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Read general tips about CELTA to understand the purpose and characteristics of the certificate, define its use for English teachers.
CELTA Overview
The CELTA course is an introductory course for candidates who have little or no previous English language teaching experience. Candidates with few working experience it may be favorable, though they need to pass some training courses.

During the course, candidates develop familiarity with the principles of effective teaching and acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners.
Training practice, written task completion and watching professional skillful and experienced teachers watching during their work in the class is included.

The CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and the assessment successfully. At the end of the course the students are not pass any exams. The pass grades A, B, and Pass and awarded as a result of continuous assessment by our tutors. During their studies a couple of trainers always check their progress.

The Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an international TEFL training and certification program. Over 10,000 people a year successfully complete CELTA courses in 240 approved centers in 49 countries around the world. All successful participants receive certification from Cambridge University.

Originally known as the "RSA Certificate," the program became the "RSA/Cambridge CTEFLA" in 1985. The name changed to "RSA/Cambridge CELTA" in 1996 and to "Cambridge CELTA" in 2001. 

  CELTA Centers And Courses Variation
As was explained above, all CELTA courses have to meet certain minimum conditions set and monitored by Cambridge. However, they are free to design their own programs and they can exceed these minimum conditions if they want. As a result, there is quite a big difference between centers, just as there is a big difference between the BA/BS programs offered by different universities. (This is one reason why CELTA courses, like degree courses, vary so much in price.)
Some CELTA centers provide extensive pre-course work so that participants can prepare themselves well for their course, while others provide/require little in the way of pre-course assignments. Some centers provide participants with specially designed course manuals and post-course development materials while others do not. Also, some centers provide detailed job placement help while most provide little or no guidance in this area.

Some centers have established CELTA programs and offer courses on a regular basis, while some other schools offer courses only occasionally, normally employing trainers who are imported on a temporary basis. You should bare in mind this point.

The standard of courses is almost certain to be higher at established centers which offer the CELTA on a regular basis: the program will be better organized, the trainers will form a more cohesive team and the center will be better able to provide in-course and post-course job placement help.