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 TEFL job: 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.
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" or "waiting list".
There is currently a waiting list for July 2019, with further places probably unlikely. August 2019 is filling rapidly; don't delay application
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
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.
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.
Among the things Gabby has written, there is Communicative Activities for Target First Certificate (Richmond 2010).
Helen started her ELT career in Rome in 2003 before returning to the UK to work in EAP at a UK university.
She now lives in Spain and has experience teaching general English, exam preparation classes and teaching young learners.
She was ADOS at IH Madrid before coming to Barcelona. She has been a CELTA course tutor since 2013 and has tutored on courses in the UK and in Madrid as well as Barcelona.
A tutor on the summer CELTA courses, Lottie taught and trained in China, Hong Kong, South Sudan, Bahrain and Argentina, before arriving in Barcelona in 2018 after 11 years in ELT.
She continues to teach and train, also giving workshops and conference talks, and is involved in Cambridge examining.
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.