About this course

If you want a career in English teaching, a CELTA course at the British Council could be the ideal starting place. 

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an internationally recognised English teaching qualification for people with little or no previous teaching experience. It is one of the most widely taken qualifications of its kind and it is essential for anyone hoping to work for a reputable English language teaching institution such as the British Council.

Our intensive, four-week CELTA course helps participants acquire the language awareness, lesson planning and classroom management skills needed to teach English to adult learners. It is a full-time course that is challenging and rewarding in equal measure. Candidates' performance is assessed on a daily basis and they are expected to meet regular deadlines.

CELTA is awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the world-famous University of Cambridge. The British Council is accredited by the University of Cambridge to deliver the course.

On this course you will:

  • train as part of a small group and receive individual support and attention
  • attend daily input sessions focusing on language awareness and teaching methodology
  • plan and deliver six hours of observed teaching and receive feedback on your performance
  • produce four written assignments on language, learning and teaching theory
  • observe other course participants and more experienced British Council teachers
  • find out what it is like to work in a busy and successful teaching centre.

What does the course cover?

Core CELTA input sessions cover:

  • methods of presenting and practising language
  • correction techniques
  • lesson planning
  • classroom management
  • using learning technologies.

In terms of planning and teaching, you will work with a group of trainees to teach part of a lesson every day and gain experience of teaching learners at different levels.

 How will I be assessed?

There is no final written exam, but you will be assessed on your: 

  • planning and teaching 
  • ability to apply what you learn in the classroom 
  • awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of your teaching
  • contribution to group input and feedback sessions
  • written assignments.

Where is this course taught?

How to apply

Who can apply for a place on a CELTA course?

To apply for a place on our CELTA course, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old when the course begins
  • be a proficient user of English at C1 level or higher on the Common European Framework (CEF). Click here to find out more about the CEF
  • have a standard of education which would allow entry to higher education in your country.

Acceptance is not automatic. You will need to submit an application form and complete a pre-course task. 

If your pre-course task is up to the required standard, you will be invited to attend an interview, either face-to-face or on the phone.

How to apply 

  • Please download and print the form below, complete it by hand, scan it and send it to samhar.tadesse@ae.britishcouncil.org for Abu Dhabi CELTA courses or shj.celta@ae.britishcouncil.org for Sharjah CELTA courses.
  • When the completed application form is received and checked, we will contact you to arrange a time for interview.
  • Afterwards candidates will be contacted to let them know whether or not they have been accepted on the course.
  • As soon as applicants have been accepted they can register on the course.
  • If accepted on the course, we shall send you a pre-course task focussing on language awareness and other aspects of teaching in order to prepare you for the course. This represents about 25 hours’ study time.  

Calendar and pricing

We run several part-time and full-time CELTA courses at the British Council every year. You are advised to apply at least two months in advance, as the courses fill up very quickly.

The fee for CELTA courses running in 2015 is AED 10,000.

Following acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of AED 2,000 is required to secure a place on the course. The balance of the course fees must be paid four weeks before the scheduled start of the course.

Please note that the CELTA course requires a considerable amount of time and energy. Trainees will often find themselves working on assignments or preparing materials outside their timetabled hours and at weekends. It is expected that candidates will dedicate a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre- and post-session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.

2015 CELTA course dates - Abu Dhabi


Type Start date End date Days and times
Part-time CELTA 11 January 2015 30 March 2015 Sunday, Monday and Wednesday 17.45-21.45
Part-time CELTA 12 April 2015 1 July 2015 Sunday, Monday and Wednesday 17.45-21.45
Full-time CELTA 26 July 2015 20 August 2015 Sunday to Thursday 09.00-17.00
Part-time CELTA 13 September 2015 9 December 2015 Sunday, Monday and Wednesday 17.45-21.45

2015 CELTA course dates - Sharjah

Type Start date End date Days and times
Full-time CELTA 28 September 2015 26 October 2015 Sunday to Thursday 09.00-17.00