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Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults

The CELTA course, previously managed jointly by IH and the British Council of Milan, is now offered exclusively and managed by International House Milan according to the internationally recognised high and rigorous standards of IH.

The pre-service CELTA course is aimed mainly at people with little or no teaching experience. It is also suitable for people with teaching experience but without any formal training. It is considered a solid base for teaching English as a foreign language.

The course is recognised by EFL organisations throughout the world and the certificate is the most highly respected of its type.

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 in our school in Milan.

The enrolment process and the price (€ 1,940.00) are the same for all our CELTA courses (intensive, part-time, blended and extensive).

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Our CELTA courses

The course consists of seminars with your tutors in the morning, where you will learn about different teaching techniques and aspects of the English language, and teaching practice  in the afternoon. Here you will have the opportunity to teach real students, and afterwards you will get feedback on your lessons from your tutor and peers.

  • Next online courses
    • Intensive: 01/02 – 12/03/2021 (frequency Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)
    • Intensive15/03 – 30/04/2021 (frequency from Monday to Friday)
    • New! Semi intensive: 18/03 – 05/06/2021 (frequency Friday and Saturday)
    • Intensive: 03/05 – 11/06/2021 (frequency from Monday to Friday)
    • Intensive: 21/06 – 30/07/2021(frequency from Monday to Friday)
    • Extensive: 08/09 – 16/02/2022 (frequency every Wednesday)
    • Intensive: 20/09 – 05/11/2021 (every day of the week except Wednesday)
  • Frequency
    • intensive course: 5 days a week for 6 weeks
    • extensive course: 1 day a week (every Wednesday) for 21 weeks
  • A typical daily timetable (online course)
    • 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.

The part-time CELTA course, with frequency two evenings a week and 10 Saturdays, is the ideal solution if you have  weekday commitments, e.g. studying or working. The course length is 12 weeks. The part-time course is less intensive than the full-time one, but it is equally demanding. You will be expected to spend time outside the course hours on preparation, assignment writing and revision.  

  • Next online courses
    • 13/02 – 29/04/2021
    • 14/09 – 18/12/2021 
  • Frequency
    • Teaching Practice takes place on Tuesday and Thursday from 18.30 to 21.30, followed by feedback
    • Input session on Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm
    • No lesson on 31/10/20
  • A typical timetable for a Saturday
    • 09:30-10:45  Input session 1
    • 11:10-12:15    Input session 2
    • 12:15-13:00   Lunch
    • 13:00-16:00  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.

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.


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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