Brita Haycraft talks about the origins of CELTA at IH London

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IH London's co-founder talks to students and CELTA trainees about the early days of International House and how the school became the first to offer formal training to English language teachers.

In 1962 International House London introduced the world's first teacher training qualification for English Language Teaching (ELT).

The first training programme blended teaching theory and practice, trainees taught real students and were observed by experienced trainers who gave them support and feedback.

The original course was the basis for the Royal Society of Arts / University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate qualification in the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL) to adults.

The teacher training course developed at International House was the forerunner of the Cambridge ESOL CELTA.

We are now one of the largest ELT training centres in the world.