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Cambridge CELTA


Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a highly rewarding career, offering you the chance to live and work abroad. You will need an internationally recognised teaching qualification, and CELTA - highly regarded throughout the world - gives you the skills you need and will make it easier to get a teaching job.

Course Content:

There are five main units of learning:                                                                      

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context

  • Language analysis and awareness

  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing                   

  • Planning and resources for different contexts

  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism


Theses are the main syllabus topic areas but you can get a better idea by looking at a sample course timetable which we use for our 4-week courses here.


The course includes seminars and workshops on the areas of the syllabus as specified by Cambridge


You can view the entire syllabus in the Cambridge ESOL handbook below:


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* The Cambridge Syllabus is in pdf format.  Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from here.

Course Offerings

A part time option is offered at least twice during the academic year starting in October and January - please check the dates here.

A full time 4-week option is offered several times a year in February, May, June, July, August, September, November. Sessions are every day from 09:00 to 17:00.

The centre offers other options based on demand, e.g. courses on Saturdays or weekends, provided there are enough participants - a minimum of 8.

Selection and Pre-testing

Selection of participants is determined through a written language test and personal interview with the course tutor.

Click on the image below if you would like more information about how to prepare for the pre-interview task (written exam) and questions asked during the interview.

How to prepare & get accepted on a CELTA Course

Both native and non-native speakers are accepted on the course and both are expected to have a level of education, language awareness and competence in English which will enable them to deal with all aspects of the assessment in a successful way. 

Am I eligible to apply?

Ideally you should:

  • have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education

  • be aged 18 or over

  • have a standard of English which will enable you to teach a range of levels including advanced classes

You may still be accepted if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. 

If you have read the information above and think you qualify, please complete an online application form which you can download by clicking here.

How can I apply?

Follow these instructions to apply for the CELTA course:

  1. Download the CELTA application form

  2. Complete the document and return via email to [email protected]

  3. Print out a copy and post to the CELTA Course Tutor, CELT Athens, 77 Academias Str., 106 78 Athens, Greece

  4. CELT will contact you to arrange a date and time when you can complete the Pre-interview task in 90 minutes and return it completed within approximately two hours after  receiving it.

  5. On the arranged day, you will receive the Pre-Interview Task via email (attached as a Word.doc)

  6. Complete and return the Pre-Interview Task

  7. CELT Athens will contact you to arrange an interview. The interview can be conducted face-to-face if you are in Athens, or by Skype (or other type of messenger service) - Telephone interviews are held only as a very last resort and the cost of the call must be borne by the candidate.

  8. If you are offered a place on the course, you should pay in your tuition & assessment fees

  9. Undertake the preparation programme that will be sent to you

    Click here to find out some useful books for your CELTA


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course on a continuous basis. There is no final written examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course. There are two components of assessment:

1.    Teaching practice - You will teach for a total of six hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the six hours.

2.    Written assignments - You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills; and one on classroom teaching.

To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components. There are four grades,  Pass A, Pass B, Pass and Fail.

The Centre

CELT Athens is an Authorised Cambridge Teaching Awards Centre for CELTA and DELTA and has been running Cambridge Diploma level courses since 1993 (previous versions of this Diploma were the DTEFLA, for native speaker teachers of adults, & the DOTE, for non-native speaking teachers). CELT supports trainee teachers in a variety of ways:

  • Free membership to an excellent ELT lending library 

  • Unlimited membership to a CELTA dedicated website - password protected with access to a multitude of resources and downloads useful during as well as beyond their course

  • Free photocopying of all materials trainees use in their teaching practices

  • Wi-fi access throughout the centre

  • Access to PC's and laptops for last minute typing, printing or use during teaching practices (candidates are advised to bring their own laptops if they are available and light enough to carry). 

  • Social networking and after the course for continuous professional development and career support.

Teaching Practice Classes are organised at the centre and they are available throughout the programme.

To contact the centre, please send an e-mail to:  [email protected] or complete the form in the right-hand column to receive important updates

Tuition Fees

Tuition  is 1450 Εuros.  Fees must be paid fully up to one month in advance of the start of the course in the case of full time courses; part time courses can be paid in four or five installments depending on the course duration. Early Bird discounts of as high as 10% off tuition fees are available to early paying candidates. Candidates should also be prepared to pay their Cambridge assessment fees separately.

Please contact the centre to find out the best option for paying for your course.



Cambridge CELTA application form






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  • Is your Grammar up to par?

  • Can you explain language?

  • Can you analyse it?

  • This is an important pre-requisite for the CELTA (and later the DELTA course)

If not, consider this short Grammar Course for Teachers. It's online and you can do it from anywhere! Our own registered candidates who register on this course receive a substantial discount!!!!



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