Learn to teach English as a foreign language


Choose CELTA full-time, part-time, or a blend of online and face-to-face study options

The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a structured and practical introduction to teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). It aims to provide you with the knowledge, practical experience and confidence to begin working as a TEFL teacher upon successfully completing the course.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who would like to start teaching English as a second language or people who have some initial experience but would like training and a qualification. You will need to have an advanced level of English to begin the course.

If your English language level is below the requirement, you can still study the practical aspects of the CELTA on our IH certificate in TESOL course.


Learning outcomes 

You will:

  • Understand the principles of effective teaching and acquire practical teaching skills
  • Learn how to analyse language for teaching
  • Understand how adults learn and the role of the teacher and the learner
  • Learn how to develop your knowledge and skills
  • Gain confidence and professional knowledge

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We are always happy to help you find the perfect course to start your teaching career.

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Course content 

The course has five topics:

  • An introduction to teaching
  • Language skills and analysis
  • Teaching the four skills
  • Planning classes and preparing resources
  • Teaching and professionalism

The course includes:

  • Teaching practice at IH London
  • Observation of qualified teachers
  • Detailed feedback with tutors
  • Seminars
  • Four written assignments
  • 120 hours of lessons (plus self study)

To receive a CELTA certificate you will need to complete the course and meet the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments. You will be assessed on 6 hours of teaching practice and 4 written assignments. There are three passing grades: Pass A, Pass B and Pass.

Book the CELTA and learn a new language for free

Get ready for your trip overseas by learning a new language or refreshing your skills at no extra cost. You can book your place within 3 months, after your CELTA. Evening courses, 2 hours a week for 6 weeks. Choose from Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

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Free teacher training open afternoons

Find out more about teaching English as a foreign language and how to get started as an English language teacher. The session is lead by experienced trainers who have worked in different schools around the world.

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Choose a CELTA course that suits you 

Full-time CELTA

Be CELTA-qualified in just 4 weeks with this intensive course.

Full-time CELTA  
Lessons per week 30 hours
Course days  Monday to Friday
Lesson times Choose 09.00 – 16.00 or 11.30 – 18.30
Start dates  07 January – 01 February | 04 February – 01 March | 04 March – 29 March |01 April – 26 April* | 29 April – 24 May* | 03 June – 28 June | 01 July – 26 July | 29 July – 23 August | 02 September – 27 September | 30 September – 25 October | 28 October – 22 November | 25 November – 20 December

*No classes on UK bank holidays: 19 April, 22 April and 06 May

Part-time CELTA

Perfect for qualifying around other commitments, with evening and Saturday classes over 12 weeks.

Part-time CELTA


Lessons per week

6 hours (plus 7 Saturdays during the course)

Course days 

Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday (plus 7 Saturdays)

Lesson times

Weekdays: 18.30 – 21.30 Saturdays 10.00 – 17.00

Start dates 

12 January – 06 April (Mon/Wed) | 09 March – 01 June (Tues/Thurs)| 13 April – 06 July (Mon/Wed) | 11 May – 03 August (Tues/Thurs) | 08 June – 31 August (Mon/Wed) | 17 August – 09 November (Tues/Thurs) | 14 September – 07 December (Mon/Wed) | 02 November – 08 February (Tues/Thurs)

Part-time CELTA course timetables: June 2019, August 2019, September 2019, November 2019.

Blended CELTA

Combine face-to-face learning with online studying at times that suit you over 13 weeks. 

Blended CELTA  
Lessons per week  6 hours face-to-face 
Course days  Tuesday and Thursday
Lesson times Weekdays: 18.30 – 21.30 | 17 sessions at the school and 15 hours of online work each week plus self study
Start dates  03 February – 05 May | 11 August – 10 November (Tues/Thurs)

Apply Now

Don’t let your dream to change your career or travel (or both) slip away. 

1. Apply via the application form below and complete the language awareness task. Any problems simply contact us

2. Have an interview face-to-face, by phone or via Skype with IH London

3. Once you have been accepted, your application is valid for 12 months.

You can apply now, then book and pay for the course later.

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  2. Personal details
  3. Transfer
  4. Accommodation
  5. Insurance
  6. Confirm & pay

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