Teacher training (CELTA)

The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) is the most widely recognised initial qualification for English teachers globally. A unique combination of theory and practice gives teachers the essential knowledge and hands-on teaching experience to teach English competently in various contexts. CELTA is the qualification prospective employers ask for.

Title CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Target group
  • People starting a career in English language teaching
  • People looking for a career change or career break
  • People already teaching English without formal qualifications
Course content
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Learner, teacher and teaching/learning context
  • Language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Planning and resources for effective teaching
  • Classroom management skills
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation
  • Teaching practice, feedback and assisted lesson planning
Is CELTA the right course for you?
  • Are you at least 18 years of age?
  • Are you a native speaker or do you have native-speaker level of proficiency in English (IELTS 8 or C2 level)?
  • Does your school-leaving qualification/work experience allow you to apply for study at university?
Number of participants Maximum 12 participants
Due to the demands of the course and in the interest of the candidates, acceptance on the course is preceded by a selection procedure. This includes the completion of an application form, pre-interview tasks and an interview.
Course duration A minimum of 120 contact hours and approx. 80-100 hours independent study and preparation time
Course format Two 20-day part-time courses a year (on Fridays and Saturdays)

Spring course: 7 May – 10 July 2021
Autumn course: 8 October – 11 December 2021
Daily times: 9:00 – 17:30
The courses will be run fully online.

Location Academia Languages, Schifflände 3, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
Price CHF 3,750.-
Contact Antoinette Breutel O’Donoghue
Head of Teacher Training and Development
+41 58 440 90 90
Certificate of completion Certificates are awarded to candidates who meet all the assessment criteria. Assessment is both continuous and integrated. There is no final examination. The two types of assessment are:

Teaching practice
Candidates teach for a total of 6 hours, working with adult classes at a minimum of two levels of ability. Assessment is based on overall performance and progress.

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

Inquiry CELTA

A CELTA English teacher training course combines theory and practice in a unique way.