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Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The CELTA is the world’s most widely recognised and highly regarded initial qualification for teaching English.

It is accredited at Level 5 in the UK by the Office of Qualification and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and is a 30-credit qualification. Three out of four English language teaching jobs require a CELTA qualification, making it the gold standard for securing a job in the world of TEFL. CELTA is a Cambridge Assessment English qualification, which is part of the University of Cambridge.

The pre-service CELTA course is aimed at people with little to no teaching experience. It is also suitable for those with teaching experience but with no formal training. It is considered a solid base for teaching English as a foreign language. Whether you’re a new teacher looking for your first job, or you want to prove to employers that you have the teaching skills with a recognised certificate, CELTA is the qualification you need.

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As part of the course fee, all IH Milan CELTA graduates will be entitled to take part in two live three-hour training sessions on two of the most important segments of English Language Teaching:

In the session on Teaching Young Learners, our trainer Kate Knight will present an overview of the key differences in teaching English to YL as well as the transferable skills learnt during CELTA which can be carried forward in YL teaching. There will also be a workshop which will focus on the practical application of these key features in the classroom. 

In the session on Teaching Business English, our trainer Andy Townsend will explore some of the most important differences between teaching general and Business English and what they mean for the teacher in the training room. A range of material and activities commonly used when teaching Business English will also be explored. As to be expected, the activities will be learner-centred and communicative! The structure and content of the First Certificate in Teaching Business English (FTBE) course and how the qualification will help further one’s teaching career will also be presented.

CELTA training for teachers

I’ve really enjoyed this first week, the course really meets my expectations and I think it will only be better! Not only the experience about the language and teaching but also the learning of dealing with this new way of teaching online, that will be used more and more in the future, I guess. It’s like attending a two-course-in-one course!

Online CELTA trainee

CELTA has been an incredibly rewarding experience on so many levels and I was personally astonished by the quality of the training and all the service you provided as an institute. The incredible tutors (you were right, they are great), the material and your assistance have made the experience very worthy. I will take the liberty to sound prosaic but I would say this training is worth every penny 🙂

Valentina, CELTA trainee

Enrolment requirements

The requirements to join the course are: minimum CEFR level of English high C1 or above and a high school diploma or equivalent. Please note that many employers require a degree as well.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old (at the start of the course) and, generally speaking, must have a level of education which will enable them to enter higher education in their own countries.

The course is open to native and non-native speakers although candidates must have a competence and knowledge of English, both written and spoken, that enables them to take the course and teach English.

The courses are held at our school in Milan or online.

The enrolment process and the price (€ 1,940 for courses in school and € 1,550 for online courses) are the same for all our CELTA courses.

Online CELTA promotion spring / summer 2021

How much? 20% off

Which courses? All courses of the months of March, May and June

How many seats? 4 for each course

How to apply for the discount? Code “NEWBEGINNING” next to the course date in the application form (no discount will be applied without the code in the application form)

Course Formats

The IH Milan CELTA course is offered in various formats to cater to as many individual requirements as possible. All courses consist of both tutor-led seminars and teaching practice. In the seminars you will learn about different teaching techniques and aspects of the English language. During teaching practice you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice as you teach real students followed by feedback from your tutors and peers. On all courses you will be expected to spend time outside the course hours on preparation, assignment writing and revision.

Please note that the all IH Milan Online CELTA courses are 100% live. Trainees and tutors are together as a group in real-time for the duration of the course.

  • Intensive: 4 or 5 weeks face-to-face or 6 weeks online
  • Semi-Intensive: 2 days per week for 12 weeks
  • Part-time: 2 evenings and 1 Saturday per week for 12 weeks
  • Extensive: 1 day per week for 21 weeks

Our 4 day a week (over 6 weeks) full time 100% online CELTA course gives you more time to manage the workload: you will have one extra day each week for lesson planning and writing assignments!

  • Next online courses
    • 21/06 – 30/07/2021 (every day of the week except Wednesday) Hurry! Only 3 places left – application closing date 11 June!
    • 20/09 – 05/11/2021 (every day of the week except Wednesday)
  • Online Intensive typical daily timetable 
    • 09:00 – 11:15 > Teaching practice
    • 11:15 – 11:30 > Break
    • 11:30 – 12:15 >  Feedback on teaching practice
    • 12:15 – 13:00 > Assisted lesson planning (ALP)
    • 13:00 – 14:00 > Lunch
    • 14:00 – 15:00 > Input session 1
    • 15:00 – 15:15 > Break
    • 15:15 – 16:30 > Input session 2
  • How to enrol
    • Download and fill in the enrolment form; you will then be contacted for an interview with a Teacher Training Coordinator.
  • Next online courses:
  • Typical daily timetable
    • 09:00 – 11:15 > Teaching practice
    • 11:15 – 11:30 > Break
    • 11:30 – 12:15 >  Feedback on teaching practice
    • 12:15 – 13:00 > Assisted lesson planning (ALP)
    • 13:00 – 14:00 > Lunch
    • 14:00 – 15:00 > Input session 1
    • 15:00 – 15:15 > Break
    • 15:15 – 16:30 > Input session 2
  • HOW TO ENROL: download and fill in the enrolment form; you will then be contacted for an interview with a Teacher Training Coordinator.
  • Next online courses
    • 14/09 – 18/12/2021
  • Teaching Practice takes place on Tuesday and Thursday from 18.30 to 21.30, followed by feedback
  • Tutor-led seminars take place on Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Online Part-Time typical timetable for a Saturday
    • 09:30-10:45  Input session 1
    • 11:10-12:15    Input session 2
    • 12:15-13:00   Lunch
    • 13:00-16:30  Assisted lesson planning
  • Next online courses:
    • 08/09/21 – 16/02/2022 (frequency every Wednesday)
  • Typical daily timetable:
    • 09:00 – 11:15 > Teaching practice
    • 11:15 – 11:30 > Break
    • 11:30 – 12:15 >  Feedback on teaching practice
    • 12:15 – 13:00 > Assisted lesson planning (ALP)
    • 13:00 – 14:00 > Lunch
    • 14:00 – 15:00 > Input session 1
    • 15:00 – 15:15 > Break
    • 15:15 – 16:30 > Input session 2
  • How to enrol
    • Download and fill in the enrolment form; you will then be contacted for an interview with a Teacher Training Coordinator.

Meet the course tutors:

  • Stephanie Holme

    How long were you an EFL teacher, and how long have you been a teacher trainer? I have been an EFL teacher for 28 years and still teach. I have been a teacher trainer since 2006.

    Did you have a different career before EFL? Before my career in EFL, I was a French and PE teacher in secondary schools.

    What are your hopes/aspirations for your trainees? My aspiration is to bring out the very best in each and every one of my trainees.

    When you were an EFL teacher what did you like most, and how do you bring that into the classroom for your trainees? I love seeing my learners make progress and enjoy learning English. I am passionate about my job and try to transmit this on CELTA courses.

    What advice would you give your trainees for successfully completing the course? I would advise trainees to come prepared to work hard, to be as organised as possible, to be open to constructive criticism and to always ask if something is not clear.

    What advice would you give your trainees for an interesting and rewarding career? Teaching is learning. It’s important to be willing to keep on developing as a teacher to meet learners’ needs and feel rewarded.

  • Andy Townsend

    How long were you an EFL teacher, and how long have you been a teacher trainer? I was an EFL teacher for about 8 years before I moved into teacher training and academic management. I first started teacher training in London more than 20 years ago! For the last 10 years I have been based in IH Milan.

    Did you have a different career before EFL? I was a primary school teacher in the UK for some years. I tried EFL teaching one summer and that was it – I stayed! I really wouldn’t do anything else with my day!

    What are your hopes/aspirations for your trainees? Training to be a teacher is a journey. It’s a challenging journey but I hope that along the way my trainees discover the joys of teaching. I hope they will see that good teachers make a real difference to students’ lives. And finally, I hope that my trainees learn more about themselves – that they discover new skills and talents they had no idea they had.

    When you were an EFL teacher what did you like most, and how do you bring that into the classroom for your trainees? As an EFL teacher I enjoyed seeing my students develop their ability to communicate more effectively in English. For many students this was exciting and empowering. When I am working with trainees I encourage them to teach in a student-centred way. This encourages students to use their English communicatively in the classroom. It-s motivating for the students. It’s motivating and rewarding for the trainees.

    What advice would you give your trainees for successfully completing the course? Be very well-organised right from the start. Do as much reading as you can before the course and during. Listen very carefully to your tutors. If you don’t understand something ask! Be open. Share. Support your colleagues. Stay positive and have fun!

    What advice would you give your trainees for an interesting and rewarding career? My advice is simple – be open to new ideas, learn from others, be inquisitive, be creative, be collaborative. Follow your interests and develop these. Above all enjoy your teaching and BE YOU!

  • Kate Knight

    How long were you an EFL teacher, and how long have you been a teacher trainer? I started my ELT career in 2007. I worked briefly in Turkey before moving to Italy. I then worked for IH Milan as teacher before moving on to teacher training and academic management. I started tutoring on the IHCYLT in 2012 and then became a tutor on the IHVYL. Most recently I have also become a CELTA trainer.

    Did you have a different career before EFL? I always thought I wanted to be a teacher. I got a place to do a PGCE for upper primary after graduating from university but then I decided against it. I ended up working in the sales department for a publishing company for 6 years.  I loved working with clients and relationship building but I didn’t love sales!

    What are your hopes/aspirations for your trainees? Watching trainees confidence grow as they progress in a course is hugely rewarding for a trainer.There’s a lot of great input in all our training courses but I think one of the most valuable lessons to learn is that if you can develop your own self reflection and self evaluation skills you will continue to progress and learn outside of the course and be the best teacher you can be.

    When you were an EFL teacher what did you like most, and how do you bring that into the classroom for your trainees? I think it’s important as a language learner to be made aware of your own progress, to have plenty of opportunity to practise in a safe environment, to be appropriately guided and supported by your teacher and to have fun whilst learning!  With those things in place, you can see real progress and that is so rewarding. These factors are equally important for trainees.

    What advice would you give your trainees for successfully completing the course (answer for YL courses)? Firstly, be prepared and organised and make sure you have sufficient time to study and plan outside of the sessions. Secondly, remember that you can learn from everyone, not just your tutors. Listen to to your colleagues and their feedback. Listen to feedback for others. Think about how you can put those ideas in action in subsequent lessons. Observe each other and think about what works, what doesn’t and why – and ask questions!

    What advice would you give your trainees for an interesting and rewarding career? Never stop learning! If you’re continually inspired and rewarded by the work that you do this will filter down to your students. Happy students, happy teacher!

Do you know the history of the CELTA?

CELTA training for teachers

Did you know that in 1962 International House created the course that became the CELTA?

The CELTA as it is known today was born from an initial teacher training course called the IH Certificate. The founders of the IH World Organisation, John and Brita Haycraft, believed that quality language teaching came from quality teacher training and launched the IH Certificate in 1962. This course was the first to utilize the now hallmark methods of tutor and peer observed teaching followed by feedback. It rapidly set the standard for teacher qualifications in TEFL, with thousands of teachers worldwide becoming IH-trainees and teachers. In 1978 the IH Certificate was gifted to RSA, the British exam board, and later became the CELTA when it was acquired by Cambridge ESOL. Now over 4,000 teachers take a CELTA with IH every year.

CELTA training for teachers

Blended CELTA course (TERZA TAB NASCOSTA)

Course format

This course consists of online activities and face to face  sessions at our school in Milan. The face to face sessions might take place one day a week or in a two week slot, when candidates attend sessions every day for a period of 10 days.

Candidates are required to teach a total of 6 hours during the course. This supervised teaching practice requires the candidates’ attendance at the school. It is followed by face-to-face feedback and reflection.

In their own time, candidates can complete the  online component of the course, which is accessible at any time.

Assessment

The online part of the course is assessed and externally moderated according to the same criteria as face-to-face courses and leads to exactly the same qualification.

The blended CELTA course   is identical to all the other CELTA courses: full time, part time or extensive courses (this includes the price). The only differences are the timetable, course format and delivery.

The online component

The online component consists of online and interactive material based on the course syllabus. Forum and ‘live room’ (virtual real-time classroom) tasks are integrated throughout the course. You work independently or collaboratively with the other trainees on these tasks, with tutor support, evaluation and comment (www.cambridgeenglish.org). There will also be online tutorials with the main course tutor.

Note that, to take the online CELTA course,  you do not need advanced computer skills: the ability to use email and the internet and have basic typing skills is all that is required.

For more information about the Cambridge CELTA Course Online, see Cambridge’s FAQs page.

  • Dates
    • soon available the dates of the next courses
  • Frequency
    • TP (teaching practice) will take place over a two week period. In this period the trainees will attend face to face classes every day (from Monday to Friday).
  • A typical morning might look like this:
    • 09:00-09:30    Preparation for the day
    • 09:45-12:30    Teaching practice
    • 12:30-14:00    Feedback and assisted lesson planning
  • HOW TO ENROL: download and fill in the enrolment form; you will then be contacted for an interview with a Teacher Training Coordinator.

 

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