Online CELTA course

Online learning

If you want to gain the CELTA but with the benefit of a flexible learning environment, then this is the course for you.  

What are the benefits?


International recognition and quality assurance

The online CELTA  leads to the same qualification as the face-to-face CELTA and is assessed and moderated according to the same criteria.  CELTA is one of the most widely-recognised qualifications for English language teaching.  It is awarded by University of Cambridge ESOL which ensures quality. Its international reputation also increases opportunities to teach both in Malaysia and overseas. 

Greater flexibility

The course combines the flexibility of online self-study with the confidence and skills that come with doing your assessed teaching practice here at British Council KL.  The online component allows you greater flexibility in choosing where and when you complete the methodology module of the course and the pace at which you work.  You will be able to plan your coursework and assignments around your other commitments. 

Learn in a supportive environment

British Council has a worldwide reputation for excellence and our experienced and dedicated teacher trainers will support and guide you to develop as a confident and professional teacher of English.  

How is it delivered?

 You will complete the following online component:

  • methodology units
  • interactive material based on syllabus areas
  • live-room (virtual real-time classroom) sessions
  • interactive tasks 
  • both independent and collaborative tasks with tutor support, evaluation and comment
  • guided video observation
  • forum discussions
  • tutorial support
  • four assessed assignments (750-1000 words each)

You will complete the following face-to-face component at British Council KL:

  • six hours of assessed teaching practice (including directed lesson planning)
  • constructive feedback on your teaching practice from your tutors and peers
  • observations of experienced ELT professionals

Course details


The next Online CELTA course dates are 29 September 2013 to 30 March 2014.  Please contact us for details.

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • be at least 18 (it is generally recommended that candidates should be over the age of 20)
  • have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English, which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels (The recommended candidate language level is C2 on the CEFR)
  • have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become an effective teacher and to complete the written assignments and practice teaching successfully
  • should normally have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry to higher education.

How to apply

You will be required to complete an application form and pre-interview language analysis task prior to being interviewed for a place on the CELTA course.