which will provide you with the techniques and confidence you need to begin teaching as soon as you finish the course 

Whether you’re a new teacher looking for your first teaching job or you want to prove to employers that you have the teaching skills with a recognised certificate, CELTA is the qualification you need.


Per course

All our CELTA courses at IH Galway are blended online, which means that you can learn how to teach English, and also how to teach English online, on the same course and from the comfort of your own home.

The University of Cambridge CELTA is the most recognised and accepted English Language Teaching (TEFL) qualification in the world and over 70% of employers at language centres worldwide request the CELTA – and no other qualification. Why is the CELTA so recognised as an English Language Teaching (ELT) qualification?

1: It is the only ELT course which has external assessment.

2: It is the only ELT course where the Course Tutors are qualified teacher trainers, as opposed to teachers

3: It is the only ELT course where Teaching Practice is carefully structured to follow a real-life teaching schedule and where candidates teach adult students of English at two different levels.

4: It is the only ELT course in Ireland where candidates observe each other teach – this is a key part of the learning process on the CELTA course, along with Teaching Practice.

The CELTA was originally designed by the founder of International House World Organisation, John Haycraft, in 1962, and this was the first ever ELT/TEFL course. John’s TEFL course evolved over the years to become the Cambridge CELTA. At IH Galway, we are proud to continue in the IH tradition of  quality teacher training.

CELTA is the most widely recognised English teaching qualification in the world

...and it is on the UK National Framework of Qualifications (OFQUALS) at degree level. CELTA is the qualification most often requested by employers; according to research carried out by Cambridge Assessment English, three out of four English language teaching posts require a CELTA qualification – and no other.

This is because the CELTA is the only qualification:

• where the Tutors are highly qualified and experienced teachers, who train as Teacher Trainers

 • which is externally assessed by a Cambridge Assessment English Assessor.

CELTA is for you if you’re a

• new teacher starting your career in teaching English

• first-language English speaker or non-first language speaker with a CEFR Level of high C1+/C2

• teacher with some experience and you want to develop your skills

• teacher who wants to travel and teach English

What does the CELTA include?

• CELTA courses include at least 120 hours of contact time

• The topics cover practical teaching skills and the theory behind them

• CELTA courses include real-life teaching experience

• You will be assessed on 4 written assignments and 6 hours of live teaching skills

A gold standart of TEFL qualifications

Take CELTA at IH Galway...

Input - online

Input looks at all areas of teaching, such as methodology, techniques, lesson planning, language analysis and classroom management, for example. Modules are scheduled weekly and candidates complete a series of tasks per module. The daily commitment is approximately 3 hours. It would be best to complete these modules at the same time every day and we recommend that they be completed in the morning.

Assignments - online

Candidates complete 4 assignments during the CELTA course and these are set weekly by the Course Tutors. Assignments can be completed at any time during the week they're set. On a full-time course, these tend to be completed at the weekends or when candidates have time in the evenings.

Teaching Practice - live online

This is the live online part of the course, meaning in real time, with you, the candidate, your Teaching Practice students, your Course Tutor and your fellow CELTA candidates in class. Candidates complete six hours of assessed Teaching PracticeCandidates must be available to attend Teaching Practice every afternoon Monday-Friday.

Further live online sessions

This opportunity is unique to International House Galway candidates. You will attend two live online input sessions with CELTA Tutors per week. These times will be confirmed once we assess which times best suit candidates. These sessions are unique to the International House Galway Live Online CELTA course as we feel that candidates will benefit from additional live sessions during which they can speak with the Course Tutors and get answers to their questions.

Shadowing a teacher post-course

This opportunity is unique to International House Galway candidates and this it to help you have the opportunity to see and participate in face to face teaching. We offer our CELTA graduates the possibility of shadowing teachers in a face to face classroom at International House Galway for two weeks following the course. This will include some partner teaching opportunities also. This is not compulsory but is offered to our graduates as part of our unique CELTA course as we feel that newly qualified teachers will benefit from both observing experienced teachers live in class and team teaching with the teachers to help them develop further.

Learning how to teach online

The IH Galway CELTA Online course also has an added benefit - candidates who attend this unique CELTA course will finish the course with knowledge about how to plan and teach lessons in a live online environment, which will allow graduates to apply for online teaching positions, as well as face to face ones, around the world.

You will also participate in our social and cultural programme, including guided visits to the National Art Gallery of Ireland, conversation clubs, a tour of Irish music, and a social evening with other IH schools!

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Frequently asked questions

Yes! On the full-time face to face and online courses, you should be prepared to devote five days a week (including evenings) to the course, and tospend a considerable part of each weekend on course-related work. On the part-time/online course, you should be prepared to spend time during the week on course-related work and also a considerable part of weekends.2

Yes! You need to attend 100% of the course. We understand if a candidate has to go to the doctor’s or attend an interview but we strongly advise you not to miss any sessions. It is also strongly advised that you have no other commitments outside the course ifyou’re considering the full-time course.

The course is divided into methodology sessions and teaching practice with feedback.

  • On the full-time course, the timetable is:

09:00-13:00: seminars and guided lesson planning 14:00-17:00: teaching practice and feedback

  • On the part-time/online course, the timetable is as follows:

Input: online on the CELTA platform

Teaching practice: all day Saturday

A variety of sessions, such as methodology, language awareness, phonology, language and skills, lesson planning and professional development.

Full-time course: Day 1; part-time course: Week 2 nb: the first teaching practice is not observed and not assessed

Groups of up to 15 adult students of English.

Yes, your tutor will observe you and assess your teaching. Some of your colleagues will also observe you and complete an observation task which you will refer to in feedback.

Following teaching practice, you have the opportunity to reflect upon and discuss your teaching with your colleagues and your tutor. This part of the course is extremely important because it should help you to develop an increasing awareness of your strengths and areas for development as a teacher,and you will be given action points to address in future teaching practice lessons.

The IHC is an introduction to the theory and practice of English Language Teaching and introduces participants to a variety ofcurrent procedures and techniques in the field. Methods will depend on what is appropriate and most useful to the level, age, size andcomposition of your class.

You should expect to spend time:


  • On the part-time course, you may also have observations outside the timetabled This is arranged with your tutor to suit your schedule.
  • Liaising with colleagues in your teaching practice group in order to produce a cohesive timetable of lessons for your
  • Planning your own lessons: although you may be teaching for relatively short periods, it is quite normal to spend up to six hours preparing your
  • Working on written assignments: these are four assignments which are all course-related and of a very practical nature. They are internally assessed and externally moderated by International House Assessment

Assessment on the course is continuous and integrated, taking into account teaching skills and written assignments, with each assessed component contributing to the overall grade. Participants are given feedback by the tutors on their teaching and have at least two tutorials during the course at which they discuss their progress. All tutors working on the course discuss each participant’sfinal grade and their decisions are unanimous.

Pass A, Pass B, Pass, Fail. A very small number of candidates fail and it is likely that they would be warned of this possibility at their tutorials; the vast majority achieve a Pass grade.

You should have a very high C1or C2 level of English. Non-native English speakers may be asked to complete some English languagetasks to assess their level of English at the interview stage.

The CELTA is very highly regarded worldwide and newly qualified teachers with a CELTA will find it easier to find work than teachers with other qualifications. There are many opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and South America. In Ireland, The UK, Malta, Canada and The US, there are many possibilities in the summer months (July and August), and less full-time work is available in the winter. Working in different countries will have different requirements in terms of visas etc. Towards the end of the course, you will be given some general advice on looking for work. There are 160+ IH schools around the world and the recruitment office at IH World Organisation can give free career advice and information to IHC candidates. We often receive requests for teachers from schools. At IH Galway, we often recruit directly from our teacher training courses if the candidates are eligible to work in the EU.

You don’t need to have a degree to complete a CELTA course. In some countries, a degree is required in order to get a work permit; in others, other third level qualifications may be acceptable for work permit purposes. You are advised to consult individual embassies and consulates for accurate information and advice.  In Ireland, QQI/ACELS-recognised schools can only employ teachers who hold pass degrees or the level 7 equivalent on the QQI Framework of qualifications.

You will receive your provisional grade within two weeks following the completion of your course.

You will complete a pre-course task and you should also do some background reading. Beyond that, you will be expected to research from recommended sources for grammar lessons.

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