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CELTA courses at IH Barcelona

About the CELTA course

The CELTA course is the original "TEFL" course and provides initial training leading to the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

It is intended for those without previous experience who wish to enter the profession and for teachers with no previous training in this field.

CELTA enables you to obtain your first English teaching position: the course is highly regarded by employers around the world as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which to develop as a teacher of English.

Indeed, without it, in many parts of the world (including Barcelona), employers simply won't consider applicants who have not passed CELTA.

Choose the course format that suits you...

The 3 different course formats are assessed and moderated according to the same criteria and lead to exactly the same qualification and certificate.

Places There are currently places available on the courses unless marked "FULL"

1. Full-time

4 weeks

Courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours, with a further 80 hours required for assignments and lesson planning.


  • June 1—29
  • July 3—28
  • July 31—August 29
  • August 31—September 28
  • October 2—31
  • November 6—December 1


2. Part-time

4 months

The 120-hour twice-a-week part-time course has the same course content but is specially designed for people living and working in Barcelona.


  • March 1—June 21
  • November 6—February 26, 2018

3. CELTA online

15 weeks

The online course involves face-to-face sessions for teaching practice observed and assessed by your tutor, with the input sessions being delivered online.


  • January 13—April 7
  • September 15—December 22

Find out more about the online course

NB The full-time course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. You cannot hold even a part-time job while taking the intensive course!

See our course FAQs page for full timetables.

Teaching practice

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups of 5-6 trainees teaching students at two or three different levels. After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by your course tutor.

You are expected to liase within your group outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, according to guidelines provided by your course tutors.

Assessment and certificates

Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability and potential.

At the end of the course successful candidates receive the Cambridge Certificate and a Progress Report | See our FAQs section for further details

Course content

  • Language analysis and awareness
  • The learner, the teacher and the 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

Your course tutors

Dragan, Gabby and Natasha are the tutors on one of the two four-week intensive CELTA courses starting July 3rd; Jo and Nigel are the tutors on the other course.

More about all of our CELTA course tutors.


Dragan has a PGCE in Modern Languages and worked in secondary schools in London, where he taught English and Serbian for 15 years. He worked at IH London and IH Madrid before starting at IH Barcelona in February 2015.


Gabby has been with us since 1985, teaching everything from Beginners to Proficiency, apart from being a tutor on CELTA courses and the team leader and examinations co-ordinator at the IH Cambridge Examinations centre for Catalonia.


Natasha has extensive experience of teaching general and ESP English and is currently a full-time senior EFL teacher and teacher trainer at the Ural Federal University, Russia. She has wor ked as a CELTA trainer at IH Lisbon, IH Belgrade and ILA Vietnam.


Jo has extensive experience of teaching both young learners and adults. She has been teaching EFL since 1996, mostly in Barcelona, but also in Santiago de Chile, where she worked as an ADoS, and then DoS of a language academy


Nigel has worked in Spain, Thailand, Japan, Oman and the UK. Aside from teaching he has been involved in teacher training, designing tailor-made courses for a range of clients such as government ministries and large coorporations and has worked as a DoS.


What people say about the course at IH Barcelona


Why CELTA...?

  • CELTA is probably the most internationally recognised ELT certificate in the world
  • Moderated by Cambridge English Language Assessment
  • Highly qualified, experienced course tutors
  • Practical approach to methodology
  • Extensive supervised teaching practice
  • Great post-course support, including jobs vacancies


Course fees (including Cambridge registration fee):

  • €1,690

Note that you do not pay anything until you have submitted your application and been interviewed and accepted.


We also have an accommodation service if you need somewhere to stay in Barcelona.


Applicants for the course must download and complete an application form and a pre interview task and email it to us.

We will then set up an interview, either face-to-face in Barcelona, or via telephone (or Skype) at a pre-arranged time.

Start your application


When should you apply? To guarantee yourself a place you should apply for the course at least eight weeks in advance, particularly if you want to take the course in the summer.

Late applications We DO accept late applications, provided there are places still available.

Are there places currently available? To find out if there are places for the dates you want, call Gloria on (00 34) 93 268 33 04, or contact us by e-mail (see foot of page).

There's a lot more in our FAQs section !

Entry requirements

Candidates must:

  • be at least 18 years old at the start of the course
  • have a standard of education which would allow entrance to higher education in their country
  • have an awareness of language, and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to follow the course
  • have the potential to develop into effective teachers

You don't need to be a native speaker but note that we don't offer places to candidates whose English is not suitably proficient.

Find out more about CELTA

We have lots more information on the course in our CELTA FAQs section and you will also find out more on the official Cambridge English CELTA site.


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