Take a CELTA and start your TEFL journey in just 4 weeks!

If you are looking for a job in TEFL, CELTA is the key which will open many doors for you. In as little as 4 weeks you can start your TEFL career.

A career in TEFL – teaching English as a foreign language – can open up a world of possibilities. There are hundreds of thousands of TEFL jobs around the world. You can travel and teach abroad, and have a fulfilling and rewarding career meeting people of different cultures. 

9 Reasons to take a CELTA course

1. Work and live in the country of your choice.

There aren’t many jobs out there that don’t require being fluent in the local language. If you take a CELTA you will be trained how to teach classes both in situations where there is no common tongue amongst students, and where the teacher is unable to speak the local language. With what other job can you have the opportunity to live and work in the country of your choice, regardless of whether you can speak their language? 

2. Train in just 4 weeks. 

There are lots of TEFL qualifications, but the CELTA is considered the gold standard. It is recognised worldwide, whereas many other courses are not. The qualification is thorough and covers all you need to get you ready to teach in just four weeks (if you take the full time CELTA option). 

3. Get the skills to feel confident teaching.

Even people who have some teaching experience choose to take a CELTA. In a recent survey of alumni from IH schools around the world, 43% had some teaching experience already, but decided it would help them improve their skills. This is what some said: 

I have benefited a great deal from doing my CELTA course through IH Ecuador. It has provided me with opportunities to work with some wonderful people in amazing places that I would not have otherwise had, and I have made some lifelong friends along the way. My life is definitely richer for the experience! Stuart 


4. CELTA is an Internationally recognised professional qualification.

If you want to work abroad, teaching English as a foreign language is a great choice. Whether you plan to do this for just a couple of years, or make a career of it, don’t hold back!

Being able to speak English doesn’t mean you know how to teach it. Employers need to know that any teachers they employ will have the necessary skills to stand up and teach in a classroom. You will give yourself a far better chance of getting the job in your dream location if you have an internationally recognised qualification such as CELTA. If you search for any TEFL jobs, you will see that most ask for a qualification such as CELTA. 

Imagine standing in front of a class for the first time – you’ll need some techniques and methods to help your students learn. If you are skilled, they will be inspired and you will feel a great sense of achievement when you see them learning and progressing.
So you need a course which teaches you methodology, and gives you the opportunity to practice – it’s the best preparation.

CELTA provides the best preparation, is intensive and much more in-depth than TEFL. Also better respected and widely recognized. I wanted the best foreign-language-teaching education I could get. Maria


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5. Rewarding work

Any teaching career can be incredibly rewarding. No two days are the same, and you are helping people achieve their own dreams and ambitions the whole time. Teaching English is not like teaching subjects at a mainstream school. People choose to learn English no matter what stage of life they’re in, which means they are more engaged and motivated in learning.
Helping someone learn a language is helping them to achieve their aspirations – you can help to change their life. They may be able to get the job they want, to pass their university exams, or to travel and see family in different countries. You will meet a wide variety of interesting people, and have the opportunity to share their culture. 

6. Future career opportunities

CELTA can be just the start to your TEFL career. 

CELTA will give you a springboard into numerous different areas and roles within the EFL industry. You may be particularly interested in teaching methodology, academic management, writing course materials, teacher training, marketing, or business development – there are no end to the opportunities. 

The world of ELT is one of the most diverse. You start out teaching but you can also examine, write books, be a manager, open your own school, train other teachers, continue teaching, teach all ages and all levels. It will take you as far as you want to go!” Niki Joseph


Why CELTA with International House?

Did you know that in 1962 International House created the course that became the CELTA?

The CELTA as it is known today was born from an initial teacher training course called the IH Certificate. Our founders John and Brita Haycraft believed that quality language teaching came from quality teacher training and launched the IH Certificate in 1962. This course rapidly set the standard for teacher qualifications in TEFL, with thousands of teachers worldwide becoming IH-trainees and teachers. Now over 4,000 teachers take a CELTA with IH every year. 

8. Moving into another career

Being a teacher and standing up in front of a class will also help you to develop highly sought after, transferable skills. Whether you continue in the world of education, or ultimately move on to another area, being able to deliver a class and present to an audience are useful skills in many different fields. 

Teaching abroad will help you developing good communication and intercultural skills, which are increasingly sought after by employers today. The ability to communicate with people from different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds is hugely beneficial in virtually any job. The experience of living and working abroad will give you the ability to be flexible and adaptable to many of life’s challenges. 


9. Life experience

Making new friends and meeting people you wouldn’t otherwise have met, taking yourself out of your comfort zone, trying new things, exploring new languages and cultures – these are experiences that will enrich your life and that you'll remember forever. The CELTA and teaching abroad is full of these experiences!