CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is the best known teacher training course for English language teachers in the world.
The CELTA course provides initial training leading to a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, probably the best choice available for an initial ELT (or TEFL/TESOL) qualification. It is intended for those with little or no previous English Language teaching experience and for teachers with some experience but little previous training.
Completing the course successfully will enable you to obtain your first teaching position: the course is highly regarded by employers as providing sound initial training and a strong basis from which you can develop further as a teacher of English.
Trainees are continuously assessed in all the syllabus areas, including written assignments, and with particular emphasis on their teaching ability.
At the end of the course successful candidates receive the Cambridge Certificate and a Progress Report.
IH Riviera Maya is an Authorised Centre for Cambridge exams and teaching awards
The CELTA course in Playa del Carmen was intense but one of my better life decisions. The school is mega-friendly, the town a paradise for chilling out when work stops
Arturo Miczyk, CELTA course trainee
An integral part of the course, teaching practice is organised in small groups of 5-6 trainees with volunteer students at two or three different levels.
After each teaching practice session an evaluation of the session is led by a course tutor.
You are expected to liaise within your group outside course hours in order to plan teaching practice classes, following guidelines provided by your course tutor/s.
Four week intensive CELTA course
Part-time CELTA course (Saturdays)
Blended CELTA course
Sessions are held between 9.00am and 6pm, including teaching practice. A typical day on the course looks something like this:
NB: Timetable subject to change.
Courses are full-time over four weeks and have a minimum of 120 contact hours, plus a further 80 hours plus for required outside of classtime tasks, including assignments and lesson planning.
The course is very intensive and requires a full-time commitment. Full attendance is very important.
We also offer an extensive course, over 15-18 weeks, Saturdays only.
All CELTA courses are run by experienced and talented teacher trainers.
Our CELTA tutors are highly experienced teachers who have also received CELTA Trainer accreditation through the University of Cambridge. They have completed both the CELTA and Delta qualifications and have many years of both teaching and training experience. Some of them have MAs in TESOL, Teacher Education, Applied Linguistics and ELT.
We also have two CELTA Assessors on our team of trainers (Orlando Delgado Mata and Ricardo Fajardo), and one Delta Assessor (Orlando Delgado Mata, our Director of Teacher Training & Development).
There are CELTA centres around the world but not too many where you can chill out at the end of the day in a setting like this one.
A CELTA course involves four quite intense weeks of work. One thing most trainees seem to agree is that, while it's important to be fully committed to your course, it's also necessary to find time to relax...
Which is one reason why Playa del Carmen is a great choice for a CELTA course.
You'll just need to add your flight (in the US, you will find round-trip flights to Cancun from about $350 USD, from $800 USD in Europe.
What are you waiting for...?
Playa del Carmen is probably the best place on Earth to get your CELTA
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We have an application form and pre-interview task which you complete and send to us, followed by an interview, which can be conducted by phone or Skype.
Once you've been accepted, payment can be in euros or US dollars, by credit card or bank transfer.
The CELTA course at IH Riveria Maya was one of the most rewarding things I have done. I went in having no idea how to teach English and came out feeling ready to teach my own class
Selina Padilla, CELTA course trainee
You will find more information on the CELTA qualification on the official Cambridge English CELTA site.
You can also take your CELTA course with us in Cuernavaca, Guadalajara and Mexico City.
We also run TKT courses in Playa del Carmen.
TKT (the "Teaching Knowledge Test", that is) offers you an alternative to CELTA.
You can also take a Spanish course at IH Riviera Maya.
But if you are going to take a Spanish course, do so before or after your CELTA course, not during!