The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) is an intensive, 120-hour, classroom-based TEFL/TESOL certification course that offers theoretical and practical training to prepare you for the best jobs teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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University affiliated TESOL course

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

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Teach English to adults using a range of practical skills.

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Assess learner needs in order to plan lessons that take into account their backgrounds, learning preferences, and current needs.


Plan, create, and effectively deliver different lesson types for a communicative, student-centered class using a variety of materials and techniques.

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Design appropriate presentation, practice, and production activities for lesson planning.

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Develop learners’ overall language competency by defining and analyzing the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and how each one is learned.

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Analyze and categorize the English language.

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Demonstrate professionalism, responsibility, and teacher development by giving and receiving teaching feedback as well as by working effectively with both classmates and trainers.

Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

  • Admission Requirements

    No previous teaching experience is required to take the CELTA, but all applicants must meet the following qualifications:

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent
    • Be a native English speaker or have near-native English proficiency (meaning a documented C1 English level or higher, based on the Common European Framework, or CEFR)
    • Be willing and able to commit to the demands of the course, such as an 8-hour per day schedule as well as a significant amount of homework outside class
    • Successfully complete a written pre-course task and pre-course interview
  • Course Content

    The CELTA includes the following course components:

    • A minimum of 6 hours of practice teaching with real language students.
    • Guidance throughout the course from experienced trainers who will observe and assess your practice teaching sessions.
    • Live (and video) observations of professional English teachers.
    • Instruction and practice in teaching the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and the language systems (vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar).
    • An introduction to classroom management, including theory and practice with issues such as error correction and giving instructions.
    • Instruction and practice in preparing formal classroom lesson plans.
    • An introduction to language awareness and specific training in how to teach English grammar.
    • An introduction to using multimedia in the classroom, such as online materials, DVDs, and songs.
    • An introduction to Teaching Business English and Teaching English to Young Learners.
    • An overview of intercultural relations and how culture can affect language acquisition.
    • Professional development support and assistance finding teaching jobs.
    Grammar Advisor

    Also included with your CELTA course is a one-year subscription to Grammar Advisor, a comprehensive, interactive English grammar refresher course and teaching reference.  

  • Assignments/Assessment
    Assignments

    To meet the CELTA training and certification requirements, trainees must:

    • Maintain 100% course attendance and participation in all scheduled activities and daily assignments.
    • Teach classes for a minimum of 6 assessed hours.
    • Record and report feedback for all teaching practice classes for self and peer lessons.
    • Participate in 6 hours of directed observations of experienced TEFL teachers.
    • Evaluate the needs of teaching practice students to plan creative and efficient lessons to meet those needs.
    • Write and submit lesson plans based upon material appropriate for their class level.
    • Complete 4 written assignments.
    • Submit a portfolio of all coursework.

    Assessment in the CELTA is continuous and integrated, meaning that assessment takes place throughout the course and that both of the following two assessed components contribute to your overall grade.

    Component 1: Planning and teaching

    There are 5 required components of assessment that combine to make up 100% of the trainee’s total grade (percentage breakdown below). IDELT trainees will receive grades for both on-going and final assessment in the following areas:

    Component 2: Classroom-related written assignments

    This component consists of four written assignments on the following topics:

    • Adult learners and learning contexts
    • An aspect of the language system of English
    • An aspect of language skills
    • Reflection on classroom teaching and the identification of action points
    Evaluation and Final Report

    Upon completion of the Cambridge CELTA, Bridge will issue trainees a final report detailing what was covered during the course and the trainee’s overall performance. This report can be included as a complement to the resume and cover letter when applying for teaching jobs.

  • Is this course right for me?

    Take the Cambridge CELTA if you want to earn widely accepted onsite TEFL/TESOL certification with a teaching practicum included.

    If you answer yes to the following questions, this is the right course for you!

    • I would like to earn the highest level TEFL-TESOL certification possible.
    • I would like to earn the highest level TEFL/TESOL certification possible.
    • I prefer learning in a traditional classroom setting with an instructor and a group of co-trainees.
    • I can commit to an intensive, 4-week course with a full-time schedule.
    • I would like to take a course taught by a master’s level instructor who can guide me and answer my questions in person.
    • I would like a teaching practicum included with my TEFL/TESOL training.
    • I would like personalized job placement assistance such as access to a Jobs Advisor and lifetime access to the  BridgeTEFL Job Board.
    • I am a native English speaker or a non-native English speaker with a C1 proficiency level.

Denver CELTA Course Dates

Sessions fill up quickly. It is recommended you sign up 30-60 days in advance to secure a space.

August 6, 2018 - August 31, 2018
September 10, 2018 - October 5, 2018

How to Apply:

Step 1

To begin the admission process for the CELTA in Denver, you must first choose your start date, complete the online application form, and pay a non-refundable deposit of USD $195.

Step 2

A Bridge Admissions Advisor will then contact you with instructions on how to complete the required pre-course written task and phone interview. (You will be required to pass both prior to course acceptance.)

Step 3

Once you are notified of your acceptance into the CELTA in Denver, your remaining tuition balance is due 30 days prior to your course start date.

The BridgeTEFL Center

Bridge Center

As a CELTA student at Bridge, you’ll train at our newly remodeled, modern facilities downtown, in one of 11 fully-equipped classrooms. CELTA class sizes are small, in order to enhance interaction and learning, and have a maximum of just 12 students. Since Bridge is also an English language center, you will conveniently complete your practice teaching sessions with English students from the local community.

Our comfortable downtown center also features a welcoming lobby, student lounge with computers, a common kitchen area, large outdoor patio with seating, and Wi-Fi throughout the facility. After class, take advantage of our central location within walking distance to shops and restaurants along the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall and other Denver attractions such as museums and sports arenas.

Bridge Center
Bridge Center
Denver, Colorado

Denver, known as the “Mile High City” due to its elevation, is one of the most visited cities in the United States, and an ideal location to earn your CELTA certification. The BridgeTEFL center is located walking distance to shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions.

On weekends, you can enjoy Denver’s over 300 annual days of sunshine by taking part in the outdoor activities we’re famous for, such as hiking local trails, skiing the nearby slopes, or biking around the city. You can also check out the vibrant museum and cultural scene and unique neighborhoods that surround the TEFL center.

Housing options during your Denver CELTA course

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Homestay (4 weeks: $1,120)

In this type of accommodation, you will have your own bedroom and either a shared or private bathroom in the host’s home. Hosts provide breakfast and dinner, and they often enjoy spending time during meals chatting with students. All of our homestays are middle class, many are single-parent households, and they may or may not have children living at home. Homestays are located in attractive homes in safe neighborhoods. Distances from the schools vary from a few-minute walk to a 30-minute bus ride. During your homestay, you will be given a key to the house and are free to come and go as you please; however, as a guest, you should be sure to respect the routine of the people with whom you are staying.

In order to be accepted into our program, local hosts are carefully screened and must meet BridgeTEFL’s stringent requirements. Many homestay providers have been in our program for years and have consistently received excellent evaluations

Hotel/Hostel (4 weeks: $1,960 – $4,200)

Hotels and hostels are available within a short distance of the downtown training center. Hostels provide a more economical alternative to hotels, though unlike a private hotel room, standard service for hostels places you into a dorm room with 2 to 8 people.

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Job Placement Assistance

Bridge is dedicated to helping our graduates prepare to enter the TEFL workforce. After completing the CELTA, we provide graduates with the following support for the rest of their TEFL careers.

Access to the BridgeTEFL Job Board.

CELTA graduates receive lifetime access the BridgeTEFL Job Board, which features current teaching vacancies posted by Bridge-approved schools and recruiters worldwide. Graduates can also post their teaching resume on the Job Board, so that they can be easily found by schools seeking qualified teachers. The Job Board includes other valuable resources to assist with the job search, such as school profiles, Country Overviews to learn more about different teaching locations, and tips related to successful job searching.

Personalized assistance from a Job Advisor.

As a graduate the CELTA, you can contact an experienced Job Advisor personally, by phone or email, for advice on getting a teaching job in your country of choice. BridgeTEFL Job Advisors are experts in the TEFL job market, and can share specific advice and resources you can use as you apply to schools after graduation.

Extensive network of schools worldwide.

Bridge has a network of trusted schools you can access via our Job Board, as well as our own Bridge centers in South America where English is taught locally (and where the Bridge IDELT course is offered).

FAQs

  • Can I take this course if I’m not a native English speaker?

    Yes! Non-native English-speaking trainees must demonstrate English proficiency at a C1 English level or higher, based on the Common European Framework (CEFR) in order to be accepted into the CELTA. This level may be demonstrated with current English proficiency test results (such as from the TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC) or by taking the Bridge Online Language Test (BOLT) prior to acceptance.

  • Do I need previous teaching experience to take this course?

    No, you don’t. While teaching experience can be helpful, anyone who meets the course requirements and has a strong desire to teach English to speakers of other languages is eligible and welcome to take the CELTA.

  • What are the requirements to take this course?

    To take the CELTA, you must be 18 years or older with at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. We require applicants to successfully complete a written pre-course task and pre-course interview prior to course acceptance. If you are not a native English speaker, you must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum of a C1 level (according to the Common European Framework (CEFR), or have earned the equivalent to an IELTS test score of 7.0.

  • Do I have to purchase a textbook?

    Yes. For the CELTA, there is a required textbook called Learning Teaching, by James Scrivener as well as a required grammar reference book. You will be given instructions by a Bridge Admissions Advisor on how to purchase these books once you are registered.

  • What is the admissions process for the CELTA?

    At the time of enrollment, all applicants will pay a course deposit. This deposit is non-refundable, except in the event that you are not accepted to the course.

    You will then be required to complete a pre-course task, which is a written exercise consisting of grammar and teaching questions (you may reference outside resources to complete the task) and a short, written task.

    When an CELTA administrator has received your task, he or she will be in contact with you via email within two weeks to set up a phone interview. In the interview, your task will be reviewed and you will be asked questions about your reasons for taking the CELTA course and related topics. Final acceptance into the course will be decided after the interview.

    (Please note, if English is not your first language, you will also be required to demonstrate English proficiency at a C1 English level or higher, based on the Common European Framework (CEFR). This level may be demonstrated with current English proficiency test results (such as from the TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC) or by taking the Bridge Online Language Test (BOLT) prior to acceptance.)

  • What is the daily schedule of the CELTA?

    The CELTA is a very intensive course. The daily schedule normally runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and each day is divided into two parts. In the mornings, you will attend “input sessions,” in which the trainers facilitate workshops on language, methodology, theory, techniques, etc. You will have an hour lunch break mid-day. In the afternoons, there will be a time for lesson planning and preparation, followed by teaching practice.

  • Do I have to complete any assignments?

    Yes. In addition to participating in daily Input Sessions (learning sessions led by the instructor), lesson planning, and practice teaching, you will also complete 4 graded written assignments in the CELTA. Assignment topics include the following

    Adult learners and learning contexts
    An aspect of the language system of English
    An aspect of language skills
    Reflection on classroom teaching and the identification of action points.

  • Does the course include a teaching practicum?

    Yes. The CELTA provides trainees with the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience. Each trainee will practice teach a minimum of 6 hours of practice lessons with real students. These practice teaching sessions are observed both by trainers and fellow trainees with detailed feedback provided.

  • Can I work or go to school while I take this course?

    It is not recommended that trainees have other obligations during the 4-week CELTA course. The CELTA is a very intensive training with a demanding full-time schedule and additional time required after class for reading, researching, planning lessons and completing homework and written assignments.

  • What is the difference between this course and the Bridge IDELT?

    The Cambridge CELTA and Bridge IDELT are both accredited, internationally recognized TEFL/TESOL courses that prepare you for teaching positions worldwide. These courses were developed by different organizations, Cambridge in the U.K. and Bridge in the U.S., so they vary slightly in structure and content but are considered equivalent certifications. Click to learn more about the IDELT.

    The reason CELTA tuition is higher than IDELT tuition is that CELTA is a Cambridge English (U.K.) course offered at authorized training centers around the world. Centers that receive this authorization pay royalty fees to Cambridge, which affects the course cost. The Bridge IDELT, on the other hand, is a Bridge proprietary course, so no additional fees are required, making tuition lower.

  • How will I receive my certificate?

    Upon successful completion of the CELTA, your hard copy, 120- hour certificate will be mailed to you by Cambridge English. This certificate, features the Cambridge English logo, unique certificate number, and official administrator’s signature.

Meet the CELTA Instructors

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Denise Kray

CELTA/IDELT Trainer

Denise earned a Bachelor’s of Elementary Education in 1995 from the University of Alberta, Canada, and also holds a Cambridge Delta Module Two (Developing professional practice). After university, she spent a year in Japan where she taught English to students of all levels. Upon returning to the U.S., Denise got her Colorado teacher credential, and in 1997 came to Bridge Education Group, Inc. where she has taught ESL classes, including test preparation, grammar, reading, listening, and speaking. Since 2003, Denise has been a teacher trainer for the BridgeTEFL programs – as both a Cambridge CELTA Trainer, and Head IDELT Trainer for BridgeTEFL in Denver. She has also assisted in curriculum development for both ESL classes and BridgeTEFL.

Team Member

David Patten

CELTA Trainer

A native of London, England, David has been a teacher and trainer in the field of ELT since the 1980s. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, including university programs, private language schools, and public school districts, and has worked in Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. David has trained teachers in Brazil through the British Council, and is also an approved trainer for the School for International Training. He holds the three main credentials in the field: CELTA, DELTA, and an MA Applied Linguistics.

Did you know Bridge also offers our proprietary, CELTA-equivalent TEFL certification in Denver as well as at our South American centers? Click to a location to learn more about the International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT)!

Locations

Bridge in Denver, Colorado

IDELT

CELTA

Bridge in Buenos Aires, Argentina

IDELT

Bridge in Santiago, Chile

IDELT

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