IH London was honored to be one of the hosts and we would like to thank all of the organizers and participants for celebrating this milestone with us.

David Riddell, a CELTA trainer at david rInternational House London, said: “I have been teaching on CELTA courses for 30 years, and on every course I do it is inspiring to see our trainees develop their teaching skills as they progress through the course. Whether they use the qualification to seek work as an English language teacher in the UK, or go off to teach in other countries, it is always incredibly rewarding to see trainees go on to apply what they have learnt on their CELTA course to the benefit of English-language learners around the world. Through the 30th birthday party, Cambridge Assessment English has given us the opportunity to bring our community together and celebrate with current staff, trainees, students and alumni. We all look forward to the next 30 years of CELTA!”

Read more about the Cambridge Assessment English celebration here.

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The history of CELTA

International House was founded in 1953 when John and Brita Haycraft opened their first language school in Cordoba, Spain. In 1964 they set up a non-profit-making Educational Trust committed to raising the standards of English language teaching and training world-wide.

John Haycraft sought to promote international understanding through language learning and teacher training. He introduced the first training programme for teachers of English as a Foreign Language, which blended teaching theory and practice.

Trainees taught real students and were observed by experienced trainers who gave them support and feedback. The teacher training course developed at International House was the forerunner of the Cambridge ESOL CELTA.

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