• Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it better to take the CELTA in an English-speaking country?

    No. The CELTA course is based on the same syllabus wherever you take it. As for the actual qualification you receive: your certificate will state the course code of the centre where you took the exam but all certificates are issued by Cambridge ESOL.


    Are certain CELTA centres better than others?

    The CELTA course is based on the same syllabus wherever you take it. However, the CELTA was originally conceived decades ago by International House so taking your CELTA certificate with an organization which has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and teacher training makes sense. Another factor which may affect course quality is the tutors. Indeed, ask any CELTA graduate what made their course a successful one and their first answer is likely to be “the tutors”.

    Our tutors have taught and trained on four continents and speak many foreign languages. Between them they have decades of teaching experience and come highly recommended. As you will have a chance to meet one of the course tutors before taking the CELTA, you will be able to make your own mind up! As for the centre itself, our classrooms are equipped with both interactive whiteboards and traditional whiteboards, and wifi is available throughout the building. Even the furniture has been chosen with student-centered learning in mind! In addition, our resource library is well-stocked and candidates have their own study room at their disposal.

    We also have a large café, a computer room,a prayer room, and many sofas and quiet areas for “de-stressing”.

    I'm a non-native speaker – do I have to have perfect English?

    No, you should have a high-level of English (typically IELTS 7.5 or grade A or B of the Cambridge Advanced Certificate) but it is possible to occasionally use non-standard English and still be successful on the course.

    That said, it is important that your students get accurate models of language, so you must ensure the language that you are teaching and the examples you give are completely accurate. Your written assignments must also be clear with no errors. If you are unsure of this, we advise you have someone help you check it before submitting.


    How long will it take to receive my CELTA certificate when the course ends and what can I use to start applying for jobs while I'm waiting?

    The Cambridge CELTA certificate will take about 2 months to arrive at IH Doha. We will send you your certificate, or you can arrange to collect it from the school. In the meantime, you can use the provisional grading letter provided by us at the end of the course to start applying for work. This letter serves as a reference from your course tutors to potential employers.

    How easy is it to find work after obtaining the CELTA?

    Any marketplace is governed by the rule of supply and demand. You may walk into a job the day after your CELTA course if a school is in desperate need of a teacher. Conversely, if you are looking for a job in a location / school where there is lots of competition, you may have to wait months for an opportunity.

    Countries such as China, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and Thailand are always on the look-out for CELTA qualified teachers but due to visa restrictions and a native-speaker bias, they tend to hire “native-speakers” with an undergraduate degree from a university in an English-speaking country. At the same time, such visa restrictions mean that countries such as India, Pakistan, Brazil, Iran as well as many EU countries prefer to hire nationals rather than foreigners. Many countries begin the school year in September/October so July/August is always a good time to apply although there are vacancies year round in many locations.

    Where can I find work after obtaining the CELTA?

    The following websites give you an idea of the jobs on offer to CELTA graduates:

    What if I am accepted on the course but the CELTA course on offer does not fit my schedule?

    The offer of a place on the course is valid for one year. We offer and part-time and full-time CELTAs on different schedules so if you are unable to participate in a particular course, you will be offered a place on the next course.

    What can I do to prepare myself for the course?

    You will be given a pre-course task to complete. We advise that you complete this task with reference to some/all of the following books:

    Harmer, J. (2007).The Practice of English Language Teaching,Fourth Edition.Pearson, Harlow.
    Parrot, M. (2010). Grammar for English Language Teachers. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

    Both of these books are on sale at IH Doha.

    When is my position on the course confirmed?

    As soon as we have received payment of your deposit, your position on the course will be confirmed.

    What should I do if my application is turned down?

    If your application is turned down, it means that the course tutors do not feel that you stand a good chance of passing the course. The course tutor who interviews you will make it clear what you need to do in order to meet the entry requirements. It is probably best to wait a couple of months before re-applying as this will give you a chance to research the pre-interview task more thoroughly.

    We also offer a pre-CELTA course which will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for taking the CELTA. This course will also improve your English a nd provides a brief overview of what English Language Teaching (ELT) is all about. Taking this course, however, does not mean you will be automatically accepted onto the CELTA but will improve the likelihood that your application will be successful.

    Is it better to do the part-time or full-time CELTA?

    The part-time CELTA is good for those who have work or family commitments which prevent them from taking the intensive option. It also allows you more time to reflect on and consolidate your learning. The intensive option, however, is preferable for those who want to get the course “out of the way” and prefer not to procrastinate. Both courses are the same in terms of content and time commitment.