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Intensive Celta (4 weeks)

Intensive Celta (4 weeks)

Intensive Celta (4 weeks)

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages: Intensive course

The CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) offered by Cambridge Assessment English, is the most recongised, reputable and highly regarded course within the EFL teacher training industry and the qualification most often requested by employers.

Whether you’re embarking on your first teaching role or aiming to validate your teaching prowess with a recognised qualification, CELTA is the essential qualification to propel your career forward.

Who is the CELTA for?

  • Newcomers to teaching, providing a solid foundation for starting their career.
  • Experienced educators seeking to enhance their teaching skills and expand their opportunities.
  • Both native and non-native English speakers.
  • Those with a desire to travel and teach English.

The 4 week course will suit those that have recently finished other courses of study like a degree course or college certificate or those with a flexible working arrangement. If you’re keen to complete the CELTA course quickly and have the time available, the full-time option is probably the most suitable for you. If you would prefer a part-time option, please see here.


120 + hours per course including 6 + hours observed teaching practice


09.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday


4 weeks


18 years +



Maximum Students Per Class

12/18 trainees per course and a maximum of 6 trainees per CELTA tutor

Course price

£1495 (inc. VAT and Cambridge registration fee)

Early bird discount of £100 available where course fees are paid in full immediately upon acceptance on the course. Available on applications received 4 weeks before the course start date at the latest.

Fees can be paid by card, cash or transfer.

Course dates 2024

08 April - 03 May
08 July - 02 August
21 October - 15 November

The CELTA course covers the following syllabus:

Language analysis and awareness
The learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
Planning for effective teaching
Classroom management skills
Teaching procedures and techniques
Resources and materials
Professional development
Classroom observation
Teaching practice

Should I buy textbooks?

You are not required to buy any books in order to do the course, and IH Belfast has an extensive library available to all CELTA trainees. We do, however, recommend purchasing one book on Teaching English as a Foreign Language – either Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener or How to Teach English by Jeremy Harmer. One of these will be a very useful reference for the course and throughout your TEFL career.

If you would like to brush up on your language awareness and knowledge of grammar, we recommend Martin Parrott’s book Grammar for English Language Teachers; this is also an excellent reference book which will be of use throughout your teaching career. 

Note: We do not require trainees to have an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. Language awareness is acquired over time and over the course of your teaching career.

Public Holidays 2024

March 18

May 27

March 29

July 12

April 1

August 26

May 6

School closes on 20 December 2024 and reopens Monday 06 January 2025.

Do I Need Prior Teaching Experience to Study CELTA?

CELTA is a TEFL qualification which is designed to give people little or no teaching experience the skills they need to thrive in the classroom. Of course, English teaching experience can be beneficial. However, it is by no means necessary. International House’s 4 week CELTA course comprises 120 hours of classroom-based, plus 6 hours of hands on teaching practice. This is the required standard for most international language schools. Our CELTA course provides you with all of the skills and knowledge you need to go from zero experience to leading a classroom in just 4 weeks.

Where Can I Teach with CELTA?

Internationally, CELTA is the most widely known qualification for teaching English. Students who complete the course will be qualified for TEFL jobs all around the world. It has never been a better time to become a qualified TEFL instructor, as demand for English teachers has never been higher. Over 1 billion students are currently teaching English, with demand for teachers being particularly high in Asia, Africa an Latin America. CELTA certified teachers can expect to find work in private or public schools all across the world.

CELTA is also the perfect qualification for those who want to teach English part time while travelling.

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