The course enables candidates to:

  • acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
  • acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in a real teaching context
  • successfully begin working in a variety of teaching ESOL contexts around the world upon course completion.

The course covers the general principles of teaching adult classes from beginner to upper-intermediate level. Teaching practice is a significant component. Successful completion of the course indicates readiness to embark on a professional career in ELT, and although further guided experience and in-service training will be necessary, the trainee can begin to teach effectively with a firm basis on which to develop as a teacher of ELT.

Course Content: The course follows the Cambridge CELTA syllabus. Teaching techniques are practised by the course participants in regular teaching practice sessions with adult students of English. An overview of the topics covered:

  • The general principles and techniques of teaching and learning a foreign language
  • The English language: linguistic form, function, meaning and phonology
  • Teaching and learning the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Classroom techniques: presentation, practice, checking learning, error analysis, correction, classroom management, group work and pair work
  • Lesson planning; course planning; timetables
  • Different learning and teaching styles at adult level, adult learners‘ motivations and learning styles
  • Other factors that affect learning such as adult literacy
  • The evaluation and use of published and non-published resources and materials along with learning how to adapt authentic materials into concrete learning tools.
  • Professional development: evaluating one’s own strengths and weaknesses, preparing to become a teacher, colleague and employee

Seminars, workshops and observation of experienced teachers take up approximately half the course time. Teaching practice takes up the other half, and is conducted in small groups, each with a teaching practice supervisor. Each trainee teaches for a total of at least six hours with graded classes of students. Teaching practice includes guided preparation, analysis and reflection on teaching practice sessions, and individual tutorials to monitor and discuss progress. Preparation and homework include written assignments and lesson preparation.


The syllabus consists of five units of learning that deal with specific topic areas in the teaching of ESOL.

  • Unit 1 Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Unit 2 Language analysis and awareness
  • Unit 3 Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Unit 4 Planning and resources
  • Unit 5 Developing teaching skills and professionalism

Units 1, 4 and 5 focus on the preparation and delivery of ESOL teaching programmes. Units 2 and 3 focus on the content of ESOL teaching programmes as well as the pedagogic knowledge required for teaching language and language skills.

The full syllabus can be found at www.cambridgeesol.org extern-ico


Assessment overview

CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and who have met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments.

The overall assessment aims for each unit are that candidates should be able to:

  1. assess learner needs, and plan and teach lessons which take account of learners‘ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
  2. demonstrate language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
  3. demonstrate knowledge about language skills and how they may be acquired
  4. plan and prepare lessons designed to develop their learners‘ overall language competence
  5. demonstrate an appropriate range of teaching skills at this level and show professional awareness and responsibility

The certificate will be awarded to candidates who meet the course requirements and whose performance meets, or exceeds, the criteria in both assessment components. The outcome of the course is decided on a continuous assessment basis, there is no final examination. The majority of candidates receive a PASS grade.

A Pass is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and in the written assignments meets the specified criteria. They will continue to need guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.

A Pass (Grade B) is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to:

  • classroom teaching skills

They will continue to need some guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.

A Pass (Grade A) is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of ability and achievement and a level of awareness significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to:

  • planning for effective teaching
  • classroom teaching skills

They will benefit from further guidance in post but will be able to work independently.

Candidates who fail to meet criteria in any or all assessed components will receive a Fail.

Candidates are ineligible for the award in cases where dishonesty or plagiarism is brought to the attention of the Cambridge ESOL Teaching Awards.

See also FAQ


The course tutors and staff are able to provide a great deal of useful job and career advice during and after the CELTA course. These services include:

90 minute session dedicated to the job search, CV writing, and finding the right schools

– Up-to-date job board
– Continued email support for three months after course

While we try our best to assist trainees in their job search, it is our policy to never „guarantee“ jobs to trainees. While many of our competitors advertise guaranteed job placement, we feel this is the wrong approach. Offering guaranteed job placement tends to attract less committed students, and it is in the best interests of AKCENT IH Prague and our students that each trainee is serious about the course. In addition, if someone does not complete the course requirements, we would not feel comfortable placing them in a position.

Based on previous experience, the vast majority of those who successfully complete the CELTA course have very little difficulty finding a job–and we are committed to preparing each student to find and land the job that is best for them.


The most respected TEFL qualification

TEFL, CELTA, ESL, TESOL, EFL, etc. It must seem confusing for a person when first trying to choose a course in English teaching because there are so many choices. ‚TEFL‘ is a general term which is sometimes used to refer to qualifications for English language teachers. The Cambridge CELTA is by far the best known and most widely taken initial qualification. Only the Trinity TESOL course can come close to the standards and quality of a CELTA course and CELTA has been established longer. Basically anyone can set themselves up and say they offer a ‚TEFL“ course regardless of teaching experience, qualifications and so on. Any potential employer, if they have any knowledge at all of initial TEFL qualifications, is likely to know of the Cambridge CELTA. It is accepted throughout the world by organisations which employ English language teachers. When doing CELTA in Prague 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. All the courses cost about the same price but only the CELTA can guarantee you are employable all around the world.

Cambridge ESOL Course Standardization

The courses are validated, and syllabus and assessment criteria are fixed by, the University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). This assures quality control in a number of areas: All centres (such as AKCENT International House Prague) 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 ESOL. Similarly, it is not uncommon for institutions to have their application to run CELTA courses turned down by ESOL.

External Assessor Moderation

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)

Cambridge ESOL approved trainers

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.

Low student-trainer ratio

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.

External body for complaints

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.

Ideal Setting

AKCENT International House Prague is one of the biggest schools in the country so you will get a feel for what it is like being an EFL (TEFL) teacher in a real teaching environment. The school also belongs to a worldwide network of schools, very handy for careers advice and job openings in many countries. Should you be interested in a job in another IH you can even be interviewed in person while still in Prague.

Low cost of living

During the four-weeks of the course you will not be earning any money. Therefore, one advantage of doing CELTA in Prague is the lower cost of living. In general, you can expect to pay about half what you would in London, Paris, or New York. Beers and subway tickets are about a pound or two dollars, short-term housing costs are reasonable, and you can dine in relative luxury without breaking the bank. To find out the latest exchange rates, please go to www.xe.com/ucc extern-ico.

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