The certificate course CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), which is
administered by Cambridge ESOL, is a highly practical, internationally recognised course which is
offered at the British Council in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. It provides initial training in the
teaching of English to adults rather than children.
The course consists of three main elements - Methodology workshops, Teaching Practice and
Assignments. In addition, candidates get to observe experienced British Council teachers, as well as
participating in observation and feedback sessions with their peers. Teaching practice and written
assignments are assessed components of the course, but there is no final exam. Each candidate has
at least one individual tutorial during the course.
Methodology workshops are timetabled every day, throughout the course. These cover the practical
application of techniques and theories, and include:-
Analysis of English grammar and lexis for teaching purposes
Development of language skills
Use of materials
Throughout the course there is regular teaching practice where groups of trainees are observed
teaching classes of adult students at two different levels. Each trainee teaches a total of six hours
over the duration of the course. Initially support is given with planning and preparation of the lessons.
In the feedback sessions, trainees will comment on the content and success of the lesson as a whole.
The observation of trained teachers is an important part of the course and may take place outside the
main course timetable. Trainees are required to observe at least six hours of classes during the
course at pre-arranged times.
Candidates do four written assignments during the course. These are closely related to teaching
practice and the syllabus areas include Language Awareness, Language Skills, Focus on the Learner
and Reflective Practice. Each assignment is between 750 – 1000 words.
Assessment is continuous and integrated. Continuous here means that assessment takes place
throughout the course. There is no final written exam. Trainees are assessed on their ability to
transfer what they learn in the workshops to the classroom, and to the written assignments. Integrated
means that both assessed components contribute to the overall grade. Component 1 relates to
planning and teaching and Component 2 consists of classroom-related written assignments.
If you would like further information on CELTA courses please consult the following website:
The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. A registered charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).
The course requires a considerable amount of time and energy. Trainees will need to work on
assignments and preparing materials outside the timetabled hours and at the weekends and it is
expected that they will dedicate a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre- and
post- session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation. It is, however, fulfilling for both experienced
teachers and those new to teaching, to acquire new skills and develop professionally in a supportive
• be at least eighteen years old at the beginning of the course
• have a standard of education which would allow entry to higher education in their country
• have an awareness of language and a proficient competence in English, both written and spoken,
that enables them to undertake the course. This needs to be level C1 or higher in the Common
European Frame of Reference. For more information, see
The course fees are 9,000 Dirhams.
Step 1: Fill in an application form which can be downloaded from http://www.britishcouncil.org/me-
uae-celta-courses.htm or by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2: Send the application form to Howaida Osman, CELTA coordinator, PO BOX 29872, Sharjah
or hand deliver it to the British Council, 4th floor, Omran Tower, King Abdul Aziz Street, Sharjah or
email to email@example.com
Step 3: If your application is satisfactory, you will be contacted to come into the British Council for an
interview. The interview typically takes 90 minutes and is usually conducted as a group interview.
Step 4: You will be informed immediately after your interview whether you have been accepted onto
Step 5: You will then be asked to pay a non refundable first instalment of 4,000 Dirhams to secure
one of the twelve places on the course within a week of acceptance.
Step 6: The remainder of the fees (5,000 dirhams) will be due three weeks before the start of the
2012 courses in Sharjah
Full - Time courses
19th February – 15th March 2012 - Sunday to Thursday (09.00-18.00)
(Deadline for application 15th January 2012)
3rd June – 28th June 2012 - Sunday to Thursday (09.00-18.00)
(Deadline for application 22nd April 2012)
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