Train as a CELTA English teacher

The ‘Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’ (CELTA) is a highly regarded training programme for English teachers and provides a grounding in the principles of effective language teaching. The unique combination of theory and practice gives you the expert knowledge you require plus wide-ranging teaching experience – the perfect basis to enable you to teach the English language competently in a range of contexts.

CELTA is recognised internationally and opens doors to prestigious language schools around the world.

At Academia Languages, you will find a people-centred, friendly atmosphere and highly motivated trainers who are approved and accredited by Cambridge Assessment English, ensuring a consistently high standard throughout.

Title CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Target group
  • People who want to work as an English teacher
  • People who are looking for a career change or career break
  • People already teaching English without formal training
Course content
  • Language analysis and language awareness
  • Learners, teachers and learning contexts
  • Language skills: reading and listening comprehension, speaking, writing
  • Lesson planning and resources for effective teaching
  • Competent classroom management
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation
  • Teaching practice, feedback and assisted lesson planning
Is CELTA the right course for you?
  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You are a native speaker of English or have a near-native level of English (IELTS 8 or level C2)
  • You have completed secondary education to the equivalent level of the Swiss Sek II
  • Exemptions are possible for individuals with relevant work experience
Number of participants Maximum of 12
Due to the demands of the course and in the interest of the candidates, a selection procedure is in place. This comprises submission of an application form, pre-interview tasks and an interview.
Length of course At least 120 contact hours and approximately 80–100 hours of independent learning and preparation.
Course format Next course:
Friday, 7 October – Saturday, 10 December 2022, 20 days, part-time (Friday/Saturday).

This is a hybrid course, combining classroom teaching in Basel and an online component covering teaching practice as well as input.

Course location Academia Languages, Schifflände 3, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Price CHF 3,750.-
Contact Antoinette Breutel O’Donoghue
Head of Education, e-learning and Teacher Training
+41 58 440 90 90
Certificate of completion Candidates who meet all of the assessment criteria will be awarded a CELTA certificate. The course is assessed; there is no final exam. Both teaching practice and written assignments are assessed.

Teaching practice
Candidates teach for a total of six hours – both online and in person working with adult classes at a minimum of two different levels. Assessment is based on overall performance and personal learning progress during the course.

Written assignments
Candidates submit four written assignments (each 750–1,000 words).

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