We are currently accepting applications for Cambridge CELTA courses in the third and fourth quarters of 2021. For any Cambridge CELTA enquiries, please contact us at info@languages.ac.nz

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New Zealand’s first CELTA centre

You can take your CELTA journey with Languages International in one of two modes: the On-site Full-time Cambridge CELTA Course, delivered at Languages International in Auckland since 1988, or the new 100% Online Part-time Cambridge CELTA Course.

2021-2022 Course Dates

On-site Full-time CELTA

Start End
20 September 15 October Places available
15 November 10 December
10 January 4 February

Online Part-time CELTA

Start End
19 July 15 October Places available
10 January 8 April

CELTA Authorised Exam Centre

Cambridge CELTA courses in Auckland and online

The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the most widely-recognized international qualification in English language teaching to adults. It is considered an initial qualification in this field, and the course leading to it is designed for people without previous teaching experience, as well as those who have had experience but could benefit from formal training. A Cambridge CELTA from Languages International will give you the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to become a successful English language teacher to adults, both in New Zealand and overseas. Languages International offers the Cambridge CELTA at our school in Central Auckland, New Zealand, or 100% online.

Why take CELTA with Languages International?

  • We are the longest-established CELTA centre in New Zealand and have been running courses since 1988.
  • Our teacher training team is the most experienced in New Zealand, with teaching and training experience in countries as various as Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and the UK.
  • All of our trainers are qualified to MA or honours level, and all have the higher-level Cambridge Delta qualification.
  • Most importantly, every single one of our CELTA tutors has taken the CELTA course (or equivalent) themselves, so we understand the pressures and the rewards and have the experience to support you throughout the course.
  • We have trained over 1500 candidates on our CELTA courses, with around 96% of candidates achieving a Pass grade or higher.
  • Our On-site Full-time CELTA Course, delivered over four intensive weeks, is the fastest way to gain the Cambridge CELTA and start working as an English language teacher.
  • Our 100% Online Part-time CELTA Course allows trainees to gain the Cambridge CELTA while participating from their own home.
  • We have extensive experience delivering a range of teacher training courses including the higher-level Cambridge Delta as well as other teacher training programmes (TESOL and Cambridge TKT).
  • The high tutor/trainee ratio (every course has at least two tutors, and there is one teaching practice tutor for every six trainees) ensures a high level of tutor contact and support.

Who can apply to take the CELTA course?

CELTA is an introductory course for applicants with little or no experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Sometimes candidates have some experience but little formal ELT training. All applicants must:

  • be aged 18+.
  • have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English to enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels – at least high C1 or C2 (around IELTS 7.5 – 8.0).
  • have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education or university study.
  • have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of teaching practice.
  • satisfy the centre that the course is suitable for their needs, in respect of their experience, background and career plans.

For the 100% Online Part-time CELTA Course, all applicants must also be computer-literate and have access to a fast, reliable internet connection.

Course Content & Assessment

Both the on-site and online courses are highly practical, placing a considerable emphasis on candidates’ performance in observed teaching practice sessions. Candidates are also required to complete four short written assignments over the course. Please note that there is no final exam for this course; all assessment takes place within the course dates.

All aspects of the course (teaching practice and written assignments) are internally and continuously assessed. Candidates’ course work is also externally moderated by an assessor who is approved and appointed by Cambridge. The final certificate, which is identical for the on-site and online variants of the course, is issued by Cambridge.

Course content and assessment: On-site Full-time CELTA
The course focuses on 5 main units:

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

The course is highly practical, placing a considerable emphasis on candidates’ performance in observed teaching practice sessions. There is a ratio of up to 6 candidates to one tutor on courses. Teaching practice takes place in groups of up to 6 trainees with volunteer groups of English language learners at two different levels.

Candidates are also required to complete written assignments covering the following topics:

  • English language systems
  • Reflection on classroom teaching
  • Adult learners and learning contexts
  • Analysis of teaching/learning material

Attendance

The course consists of 4 weeks of full-time study. A high level of commitment is required of candidates and the course is very demanding. Candidates are expected to attend 100% of the course, with an absence allowance for illness or exceptional circumstances. Those people considering following a course should ensure that they are free of other commitments during the time of study.

Course Timetable

At Languages International, we run the Cambridge CELTA as an intensive course from Monday to Friday, from 8.45am until approximately 5.00pm. On top of that, most trainees will have around two to four hours’ work to do every day in the evenings and weekends.

Assessment

All aspects of the course (teaching practice and written assignments) are internally and continuously assessed. Candidates’ course work is also externally moderated by an assessor who is approved and appointed by Cambridge. The final certificate is issued by Cambridge.

The certificate at Pass level is awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets the criteria in all components. Those whose classroom teaching skills reach a level significantly higher than pass-level criteria are awarded Pass B; those whose classroom teaching skills and planning skills are exceptional, are awarded Pass A. The centre will also write an individual report on each candidate’s performance and progress during the course.

Further information about the Cambridge CELTA course can be found on the Cambridge Assessment English website.

Course content and assessment: Online Part-time CELTA
The course focuses on 5 main units :

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

The course is highly practical, placing a considerable emphasis on candidates’ performance in observed teaching practice sessions. There is a ratio of up to 6 candidates to one tutor on courses. Teaching practice takes place in groups of up to 6 trainees with volunteer groups of English language learners at two different levels.

Candidates are also required to complete written assignments covering the following topics:

  • English language systems
  • Reflection on classroom teaching
  • Adult learners and learning contexts
  • Analysis of teaching/learning material

Attendance and commitment

At Languages International, we run the 100% Online Part-time CELTA over 13 weeks. A high level of commitment is required of candidates and the course is very demanding: candidates have to ensure that they are able to attend 100% of the synchronous (live) sessions and commit around 10 hours per week to asynchronous (recorded) and offline learning. There is an absence allowance for illness or exceptional circumstances.

Course Timetable

There are two kinds of course sessions:

  • Asynchronous (recorded) sessions: Input sessions, where tutors guide you through the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, are accessed online in your own time. Candidates also have to watch a number of recorded lessons taught by experienced teachers.
  • Synchronous (live) sessions: These consist mainly of the Teaching Practice (TP) and subsequent feedback that takes place between 4 and 6pm NZT, Tuesday to Friday. A TP lesson for one candidate is 45 minutes long and each candidate teaches for a total of 6 hours over the course. Candidates are also required to observe the TP lessons and feedback of the other candidates in their TP group. Additionally, there is a 1-hour group (‘live room’) tutorial every second week with a tutor to discuss progress. The live room sessions are on Mondays from 4 to 5pm NZT. Finally, candidates have to observe a number of live classes taught by experienced teachers. Synchronous sessions take up 5.5 hours per week on average – note that the amount of time per individual week varies: some weeks have 7 live hours, others have none.

Candidates also need to spend time offline:

  • Preparation for TP lessons: this varies but 3 to 4 hours per lesson is common.
  • Completion of written assignments.

Assessment

All aspects of the course (teaching practice and written assignments) are internally and continuously assessed. Candidates’ course work is also externally moderated by an assessor who is approved and appointed by Cambridge. The final certificate is issued by Cambridge.

The certificate at Pass level is awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets the criteria in all components. Those whose classroom teaching skills reach a level significantly higher than pass-level criteria are awarded Pass B; those whose classroom teaching skills and planning skills are exceptional, are awarded Pass A. The centre will also write an individual report on each candidate’s performance and progress during the course.

Further information about the Cambridge CELTA course can be found on the Cambridge Assessment English website.

Costs and Finance

2021-2022

On-site Full-time CELTA Course: NZ$3,300 (this includes GST and Cambridge assessment fees).

Online Part-time CELTA Course: NZ$3,100 (this includes GST and Cambridge assessment fees).

Fees are subject to alteration. The fee of the course reflects the high tutor-trainee ratio and the fact that the course requires international moderation and controls. CELTA courses are not usually eligible for student loans. All prospective applicants requiring information on loans or grants should request information from the appropriate authority.

How can I apply?

All applicants should download and complete an application form and pre-interview task.

Read more about the application procedure.
CELTA is based on the principle of open and equal opportunity for all, irrespective of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, creed, colour, race, ethnic origin, age or disability. Acceptance on a course, however, is not automatic.

All applicants should download a copy of the CELTA Application form and complete this as instructed. Following assessment of the application and the task, applicants are selected for interview at Languages International. Applicants are assessed on their suitability to complete a CELTA course successfully. Particular attention is paid to aptitude for language analysis and clear communication. In matters concerning the assessment and suitability of prospective candidates, the decision of the Director of Teacher Training is final.

Those candidates who are offered a place on a course must pay a $300 deposit in order to secure their place. The balance of fees is due three weeks before the course starts. Failure to pay the fees may mean that applicants forfeit a place. Once course fees have been paid in full, they are not refundable. It may be possible for applicants to transfer their application to a future course, but only if their place on a course can be filled.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions asked about the Cambridge CELTA course at Languages International.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or by phone on +64 (9) 309 0615. We are open from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

What do CELTA graduates say?

Learn more about the CELTA and what it is like at Languages International from our graduate, Marissa.

And find out what graduates of online CELTA courses think.


You can find out what other CELTA graduates think in our CELTA Students Say section.

CELTA News

Keep up-to-date with our latest CELTA news on our Teacher Training news blog.

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Free Online Introductory Course

If you are interested in finding out more about English language teaching, you can follow a six-week online course Exploring the World of English Language Teaching offered by Cambridge Assessment English. The course is free and aims to outline key aspects of English language teaching.

To find out more information and the next start date, follow this link.