What is CELTA?
CELTA is the Certificate of English Language to Speakers of Other Languages. It’s an English language teaching qualification for people with little or no previous experience teaching English. 

Who is CELTA for?
It’s for people who want to become English language teachers:

  • with a very high level of English (equivalent to IELTS 7.5 in all skills or CEFR C1) who are interested in a career teaching English
  • who are at least 18 (it is generally recommended that candidates should be over the age of 20)
  • who have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become an effective teacher and to complete the written assignments and practice teaching successfully
  • who normally have a standard of education equivalent to that required for entry to higher education.

Why choose to study CELTA with the British Council in Kuala Lumpur?
The course is taught by an experienced and dedicated staff of tutors who have worked locally, in Malaysia and the South East Asian region, as well as internationally as teachers, trainers and education specialists.

The British Council in Kuala Lumpur is centrally located, near to the iconic KLCC Twin Towers. It is a modern, well equipped centre with computers and Interactive White Boards (IWBs) in all classrooms. You are likely to teach a range of nationalities while on the course.

It is one of the few places where you have the option of doing the course either full time or part time.


What does the course cover?

During the input sessions you learn about methodology (how to plan and teach lessons), the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), language (grammar, vocabulary, functional language and pronunciation) and how to help students better understand language. 

There are four written assignments as well as observations of qualified teachers. 

You plan for and teach eight lessons and get feedback on your teaching.

There are tutorials to help you understand your progress and developmental needs during the course.

Who do I teach?

Existing British Council students come for extra practice of English as well as other students specially recruited for the CELTA teaching practice classes. They are all adults and come from a variety of backgrounds.

What is a typical CELTA day?

  • Most days start at 9:30. There are two input sessions in the morning. Alternatively you might observe qualified teachers, have a tutorial or self-study.
  • After lunch, there is lesson planning time with your tutor. During teaching practice you are either teaching or observing your colleagues when they teach. This is followed by feedback.
  • The day finishes around 18:00 or later after which course participants work on lesson plans, materials and assignments, do research for their teaching or assignments.

Other FAQs

What is the difference between CELTA and TESOL?
TESOL (Teaching of English as a Second or Other Language), TEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language) and a few other acronyms refer to the business of teaching English.

CELTA is the name of a TESOL qualification which is accredited by the University of Cambridge.

Is there an exam? How is it assessed?
There is no exam. Your result is based on the work you do during the course as outlined above. 

Will I get a job at the end of the course?
We are frequently approached by schools that are keen to hire CELTA graduates. Before the course ends you’ll be given some leads about where to look for work here in Malaysia and elsewhere in the world.

Can I study CELTA online?
CELTA online is not offered at the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. Other centres may offer the online CELTA but please be aware that you still need to attend the face to face teaching practice component which makes up about 50% of the course.

Is it EPF or HRDF deductible?
CELTA is not eligible for either funding scheme.

At which of your centres is CELTA offered?
The course is offered at our centre on Jalan Ampang. For more information about our course including course dates and information please visit our website here

What is the difference between part time and full time courses?
All courses, whether they are part time or full time, are twenty (20) days longs. Full time courses are four to five weeks in length, part time courses are about ten weeks long. The pace of a full time course is more intense than a part time course.


Calendar and pricing

Part time Tuesdays and Thursdays
From Tuesday 12 February to Thursday 18 April 2019

Deadline for application: 9:00am Monday 28 January 2019.

Full time (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
From Monday 1 July to Thursday 1 August 2019

Part time Tuesdays and Thursdays
From Tuesday 8 October to Thursday 12 December 2019

Course fee is RM10 800