CELTA in Beijing: about the course


Our Beijing CELTA course, which provides you with the basic skills and knowledge necessary for a career in TEFL/TESOL, is run in collaboration with IH Barcelona, one of Europe's leading training centres for English language teachers.

About the course

The Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course is the best known teacher training course for English language teachers in the world.

CELTA provides initial training leading to a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, and is probably the best choice available for an initial TEFL/TESOL qualification. It is intended for those with little or no previous language teaching experience and for teachers with some experience but little previous training.

Success in the Certificate has enabled many candidates to obtain their first teaching position: the course is highly regarded by employers as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which to develop as a teacher of English.

Course content

  • Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism
  • Classroom observation
  • Teaching practice

Teaching practice

Teaching practice is an integral part of the course. This is organised in small groups of 5-6 trainees with volunteer students at two or three different levels.

After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor. Trainees are expected to liaise within their groups outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, according to guidelines provided by their course tutors.

Course design

Courses are full-time over four weeks and have a minimum of 120 contact hours, plus a further 80 hours outside of classtime tasks, for your assignments and lesson planning.

The course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. Full attendance is very important.

Assessment and certificates

Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability.

At the end of the course successful candidates receive a provisional grade letter from the centre and a progress report written by one of your tutors.

We will send you the official Cambridge CELTA certificate about one month after the course has finished.