100% online CELTA through ILSC Montreal

CELTA fully online course | 8 weeks

Upcoming course dates

How is the eight week online CELTA structured?

Weeks 1 - 8

Input sessions

1:00 – 4:30pm EST

Learn theory, methodology, and lesson planning synchronously with your instructors and classmates on Zoom.

Input sessions


Complete interactive self-study units and work on your weekly lesson plan.

Input sessions


Complete interactive self-study units and work on your weekly lesson plan.


1:00 – 4:30pm EST

See a detailed breakdown below.


1:00 – 4:30pm EST

See a detailed breakdown below.


1:00 – 4:30pm EST

You will be teaching one lesson per week on either Thursday or Friday.

You will attend both days of Teaching Practice.

teaching practice

1:00 – 3:00pm EST

Teach a forty to sixty-minute lesson on Zoom and watch your classmates do the same.


3:00 – 3:30pm EST

Take a quick break after teaching your lesson and complete the self-reflection.

Lesson feedback

3:30 – 4:30pm EST

Meet back on Zoom with your classmates and instructor to receive written and verbal feedback on your lesson.

Additional information.

Total course fees for the eight-week online CELTA:  $2,300CAD

  • This includes the $150 non-refundable registration fee, and the transferable $300 deposit.
  • Once accepted, the $450 registration and deposit must be paid to reserve your place on the course.
  • Full payment is due at least two weeks prior to course commencement. 
  • Fees can be paid online through payment portal.

Refund Policy

  • If you decide not to attend the course in the 7 days before the course begins, you will incur a penalty of $500.
  • If written notice of withdrawal is given within the first week of the course: 50% refund of course fee.
  • If written notice of withdrawal is given within the first two weeks of the course: 30% refund of course fee.
  • If written notice of withdrawal is given after the first three weeks of the course: 0% refund of course fee.
  • All payments made by credit card will be refunded on the same credit card, minus credit card fees initially charged.

Course Cancellation Policy

Six candidates are required to run the CELTA program. In the unlikely event that the minimum number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and 100% of the applicant’s fees will be refunded or deferred to a later course.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages (CELTA)

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. 

Course Aims

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.

Syllabus overview

The following syllabus is a reflection of the pre-service entry point of prospective candidates and outlines both the subject knowledge and the pedagogic knowledge and skills required for beginner ESOL teachers.

The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas:

  • Topic 1 Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Topic 2 Language analysis and awareness
  • Topic 3 Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Topic 4 Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
  • Topic 5 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, and Component Two: Classroom-related written assignments (of which there are four 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.

  • 6 hours of assessed teaching

  • ​8 lessons, usually taught every other day

  • Formal lesson plan submitted prior to each lesson

  • ​Each lesson graded on pass/fail basis

  • ​Written and verbal feedback provided after each lesson

  • ​Teach actual English learners at two distinct levels

  • 4 written assignments

  • Each 750-1000 words, none are overly academic

  • Each assignment graded on pass/fail basis

  • Opportunity to resubmit each if necessary

  • Assignment 1: language skills assignment

  • Assignment 2: language research assignment

  • Assignment 3: focus on the learners

  • Assignment 4: reflection

  • Online CELTA at ILSC uses Zoom. 
  • As a student at ILSC you will be provided with a temporary Microsoft 365 account to access Teams.
  • 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 (a second screen is sometimes preferred by candidates).
  • Have access to a professional and quiet space to present yourself clearly on camera during input and teaching practice.

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