Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/CELTA

Our two-module first year option in Teaching English as a Foreign Language introduces you to the principles of effective teaching, develops practical teaching skills and gives you substantial hands-on teaching experience.

Module made available exclusively for BA English students

Course Content and Structure

The two modules also combine to provide a course of study that leads to the highly respected Cambridge CELTA qualification . The CELTA is internationally recognised by English language teaching organisations, giving you a great opportunity to live and work abroad and in the UK. These modules will also help you to develop a range of transferable skills required for both academic and professional settings, including team working, communicative competence and self-management.

The modules are taught through a combination of interactive input sessions, observations of experienced teachers, and teaching practice with volunteer international students. The teaching practice forms a significant part of both modules giving you the opportunity to translate theory into practice and building your confidence and ability to teach.

The modules combine to cover five main topic areas

  • Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
  • Language analysis and awareness
  • Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Planning and resources for different contexts
  • Developing teaching skills and professionalism


The modules will assess you through written assignments and teaching practice. In each semester you will completed two written assignments (80%) and three hours of teaching practice (20%).

Please note that the numbers on this option are strictly limited and that an application process is used to select participants for these modules. This requires the submission of an application form and the completion of some course related tasks. Selected applicants will then be invited to an interview (if necessary conducted via Skype). This process is a Cambridge requirement for participation on CELTA courses.

You will be able to submit your application form after you receive your confirmation email on 18 August 2016. The deadline for submission is midnight on 31 August. Interviews (usually by Skype) will take place on 5/6/7 September.

 CELTA Application form

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