Course Content

120 contact hours, which include:

Input sessions:

These explore teaching methodologies such as: how to teach speaking, writing, reading, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and function; how to analyse language; how to teach adults in a variety of contexts; lesson planning; how to adapt and create classroom materials; factors affecting motivation, cultural backgrounds and learning styles.

Teaching practice:

  • Six hours of assessed teaching practice with real students in real classes
  • Detailed oral and written feedback of your teaching practice
  • Time to ask your tutor questions about your teaching practice lessons


  • Six hours observing lessons taught by experienced teachers
  • A minimum of 120 hours self-study at home including required course reading, lesson preparation and course assignments

How we Teach:

English language teaching at International House is based on Communicative Language Teaching methodology. The central principles that surround this approach to language teaching are based on students being very active and engaged in the classroom. Lessons are ‘student-centred’, allowing students to participate fully and discover English with their teacher facilitating this process. For learning to be successful, students must be motivated, and by encouraging and engaging our students, we achieve very positive learning outcomes.

Recognition of prior learning

Successful graduates of the Cambridge CELTA course may choose to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the Certificate IV in TESOL. If you are interested in applying for RPL for the Certificate IV in TESOL contact us to discuss the requirements further.

We have formal articulation agreements with a number of universities where you can be granted credit/exemptions towards a degree. View the list of universities.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Have a standard of education required for entry into higher education
  • Have an awareness of language, and a competence in both written and spoken English
    (NB: Non-native speakers with an overall IELTS 7.5, TOEFL iBT 110)
  • A pre-course interview will assess your potential to develop the skills required to pass the course


You are assessed throughout the course on your:

  • 6 hours of teaching practice (includes lesson planning, classroom teaching and self-evaluation)
  • 4 written assignments (between 750- and 1000 words each), and overall professionalism

There is no final examination

Start dates


2019 Full-time

R17 250
11 November – 6 December


How to Apply


  • Complete section 1 of the application form with your personal details
  • Complete section 2 of the application form with course details
  • Complete section 3 of the application form by writing at least 100 words for each of the 3 questions and complete the Language Awareness Task

Send your application to IH by post or email also including:

  • A copy of your current resume
  • Evidence of your highest qualification
  • Photo identification such as (licence or passport)

If you don’t have copies, please bring original documents with you at the interview.


Once we have received and assessed your application, we will contact you to arrange an interview. These are generally face to face and in a group format. For applicants living outside Cape Town area, the interview can be conducted on the telephone or Skype.


The interview involves a discussion of the pre-interview task, ideas about teaching and learning, details about the course structure and requirements, and an opportunity for candidates to ask further questions. The total time for the interview is approximately 2 hours.


Enrolment is subject to successful completion of the interview

Key Features

• Internationally recognised qualification

• High job prospects as IH Sydney has its internal recruitment system

• 4 weeks full time or 10 weeks part time

• 2 weeks optional graduate internship

• Taught by highly skilled and experienced trainers

• No previous teaching experience required

• Develops job ready skills

• International job prospects

Who is CELTA designed for?

• Native or near native English speakers

• People who want to turn their interest and enthusiasm for language, travel and other cultures into a career or unique experience

• People starting a career in English language teaching

• Experienced teachers who want to further develop their communicative teaching skills

• People looking for a formal teaching qualification

• Career changers or people looking for a career break

Learning Outcomes

• The ability to plan a lesson and select or adapt materials accordingly

• The ability to deliver effective lessons covering language and skills at a range of levels

• The ability to manage and motivate a class of adult learners

• The ability to adapt teaching techniques to the learning context

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