Frequently Asked Questions

The Application Process

No. You do not need a degree to apply or be successful on a CELTA course. You only need qualifications for entering Higher Education. 

Note: if you do not have a degree, this can impact your ability to get teaching jobs depending on the institution/ country requirements.

Absolutely! You wlll need to demonstrate in your written application and pre-course interview that you have proficiency that is equal or higher than C1 according to the CEFR. This is so you can comfortably teach a range of different levels in the classroom and complete the written assignments on the course. Supporting documentation (e.g. IELTs, CAE, CPE, Duolingo proficiency test results or copies of degrees imparted through English) are generally required. Email us if you have specific questions about this, as everyone’s situation is different depending on their educational background.

Cambridge Assessment English and ILSC follow open and equal opportunity practices, irrespective of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, creed, colour, race, ethnic origin, age or disability. To be accepted for the CELTA course, applicants must be able to say ‘yes’ to the following:

  • Are you 19 or over?
  • Do you have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry into higher education?
  • Is your English good enough to teach at a range of levels? (Minimum CEFR level high C1 or above)
  • Are you comfortable working in a professional setting and able to give and receive regular feedback on your own and peers’ practice?
  • Do you feel comfortable working with online tools, particularly Zoom  and Google Drive? (Very important for online courses)

The application process for all our courses is the same, following these steps:

  1. Go to ‘apply for CELTA’. Choose either option 1 or 2 to complete your application online.
  2. Pre-interview task: we suggest you use dictionaries and reference materials to help complete this as fully and accurately as possible.
  3. After reviewing your application, a trainer will schedule a 45-minute interview via Zoom. This conversation serves two purposes: it is for us to see if you are a suitable candidate for the course and an opportunity for you to see if the CELTA is the right course for you. We encourage you to ask any and all questions you have about the course. 
  4. After a successful interview, your information will be registered. Then an invoice will be sent to you by email.
  5. Before the start of the course, you will be sent a pre-course task to complete (solutions also provided) to help you prepare for the CELTA.

(Prices for 2024)

Online courses: $2,300 CAD (tax included). (This is approximately 1710 USD, 1570 EUR, 1360 GBP)

In-person courses: $2,650 CAD (tax included). (This is approximately 1970 USD, 1810 EUR, 1560 GBP)

The cost includes the Cambridge registration fee and tuition fees.

You will not be required to purchase any extra material to succesfully complete this course (all materials provided by ILSC).

You will be sent an e-link to complete your payment via credit card after a successful interview. Alternative payment methods are possible on a case-by-case basis.

Ideally, three-to-four months before the course start date. This allows you to have time to prepare for the course (there is a pre-course task) and take advantage of any early-bird discounts. The official deadline for enrollment is 28 days before any course starts.

The official course enrollment deadline is 28 days before the course starts. If we do not reach the minimum quota of trainees by this date, the course is cancelled. Any trainees who have already paid will immediately be notified in order to switch to a different course or be reimbursed in full.

Yes, provided we have reached the minimum quota of students to run the course and there is space left on the course. The minimum quota must be reached one month prior to the course, or the course is cancelled.

The Course Content

You’ll be amazed at how much you will learn on this short course!

Essentially, the aim of the course is to help candidates:

  • 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.

To assess your ability in these areas there are two components: Planning & Teaching, Classroom-related written assignments (of which there are 4). These components are integrated to complement both your practical skills with your theoretical understanding.

The course is assessed internally, then externally moderated by a Cambridge-approved assessor.

The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas:

– 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 teaching contexts

– Developing teaching skills and professionalism.

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 topic 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.

Assessment framework

There are two components: Component One – Planning and teaching (you teach a total of 6 hours) and Component Two – Classroom-related written assignments (4 assignments in total).

CELTA is internally assessed and externally moderated by a Cambridge English approved assessor, who samples portfolios and teaching practice and who discusses and agrees the grades for all candidates.

Yes, and this is a key course component. You will:
– teach real students 6 hours of assessed teaching at two levels
– teach a total of ​8 lessons (45 mins per lesson); if online, through Zoom, if on campus, in a classroom
– submit a formal lesson plan prior to each lesson
– graded on a on pass/fail basis
– receive detailed written and verbal feedback provided after each lesson

Yes, four in total. Each are 750-1000 words long and semi-academic in nature.
– Each assignment graded on pass/fail basis
– You are given one oOpportunity to resubmit each, if necessary
The assignments are:
· Assignment 1: language skills assignment
· Assignment 2: language research assignment
· Assignment 3: focus on the learners
· Assignment 4: reflections from the classroom

Yes, it is identical. The only difference is online you teach through Zoom; on campus, you teach in a classroom. All paper submissions (e.g. lesson plans, assignments) are done through Google docs / slides, irrespecitve of the course format.

Career Paths

Yes! CELTA is the most widely recognised English Language Teaching (ELT) certificate in the world! Having this qualification will open doors for you anywhere in the world. If you have an Undergraduate degree in any subject this will also boost your job applications (this is a requirement for some positions in certain countries).

The ELT profession is one that offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth. Whether you travel abroad or teach in your home country, you will meet people of many different cultures and make a real difference in their lives.

Teaching English is often a flexible profession. It can offer opportunities part-time, full-time, supplement an existing job, can be done online or in a physical classroom.

Teaching can also lead to a variety of other jobs in the ELT field such as Academic Director, curriculum design, administration services, Examiner (such as IELTS), materials writer, and many more!

ELT is a big field and can lead you to more specific areas of teaching. Some examples include: Teaching Young Learners, Academic Preparation, Exam Preparation, Business English, English for Specific Purposes, One on One tutoring, and may more! Note that CELTA focuses on building general teaching skills that can be applied to any of these contexts.

CELTA is internationally recognised and you can work almost anywhere!

Canada: ILSC has locations in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver and you can find work in colleges, universities, and other private language institutions. Note that to work in the public sector you may need extra teaching qualifications that are not the same from province to province.

International: Your opportunities are endless around the world with CELTA.

With ILSC connections: Join us at one of our many institutions with ILSC in Canada, Australia, and India or one of our partners: ELS or Berlitz!

During the final days of the course (online or in-person) we will share our recommendations for how and where to apply for teaching positions in Canada and around the world. We will give you a list of up-to-date offerings for online and in classroom positions. Once you have graduated, we will also invite you to our closed CELTA alumni group on LinkedIn where you can connect with other CELTA grads to find jobs and professional development opportunities. 


The CELTA is an introductory course for candidates who have little or no previous English language teaching experience. It may also be suitable for candidates with some experience but little previous training. 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.
– Candidates who complete the course successfully can begin working in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world.

There are many reasons to take CELTA with ILSC, including: 

  • High success rate. 
  • Access to up-to-date resources and reference material needed.
  • Highly trained and dedicated tutors to provide the support you need. 
  • Self-study guidance: ‘how-to’ guides, online self-directed learning, examples of successful plans and assignments, a detailed schedule to keep on top of the workload.  
  • Post CELTA support: Private Linkedin group and email lists to job opportunities, professional development and networking opportunities.  
  • Job opportunities with the ILSC education group institution on any of their campuses worldwide. 

Whichever way you take CELTA, you’ll experience the same standard of training from CELTA-certified trainers. Assessment requirements are the same in both modes of delivery and you’ll receive the same qualification and benefit from the same international recognition.

The main differences in the delivery of the content are as follows:

  1. Mode of Delivery = The entirety of the online course is completed online via Moodle / Google Drive / Zoom. The in-person course is done on campus in the physical classroom.
  2. Asynchronous learning = Although equally as rigorous, the online course is extensive (not intensive), and so there are 2 days a week where input sessions (learning about teaching) take place as self-study using Moodle. The in-person course has live input sessions. 
  3. In-classroom materials = During the online course, you will be encouraged to adapt materials using digital tools; in-person you will still be able to use such tools but they are not mandatory.
  4. Teaching Practice = All the teaching experience you will get on the online course will happen over Zoom. In the In-person course, we will have 3 online input sessions to navigate the online teaching setting.

A quick Google of experiences on the course and you will learn that CELTA is intense, rigorous, but hugely rewarding, regardless of the mode or length of the course.

Whether you take the course online or in-person, you must aim for 100% attendance. This is because the content and assessment is integrated and formative. You are assessed by tutors on a regular basis in order to show that you can reflect on your teaching and implement the strategies and techniques you learn on the course. 

So, although the fail rate is low, due to the application procedure and tutor support, be aware that missing classes and doing only the bare minimum will hinder your progress hugely.

Despite this, the courses are hugely practical and prepare you to work in the classroom immediately once the course has ended after the course.

The CELTA department does not help with accommodation directly. However, ILSC does offer accommodation options for students. You can reach out directly to the accommodations team for support. Head to ILSC’s official website for information (

  • ILSC cannot provide visas to candidates. 
  • Our department is not able to provide advice on Visa applications. However, our partners at Encubate Immigration can provide advice and consultations at an added fee, click here: Encubate Services
  • The CELTA course itself does not require a visa due to its intensity, however Visas may be required depending on the country of origin and any sanctions laid out by the Government of Canada. Click here: Find out if you need a visa to travel to Canada
  • Processing time for visas is usually between 2- 6 months on average, consider this before applying to an on campus course. 
  • Online CELTA at ILSC uses Zoom.
  • You will need access to a stable Wi-Fi connection or a wired internet connection (Min. 2-3Mbs/s).
  • You will need a sufficient integrated or USB webcam and microphone is needed. 
  • We advise using a computer with a sufficient size screen (use of a second screen is highly recommended).
  • Have access to a professional and quiet space to present yourself clearly on camera during input and teaching practice.