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Cambridge University CELTA course


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CA International College Pte Ltd is a registered CELTA centre with University of Cambridge ESOL (SG062).

The CELTA course is awarded by one of the most famous universities in the world, so that’s a good start!  It is well regarded by organizations such as the Peace Corps and JET. CELTA graduates usually receive credit for MA TESOL programs. 

1.     The Cambridge University CELTA is one of the most widely known initial qualifications. Any potential employer, if they have any knowledge at all of initial TEFL qualifications, is likely to know of the Cambridge University CELTA. It is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English language teachers. Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards have been accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority QCA at level 5 on the British National Qualification Framework. Cambridge ESOL also works with international ELT organisations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally. More than 10,000 candidates complete a CELTA course each year. It is accepted by the British Council as an initial and a full EFL qualification for teachers in schools and colleges accredited under the British Council’s Accreditation in Britain Scheme.  

2.     The courses are validated, and syllabus and assessment criteria are fixed by, the University for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This assures quality control in a number of areas: All centres (such as CA International College) are subject to approval by ESOL and have to maintain standards in order to retain this approval. If a centre is failing to meet the required standards, approval to run course will be withdrawn by Cambridge ESOL. Similarly, it is not uncommon for institutions to have their application to run CELTA courses turned down by Cambridge ESOL.  

3.     Every CELTA course is moderated by an external assessor which means you are assured you are receiving appropriate level of training and that the trainers are doing their job to an approved standard (if they weren’t the centre could have their accrediatation revoked).  

4.     Each CELTA trainer has to be approved by ESOL (which includes meeting ESOL requirements re teaching experience and qualifications, this means that a trainer usually has a minimum qualification of a diploma certificate plus a number of years experience of other teacher development) and has to undergo a substantial induction process. No tutor who has not been accredited by Cambridge ESOL can EVER tutor on a CELTA course.  

5.     You are guaranteed a maximum of 6 trainees to 1 tutor. Most of our courses have a maximum of 12 trainees. Other courses take as many people as possible, which makes them more money but also reduces the amount of time a tutor is available for you.  

6.     Should you not be happy with the standard of training you receive, there is an external body to which you can complain so you can be certain your complaint will be dealt with seriously and relevant action taken.  

7.     CA International College is the leading TESOL training school in Singapore so you will get a feel for what it is like being an EFL teacher in a real teaching environment.  When doing CELTA with us, you are guaranteed that your course is running to an approved syllabus, your trainers are all highly experienced and have been trained to tutor you.

Only the CELTA can guarantee you are employable all around the world. Cambridge ESOL is a division of The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES). UCLES took over the RSA certificates and diplomas for teachers in 1988. Some people still refer to the ’RSA certificate’ but they mean CELTA, which is now one of the Cambridge ESOL Language Awards. (Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards is the English language teacher-training unit at UCLES).

Cambridge ESOL's CELTA programme sets the international benchmark in English language teaching. Open more doors with a CELTA. Teaching English to speakers of other languages can be 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 anywhere. CELTA is an initial qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience and opens up a whole world of exciting teaching opportunities. Because it is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge, you can rely on its quality and recognition.






Course Information:

Part Time - 8 weeks

Full Time - 20 days, Approx 4 weeks


Ideally you should:

  • be aged 21 or over
  • have a standard of English which will enable you to teach at a range of levels.
  • IELTS 7.0, PTE 80. YOU DON'T NEED TO DO IELTS or PTE. A final interview is mandatory for acceptance.

We may still accept you if you do not have formal qualifications at this level but can demonstrate that you would be likely to complete the course successfully. We may, at our discretion, accept applicants aged between 18 and 20.

Steps in registration:

  1. Submit the Application Form and resume (online) and pay a $100 Application Fee (look under Course Fee below).
  2. Based on your application and resume, you will be sent the pre interview written tasks. Please allocate about 2 hours for this and submit within 14 days of your online registration.
  3. Based the results of your pre interview written tasks and application form, we will decide to invite you for an interview.
  4. Following your interview you will be notified whether you have been accepted onto the course. If accepted, a Letter of Offer will be sent to be signed and returned to us along with a payment of $1,000 to secure your place. If you are not accepted, then the Application Fee (less administrative charges) is refundable to you within 5 working days.


You are assessed throughout the course on your:

  • 6 hours of teaching practice/ 8 sessions (lesson planning, class teaching and self-evaluation)
  • 4 written assignments (totalling 1500 words)

Your performance is measured against criteria which you are given at the start of the course. 
There is no final examination. Generally you need to pass at least 6 of 8 Teaching Practice sessions and not resubmit any assignment more than twice.

Worldwide CELTA grades in 2011 

  • 4% Pass A
  • 23% Pass B
  • 68% Pass
  • 1% withdrawn 
  • 4% fail



Click here for CELTA syllabus

Click here for Credit Tranfers to Australian Universities


CELTA covers:

the principles of effective teaching

provides a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners

gives you hands-on teaching practice

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.
  • 108  (minimum) hours of seminars and demonstrations to explore communicative teaching methodologies including:
  • How to teach speaking, writing, reading, listening, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, function and form

    1. teaching adults in a variety of contexts including general English, business English, exam preparation 
      classes, and how to adapt these methodologies to the younger learner classroom
    2. lesson planning
    3. how to use or adapt course books and design your own classroom materials
    4. language analysis and awareness
    5. factors affecting motivation, cultural backgrounds and learner styles
    6. teaching practice preparation
    7. detailed feedback of your teaching practice
  • 6 (minimum) hours of assessed teaching practice with real classes
  • 6 (minimum) hours directed observation of lessons taught by experienced teachers
  • 120 hrs (minimum total) - 108 + 6 + 6.
  • 80 hours of work at home including lesson preparation, assignments and course reading


    SGD$5100 (for additional Certificate IV add- SGD$1,498).

    • $100 Application Fee. Refundable if you are not accepted on ANY CELTA course minus an Administrative Fee of $50. Applicants must submit the pre interview task within 14 days of initial application. Failure to do so will forfeit the Application Fee.
    • $1000 Securing Fee. Payable at time of acceptance. Receipt will be issued. 
    • Balance of Fee $4000 as follows:
              $1,500 - 14 days after being accepted

              $2,500 - 28 days before commencement of course


    Please note that Certificate IV  certificates are usually sent from Sydney quarterly (end of - March, June, September and December).

    OCBC Credit Card holders qualify for instalment plans of 6 or 12 months. 3% surcharge applies. 





     Part Time/ Full Time

    Student Ration 6:1 (maximum)




      CELTA Certificate from University of Cambridge




      Bernard McGuigan, Sharon Balani
    Course Intake: C2-2014 Part Time Weeknights And Weekends
    21 Jan 14 to 16 Mar 14


    Tuesday 7:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays 9:30am to 5:30pm

    8 weeks. 


    Times may be subject to change.

    Course Intake: C3-2014 Part Time Weekdays
    31 Mar 14 to 21 May 14


    Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 9:15am - 4:30pm

    8 weeks.

    Times may be subject to change.

    Course Intake: C4-2014 Part Time Weeknights And Weekends
    01 Apr 14 to 25 May 14


    Tuesdays 7:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays 9:30am to 5:30pm

    8 weeks

    Times may be subject to change.

    Course Intake: C5-2014 Intensive June School Holiday Intake
    02 Jun 14 to 26 Jun 14


    Mondays to Fridays 9:15am to 5:00pm

    20 days.  Approx 4 weeks.

    Times may be subject to change.

    Course Intake: C8 - 2014 Part Time Weekdays
    22 Sep 14 to 12 Nov 14


    Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays - 9:15am - 4:30pm

    8 weeks.

    Times may be subject to change.

    Course Intake: C9-2014 Part Time Weeknights And Weekends
    23 Sep 14 to 16 Nov 14


    Tuesdays 7:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays 9:30am to 5:30pm

    8 weeks 

    Course Intake: C10- 2014 Intensive December School Holiday Intake
    24 Nov 14 to 18 Dec 14


    Mondays to Fridays 9:15am to 5:00pm

    20 days, Approx 4 weeks.

    Times may be subject to change.