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CELTA course at IH Barcelona

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.


  • November 5—30


  • January 14—February 8
  • February 18—March 15
  • March 18—April 12
  • April 29—May 24
  • May 30—June 28
  • July 1—26
  • July 29—August 27
  • August 29—September 27
  • October 4—31
  • November 4—29


2. Part-time

3 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.


  • October 1–December 19


  • January 9—March 20
  • March 27—June 26
  • October 7—December 18

The part-time course is on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.00am to 2.30pm.

See our course FAQs page for full timetables.

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.


  • September 14-December 21


  • January 18—April 12
  • September 13—December 20

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!

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

Course tutors on our current CELTA courses

On the intensive course starting November 5, Dragan, Nigel and Roger are the tutors; Emma is the tutor on the blended CELTA course that started on September 14; and Claire, Jane and Shaun are on the part-time course that began October 1

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 has been a teacher trainer since 2011 and worked at IH London and IH Madrid before starting to work full-time at IH Barcelona in February 2015.


Nigel is a tutor on our CELTA courses. He 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. He has also been involved in Cambridge exams for many years.

The tutors were amazing models and source of inspiration, they were always coming up with different ideas of approaching teaching and dealing with the students needs. They raised problems that I'd never thought about before and they provided theory and practice as well.

—Post-course feedback, April 2018

Meet our other CELTA course tutors.


Emma did her own CELTA and DELTA course at IH London and taught and trained there between 2006-2015.

She also worked in Korea and Saudi Arabia, as well as her native Dublin, before coming to Barcelona in 2015.

Emma teaches on both face-to-face and online CELTA courses and is also the main tutor on our trainer training course.


Claire taught English in Taiwan, Turkey and the UK before coming to Barcelona in 2004.

She has been a CELTA course tutor since 2000, in both London and Barcelona, and has worked on part time, full time and blended CELTA courses.


Jane has been a CELTA tutor for about 20 years, a DELTA tutor for over 10, as well as being a CELTA and DELTA course assessor for Cambridge.

She is a freelance teacher trainer and has taught and trained in many countries, particularly in South America.


In theory, all CELTA courses are the same (they're externally assessed by Cambridge English). But the quality of the support and feedback you get from your tutors is one of the things that distinguishes this from CELTA courses at other centres.


Shaun has been in ELT since 1999 and has worked in many teaching and training contexts outside of Spain - with longer stints in the UK (London), Italy (Milan) and Japan.

He's a CELTA assessor, presents at conferences including IATEFL, is currently taking an MA in Applied Linguistics at Nottingham University, blogs and can be found on Twitter.



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

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.


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


Course fees (including Cambridge registration fee):

  • €1,500

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



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 us on (00 34) 93 268 33 04, or contact us by e-mail (see foot of page).

Accommodation in Barcelona

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

Find out more about CELTA

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



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