CELTA courses at IH Barcelona

Our next CELTA course dates

Next intensive courses...
Next online course...
  • September 16—December 23

Next part-time course...
  • November 2—February 22, 2017

About the CELTA course

The CELTA course is the original "TEFL" course and provides initial training leading to a 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.

Success in the Certificate has enabled many candidates to obtain their first English teaching position: the CELTA 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.

IH Barcelona is an Authorised Cambridge English Language Assessment centre.

Course content

The CELTA course covers the following syllabus:

  • 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

Teaching practice

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

Trainees are expected to liase within their groups outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, according to guidelines provided by course tutors.

Further information: Meet some of our CELTA course tutors

Course format

You can choose from three different formats for your course:

  • Full-time over four weeks
    Courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours, with a further 80 hours required for assignments and lesson planning. The full-time course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. It is not possible or advisable to hold even a part-time job while on the course.
  • Part-time over four 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.
  • CELTA online (15 weeks)
    The online version of the course [ further information ] involves face-to-face sessions for teaching practice observed and assessed by your tutor, with the input sessions being delivered online.

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

Course dates

See the full list of dates.


See the application and enrolment page.

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.

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 to take the course but note that we don't offer places to candidates whose level of English is not suitably proficient.