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. 

What’s 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 TESOL qualification which is accredited by the University of Cambridge.

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 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.

Who is the course for?

It’s for people 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.

How do I apply?

  • First you need to complete the application form and language awareness task (link?) and send them in to us.
  • If these show that you have the right level of English and the potential to develop the skills required to be successful on the course, you will be invited to an interview
  • People living in Kuala Lumpur are invited to a face to face group interview. Those living outside of Kuala Lumpur have a telephone/ Skype interview.

What do I have to do to prepare for the course?

Once you are accepted onto the course you are given a pre-course task to do. There are also some books which you should purchase; we’ll recommend some chapters that you should read first. You’ll also (likely to) have an online observation task to do.

What does the course cover?

  • During the input sessions you learn about methodology (how to plan and teach lessons) and the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) as well as about 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 development 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 be observing qualified teachers, have a tutorial or be doing self-study.
  • After lunch, there is lesson planning time with your tutor. During teaching practice you are either teaching or observing your colleagues teach. This is followed by feedback.
  • The day finishes around 6:00 or later after which course participants work on lessons plans, materials and assignments, do research for their teaching or assignments.

Is there an exam? How is it assessed?
No, 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 deductible?
CELTA is not eligible for EPF funding.

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 course, 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.