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What is the Cambridge CELTA certificate?

What does CELTA stand for?
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults

What is the Cambridge CELTA certificate?

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a teacher training qualification for teaching English as a second or foreign language (ESL and EFL).


Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) typically takes place in a foreign country, usually with students from the same country. In contrast, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes takes place in an English-speaking country, with students from all different backgrounds. I will not go into fine detail here about the difference between these two but I will open another post and go into more depth explaining what each one is and the approaches that are taken when dealing with each case.

What recognition does Cambridge CELTA have?

CELTA is an essential qualification that’s trusted by employers, language schools and governments around the world.

Employers around the world ask for CELTA. It’s the practical English language teaching qualification that gives you the essential knowledge, hands-on teaching experience and classroom confidence to qualify as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL).

With a CELTA certificate you will know that the teacher has:

  • Gained essential knowledge of the principles of effective English teaching.
  • Developed a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners.
  • Demonstrated the ability to apply learning in a real teaching context.
  • Become ready to begin working in a variety of English teaching contexts around the world.
  • Received 120 hours of expert training and feedback and has built a strong foundation in English language teaching.
  • Obtained a certificate which is regulated by Cambridge University and Ofqual. (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.)

About the Author Julian Tobin

Cambridge CELTA qualified Teacher. A professional teacher with many years of experience.

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