The CELTA course is the original "TEFL" course and provides initial training leading to the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
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.
of our trainees say they would recommend CELTA at IH Barcelona
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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"
Courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours, with a further 80 hours required for assignments and lesson planning.
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.
The part-time course is on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.00am to 2.30pm.
See our course FAQs page for full timetables.
The online course involves face-to-face sessions for teaching practice observed and assessed by your tutor, with the input sessions being delivered online.
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 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.
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
Claire and Emma are the tutors on the blended CELTA course that started on January 18; Dragan and Nigel are on the intensive course that started March 18; while Gerard and Roger are tutoring the part-time course starting March 27.
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.
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.
—Post-course feedback, April 2018
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.
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.
A tutor on CELTA and DELTA courses and a CELTA assessor, Gerard has taught and trained in many countries. He has an MA in ELT and is President of TESOL Spain.
Gerard regularly gives talks at conferences and is a co-author of the coursebooks iTalk and Next Generation. He has also written Teacher’s Books for Outcomes.
Roger is Head of Education at IH Barcelona and is a tutor on both CELTA and DELTA courses. He is also one of the authors of the coursebook Fountain; the author of "TKT: a Preparatory Course" (McGraw Hill).
Previously Head of Teacher Training at IH London, Roger also trains on our Director of Studies and Trainer Training courses, among others.
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.
Course fees (including Cambridge registration fee):
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).
We have an accommodation service if you need somewhere to stay in Barcelona.