What is the CELTA?

The CELTA course (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an initial qualification for people who want to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). It is awarded by Cambridge Assessment English (a subdivision of Cambridge University) and is aimed at people with little or no experience of teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is usually done intensively over four or five weeks.

Why choose the CELTA as your teaching qualification?

  • The Cambridge CELTA is the most prestigious and well-know qualification in the world for people starting out in the profession.
  • It is moderated by the University of Cambridge (English Language Assessment) to ensure that the quality of the courses is always excellent.
  • The 120-hour course builds a strong foundation in English language teaching and has a very strong practical slant. This means that you will have plenty of opportunities to actually practise teaching real students and get expert feedback on your teaching.
  • It is regulated by Ofqual at level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework and given premium product endorsement by NEAS in Australia.

TEFL Health Warning

Sometimes people talk about the ‘TEFL’ or ‘TEFL courses’. In fact this acronym stands for ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ so it isn’t in itself a qualification. Any school can set up their own ‘TEFL’ course. The important thing to check before signing up for a ‘TEFL’ course is which official body awards the certificate and if the certificate is internationally recognised. The CELTA is awarded by a body which is known and respected all over the world – the University of Cambridge.


Of job adverts for English Language Teachers ask for a CELTA qualification

Why do the course in Spain

  • Courses in Spain are cheaper than most in the UK or in the USA. This is because Spain has a cheaper cost of living than many other countries.
  • It’s also a country where there is a lot of demand for English teachers so once you’ve finished the course, you’re already well-situated geographically to look for work.
  • It’s also a great country to live in for a while: the people, the climate, the culture, all those things that attract tourists here year after year are some of the reasons why you might like to consider living in Spain.

Why is it better to do a 5-week course?

The Cambridge School CELTA courses are all five weeks long whereas most other CELTA courses last only four weeks. So, why choose a five-week course?

On a five-week course, you have more time to assimilate what you have been taught in the input sessions and to put the ideas you learn on the course into practice.

Four-week courses can be extremely stressful, which can adversely affect your performance on the course.

The extra week can be crucial for candidates who are borderline pass/fail candidates or who are potentially pass B or pass A candidates.

Why do the course at Cambridge School Granollers?

  • Our CELTA centre is approved by the University of Cambridge (English Language Assessment).
  • We are the only centre in Catalonia to offer the less intensive five-week option and one of the few in the world.
  • We have an outstanding pass rate – to date over 95% of trainees who have completed the course have obtained their CELTA qualification. 
  • Granollers is a friendly and attractive Catalan market town, an ideal place to live during your course. We’re just 25 kilometres outside of Barcelona – a great city to visit and find work.
  • Our superb trainers are highly skilled and fully qualified, have decades of experience and get great feedback from trainees.
  • Cambridge School, Granollers is a very big school with excellent facilities and resources. We have air-conditioned rooms, a well-stocked resource library and computer and interactive projectors in every classroom.
  • We provide careers advice and help you to find a job after the course. In fact, we are such a big school that we are often able to offer trainees work ourselves.
  • We help you find work by running a career advice session, offering to check and edit your CV, providing you with an end-of-course report that can be used as a testimonial and inviting you to join our TEFL Jobs Mailing List.
  • The cost of livi ng during your course will be a lot lower than in other places. Your accommodation in Granollers is 100€ lower than in cities such as Madrid or Barcelona and there are lots of places where you can eat affordably and well.
  • Our Price Match Promise guarantees the best value course at the best price.If you get a better offer from another centre in Spain, let us know and we will match it.

Homestay accommodation costs in Granollers are at least 100€ lower than in cities such as Madrid or Barcelona.​

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