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What are the Key Features of a CELTA Course?

Courses are flexible to meet local needs and conditions but all courses provide:

  • a combination of theory and practice
  • a minimum of 120 contact hours e.g. input, supervised lesson planning, teaching practice and feedback, observation of peers and experienced teachers, and consultations with tutors
  • 6 hours of assessed teaching practice for each trainee
  • 6 hours of observation of experienced teachers
  • a minimum of 80 additional learning hours for reading, research, assignment writing and lesson preparation.


All courses require each candidate to submit a portfolio of work including written assignments and materials related to teaching practice.


You can take CELTA full time (typically four to five weeks) or part time (from a few months to a year).

The course you choose will:

  • introduce you to the principles of effective teaching
  • help you understand more about the English language
  • provide you with a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • give you hands-on teaching practice with real students
  • build your confidence in the classroom.


There is no final examination but you are assessed by your tutors throughout the course. There are two areas of assessment:

1. Teaching practice

You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability (e.g. elementary/intermediate). Assessment is based on your overall abilities in the classroom during the 6 hours of teaching practice.

2. Written assignments

You will complete four written assignments focusing on:

  • adult learning
  • the English language
  • language skills
  • classroom teaching.


You need to gain a pass in both areas of assessment to be awarded CELTA. There are three passing grades: Pass; Pass ‘B’ and Pass ‘A’.