Start your teaching journey. Take your first step into English language teaching - travel the world or teach online from anywhere in the world.

The CELTA course provides practical, initial training in teaching English as a foreign language.

The extended mixed mode CELTA course is a flexible course mode that enables you to study at NILE in Norwich for the first two weeks with face-to-face input and face-to-face teaching, and then to study part-time from your own home for the second half of the course on 10 consecutive Saturdays, with live online input and live online teaching practice.

At the NILE course centre you will teach learners from around the world who are based in Norwich, work with a group of colleagues, and have full access to all NILE's resources. For the weeks you study online, your course will be a mix of online study, live sessions with learners and tutor support, leaving you with experience in teaching both in a real classroom and remotely.


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" Excellent! I really enjoyed how personalised the input and Teaching Practice sessions were, it feels like all the tutors really care about us as students and our future teaching careers. Input sessions were really fun, and the staff utterly lovely, all round. "

Catherine, August

Is this course for you?

Location: Online and in Norwich
Experience: An interest in pursuing a career in English Language Teaching
Language Level: C1/C2
Course dates: 
2023 dates to be confirmed
Certification: Cambridge CELTA
Course Length: 12 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee: £1080
VAT (20%): £216
Cambridge Registration Fee: £162
Total: £1458
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 12
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

The course includes

6 hours of teaching practice and feedback
6 hours observation of experienced teachers in the classroom and online
About 50 hours of practical input sessions on methodology, language awareness, phonology and professional development
About 20 hours of lesson preparation, initially supervised by the course tutors
4 written assignments
At least one private tutorial to review progress
Understanding the relationship between the learner, the teacher and the teaching/learning context
Language analysis and awareness
Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
Planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English and resources and materials for teaching English to adults

During input sessions you will find out more about how the English language works, in terms of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as learn about practical teaching methodology (how to set up a classroom, best use the resources at your disposal, deal with different learners, give correction and so on). These sessions aim to help you with your teaching practice.

In addition to input sessions, you will do at least six hours' teaching practice and observe six hours of lessons from experienced teachers. After each teaching session you will be given detailed feedback on your performance, and you will be given an opportunity to comment, reflect on and learn from the lesson observations.


" Excellent! Thought -provoking. Structured and balanced. Quality, detailed feedback on practical issues. Excellent provision by a talented, knowledgable and dedicated team of professionals. "

Amanda, September

" Our teachers were incredibly communicative and supportive for our individual needs. It was a wonderful place to learn with a lovely atmosphere. "

Seamus, September

Further Information

Candidates are assessed continuously during the course and there is no final examination. An external assessor, appointed by Cambridge ESOL, moderates each course. Completion of the course does not guarantee the award of the Certificate. There are two components of assessment: teaching practice and written assignments. To be awarded the certificate candidates must pass both components. There are three grades: Pass, Pass B and Pass A.

Application process:

When we receive your application form - attached to the course dates below - we will contact you for your CV and to complete our Application Task focussing on previous language teaching/learning experience, language analysis (please see example question below) and reasons for taking CELTA. Once you send us that, we arrange an interview either face to face or via Zoom.

  Example language analysis question:
Look at the verb underlined in the sentences below. The verb is in the wrong tense.  
i) correct the sentence
ii) name the correct tense
iii) explain why the tense is used; what meaning is conveyed.
I worked on my assignment when the phone rang.


If you have any questions please contact

Course Leader: Jacqueline Douglas

Jacqueline Douglas

Jacqueline is a Senior Trainer at NILE and has more than 25 years’ experience in ELT, starting as a teacher in Turkey, Spain and Bolivia. Since becoming a trainer in 2003, she has worked in China, south east Asia, South America, Egypt, Greece, Russia, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.

She’s a CELTA tutor and assessor, and a Delta tutor, overseeing Modules 1 and 3 at NILE. She also designs and coordinates a wide range of teacher education programmes and leads on consultancy projects. Jacqueline is a graduate of the NILE MA programme focussing on materials development and learner autonomy and now co-delivers the MA core module.

She is a regular speaker at conferences including IATEFL and the IH Future of Training Conference.

When not at work, she enjoys life in her South Cambridgeshire village, organising walks, quizzes and a phone box book exchange.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
1 August - 12 November 2022 Norwich and online 12 weeks