Teacher Training

The CELTA course provides speakers of English with initial training in teaching English as a foreign or second language (TEFL, EFL,TESOL and ELT) and leads to the internationally recognized qualification Cambridge English Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA).

It is an introductory course for candidates who have little or no previous English language teaching experience or for candidates with some experience who are looking for an international qualification.

The courses are validated and the syllabus and assessment criteria set by Cambridge English.

The intensive CELTA course takes place over 4 weeks, Monday to Friday, 9.30-5.00 pm.  The part-time course lasts 17 weeks.

The minimum number of contact hours is 120, but you should calculate at least another 120 hours outside of the core timetable for assignment writing, lesson preparation and background reading.

During the course, candidates develop familiarity with the principles of effective teaching and acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners.

The course is designed around a preparation, teaching and feedback cycle, and includes:

  • daily teaching practice
  • observation of experienced teachers in the classroom
  • completion of a range of practically focused written assignments
  • daily input sessions dealing with current methodology, language analysis and its application in the classroom

Please be aware that the full-time CELTA course is highly intensive. Candidates should not have any outside work or study commitments during the course.

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The CELTA course programme is designed to enable candidates to:

  • Develop an awareness of language and a knowledge of the description of English and apply these in their professional practice
  • Develop an initial understanding of the contexts within which adults learn English, their motivations and the roles of the teacher and the learner
  • Develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching to adult learners of English
  • Develop basic skills for teaching adults in the language classroom
  • Develop familiarity with appropriate resources and materials for use with adult learners of English for teaching, testing and reference purposes
  • Identify opportunities for their own future development as professionals in the field

The course features are:

  • Extensive teaching practice every day (six hours in total)
  • Practical experience teaching students at different language levels
  • Detailed feedback and discussion sessions with a course tutor
  • Observation of qualified teachers  (six hours in total)
  • Guided observation of videoed lessons
  • Seminars and demonstrations to improve language awareness
  • Classroom management and lesson planning

Syllabus Overview

The syllabus consists of five units of learning that deal with specific topic areas in the teaching of ESOL.

  • Unit 1 Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Unit 2 Language analysis and awareness
  • Unit 3 Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Unit 4 Planning and resources
  • Unit 5 Developing teaching skills and professionalism

Units 1, 4 and 5 focus on the preparation and delivery of ESOL teaching programmes. Units 2 and 3 focus on the content of ESOL teaching programmes as well as the pedagogic knowledge required for teaching language and language skills.

Assessment & Grading

You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. Rest assured, trainees are always kept informed of their progress during the course and an external assessor, appointed by Cambridge English, moderates each course.

There are two components of assessment:

1. Teaching practice
You will teach for a total of 6 hours, working with classes at two levels of ability. Assessment is based on your overall performance at the end of the 6 hours.

2. Written assignments
You will complete four written assignments: one focusing on adult learning; one on the language system of English; one on language skills; and one on classroom teaching.

To be awarded the certificate you must pass both components and show that you can:

  • assess learner needs, and plan and teach lessons which take account of learners’ backgrounds, learning preferences and current needs
  • demonstrate language knowledge and awareness and appropriate teaching strategies
  • demonstrate knowledge about language skills and how they may be acquired
  • plan and prepare lessons designed to develop learners’ overall language competence
  • demonstrate an appropriate range of teaching skills at two levels and show professional awareness and responsibility

There are three grades — Pass, Pass ‘B’ and Pass ‘A’.  The majority of candidates receive a PASS grade.

Pass is awarded to candidates whose performance overall in the teaching practice and in the written assignments meets the specified criteria. They will continue to need guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.

Pass (Grade B) is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to:

  • classroom teaching skills

They will continue to need some guidance to help them to develop and broaden their range of skills as teachers in post.

Pass (Grade A) is awarded to candidates whose performance in the written assignments meets the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of ability and achievement and a level of awareness significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria in relation to:

  • planning for effective teaching
  • classroom teaching skills

They will benefit from further guidance in post but will be able to work independently.

Candidates who fail to meet criteria in any or al assessed components will receive a Fail.

Candidates are ineligible for the award in cases where dishonesty or plagiarism is brought to the attention of the Cambridge English Teaching Awards.

Further Information

Candidates are strongly recommended to read the CELTA syllabus and assessment criteria, available as a PDF download from the Cambridge ESOL website:


Full-time Intensive CELTA

Mondays to Fridays, 09.00 – 17.00

2018 Full-time dates

Monday 8th January to Friday 2nd February

Monday 5th March to Wednesday 28th March

Tuesday 3rd April to Friday 4th May (5 week course)

Monday 28th May  to Friday 29th June (5 week course)

Monday 2nd July to Friday 27th July

Monday 3rd September to Friday 28th September

Monday 8th October to Friday 9th November (5 week course)


Part-time Extensive CELTA

The part-time CELTA lasts 17 weeks. Candidates are required to attend the input sessions on Friday evenings and the teaching practice sessions on Saturday mornings, during the 17-week period of the course (there are no classes on Bank Holiday weekends 24/3, 30-31/3, 25-26/5, 15-16/6).

Fridays 18:00 – 21:00 Input sessions / Saturdays 09:30 – 13.30 Teaching practice

2018 Part-time dates

Friday 2nd March to Saturday 30th June

The CELTA course at IH Buenos Aires costs:

USD1420 plus Cambridge enrolment fee USD250* – Total USD1670

Fees include:

Full use of the schools facilities, including free access to the photocopier and computers

WiFi internet connection

Refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits)

*Any increase levied by Cambridge English on their CELTA enrolment fee during the year will be added

to the total course fee.

Firstly, in order to be considered for Cambridge English CELTA you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants should be aged 20 or over
  • Applicants must have an awareness of language and a competence in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of classes – ideally at C2 level on the Common European Framework.
  • Applicants must have a standard of education that would allow entrance to higher education in their own country.
  • Applicants must have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete the written assignments and the assessment of teaching practice successfully

Secondly, you need to complete the application form and email it to us at info@ih-buenosaires.com.

We will process your application within 24-48 hours and if your initial application is successful then you will be invited for interview.  In some cases we may request additional information before your application can be considered further.  Overseas applicants will be interviewed by Skype.

Successful candidates will receive a formal acceptance letter within 48 hours, together with details for payment.

Once you have paid the deposit we will send you the Pre-Course Task, the aim of which is to introduce you to some of the areas covered on the CELTA and to provide you with the opportunity to prepare for the course. The pre-course task should be completed before the course begins but it is not part of the formal assessment.  Answers are provided for you to self-correct.

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Full details of how to pay will be provided once you have been accepted on to a course.  However, you should be aware of the following information:

  • to  reserve your place on the course you will need to make a deposit
  • full fees must be paid four weeks before the course starts.
  • candidates who pay in full ten weeks before the start of the course receive an ‘early bird’ discount of 10% of the course fee.
  • payment may be made locally by cheque from an Argentine account, bank deposit or transfer; or by international wire transfer.

There is a wealth of accommodation available in Buenos Aires and we provide prospective candidates with detailed information about various options, including bed & breakfast/hostels; home stays; shared apartments; and flats, many of which have been recommended to us by previous candidates, through our specially designated accommodation blog.  We will happily provide access information once your application has been received and can arrange home stay accommodation upon request, subject/according to availability.

Because of the intensive nature of the course, we recommend that candidates find accommodation as close to the institute as possible.

If you wish to look for accommodation further away then you should ensure that it has good transport links.  In addition, a quiet place to study and work in the evenings and weekends is essential and internet connection is invaluable.

Unfortunately we are not currently in a position to offer the CELTA on-line course in a distance format. The need for face-to-face teaching practice at regular intervals throughout the course means that students based outside Buenos Aires or Argentina would need to arrange to visit the Capital on three separate occasions – approximately every five weeks – and would need to stay for one week (7 days) on each occasion. This is not only very difficult for us as an institute to timetable but it also makes the cost of the course for distance candidates prohibitively expensive.

Candidates with English as a second language

Candidates with English as a second language and CELTA requirements

We do appreciate that applicants in general possess a very high level of English.   However, those whose first language is not English, may find the rigours and stresses of the CELTA course difficult. The course requires the ability to produce accurate spoken and written English to an extremely high level and to be able to read and assimilate written material in a demanding and dynamic academic environment.

Therefore, applicants who do not possess a recent (within the last 2 years) international certificate (IELTS, CAE, CPE) that verifies their level of spoken and written English, will need to complete a level test at our institute prior to the interview (1 hour approximately).

Those applicants who are not currently residing in Argentina will be interviewed first and will be advised at that time whether an appropriate certificate of English (see above) is required.