The syllabus incorporates the following five areas:

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context 
  • Language analysis and awareness 
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing 
  • Planning and resources for different teaching contexts 
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism 

Input sessions: These give participants many practical ideas for teaching. Sessions include tutor demonstrations of teaching techniques and procedures to help trainees in the planning of their lessons. Input is interactive, so participants should be prepared to get involved and learn through experiencing techniques and discussing ideas. 

Teaching practice: During the course a CELTA trainee must complete 6 hours of assessed teaching. After every such teaching slot, they are provided with both oral and written feedback on their teaching. An important part of improving or developing as a teacher is to reflect on one’s own teaching. Self-evaluation of one’s own lessons constitutes an important part of the course. A CELTA course will help participants focus on areas of teaching, which need further development and as a result to become more reflective educators. 

Observations:During the course, trainees have the opportunity to observe experienced teachers. A total of 6 hours of such observations must be recorded. This is a very useful part of the course, as it allows the observers to see a variety of teaching styles, techniques and approaches, as well as a variety of student levels and classroom situations. 

Assignments: During the course each candidate needs to submit 4 assignments, each of which is to be of 750 to 1,000 words. These assignments are practical in nature and help trainees to combine principles and practice from their own teaching and learning.